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July 04, 2005 || 2:47 pm
Happy Independence Day
Happy Independence Day!
It's very quiet here. Everyone's gone to the beach, or having a family reunion, or something. I'm on English schedule, so I'm working, answering emails, etc...
So from the world of English politics, two mini-rants.
How can Demos be so crass? Hoodie Two-shoes? do they know how patronising and naff that sounds? I'm afraid that, if you need to know why young people feel left out of political discourse, look no further. I've read the report, too...and I'm not overly impressed. It's a good start, but I feel that the fact they were funded by the Big Lottery Fund shows - there are masses of case studies out there that are more enlightening and interesting than the five they chose. Plus, some international context would have been interesting, especially of the USA where the culture of community groups/non-profits is so different. But I'm getting on my high horse as I've spent the last six months researching international precedents in this area and I live and work daily with US non-profits...
And it seems like John Prescott is an icon to American progressives. Scary. Makes us sound very 'old Europe' - massive public spending, etc. No mention of PPPs, PFIs and how Prescott is at the mercy of the mass homebuilders.
And here's a link to the Declaration of Independence itself - still, 229 years on, a magnificent piece of prose.
For what it's worth, yes I do.
By 11:15 am, at
I don't consider criticism as automatically flaming - and I'm sorry if it came across that way. But the high profile of Demos means that you should be prepared for criticism when you don't live up to the high standards that you set yourselves.
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