Entries by Mehdi Hasan from 10/2012

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Sell and Spend, Not Borrow And Spend

Posted 10.01.2012 | UK Politics
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** Labour Conference Edition ** Sell And Spend, Not Borrow And Spend ** ...But We're Not Deficit Deniers Either! ** Vaz Under Fire ** We Love Them, We...

Muhammad Survived Dante's Inferno. He'll Survive a YouTube Clip

| Posted 10.02.2012 | UK Politics

If I'm honest, I have to say that, listening to your belligerent rhetoric and watching your violent behaviour, I struggle to recognise the Islam in which you profess to believe. My Islamic faith is based on the principles of peace, moderation and mercy.

Hey, Dave, Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better

Posted 10.02.2012 | UK Politics

In 2005, David Cameron wowed the Tory party faithful in Blackpool by speaking without notes for 20 minutes; it was a bravura performance that was wide...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Ed Speaks Human

Posted 10.03.2012 | UK Politics
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** Labour Conference Edition ** Ed Speaks Human ** Goodbye Dukakis! ** Un-Privatising The NHS? ** War On Banksters ** Porky Pies ** Don't Mess With Br...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: President Gets His Ass Kicked

Posted 10.03.2012 | UK Politics
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** US Presidential Debate Edition ** President Gets His Ass Kicked ** GOP vs Big Bird ** Happy Anniversary Barack! ** Labour's C-Word ** Red Ed Or Ric...

The 10 Questions Obama Should Have Asked Romney

| Posted 10.04.2012 | UK Politics

By common consent, President (Professor?) Obama's performance in last night's debate in Denver was lame and lacklustre. Where were his "zingers"? Why didn't he interject and interrupt to push back against Mitt Romney's omissions, exaggerations and half-truths? It could have been so different. Here are 10 questions that Obama could have thrown at his Republican opponent at various moments during the 90-minute debate.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Fighting Fox

Posted 10.05.2012 | UK Politics
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** Fighting Fox ** Happy Birthday Dave! ** Get Rich Quick, Get Investigated Faster ** Hecklegate ** ** Taxing Times ** Butch Grayling ** Clarke's Crit...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Hey Clegg, Go Take A Jump

Posted 10.07.2012 | UK Politics

** Tory Conference Edition ** Hey Clegg, Go Take A Jump ** 'Common Ground' Cameron ** Keep Striving, Strivers! ** Philip 'Green Shoots' Hammond ** Mil...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Gideon Wins, Poor Lose

Posted 10.08.2012 | UK Politics
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** Boris (Sorry, Tory) Conference Edition ** Gideon Wins, Poor Lose ** Re-Elected And Olympotastic ** Return Of The 'Nasty Party'? ** Gideon: This Is ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Star Of The Party

Posted 10.09.2012 | UK Politics
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** Boris (Sorry, Tory) Conference Edition ** Star Of The Party ** Heroes/Villains ** The Only Way Is... Down? ** "Workers Of The World Unite" ** The I...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: "Sink Or Swim"

Posted 10.09.2012 | UK Politics

** Tory Conference Edition ** "Sink Or Swim" ** 10 Things To Watch Out For In The Speech ** Exit Boris ** Who'll Follow Dave? ** Too Rich For Our Own ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Privileged? Moi?

Posted 10.11.2012 | UK Politics

** Privileged? Moi? ** Prime Ministerial Porkie Pies ** Dave Denounced On Disability ** Taking A Whipping ** Nein! ** ** Down With The Kids ** "The An...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Mitchell's 'Day Of Reckoning'

Posted 10.12.2012 | UK Politics
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** Mitchell's 'Day Of Reckoning' ** Biden Bashes Ryan ** The Unconventional Candidate ** Oi Gideon, Look Over Here! ** I'm So Sorry ** "7 Marines On M...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Bitching About Mitch

Posted 10.14.2012 | UK Politics

** Bitching About Mitch ** Eton Meets Gangnam ** Eurosceptics: Rejoice! ** Generals For Hire? ** Eurosceptics: Rejoice Further! ** Osborne's Blair Man...

Being Pro-Life Doesn't Make Me Any Less of a Lefty

| Posted 10.14.2012 | UK Politics

The abortion debate forces people to choose sides: right against left, religious against secular. Some of us, however, refuse to be sliced and diced in such a simplistic and divisive manner.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'Pontius' Cameron Heads For Edinburgh

Posted 10.15.2012 | UK Politics

** 'Pontius' Cameron Heads For Edinburgh ** Euro Wars ** Can Mitch Survive The '22? ** Cash For Seats? ** Getting High ** Generals For Hire? Part 2 **...

Ten Things I Learned From Debating Abortion on Twitter

| Posted 10.15.2012 | UK Politics

I wrote this column, not because I wanted to have a row about abortion or "climbing on a bandwagon", but because I desperately wanted "my fellow lefties and liberals to try to understand and respect the views of those of us who are pro-life, rather than demonise us as right-wing reactionaries or medieval misogynists". Yesterday's Twitter responses show that I failed to persuade them to do so.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Barack's Back

Posted 10.16.2012 | UK Politics

** US Presidential Debate Edition ** Barack's Back ** Benghazi Blooper ** Blame The Ref! ** What's With The 'Binders Full Of Women', Mitt? ** Zinger O...

Boom! Top 10 Lines From The Second Presidential Debate Between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

Posted 10.17.2012 | UK Politics

It was a dramatic night in New York - a reinvigorated and re-energised Barack Obama arrived at Hofstra University eager to undo the damage that he had...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Cameron's 'Combishambles'

Posted 10.18.2012 | UK Politics

** Cameron's 'Combishambles' ** Heroic Hayes ** The MP, the aide and the "dirty tricks" cop" ** Report: Regulators Were Rubbish ** MP Expenses - They'...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Downing Street in 'Meltdown'?

Posted 10.20.2012 | UK Politics

** Downing Street In 'Meltdown'? ** "Retribution Is Not A Dirty Word" ** Great Train Snobbery, Part 2 ** Great Train Snobbery, Part 3 ** 100,000 Lefti...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'Rashomon' Comes To Westminster

Posted 10.21.2012 | UK Politics

** 'Rashomon' Comes To Westminster ** Cameron's 'Comfort Zone' ** Tough But Not So Intelligent ** Newsnight v Panorama ** Housing Benefit: The Inconve...

10 Foreign Policy Questions For Obama And Romney Tonight

| Posted 10.22.2012 | UK Politics

Far be it from me to try and give Bob Schieffer, veteran CBS anchor and moderator of tonight's third and final presidential debate, some advice on how to interrogate Messrs Obama and Romney on the subject of foreign policy. Nonetheless, given how hawkish both men will try and be, I couldn't resist putting together a list of ten questions - five for each candidate - that I would ask if I were moderating the debate in Boca Raton, Florida, this evening.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Romney And Obama Agree. A Lot.

Posted 10.22.2012 | UK Politics

** Romney And Obama Agree. A Lot. ** Poll: Who Won? ** Gaffe Of The Night ** 3 Issues They Forgot To Mention ** George's Big Day ** ** Cameron's Panel...

Nadine Dorries: George Osborne Is A 'Pernicious Influence' On David Cameron

Posted 10.24.2012 | UK Politics

Tory backbencher Nadine Dorries has launched a scathing attack on George Osborne, accusing him of being a “pernicious influence” on the economy an...