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Friday, March 26, 2010
All right-thinking people would have noticed the increasing obscurity of the Shadow Chancellor, George Osborne. He is so nearly not there that even voters themselves can see the unfitting jigsaw of the Shadow Cabinet.
In British politics, the office of the Chancellor is an essential part of the government. Dubbed one of the four Great offices of State, the last time a Chancellor of the Exchequer was missing from the government had been over 180 years ago when then Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench Lord Denman acted as Chancellor pro tempore.
In present day politics and since then, the office had grown in strength and importance meaning that only decisive, active, confident, articulate
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
In the last week, we have continued to build up pressure on the Malawi on the case of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, the gay couple who has been in police detention since 29th December 2009 charged for being gay. And yesterday, African Lesbians and Gays UK, with the support of OutRage demonstrated in front of the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.
In the weeks preceding the March 22nd (yesterday) verdict in court, we wrote to the Commonwealth and Malawi High Commission, to our MPs and MEPs and the Foreign office. Response from Baroness Kinnock, Minister of State for Africa sent to me via my MP, Diane Abbott and my local area London Assembly member, Jeanette Arnold both confirmed that the UK government is actively
Monday, March 22, 2010
Obama's healthcare victory today may not be liked and accepted by the whole of America; the Republicans and other conservatives may stand against it, but what stands out today is that the man, the president, has finally planted a legacy. This will surely go down in history as one step of boldness and resistance.
Shortly after, Senator John McCain bleating on the BBC that they "will repeal it" by challenging it in the towns, courts and everywhere-ever-else. And although that may be true, Obama's success today will remain in the annals of history for having achieved what a few former presidents and their administration failed to get as far as this.
However, the arguments and political squabbles that engulfed this reform since its initiation would not have been as sour as seen had Obama at some point paused and thought. Obama seemed too paranoid and choked in his ambition; he acted narrowly and it nearly became a self-glorifying point to make. That has resulted in a stagnant administration that is yet, regardless of this success today, to achieve any of the 'we can' of the campaign days.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
On December 29th 2009, as most people in Malawi celebrated Christmas, a time they will say is for love, two other people also decided to do just the same by expressing their love for each other.
26 year old Steven Monjeza and his boyfriend, 20 year old Tiwonge Chimbalanga (both pictured left) celebrated their engagement to each in the open as all other relationships has been done in the Malawi from time immemorial. But what faced them later was beyond comprehension.
Steven and Tiwonge will be in court tomorrow, March 22nd 2010 to hear their punishment for being in same-sex love. They have been charged with the offence of homosexuality and under the contradicting
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
When people talk about the dangers of repressive and discriminatory laws, it doesn't come any more real to a passer-by as the victim sees it. But such is all other conditions in human life. We are therefore always in danger of exaggerating or under-estimating those situations. And whichever stance we take, the truth remains that we can never imagine the full reality of them.
As a Nigerian, I have continued to campaign in my own little way for a better life and equality without persecution and discrimination for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) people in my country; mainly because it directly affects me and largely because such should not be the lot of any human. It is a sorry and an appalling situation where laws are made based on sentiments and individuals' moral standards than based on fairness, justice and facts. Such laws end up being blind to reason and become a tool for oppression, destruction and deprivation.
The irrationality of this situation is questionable since it is ignorant of the other person. In equation, it is only
Drop the charges and repeal anti-gay laws
Commonwealth must condemn homophobic persecution in Malawi
You are invited to join the protest against the arrest, trial and imprisonment of the Malawian same-sex couple, Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, on charges of homosexuality. They face up to 14 years jail.
Please copy this and email to all your friends, and ask them to attend.
When: Monday 22 March
Time: 12.30pm to 2pm
Where: Commonwealth Secretariat's head office, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX.
By the corner of Pall Mall and St James's Street. See here:http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&source=hp&q=commonwealth%20secretariat%20london&aql=&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wl
Nearest tubes: Green Park, Charing Cross and Piccadilly Circus
If you cannot attend, please send a message of protest to Dr. Francis Moto, High Commission of Malawi, 70 Winnington Road, London N2 0TX, United Kingdom. Telephone: 020 8455 5624, Fax: 020 3235 1066, Email: email@example.com
Sunday, March 14, 2010
The claim that the Higher Education Minister, David Lammy MP will give a lecture on Monday accusing out-of-touch (black) fathers of being the basis of social problems among young people is quite disturbing and disappointing. I would expect more dignity than this from such a respected MP.
