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The Great Example

‘Arguably the greatest peacetime Prime Minister in British History’ D.Read- Peel and the Victorians 1987   The current Coalition government in the United Kingdom and its policies are always being compared to what has gone previously. Some commen...
by Politics On Toast on Apr 11, 2012

Barack Obama- A Lucky Thomas Dewey

In the run-up to this year’s Presidential election it has become the norm amongst many in the media and further afield to compare Barack Obama to a wide variety of former Presidents. His detractors in the Republican Party, in the media and amongst...
by Politics On Toast on Apr 11, 2012

Mercer vs Gladstone

A few months ago it was alleged that Patrick Mercer the Conservative MP for Newark claimed that David Cameron was the worst politician in British history since William Gladstone. Mr Mercer denied making the comments but even if they were said do they...
by Politics On Toast on Apr 11, 2012

George Galloway’s Paradox of Importance

This week saw George Galloway sweep to victory in Bradford West with just over 50% of the overall vote, instigating the “Bradford Spring” as he called it, displaying the kind of pomp that has served him so well in politics for all these years. Ce...
by Politics On Toast on Apr 11, 2012

Oh Drama! 2012

A Presidential race has the tedious tendency to develop into a lengthy and uninspiring event. I felt the buzz when John Kerry challenged George W. Bush for the Presidency in 2004 and who can forget the closest of Presidential races in 2000, when it t...
by Politics On Toast on Apr 11, 2012

The Republicans biggest problem: demographics

As the interminable Republican nominating contest draws to its inevitable close, they could be forgiven for not thinking too far ahead of themselves in this most important of election years. Yet, if they were to take some fairly basic assumptions, an...
by Politics On Toast on Apr 11, 2012

The dismissal of the social contract

All modern governmental systems are built on social contract. Social contract means intellectual thought or attempt to explain the relation between individual and government, the idea which has inspired a vast amount of writings throughout the histor...
by Politics On Toast on Apr 11, 2012

The Church in America: a tale of two crises

Many in Europe are amazed at the vitality of religion in the United States. They are amazed not just at the levels of participation, but the role many of these religions play in the civil discourse in the United States itself on a day to day level. T...
by Politics On Toast on Apr 3, 2012

Military action against Iran: Will Israel repeat the mistakes of Osirak?

When Barack Obama recently urged Benjamin Netenyahu to pursue the diplomatic rather than military route with regards to Iran and its nuclear ambitions, the Israeli Prime Minister was keen to remind the President and the world of Israel’s close prox...
by Politics On Toast on Mar 27, 2012

Is this the end of the European Union?

Is the European Union doomed to fail? So far it looks like the member states of the European Union (EU) have chosen to widen their borders instead of further deepening their economic and political integration.  Though the Euro, the region’s moneta...
by Politics On Toast on Mar 27, 2012

A Bumpy Few Weeks For ‘Call Me Dave’ And Gideon Ahead

Today’s developments that Peter Cruddas was essentially caught allegedly trying to wheedle money from wealthy foreigners (in certain cases banned under British Electoral Law) is going to do the image of Politics and the ruling Conservative Party no...
by Politics On Toast on Mar 27, 2012

Israel attacks Gaza – They’re at it again

Again Israel has lit the fuse for another possible combustible conflict in Gaza after it launched air raids last Friday. Going on for nigh on four consecutive days, the bombing campaign from the Israelis perspective has been met with “success” ha...
by Politics On Toast on Mar 20, 2012

In Defence of Nick Clegg

In the space of a little under two years Nick Clegg has gone from the immense popularity of ‘Cleggmania’, where at one point he was the most popular political leader in Britain since Winston Churchill, to being reviled by a substantial number of...
by Politics On Toast on Mar 20, 2012

Crazed Islamist targets Shiites

by Politics On Toast on Mar 20, 2012

Caroline Lucas: The Most Dangerous Woman in Britain

In the United Kingdom when a major political issue becomes newsworthy media outlets vie for comments from all the major political parties in order to give a supposedly fair and balanced view. In the last few years though a minor politician from a min...
by Politics On Toast on Mar 20, 2012

Cultural Equality of Opportunity should be given more importance

Recently, the discussion of opera came my way and I found that as attractive a proposition as it seemed there was an inherent constraint holding me back from being remotely interested in it. As a man more accustomed to the format of Match of the Day,...
by Politics On Toast on Mar 17, 2012

What is libertarianism? Part II: markets

Many people, conservatives included, view economics as separate from society. For most, it is simply not a matter of interest. This, of course, is testament to the power of the market, which often works so well that it is noticeable only when it is a...
by Politics On Toast on Mar 17, 2012

Where Calvin Coolidge meets the Puritans

The 29th president, Calvin Coolidge, famously said that “The business of America is business”. At its simplest the GOP has two wings, pragmatic wing that is pro-business, and the values wing that places limits on people’s actions. So it is no a...
by Politics On Toast on Mar 17, 2012

Gay Marriage: Much ado about nothing

The issue of gay marriage has again reared its head in recent days, with the leaders of the Anglican and Catholic Churches in Britain announcing their united opposition to plans by both the Scottish and UK governments to use legislation to force Chur...
by Politics On Toast on Mar 13, 2012

War Between the West and Iran: Still Room for Diplomacy

Is the world destined for a war between the West and Iran?  We certainly seem to be heading down that path, but to say war is not in the world’s best interest would be a gross understatement.  America and the European Union (EU) have implemented...
by Politics On Toast on Mar 10, 2012


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