Archive for January, 2011

Social media in Egypt

January 31, 2011

Katie Couric posted the link to an interesting story about the role social media played in organising demonstrations in Egypt.


Egyptian promise

January 31, 2011

The people of Egypt have made it clear to President Mubarak that it’s time for him to release his grip on power and leave office. Democracy is the order of the day and the events of Tunisia have acted as a template for Egyptians.

The United States government doesn’t appear to be rushing to the Mubarak’s aid. Their only comment so far has been the need for a “orderly transition” towards a democratic future in the country. I’m sure both the U.S and UK governments would like to see democracy come to the Egypt, but at the same time, they know they’d be losing an important ally in the region who has been of great importance to them in the past. The other thing that comes with change is the unknown. Should Mubarak step down, then who shall take his place?

Already there are disagreements between Mohamed ElBaradei and opposition group, The Muslim Brotherhood. Will democracy win out should either of these take control or will repression remain and silence the voices that cry out so desperately for change. We should have our answer in a few days.

The richness of Meritocracy

January 31, 2011

Just watched Andrew Neil’s film on the beeb. Called Posh and Posher: Why Public Schoolboys run Britain, it looked at the lack of meritocracy in British politics. The overwhelming majority of the coalition Government consists of the privately educated. Of 119 ministers, 66% went to private school, 10% went to Eton and 75% are millionaires. This in a country where only 7% of the population are in private education.

The Labour Party, are also seeing more of its members come from the private school background. A third of the shadow cabinet is from Oxbridge. With cuts to public services and job losses mounting up, it is hard to believe that those from such backgrounds can really relate to the working and middle classes and their everyday struggles. With the demise of meritocracy in this country, Government will just become a bit like the stepford wives. No personality and no variety.

Clubs in London

January 28, 2011


January 28, 2011