But he is everywhere now, to remind us that Labour is no longer in power since it dumped him. All expansive hand gestures and the knowledge that comes from a life in First Class, he gave a wistful interview. Asked whether he would do it all again (Would he? Could he?), he replied: ‘Yes sure, it’s not likely to happen is it, so . . .’ … [Read more...] about Too young to retire, too tainted to start again, radioactive Tony is still glowing with power – and still Toxic
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Coming to a street near you? After the Coalition relaxes planning laws, could 'alien spaceship' houses and... You shall be seen and not heard: Malia and Sasha Obama's number one rule on the campaign trail is easy... Champion Jonnie could sprint his way to £1million: Blade runner is tipped to become first Paralympic... Inside the Prince's killing machine: Prince Harry returns to Afghanistan to fly Apache helicopters in fight... … [Read more...] about So Dave’s last-ditch plan to drag Britain’s economy out of recession is… a loft conversion
The organisers cite this year's uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt as their inspiration. Recent months have also witnessed civil unrest in Uganda, Burkina Faso, South Africa and Botswana The day of rage has been set for 28 May because it marks the 20th anniversary of Zenawi's rebels capturing the capital, Addis Ababa, during the civil war against the Derg military junta. … [Read more...] about Ethiopia ‘day of rage’ hopes to oust Meles Zenawi from power
There are shortcomings both of local education and local content. Millions would be far more engaged in the internet if there was more material in their local language. That’s a tall order given the 2,500 languages and dialects spoken across the continent. And as pointed out by Josiah Mugambi, executive director of Nairobi’s iHub, training consumers in how to use technology is also essential. “In some parts of Kenya, there are people who will struggle to use a smartphone, at least at first,” he says. … [Read more...] about Can the internet reboot Africa?
As we’ve seen in places such as Liverpool and Manchester, if you put power in the hands of local leaders, better things tend to happen than if you rely on distant, centralised political power. In Liverpool city region, Steve Rotheram set up the Households into Work scheme providing mentoring and support for families to address a range of challenging circumstances. In Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, working with the 10 local authority leaders, has introduced A Bed Every Night for people sleeping rough. Both city-regions are also starting to implement London-style transport networks by regulating their buses – which has been forbidden by central government until now. These programmes are all the more impressive given that, even with some devolution, these mayors lack funding and formal power. … [Read more...] about If this government truly wants to ‘level up’ England, devolution is key