Entries by Mehdi Hasan from 01/2013

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Sealed With A Wink

Posted 01.02.2013 | UK Politics

Happy New Year and welcome to 2013 - the first year not to contain a repeated digit since 1987. As we wait for MPs to return next week, here are th...

George Osborne Claims £949 Trip To Champions League Final Was 'To Discuss Eurozone'

Posted 01.02.2013 | UK Politics

Chancellor George Osborne blew nearly £1,000 of taxpayers’ cash on a trip to Germany that let him watch his team win the ­Champions League. The...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Child Benefit 'Chaos'

Posted 01.02.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday 3rd January 2012... 1) CHILD BENEFIT 'CHAOS' Remember the chancellor's controversial decision to sc...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Labour's Not-So-Blank Sheet Of Paper

Posted 01.03.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 4th January 2012... 1) LABOUR'S NOT-SO-BLANK SHEET OF PAPER Labour leader Ed Miliband is often mocked...

Wind Farm Protesters Backed By Tory Planning Minister Nick Boles

Posted 01.04.2013 | UK Politics

People opposed to onshore wind farms should not have their views "ridden over roughshod", the planning minister has told the energy minister in a priv...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 2020? You'll Be Lucky

Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Sunday 6th January 2013... 1) 2020? You'll Be Lucky Dozens of Tory backbenchers - as well as the mayor of Lo...

Revealed: Soldiers, Nurses And Teachers Hit By Benefit Curbs

Posted 01.06.2013 | UK Politics

Half a million soldiers, nurses and teachers will have their income slashed under the coalition's benefits crackdown, according to a new report. The c...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: The Return Of The Dave & Nick Show

Posted 01.06.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Monday 7th January 2013... 1) THE RETURN OF THE DAVE AND NICK SHOW Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it's th...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Dave Won't Win

Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Tuesday 8th January 2013... 1) DAVE WON'T WIN Last March, I penned a column which was entitled: "Why the odds...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: The Poor Get Poorer Next Up, Pensioners

Posted 01.09.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Wednesday 9th January 2013... 1) THE POOR GET POORER. NEXT UP, PENSIONERS Surprise, surprise - from the Huffi...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Barack Obama Vs Nigel Farage

Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Thursday 10th January 2013... 1) BARACK OBAMA VS NIGEL FARAGE Yesterday, it was Richard Branson and a bunch...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 1% For You, 32% For Us

Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Friday 11 January 2013... 1% FOR YOU, 32% FOR US Who says MPs are out of touch, eh? From the Mirror's splash:...

Six Questions - and Answers - About Zero Dark Thirty

| Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Entertainment

Zero Dark Thirty is a well-made and entertaining film but its entire plotline is built on a lie: that the torture of detainees by the CIA produced the intelligence which led the US to Osama Bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan. The movie effectively excuses and implicitly condones the torture that was done.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Withdraw From The EU? 'Mad,' Says PM

Posted 01.12.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Sunday 13 January 2013... 1) WITHDRAW FROM THE EU? 'MAD,' SAYS PM It feels like the early 1990s, with the pap...

'Mad' To Leave The EU, Cameron Tells Friends

Posted 01.13.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron thinks it would be ‘mad’ for Britain to leave the EU and is secretly backing a move by Tory MPs to warn of the perils of cutting all...

Ken Clarke And Peter Mandelson Join Forces To Fight Eurosceptics

Posted 01.13.2013 | UK Politics

Tory grandee Ken Clarke is joining forces with Labour peer Lord Mandelson in a historic cross-party bid to turn back the rising tide of Euroscepticism...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Are You In Or Out?

Posted 01.14.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Monday 14 January 2013... 1) ARE YOU IN OR OUT? The prime minister David Cameron has been on the Today progra...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: The Great Political Sulk

Posted 01.14.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Tuesday 15 January 2012.. 1) 'THE GREAT POLITICAL SULK' Last week, the PM and Deputy PM were renewing their...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Fiddling The Figures

Posted 01.16.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Wednesday 16 January 2013... 1) 'FIDDLING THE FIGURES' Coalition ministers - led by George Osborne and Iain D...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Cable Vs Cameron

Posted 01.17.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Thursday 17 January 2013... 1) CABLE VS CAMERON First there was an American diplomat. Then a German politicia...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: The Waiting Game

Posted 01.17.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Friday 18 January 2013... 1) THE WAITING GAME What on earth were the Algerians thinking? From the BBC: ...

To Sell Arms, Britain Turns Blind Eye To Algeria's Human Rights Record

Posted 01.18.2013 | UK Politics

The plight of British hostages caught up in a violent siege at a gas facility in the Algerian desert has drawn attention not just to the activities of...

Conservative And Labour Politicians In UK Invoke Obama On Economy

Posted 01.18.2013 | UK Politics

LONDON -- In March 2012, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne jetted off to the United States for a series of meetings a...

Mehdi's 'Sunday Lunchtime' Memo: 'A Vicious and Cowardly Attack'

Posted 01.20.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Sunday 20 January 2013... 1) 'A VICIOUS AND COWARDLY ATTACK' From the Press Association: "David Cameron ha...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: A 'Jinxed' Speech

Posted 01.20.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Monday 21 January 2013... 1) A 'JINXED' SPEECH So, it seems the long-awaited, much-delayed, 'tantric' speech ...