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The Republicans worst nightmare, deadlock

After Mitt Romney won six of the ten states on Super Tuesday, including Ohio, what was apparent was the scale, or lack thereof, in his victory. He won the Buckeye state but was only three percent in front of Rick Santorum. This is hardly a ringing en...
by Politics On Toast on Mar 10, 2012

Kony 2012: The realities of the Ugandan situation

The last two days have seen my social networking sites filled with people discussing Uganda (not in the Private Eye sense of the term I hasten to add) and in particular condemning the actions of Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LR...
by Politics On Toast on Mar 8, 2012

A Race to the White House, or a Circus?

In the country that is the home of the Big Mac, drive-by shootings and Chuck Norris, only the most deluded individual will not have realised that there is some sort of small meaningless election on the horizon, with the unimportant job of President o...
by Politics On Toast on Mar 8, 2012

Slow progress and fragmentation: Where now for Libya?

The eyes of the world have been drawn back to Libya today after it was announced that the eastern region of Cyrenaica, of which Benghazi is the capital, is forming its own regional council with the intention of gaining greater autonomy or even splitt...
by Politics On Toast on Mar 6, 2012

The Euro Crisis: History repeating itself

When the last king of Rome was deposed in 753 BC and the Roman Republic was established such was the fear of a single unitary executive that two consuls were put at the apex of the political system. However, in times of great crisis the Republic woul...
by Politics On Toast on Mar 4, 2012

Why George Osborne must scrap the 50p tax rate.

When Alistair Darling introduced the 50p top rate of income tax in 2010 he described it as a ‘temporary measure’. Two years on, we can safely assume that George Osborne has no plans to reverse it in his Budget on the 21rd of March. In doing so he...
by Politics On Toast on Mar 4, 2012

The NHS or the UnNHS?

The ongoing debacle rumbling around Westminster and protestors offices about Andrew Lansley’s fabled and long cherished health bill is continuing, with many points of controversy and disagreement. Looking over all the rhetoric and management jargon...
by Politics On Toast on Mar 4, 2012

Iran behind suspected attacks on Israeli diplomats?

On Monday an attempted assassination plot failed to bear fruit in India and in Georgia as Israeli diplomats were targeted. The first attack was aimed at the wife of an Israeli diplomat in New Delhi when a motorcyclist drove alongside her car and thre...
by Politics On Toast on Mar 1, 2012

The London Mayoral Election: Two crucial months for Britain’s Conservatives

Imagine it is May 3rd 2012. After many long and testing days, weeks and months of hard-fought campaigning, with blood, sweat and tears, straining every last sinew to reach voters across the capital, it has come to this. With mouths lolling open, agha...
by Politics On Toast on Mar 1, 2012

A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing

In recent years there has been a significant trend in asking people in the public eye their opinions and ideas on a variety of topics no matter what their actual knowledge of the subject is or their life experience. The classic, but trivial example o...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 29, 2012

Syria: Time to get “Syri-ous”

Bashar al-Assad has enjoyed unparalleled support from his Iranian benefactors for a substantial period of time since he succeeded his predecessor in office. Despite being isolated on the international stage by the United States and her western cohort...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 29, 2012

Have we forgotten about Libya?

It appears that the hypocrisy of the British doesn’t simply stop at home. Even if Scotland should have a more direct say in their own independence, it is an issue David Cameron and his Conservative cohorts fail to entertain. A rule of thumb in poli...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 29, 2012

The Case Against Rick Santorum

When it comes to the Republican Presidential leadership race it’s been about as volatile as John McCain’s famously short temper. We’ve had numerous leadership contenders be it Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and the late...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 29, 2012

Salmond writes his own rules to ensure victory: the Scottish Independence Referendum

There is an old proverb, attributed to the semi-mythical Chinese strategist Sun-Tzu, which says: “Win the battle, then go out and fight it”. On the surface what Sun-Tzu was referring to was the importance of good planning and organisation if you...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 29, 2012

Be Careful What You Wish For – The Separation of Church and State

The recent controversy over prayers being on the agenda of a council meeting has brought into sharp focus the role of religion, specifically Christianity, in Britain, and whether in a modern multi-cultural society it has a place in public life. Secul...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 26, 2012

With Catholicism the biggest religion in the US, how long until the next Catholic president?

It is one of the many ironies of the United States that a country founded on the revolutionary idea of religious liberty that Catholicism was one religion, among many, discriminated against. The history of religious freedom is a fascinating tale of i...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 26, 2012

Scottish Independence: A feasible concept or a vanity project?

This week I was torn between writing about either Scottish independence or the demise of Glasgow Rangers F.C, in the wider sporting context, but none the less, I am opting for the former, and rest assured had I chosen the other, there would have been...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 26, 2012

The End for Sarkozy

In 2007 Nicolas Sarkozy was elected, relatively comfortably, to be the President of France replacing Jacques Chirac and his tired administration. Part of the reason for Sarkozy’s success was that the population of France were looking for an individ...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 25, 2012

Free Hamza Kashgari

On February 9th a young Saudi journalist called Hamza Kashgari left Saudi Arabia in a hurry. He’d booked a flight to New Zealand which, unfortunately for him, stopped off at Malaysia instead of going to Wellington non-stop. The Malaysians detained...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 24, 2012

Beyond the sabre-rattling: What is Iran’s end game?

Iran finds itself in the closing stages of election campaigning. Come the 2nd of March, Iranians will head to the polls to elect a new parliament. All is not well domestically, characterised by the norm of rallying the populous through vociferous ant...
by Politics On Toast on Feb 23, 2012


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