Kursar's party now has the right to appoint four out of Malmö's nine municipal commissioners, giving it day-to-day control of schools, disability services, democracy, urban planning and design, and has also won Social Democrat backing for a full 56 of the 80 policy points in the Liberals' election manifesto. It's an astonishing result for a party which won just 5.6 percent of the vote, but it's a reward the Liberals could afford to ask given the Social Democrats' desperate need of a majority. "I think it would be wrong to look at it through that perspective, because we had the final say," Kursar explains. "If you only have a fifth of what the Social Democrats have in votes, then why should you get almost half? It's because our first priority is to make sure that Liberal politics is implemented in the city, and we could not allow ourselves just to be a sidekick." But what does all this mean for … [Read more...] about Your questions: What can Malmö’s Liberals do for internationals?
Dominic Green 28 December 2018 6:16 PM 28 December 2018 6:16 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp In Western democracies, literature no longer matters to politics. Once, literature and politics could co-exist on the same typewriter or in the same person: George Orwell in Britain, André Malraux in France. But that was a long time ago. Still, the powers of politics remain linguistic, whether bureaucratic or rhetorical: the war criminal at his desk, the elected representative on her Twitter. Amos Oz, the Israeli novelist who died today aged 79, was living proof of the political powers of literature. In Israel, which is a Western democracy most of the time, Oz is seen as a great writer but a failed politician. In the West, he is seen as the still-living conscience of a political failure. Nothing shows us both sides of a story so well as a novel. And nothing occludes the quality of literature like politics. Oz was the Everyman of Israel’s … [Read more...] about Amos Oz, a giant of Israeli literature and politics
0 Have your say A Sunderland councillor has paid tribute to former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown, who has died aged 77. Leader of Wearside Liberal Democrats and Sunderland City Councillor Niall Hodson has paid tribute to Mr Ashdown who he calls an "inspiration." He said: "Paddy Ashdown was a force of nature, a lion of liberalism, and a genuinely humane and non-tribal politician who made a lasting mark on British history. "For many Liberal Democrats, he was an inspiration - a man who presented a radical and muscular vision of Liberal politics, believed firmly in empowering people, and dragged our party almost single-handedly into the spotlight. "But he was also a personable, funny, and welcoming person, and it's testament to him that so many hundreds of people have happy memories of meeting him and spending time in his company."Wearside Liberal Democrats send our thoughts and sympathies to his family."Read more: Prime Minister and party leaders pay … [Read more...] about Leader of Wearside Liberal Democrats pays tribute to former party leader Paddy Ashdown
Anyone posing as Mystic Meg in the current environment of political turmoil would either be very brave or a charlatan. In four months’ time, the UK could still be a member of the EU, or will leave in either a chaotic or an orderly manner; with a radically different or the same government; or still be bickering about what to do next. Prediction is a mug’s game. For businesses, chronic uncertainty is a major headache. There is a temptation to grasp at anything which hints at stability, even if the relief is temporary or illusionary. My former company, Shell, developed a technique for dealing with long-term uncertainty: scenario planning. I was immersed in the process for several years, and saw the strategic advantage of being able to imagine stories of what is plausible in an uncertain world. It was out of such work that Shell decided a quarter of a century ago to switch to gas from heavier hydrocarbons, and to shift downstream operations to the emerging markets. But such … [Read more...] about What might happen in 2019? A second referendum, an economic recession, and the political parties will fall apart
A parliamentary session in Sri Lanka turned into a fighting ring after a brawl broke out between MPs. One lawmaker was hospitalized and others have been accused of making threats with a knife. The violence took place for almost 20 minutes during a Thursday morning session, after supporters of disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa charged towards the parliament's speaker, Karu Jayasuriya. They were countered by MPs loyal to Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was dismissed from his position as prime minister by the president in late October, in what his supporters call a political coup. Footage from the violent session shows MPs engaged in a rowdy scuffle, pushing and shoving each other as some fell to the ground and others tried to jump in the middle and act as peacemakers. Rajapaksa loyalist Dilum Amunugama was cut as he tried to take the speaker's microphone and was later admitted to a nearby hospital in Colombo. Some MPs reportedly threw wastepaper baskets and water bottles. Meanwhile, … [Read more...] about Political punches: Brawl breaks out during Sri Lankan parliamentary session (VIDEO)