Modi's divisive politics will not only be bad for India's economy and volatile foreign affairs situation with Pakistan, but it will also tarnish the key values of secularism and liberty on which India has been founded. If it really is true that elephants never forget, here's hoping that India will vote more like an elephant when it comes to polling day!
No, not Farage. I think the Ukip party leader has had his fair share of headlines this past week. That other F word: feminism. For a word that's been around a good long time, it's gotten a whole lot of airtime over the past seven days. I can get quite heated on the topic. (I'm a woman who picked her university based on the fact Germaine Greer was a lecturer there.) In the past seven days there have been plenty of people, both male and female, ready to argue the toss. Personally, I subscribe to the Lena Dunham school of feminism...
In a sensational development the British National Party (the UK's neo-Nazi-alike to Greece's Golden Dawn) has denounced the United Kingdom Independence Party as tools of the Jews, sorry Zionists. In this one move the BNP has taken away a major line of attack against UKIP for the UK's Conservative Party and Prime Minister David Cameron.
I suspect in some ways the Ancient Greeks would have embraced social media as a medium for complimenting direct democracy and involving citizens in the political process, because it helps stimulate conversation, foster greater understanding of the political process and can act as a breeding ground for ideas.
You are unlikely to have heard of Kirk Sneade and, once this week is over you will probably never hear of him again. For readers who exist outside of the University of London bubble Sneade can be best described as the most controversial, and some would say interesting, candidate in a student election for a long time.
In the week that Kenyans went to the polls I was reminded of a morning three months ago walking through the streets of Freetown, Sierra Leone. The pace of the country's capital was not at its usual frantic level. Queues were steadily forming around voting booths, observers busy checking materials, and polling station staff working from morning to late into the night. It was the 17 November 2012, election day in Sierra Leone.
There is definitely, and often justifiably, a widespread sense of anger and disillusionment with Britain's political class, and Ukip's polling is a short term symptom of that. This is backed up by research from YouGov, who found that the surge in support for Ukip coincided with George Osborne's widely derided budget.
Anyone seeking elected office needs to rely on the media to help spread word of their activities and policies. This is particularly true for independent candidates, who lack access to an active supporter base that are well used to running campaigns, distributing leaflets and contacting voters. That has not happened here and while it is understandable that some object to the very idea of electing PCC's that does not change the situation: there will be an election for them on Thursday and voters should have been better served in learning about the candidates and their policies.