Argentina’s wine-growing province of Mendoza, renown for its inky red Malbec varietal, has erupted in protest against the surprise overturning of a 2007 water protection law that had successfully kept water-intensive mining projects out of the province. … [Read more...] about Argentina: thousands protest in Mendoza wine region over axed water protections
Devilry has always made for better box office than doing the right thing. Rebellion, especially against divine goodness, requires an unusual and compelling level of intellectual vigour and vim. In John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Lucifer exudes charisma, insight and defiance, shrugging off his exile from paradise with the words: “The mind has its own place, and in itself / Can make a heav’n of hell, a hell of heav’n.” For those who relish this kind of bravado, the Christmas television schedules have provided lavish entertainment. Bram Stoker’s Dracula has traditionally been a star among the glamorous transgressors of world literature. Judging by clips of the Dracula miniseries to be shown on the BBC over New Year, the Danish actor Claes Bang will lend the Transylvanian count the requisite air of rakish panache. The much-trailed line, “I’m undead, not unreasonable,” is wit of Luciferian quality. … [Read more...] about The Guardian view on the new Scrooge: a charismatic antihero for Christmas
Being governor of the Bank is no easy task; it requires both genuine insight of market operations as well as a political sense of where the Treasury is going. Though nominally independent, the Bank and No 11 work hand in glove on a daily basis. Mr Bailey was part of the Bank’s inner circle in the summer of 2007 when it “had not identified any looming gaps” in its assessment of risks to financial stability. Three months later Northern Rock approached the Bank for a “liquidity support facility”, and the financial crisis in the UK began. Mr Bailey will not want to miss the next crisis. … [Read more...] about The Guardian view on the Bank of England: new boss, new thinking?
The scenario is all too familiar. While the notion of “balance” clearly plays a vital role in mediating between political parties, it makes much less sense when a commentator is making uncontroversially true statements about racism. Social media, as ever, was full of opinions about what happened. But one in particular stood out, BBC radio producer Roushan Alam said: “If Stormzy and Gary Neville struggle to get points about racism across to the mainstream with their platforms imagine for a second how difficult it is for everyone else.” … [Read more...] about We won’t tackle racism until anti-racist voices are given a fair hearing
Climb the table Not too many Hollywood managers – major shareholder Farhad Moshiri’s expression – are tasked with relegation firefighting but then not many clubs go from Sam Allardyce to Carlo Ancelotti in the space of two years. Everton’s revival under Duncan Ferguson appears to have seen the club turn a corner in terms of results – at least they can see a way out of trouble now and the caretaker manager has successfully mobilised the Goodison atmosphere – but, with a stadium about to be built and a great deal of money already spent for little reward, Moshiri is aware relegation would be a disaster from which the club might take years to recover. It is understood a bonus for Premier League survival is to be written into Ancelotti’s contract. … [Read more...] about Carlo Ancelotti’s in-tray: overtake Manchester United and make signings count