I thought I was coming down with a cold. I was wrong.
A few things I noticed today:
Nigel Farage has called for the “bankrupt” first past the post electoral system to be scrapped after new research found the UK Independence Party will come second in 100 seats but only win half a dozen MPs.
The Ukip leader told The Telegraph he wanted the proportion of votes a party wins across the country to be reflected in the number of seats it has in the Commons and hinted it might be a manifesto pledge.
I’m hoping they get as many seats as the Lib Dems used to have. At very least, I hope Nigel Farage is elected. He’d be a real breath of fresh air in Westminster.
And you really wouldn’t know that there’s an election only two months away.
No lessor official than European Commission President (and liar-when-it’s-serious) Jean-Claude Juncker has called for the creation of an EU army… in order to show Russia “that [The EU is] serious about defending European values.” Juncker explained an EU army would “help us fulfil Europe’s responsibilities in the world,” arguing that NATO was not enough since not all EU members are part of the alliance.
I wish they were defending European – or Western – values. But in fact they are the enemies of freedom and democracy. And an EU army would as likely as not be used against Europeans, as an internal police force.
The Alpine region of Carinthia faces probable bankruptcy after Austria’s central government refused to vouch for debts left by a disastrous banking expansion in eastern Europe and the Balkans.
It would be the first sub-sovereign default in Europe since the Lehman Brothers crisis, comparable in some respects to the bankruptcy of California’s Orange County in 1994 or the city of Detroit in 2013.
It’s all creeping north from the Med.
Decision to deny MPs a debate on plain packaging “absurd” says Conservative MP
Yes, it’s absurd and undemocratic and illiberal. But what else ever happens these days.