Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Plummeting Time

CBS News Poll: Bush Ratings At All-Time Low

First the good news - the Ape Emperor's ratings in his homeland are falling at an all-time low at 34%. Cheney's also right down at 18%. Maybe it's time for the grassroots to emerge. Slate also have questions about Homeland Security and USA Today report that governors of the Western States are tackling global warming themselves despite a White House in denial. Best of all, one of the architects of PNAC (Project for the New American Century) has done a double-turn and reckons the epic plan should be consigned to the dustbin of history. A bit late, but better now than never.

Yesterday's UK report by the independent Power Commission has been rapidly embraced by both Liberal Democrats and Conservatives. Most other small parties too. Embarrassing criticism for the Prime Preacher, it also includes some of the notions that might, or might not, be on the agenda of that leader-in-perpetual-waiting, Gordon Brown. It would be odd to find all parties supporting similar reform come the next election.

In essence, it is claimed that Britain's future as a democracy is dependent on greater voter participation on key issues, more proportional representation, greater parliamentary accountability from the party in government and fully elected membership of institutions like the House of Lords. Although not explicitly, it suggests a future of electronic empowerment for the electorate rather than Blair's apparant vision of electronic state supression. Coverage here in the Independent today and yesterday.


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