Estamos praticamente reféns de um governo incompetente e à deriva desde Dezembro. Reféns de uma alegada pseudo-estabilidade política que aparentemente nos concederia juros mais aceitáveis, o que não ocorreu. Reféns de um primeiro-ministro que para manter-se em funções sacrifica um país e uma geração. É preciso dizer basta!

Mais achas para a fogueira

Paul Krugman está muito preocupado com a possibilidade de Alex Weber, presidente do Bundesbank, tornar-se o próximo presidente do Banco Central Europeu. Para Krugman, à frente do BCE não pode estar um falcão da política monetária, os países da UE devem contrair mais dívida, ter uma política fiscal comum e que a economia mundial necessita de um segundo pacote de estímulo económico. Alguém ainda leva Krugman a sério?

Mahmoud Abbas e o bloqueio israelita à Faixa de Gaza

No Haaretz:

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is opposed to lifting the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip because this would bolster Hamas, according to what he told United States President Barack Obama during their meeting at the White House Wednesday. Egypt also supports this position.

Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg to win the General Election? Has someone put something in the water supply? Por Boris Johnson.

What has happened to us all, when serious papers can start raving about “Prime Minister Clegg”? Has someone put something in the water supply? Has some sulphur yellow cloud descended imperceptibly from Iceland and addled our brains? These are Lib Dems we are talking about! They say anything to anyone. They are not so much two-faced as positively polycephalous. They go around every university campus promising to abolish “Labour’s unfair tuition fees” – while dear Cleggie tells his party conference that this policy, this cardinal Lib Dem policy, would cost £12 billion and that the country can’t afford it. In the north of England you will find plenty of Lib Dem literature extolling their “mansion tax”, a proposal on which they remain deafeningly silent in places like Richmond and Kingston, where it would mean a vast new tax on people who happen to live in overvalued houses.

Everybody treats Vince Cable as a semi-holy Mahatma Gandhi of British politics, because he is supposed in some way to have anticipated the financial crisis. Actually his most notable recommendation before the crisis was that Britain should join the euro – a move that would gravely have worsened our current position by leaving us in a Greek-style straitjacket.

What crouton of substance did Clegg offer last Thursday, in the opaque minestrone of waffle? He wants to get rid of Trident. Great! So Lib Dem foreign policy means voluntarily resigning from the UN Security Council, abandoning all pretensions to world influence, and sub-contracting our nuclear deterrent to France! They are a bunch of euro-loving road-hump fetishists who are attempting like some defective vacuum cleaner to suck and blow at the same time; and the worst of it is that if you do vote Lib Dem in the demented belief that there could ever be such a thing as a Lib Dem government, you won’t get Prime Minister Clegg. You’ll get Prime Minister Gordon Brown, for five more holepunch-hurling years, because the Lib Dems almost always vote with Labour, and in my years in Parliament I can’t remember a single moment when they opposed a Labour measure to expand state spending or state control.

The U.S. vs. Honduran Democracy

A ler: The U.S. vs. Honduran Democracy, por Mary O’ Grady no WSJ.

The image of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wielding what resembled an oversized mallet while leading a mob of congressmen across Capitol Hill on the day of the health-care vote is the stuff of nightmares. It is also instructive. As a metaphor for how the Democrats view their power, the Pelosi hammer-pose could not be more perfect.

Just ask Honduras.