The Lion and the Unicorn

 

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Saturday, October 26, 2002

 
Peter meets Rhodri

Fulsome and bland.
 
After New Labour

The title of a new conference in Scotland attended by George Galloway, Andy Gilchrist, the Firefighters leader and Scottish Labour Party chairman: Richard Leonard. Note the connections betweeen the Scottish establishment and the radical left-wing, that is not replicated in England or Wales.
 
Scotland: Green Party depends upon tactical voting

The Green Party is putting forward 68 candidates on the regional lists for the next election and hope to raise their representation from 1 to 8. Minor parties are concentrating on the regional lists and the second vote in order to raise their presence, which could spell diminished numbers for the Lib Dems, Tories and the SNP.

Friday, October 25, 2002

 
<Citizenship rights are perversely reaffirmed

The court case brought by David Blunkett, the Home Secretary, confirmed that foreign nationals could be detained indefinitely under the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2002 "if they are considered a threat to national security". Lord Woolf pointed out that foreign nationals could be deported whereas British nationals could not, a crucial difference in considering their rights and Britain's security needs.

Liberty does point out that this is the re-introduction of internment for foreign nationals, like Abu Qatada, the notorious European ambassador for Al-Qaeda. He can always leave, but who would have him.
 
Doubts over Hain

Rhodri Morgan found little problem co-ordinating his policies with Paul Murphy, as they shared an office at Wesminster. However, Hain was the campaign manager for Alun Michael in 1998-1999, and could pose a problem for his future enthusiasms in the campaign of 2003 for the Welsh Assembly.
 
Reid lined up for Scottish election - October 25th 2002

John Reid, as the new Labour Party Chairman, knew McConnell at Stirling University and shares his dislike for the Chancellor. In his role as co-ordinator for the party leaders in the devolved regions, Reid will have an influence on the way that the Scottish election is won and appears to strengthen the ties between the metropolitan headquarters, the PM and the regions.