Entries by Mehdi Hasan from 12/2012

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Osborne Ain't Gonna Budge On Austerity

Posted 12.02.2012 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Sunday 2nd December 2012... 1) WHEN THE FACTS CHANGE, I DON'T CHANGE MY MIND The chancellor George Osborne ha...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Wake Up And Smell The Taxes

Posted 12.02.2012 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Monday 3rd December 2012... 1) WAKE UP AND SMELL THE TAXES It's tax avoidance week. From the BBC: "Global ...

Debunking the Five Biggest Media Myths About the Leveson Report

| Posted 12.03.2012 | UK Politics

There are plenty of legitimate arguments to be made against the judge's recommendations but can we please get our facts straight? And drop all the references to "positively Orwellian" measures and "Mugabe's Zimbabwe"? Ahead of this afternoon's debate in the Commons on press regulation, here's my modest attempt to debunk the five biggest media myths about the Leveson report.

Jonathan Portes, Economist, Says Osborne Told 'Untruths' In Commons To Try And Discredit Him

Posted 12.04.2012 | UK Politics

On the eve of the chancellor's Autumn Statement, Mehdi Hasan meets leading economist Jonathan Portes to discuss the prospects for growth, the failure ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Lots Of Pain, Not So Much Gain

Posted 12.04.2012 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Wednesday 5th December 2012... 1) LOTS OF PAIN, NOT SO MUCH GAIN Poor ol' Gideon. He can't even get his sea...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Triple Dip Or Triple A?

Posted 12.05.2012 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Thursday 6th December 2012... 1) BREAKING: GEORGE OSBORNE ON TODAY Evan Davis has just interviewed chancellor...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Osborne Vs The Disabled

Posted 12.06.2012 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Friday 7th December 2012... 1) OSBORNE VS THE DISABLED Remember how George Osborne claimed on Wednesday that ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: The War On The War On Benefits

Posted 12.08.2012 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Sunday 9th December 2012... 1) THE WAR ON THE WAR ON BENEFITS The Observer splash reads: "Ed Miliband to w...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Time To Decriminalise Dope?

Posted 12.09.2012 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Monday 10th December 2012... 1) TIME TO DECRIMINALISE DOPE? From the BBC: "The government is being urged ...

The Scot Destined To Lead Germany

Posted 12.10.2012 | UK Politics

Meet David McAllister. He was last week mooted as Merkel’s heir apparent at Germany’s ruling conservative Christian Democratic Union party confere...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Do You Know Who My Boss Is?

Posted 12.11.2012 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on the most anticipated day of the year, 12/12/12 (yep, you read that right)... 1) DO YOU KNOW WHO MY BOSS IS? Y...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Gove Goes To War

Posted 12.12.2012 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Thursday 13th December 2012 (doesn't have the ring of 12/12/12, does it?)... 1) GOVE GOES TO WAR From the Gua...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: The Segregation Myth

Posted 12.13.2012 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Friday 14th December... 1) THE SEGREGATION MYTH Oh look, yet more proof that we never ever talk about immigra...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Ukip Up, Ukip Down

Posted 12.15.2012 | UK Politics

As I'm about to run off to debate Tory MP Chris Skidmore on welfare reform on BBC1's Sunday Politics at 11am, here are the five (not ten! Sorry!) thin...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'Coalition Act Two'

Posted 12.17.2012 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Monday 17th December 2012... 1) COALITION ACT TWO Remember 'differentiation'? The fancy word coined by Lib De...

Strivers vs Shirkers? Ten Things They Don't Tell You About the Welfare Budget

| Posted 12.17.2012 | UK Politics

With the Conservative Party unveiling a new ad campaign in marginal seats, which basically divides voters into hard-working 'strivers' and stay-at-home 'shirkers', and with Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg launching on attack on universal benefits, it seems the perfect time to debunk ten key myths about the UK's welfare budget and, specifically, 'out of work benefits'.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'Ukip If You Want To'

Posted 12.17.2012 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Tuesday 18th December 2012... 1) UKIP IF YOU WANT TO More bad news for the Conservative Party; more good new...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: The Tories Vs The Police

Posted 12.20.2012 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Thursday 20th December 2012... 1) THE TORIES VS THE POLICE Amusing to see how the Tories are falling over eac...

Trussell Trust Food Bank Boss Chris Mould Says Ministers Lack Empathy With The Poor

Posted 12.20.2012 | UK Politics

The head of the UK’s largest provider of food banks has launched a scathing attack on the government’s welfare reforms and rhetoric, accusing mini...

More Families Left Homeless At Christmas

Posted 12.24.2012 | UK Politics

The number of homeless families staying in bed-and-breakfast accommodation has doubled in a year, according to official figures. Between 2010 and 2...

Government To Make Major Changes To State Pension Based On Life Expectancy

Posted 12.24.2012 | UK Politics

Britons will have to wait longer to receive a state pension under a government plan that will see future increases in pension age linked to fast-risin...

Dawkins Is Wrong - Religion Is Rational

| Posted 12.24.2012 | UK Politics

In trying to disparage 'faith', Dawkins and his allies constantly confuse 'evidence' with 'proof'; those of us who believe in God do so without proof but not without evidence. As the Oxford theologian (and biophysicist) Alister McGrath has observed: "Our beliefs may be shown to be justifiable, without thereby demonstrating that they are proven."

ICM Poll: Three In Five Voters Back Gay Marriage

Posted 12.27.2012 | UK Politics

More than three in five voters support David Cameron's wish to introduce gay marriage, according to a poll conducted for the Guardian. The strong back...

Prosperous Pensioners Should Give Winter Fuel Payment To Charity, Says Minister

Posted 12.27.2012 | UK Politics

Prosperous middle-class pensioners who do not need their winter fuel payment should give the money to poorer old people or good causes, the charities ...

Is Former Labour Chancellor Alistair Darling Planning To Quit Parliament?

Posted 12.27.2012 | UK Politics

Former chancellor Alistair Darling is planning to quit at the next election in a huge blow for Ed Miliband, The Sun can reveal. The Scottish MP is ...