I have a bit of a bugbear. In a sense, it could be considered a nuanced thing, but at the same time it is crucial to understand the issue if we are to properly evaluate our political decisions. It has relevance at all scales, from over-arching ideologies to minutiae of enacting policy.
The itch I have is this: when we hold a position – be it religious, political or economic – it is important to remember that how we implement said stance is often more important than the particular position itself. You may be thinking to yourselves, “What is he on about? Surely, whether I am a liberal/conservative/Christian/Muslim is more important than how I am a liberal/conservative/Christian/Muslim?”. The same argument could be made for economic theories and policies. I would assert that, in most cases, this is not the case.
Zero Dark Thirty tells the story of the hunt for, and execution of, America’s deadliest foe – Osama bin Laden. There has been much controversy surrounding the release of Zero Dark Thirty. This is one of those films which are inextricably linked to their moment in time, and the strength of feeling surrounding the issues involved was bound to generate some kind of media frenzy. Kathryn Bigelow has herself termed the film ‘journalistic’ in style and substance and it has been this assertion that has hyped the media balloon.
There is, in a sense, a kind of journalistic documentary-style integrity to what she has produced (given the known lack of integrity in journalism, despite the stated aims). But it is, ultimately, a movie. The plot centres around Maya (Jessica Chastain, Lawless), a young CIA field agent charged with finding the elusive binLaden. The synergies between the different forms of incoming intelligence and between the main characters form the matrix that binds the film together – and effectively so. Continue reading
Things have been pretty hectic on my end here this week, so I’ve been a bit neglectful of my fine and loyal readers. Let me give you a bit of an update on what’s been going down at politicoid over the last week. Readership is growing exponentially, so that is obviously wicked. Sadly, I haven’t had time to write a huge amount as I have been working my ass off at the day job, and I kind of burned myself out.
The main news this week is relating to politicoidal blogospheric domination. First, my articles on the hydraulic fracturing issue were published on www.frackfreedorset.com, so people are starting to hear the word – and believe it. Continue reading
Some time ago, around the inaugruration of the ConDem coalition, I wrote about the the potential of the new governments Universal Credit scheme and the looming Workfare programme. Well, finally I have got round to continuing the analysis now that we have had a couple of years to see how it has all panned out. Shockingly enough the answer is: not very well.
The coalition’s workfare scheme has been one of the government’s most high profile policy directives since they came to power. On the face of it, the idea sounds great. Continue reading
All of us, at one time or another, have had it impressed upon us that there are certain things one does not speak of in polite company. Here at politicoid, it is fair to say that we are quite opinionated. Naturally, we consider the aforementioned opinions to be almost 100% correct. It is therefore advisable that under no circumstances are we ever let loose on polite society. To inappropriately paraphrase Dr. Martin Luther King, there are some things of which I am proud to be impolite.
In the interests of clarifying our position on various political and philosophical issues, it would seem that a series of comment pieces on some enduring controversies would be expeditious. These questions have defied humanity’s talent for solving problems, despite the answers’ being blindingly apparent to the rational mind. Continue reading
Last week Ecevit Sanli, a 40-year-old member of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), strolled into the American embassy in Ankara and detonated an explosive laden jacket, killing himself, a Turkish guard, and wounding a journalist. While last year’s embassy bombing in Benghazi and, more recently, the French incursion into Mali have supplied the foreign policy establishment more than ample opportunity to trumpet the danger of radical jihadists, the DHKP-C’s position as a Marxist organization has challenged the seemingly unimpeachable narrative that Islamism is at the core of anti-western violence in the Middle East.