Week of Dec 26 – Jan 2

author: sparkhurst 12:37 pm EST December 26, 2011
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day. 1-2-12

PM: This is the year we go for it

David Cameron has pledged to use the "global drama" of the Olympics and Queen's Diamond Jubilee to help get Britain back on track. 1-1-12

A nation united can recover its confidence

The Olympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee offers an opportunity for us to reassert that common identity from which we have always derived strength. 12-31-11

David Cameron must offer us more than just bread and circuses

The Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee offer the Prime Minister the chance to persuade voters that the Government has a broader vision.

Let this be the year democracy shines its beacon as it should

Politicians may often prove feeble, but the forthcoming elections across the world are still something to celebrate

Labour is trailing the Tories, and here are the reasons why

The voters are not impressed with Ed Miliband - and they certainly don't trust the party on the economy. 12-30-11

Oh Maggie

Guardian critic Xan Brooks writes that the biopic The Iron Lady, with Meryl Streep, gives us 'Thatcher without Thatcherism' – glossing over what a controversial and divisive political figure she was. Did you admire the real Iron Lady?


How will technology influence the news in 2012?

Predicting the next year's news is a fool's errand, but looking at technological trends could give us a hint


Rick Perry's election evolution: versions 1.0 through 4.0

A handy month-by-month guide to the, er, evolution of the Texas governor from squinty executioner to goofily devout evangelical


Poor people! Stop paying taxes!

Who gains from a system where we pay tax, then get some of the money back in benefits, and then pay tax on the benefits?

Vote Obama – if you want a centrist Republican for US president

Because Barack Obama has adopted so many core Republican beliefs, the US opposition race is a shambles


When parents move heaven and earth

A bad state school condemns children to think seven sevens are 68, says Cristina Odone.

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