Saturday, 9 April 2011

Templeton Award, privacy, Euro crisis, coalition rumbles

Lord Rees was given a cash award (atheists understand monetisation theory very well) and no sooner had the famous economist Evan Davis, of Radio 4, interviewed Lewis Wolpert and Peter Atkins (just before the Chief Rabbi), then the blogosphere started humming .  Letters were being written, tweets sent and eventually a concordat was agreed in the Guardian: see  http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/apr/08/martin-rees-templeton). 

It wasn't a good week for Mr Murdoch or the coalition government in the UK.  Mr Murdoch has had to issue an apology regarding some eavesdropping matter affecting the great and the good.  (http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/notw/public/nol_public_news/1266448/News-International-statement-News-of-the-World-says-sorry.html)

Strangely, this coincided with an appearance in the House of Commons committee by a senior law officer; and both the News of the World and The Guardian getting some press awards. 

There was a noticeable silence around many papers regarding the phone hacking scandal.  This is an area in which many lawyers are likely to clean up and where the cover-up may yet to be revealed.  Arrests have been made and in common with other media, we shall assume the innocence of the accused parties until proved guilty.  Some resemblance to other cover-ups may be discerned, but we have said enough on that already.

Mr Lansley's plans have been Clegged and the unholy trinity of Clegg, Cameron and Lansley tried to relaunch a programme of health reforms within the English NHS.  Mr Clegg was opening his heart out in a celebrity interview and even some of the panelists on Radio 4's Any Questions thought the piling of ordure on Mr Clegg was unfair.  Given that the whole Any Questions concordat thought that Lansley's plans were a disaster and that Cameron should have seen this one coming, one could have been forgiven for feeling some remorse for previous comments about Clegg on this blog.  This did not last long.  Clegg has walked into so many traps that there ought to be a word "declegged" in the same way that obstructions in engines can be de-coked using unleaded plus or extra. 

The eurozone has come in for yet another crisis.  Four countries were identified sometime ago as the PIGS: Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain.  Some economists consider that other countries should be included.  The euro crisis started in Greece, spread to Ireland and has now hit Portugal with much bailing out, stress-testing transparency and more borrowing to pay the debts.  This sounds like another classic infinite regress. 

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