According to the BBC website, Mr. Lammy will say that "what many women want for Mothers' Day can't be given by their children - it is more engaged fathers." This is a complete and unrivalled insult to majority of single parents – both men and women – who have done their best and produced proud and successful individuals who continue to contribute to the society.
Mr. Lammy's speech smacks of old rhetoric of religion, tradition and macho-manism that continue to trap some people in the mud of time. As he rightly said somewhere down in his 'supposed lecture', "it is" obviously "not just the structure of families that matters." Therefore his lecture could rather focus on encouraging women to continue making themselves available to take up their place in the society just as in the home. That way, they could be part of decision making on policies that go round to affect our homes. It is not whether a father or mother is there, it is whether whoever is there is leading and living a life worthy of emulation.
The age-old accusation of single parenthood being the cause of crime, homosexuality and all that nonsense should be eschewed by civilised people like him... that is if he is at all.
It is Mothers' Sunday, it should be a time to praise women and ask them to continue. But to use to it to say that their work is failing because a man is not there is a slap in the face.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Nearly five years into that hope, it is completely disappointing that the change was rather from black to grey making it even worse to know what the Conservatives now stand for.
What with the chameleonic approach to policy-making, a result of indecisiveness. In the past year alone, Mr. Cameron's team has remoulded their policies and fail promises persistently than a woman in a fashion store. From Europe to family tax break to public spending cut to all what – if – ever they have anything. While the above is a total disenchantment, it is also good because it helps the electorates fear what may become if the team is allowed to power.
For all that we can see, his attempted Healthcare reform – which if well implemented would be a thumb up for America, - has become so heated it may only end up leaving the USA in worse political health than any good biological health can contain. But Obama must push on he believes, that is good. However, with so much giving ground, it is clear the Healthcare reform may come out to be a regret after all.
But Obama could at least maintain his reputation in the international circle by retaining his allies and friends. By so doing, he will have support when the very crowd that carried him shoulder high drops him to stamp their feet and spat at him... for Jesus, it took only 5 days from being hailed to being crucified.
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
As the 'Ashcroft-Hague-Cameron' deceit engulfed our very interesting and non-stop eventful politics, for many, it has been difficult not to sink into the party poly-tricks side of it.
The Tories, decided to pick the fight with Labour party as usual because, as they have constantly demonstrated in the contest for the next general election, it is all about party politics or character assassination; appalling.
Lord Paul of the Labour party however has set the record distinctively today by flagging up the difference between him and Lord Ashcroft. Nevertheless, this does not mean that either party is right to have allowed these partial residents to be making laws for full residents.
Away from that, the deceit that went with Ashcroft's case is unacceptable and hence non-comparable to
Sunday, March 07, 2010
The case of Lord Ashcroft's tax, income, residency, politics, and all what there is [or] and are, seems quite strange on how everyone of us is jumping on the blame. From all angle, I do think that Ashcroft is very right and sensible to avoid the high rate of tax here since he can afford to. After all, he earns those monies outside of the UK so its justifiable; taxes should be paid where the money is made after all.
However, two problems exist in this particular case. One is his main problem for the deceit it seemed he used to be in the upper house and the other is for handsome Dave, Mr. Cameron.
It is completely dangerous that someone who does not fully live in a place nor contribute robustly (partial tax)
The news that Fiji has finally seen the lights and joined the list of countries with a fondness for freedom is a welcomed circumstance. The newly reformed Fiji National Crimes Decree on 1 February 2010 decriminalized consensual homosexuality. According to UNAIDS knowledge centre, this legislation makes Fiji the first Pacific Island nation to expunge the colonial-era sodomy laws that decriminalizes sex between men.
Friday, March 05, 2010
Lord Norman Tebbit's belly-ache today at the new victory in the House of Lords vote to allow religious places to make their own decision on holding/celebrating Civil Partnerships for same-sex couples is clearly not a surprise. It rather goes to confirm what one suspects; that the Conservative Party of United Kingdom has actually not changed as handsome Cameron wants us to believe.
This or that his own team are continuously trying to stab him in the back. Between last July and now, when David Cameron did a backyard apology on and about Section 28, little has changed to suggest any truth in
Among many useful issues that the (Western) media and press should focus on as President Zuma (pictured) of South Africa came calling at London's Downing Street, it is completely appalling that more energy was invested into criticising him for polygamy than talking real politicking... what really is the problem of this present world?
There is the issue of HIV that the South African government has failed to rein in; which in turn has left the country with orphans of various disabling capabilities. Or the destroying effects of homophobia against lesbians that is leaving many gay women in trauma? Even general women rights in South Africa is at a