Entries by Mehdi Hasan from 09/2012

Cameron's Solution to Our Economic Mess? Sack the Welsh Secretary

| Posted 09.04.2012 | UK Politics

I suspect the prime minister will come to regret this reshuffle. As is so often the case, the Tory leader has proved himself to be all tactics, no strategy. He is also deeply out of touch with public opinion.

Warren Buffett Is Right: It's Time to Ban Private Schools

| Posted 09.05.2012 | UK Politics

Our schools should be at the forefront of promoting civic solidarity and guaranteeing social mobility; private schools, however, do the opposite. They produce not a meritocracy but a plutocracy, in which a tiny minority is able to entrench its power and privilege. Thus the inconvenient truth is this: if we genuinely want to create a level playing field for our children, and ensure equality of opportunity and social justice, there can be no place for private schools. It is time to abolish our educational caste system.

Chancellor George Osborne Preparing To Drop His Key Debt Target To Avoid Further Spending Cuts

Posted 09.12.2012 | UK Politics

Do you remember George Osborne’s first “emergency” budget in June 2010? The chancellor of the exchequer argued that “in order to place our fis...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: The Real Truth

Posted 09.13.2012 | UK Politics

Today's political news, comment and gossip from Mehdi Hasan, with Chris Wimpress and Ned Simons. "THE REAL TRUTH" Shocking, sickening, shaming, ...

While We Wring Our Hands Over Syria, There's a Deafening Silence Over Torture in Bahrain

| Posted 09.13.2012 | UK Politics

Over the past 18 months, Bahraini security forces, aided by troops from Saudi Arabia, have engaged in a brutal crackdown against the island nation's own Syria-style uprising. Bahrain is home to the Arab Spring's forgotten revolution.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Policing The Police

Posted 09.14.2012 | UK Politics
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** Senior cop takes potshot at Hillsborough victims ** Ming slam Vince over Ed M texts ** New tuition fees row ** QE forever ** US-Muslim Brotherhood ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: the Lib Dem minister, the reshuffle and an attack on Iran

Posted 09.16.2012 | UK Politics
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** The minister, the reshuffle and an attack on Iran ** Top of the Pops: cabinet edition ** Gove levels ** Lib-Lab flirtathon ** Unsqueeed middle? ** ...

The Lib Dem Minister, The Reshuffle And A Possible Attack On Iran

Posted 09.16.2012 | UK Politics
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The decision to sack Nick Harvey, the respected armed forces minister, from his post in the Ministry of Defence in the recent reshuffle came as a surp...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Hello, Big Spender

Posted 09.17.2012 | UK Politics
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** Hello, Big Spender ** Calling Graham Brady ** Gove Levels ** Not-So-Universal-Credit ** Elections Are Beauty Contests ** HELLO, BIG SPENDER T...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Labour Ahead, Ed Behind

Posted 09.18.2012 | UK Politics
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** Labour Ahead, Ed Behind ** We Are The 47% ** Welfare Wars ** "Green On Blue" ** Labour's Education Test ** LABOUR AHEAD, ED BEHIND Whatever h...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Romneyshambles, Episode 74

Posted 09.19.2012 | UK Politics
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** Romneyshambles, Episode 74 ** Crime and punishment ** Drifting to the right ** Who are you calling a liar? ** Et tu, Tony? ** No. Shit. Sherlock. *...

Simon Hughes Says Benefit Freeze 'Unacceptable', Amid Reports Nick Clegg May Back Move

Posted 09.19.2012 | UK Politics

Freezing benefits for two years would be "unacceptable" the deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats has said, putting him on a collision course with Ni...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Er, um...sorry

Posted 09.19.2012 | UK Politics

** Er, um...sorry ** Poll Ed-ache for Labour ** Not-so-premium pupils ** Guess who's coming to young Tories' conference? ** Barack the Bolshevik ** US...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: "F***ing plebs"

Posted 09.21.2012 | UK Politics
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** "F***ing plebs" ** Top Tory embraces tax avoidance ** Eds slapped down ** King Mervyn pardons Gideon ** Who'll replace Nick Clegg? ** "F***ING P...

Simon Hughes: 'I Don't Have To Say The Government Is Wonderful Because I'm Not In The Government'

Posted 09.22.2012 | UK Politics

Simon Hughes looks refreshed and recharged, after spending the summer break first in north Wales and then Barcelona – “My favourite city.” He gr...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Deja Vu, Danny?

Posted 09.23.2012 | UK Politics
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** Lib Dem Conference Edition ** Deja Vu, Danny? ** Farage In Front ** "Till Death Do Us Part" ** The Pleb Plot Thickens ** Top Of The Pops ** Nicking...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Mitchell's Non-Apology Apology

Posted 09.24.2012 | UK Politics
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** Breaking - Mitchell's Non-Apology Apology ** Vince's Victory ** Danny In The Dumps ** Tax, Tax, Tax ** With Friends Like These... ** Lib-Lab Flirta...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: "Minister For Shell"

Posted 09.25.2012 | UK Politics
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** "Minister For Shell" ** Gategate: The Logs ** Ready And Cable ** The Osborne Slapdown ** Poor Tories ** ** British Trials For British Citizens? ** ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Don't Panic

Posted 09.26.2012 | UK Politics
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** Don't Panic ** Goodbye Nick? ** Goodbye Lib Dems? ** Double Standards ** Dave Vs Dave Part 2 ** From Big Oil To Big Church? ** Sling One's Hook ** ...

Lib Dem Conference: 'Nothing Can Be Won Without A Battle,' Nick Clegg Says In Closing Speech

Posted 09.26.2012 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg warned Liberal Democrats of more tough times ahead as he put them on a war footing before the 2015 general election. Setting out a bleak...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Dumb American Outwits Smart Brit

Posted 09.27.2012 | UK Politics
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** Dumb American Outwits Smart Brit ** Moses Didn't Make It ** Paddy Pants Up ** All Eyes On Ed ** Gategate, Day 7 ** A Licence To Shoot Burglars ** S...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Tell Barack I'm Chillaxing

Posted 09.28.2012 | UK Politics
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** Tell Barack I'm Chillaxing ** Libor And The Liars ** Hard And Soft Balls ** History Lessons ** The Prime Minister Who Cried Wolf ** Not-So-Gorgeous...

Ed Balls Tells Vince Cable To 'Show Leadership' And Take Lib Dems Out Of Coalition

Posted 09.28.2012 | UK Politics

Ed Balls has made his most public overture yet to Vince Cable, calling on the Lib Dem business secretary to "show leadership" and pull his party out o...

Ed Balls Interview, Part One: Dealing With Deficits, Ambitions And Milibands

Posted 09.28.2012 | UK Politics

Ed Balls is the biggest of Labour big beasts. Mehdi Hasan meets the shadow chancellor for part one [below] of an in-depth, two-part interview, on Ball...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Hey Ed, Remember David?

Posted 09.29.2012 | UK Politics
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** Hey Ed, Remember David? ** Guess Who's Coming To Lunch ** ** Bankers Beware ** Ed M, The Boy Band And The Bonking Machine ** BREAKING - ED ON MA...