So Nicolas Maduro, successor of Hugo Chavez, has won a narrow victory in Venezuela's presidential poll? Yeah right! Allied predicted this “result” some months back here.
Allegedly Mr Maduro won 50.7% of the vote against 49.1% for opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. The Venezuelan electronic voting system has already been declared open to fraud by even Jimmy Carter. It’s been used again for pro Chavez party votes.
The greatest tribute to Margaret Thatcher, who died on Monday, has been paid by the Marxists and former coal miners of Great Britain, who have been celebrating the passing of the Iron Lady by having celebratory drinks and even street parties (which predictably turned to violence in Brixton and Glasgow).
In Brixton, a charity shop window was smashed by crowds holding banners saying ‘The bitch is dead’ and ‘Rejoice, rejoice, Thatcher is dead’.
In George Square, Glasgow – the scene of the 1989 poll tax protests – 300 people toasted her death with champagne and party poppers.
Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher has died at 87 following a stroke, her spokesman has said.
Lord Bell said: "It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning."
Baroness Thatcher was Conservative prime minister from 1979 to 1990 and the best twentieth century Prime Minister Britain possibly ever had.
It was a busy weekend for Grand National winner Ryan Mania - or should that be manic? Apologies for the probably over-used joke of the last few days aside, his win and subsequent fall in the next day’s 15:10 St John Lee Handicap Hurdle was a microcosm of the highs and lows of the Grand National racing weekend. Ecstatic outsider victories with thrilling-to-watch finishes but tragic falls killing horses and injuries jockeys, the Grand National definitely captures the full spectrum of emotions.
The world is often awash with cautious fear and concern over North Korea’s militarisation. It is difficult to know how seriously the ‘paranoid rhetoric’ is, given that little is known about the situation of the hermit nation apart from the repeated reports of nuclear tests in the country. It is thought that by some speculators that the assertive rhetoric directed towards South Korea, the USA and, this week, the UK is genuinely aggressive or instead a self-vindicating ploy to justify their growing nuclear abilities and a means to uniting the nation behind the new leader Kim Jong-un. All in all, North Korea is an inscrutable nation and we will know little about their actual motivations unless something actually happens – in essence, it may be best not to know for now.
2013 World Series of Poker
Card game enthusiasts and card specialists will come together once again in Las Vegas, Nevada for the 44th Annual World Series of Poker. The events will run from 29 May to 15 July, with a November event for the Nine-format competition. The WSOP is the main competition event above all other international tournaments like the World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour.
So David Miliband has resigned from politics to run the International Rescue Committee charity in New York. He has described the job as his “dream job” and many have begun to eulogize a political career that was relatively brief at only 12 years, ending at the relatively meagre age of 47. This is itself reflects the increasingly youthful nature of politics with Cameron and Clegg both in their mid-40s and looking set to end their frontline political careers in their early 50s at the latest - a time when politicians used to begin their careers.
There can be no doubt that UKIP is a serious threat to the Conservative Party and to its chances at the next election. Even with dire Red Ed Milifoot in charge of Labour – so the polls confirm – Labour will win the 2015 election outright as the Conservatives suffer from a combination of a UKIP surge and the Liberal Democrats’ puny failure last year to agree to boundary changes.
It was all going so well for Boris. The success of the Olympics portrayed him as our lovable eccentric mayor, leading our great city to a monumental worldwide success. He became that rarest of things in the current political climate – a popular Tory politician; in fact, that rarest of things given the apathy and disdain for politics in general among the population – a popular politician. He’s always been a love-or-hate character (though I’m actually quite indifferent). The Tory old-guard believe his ‘I don’t care what people think’ eccentricities are a breath of fresh air, his background of a double first in classics and his weekly columns in the Telegraph vindicating his significant capabilities while his scruffiness, humour and self-deprecation make him somewhat identifiably human – in a good way. He is also loathed by many as being elitist, scruffy, pompous and incompetent – a stereotype of what is wrong with the Tories.
The world has been watching Britain as it has struggled between the ideas of a completely free press – such as in the US – and one where the press is regulated to the point where a recent phone hacking scandal and other press misbehaviour does not repeat itself ever again.