bookmark_borderBlair’s vision


It must be election day
Originally uploaded by Matito

I’m currently reading Alastair Campbell’s “The Blair Years”.

Lots of the really juicy stuff has been edited out, of course, but there’s still quite a lot of interesting details here and there.

For instance, on page 249 (5/10/97) it says this about Tony Blair’s thoughts on the political parties:

Second, Lib Dems. He was now moving towards an April reshuffle in which he would like to bring two Liberals into the Cabinet, with some kind of full-scale merger after the next election, with an electoral commission on AV for this time, ‘proper’ PR afterwards, at which point the Tories would be wiped out.

Apart from the problem that Blair seems not to have realised that many (most?) Libdems don’t consider themselves some kind of lost Labour members to be integrated at the behest of the Labour leader, he seems to have beeen incredibly naïve about how a multi-party democracy works.

If proportional representation is used, there is no need for big, broad parties, because smaller parties can get elected, too. So under PR, the Tories would never be wiped out, and there would be no point in merging Labour and the Libdems. The only point in merging those parties would be to increase their number of seats under first-past-the-post.

Also, no party can rule forever in a democracy. At some point, people will tire of it, and they’ll vote for alternatives. So although merging Labour and the Libdems might have prolonged the years in the wilderness for the Tories, people would have tired of the Labdems eventually, too.

The only way to wipe out a party is to give its voters something else to vote for.

Probably the best chance in recent decades for wiping out the Tories would have been for the Libdems to have overtaken the Tories under IDS in 2003, thus replacing the Tory-Labour system with a Labour-Libdem one.

Merging Labour and the Libdems would ultimately have strengthened the Tories, not wiped them out.

bookmark_borderCueCat


Still Working
Originally uploaded by denn

Inspireret af Trine kom jeg til at købe en CueCat, da jeg så en til en rimelig pris ($15) på LibraryThing.

Den er nem at bruge: Man kører den frem og tilbage over en stregkode, og den genererer så en streng af ASCII-tegn.

Fx vil en scanning af bogen Essentials of Cooking generere “.C3nZC3nZC3n2CxjXCxr7DxnY.cGf2.ENr7CNz0ENv2CNfZDxz3C3nZ.”

Noget software i LibraryThing omsætter det så til et ISBN-nummer og finder den på nettet. Nemt!

Og den virker fint under Linux. 🙂

bookmark_borderAltædende baby


I’ll just finish this pizza, ok?
Originally uploaded by PhylB

Nu har jeg jo godt nok aldrig haft en datter før, men er seks måneder ikke ret tidligt at begynde at spise pizza?

Hvad man ikke kan se på billedet, er, at hun ikke bare suttede på slicen, men rent faktisk klarede at fortære en god del af den, helt uden tænder!

Og som sædvanligt fik hun ikke noget galt i halsen – hvorfor anbefaler de dog at purere babymad? 😉

bookmark_borderStærkest

Jeg ser, at Naser Khader efter eksklusionen af Jørgen Poulsen har udtalt, at “nu er vi tilbage til drømmepositionen”.

Han uddyber, at “vi har måttet gå på kompromis med de ting, vi gerne ville, fordi der var så mange, der koblede sig til projektet”.

Det lader til, at Khader og Samuelsen er Ibsen-fans – i hvert fald er Khaders udtalelse jo nærmest identisk med konklusionen i En Folkefiende, nemlig at “den stærkeste mand i verden, det er han, som står mest alene”.

Jeg er ikke helt overbevist om, at man bør starte politiske partier, hvis man har den holdning…

bookmark_borderLast chance to see Bangladesh


Bangladesh: Dhaka
Originally uploaded by babasteve

There is a scary article about Bangladesh in The Independent. (The first half is much better, so feel free to stop reading when you’re halfway through.)

Basically, Bangladesh seems to be drowning already:

The seas are rising, so land is being claimed from the outside. (The largest island in the country, Bhola, has lost half its land in the past decade.) The rivers are super-charged, becoming wider and wider, so land is being claimed from within. (Erosion is up by 40 per cent). Cyclones are becoming more intense and more violent (2007 was the worst year on record for intense hurricanes here). And salt water is rendering the land barren. (The rate of saline inundation has trebled in the past 20 years.) “There is no question,” Dr Rahman said, “that this is being caused primarily by human action. This is way outside natural variation. If you really want people in the West to understand the effect they are having here, it’s simple. From now on, we need to have a system where for every 10,000 tons of carbon you emit, you have to take a Bangladeshi family to live with you. It is your responsibility.”


bookmark_borderStor pige


Anna drinking
Originally uploaded by viralbus

I dag fik vi en dejlig rogan josh-karryret til aftensmad.

Anna insisterede på at smage, og hun så ret glad ud, så vi blendede lidt ris, mælk og karrysovs til hende.

Det kunne hun vældig godt li’ (ikke lige så godt som øllebrød, skal det siges), men hun blev tørstig, så vi gav hende en kop vand med appelsinjuice.

Hun er allerede dygtig til at drikke af kopper – det er kun sutteflasker, hun ikke kan finde ud af – og hun kan også selv holde koppen.

I betragtning af, at hun kun er seks måneder gammel, synes jeg, hun er stor og dygtig!