Andrew Allison

Has Guiliani hit the buffers?

In Election 2008, Giuliani, McCain, US president on January 12, 2008 at 12:42 pm

It looks like Guiliani is running out of dollars. His campaign staff have been asked to work without pay.

My hunch is that Guiliani will pull out of the race after Super Tuesday. It is much better to be trailing in the field and then come good when it matters, than to be leading for months and then running out of steam. I have said before that many Americans regard him first and foremost as a New York man. I think he would have made a good president – certainly better than Hilary could ever be – but my money is on McCain. If Guiliani does pull out, that should give McCain a free run at the nomination. Quite frankly the other Republican candidates just aren’t credible, despite what Iowan republicans think.


Link: Britain and America

Prison

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2008 at 12:01 pm

There are a number of reasons why – as a society – we send some of our citizens to prison. To protect us from dangerous criminals; to punish; to deter and to rehabilitate. Rehabilitation is important, as we want someone who is released from prison to lead a law-abiding life.

Now let’s look at the life of Charles Bronson. No, not the actor, but the violent thug who goes by that name. He was first jailed for armed robbery in 1969. Since then he has hardly spent any time outside of prison. He was sentenced to life after he took a teacher hostage for 44 hours in Hull prison, in 1999. He burst into Phil Danielson’s classroom, tied a skipping rope around his neck and dragged him around at knife point.

Bronson now wants to be released and says he is aware of the mistakes he has made in the past and is now ready to become a model citizen. Yeah! He has had many times in his life when he could have become a model citizen and every time he has chosen crime – and violent crime at that. Would you feel safe knowing this man was living in your area?

If you want to help him get his appeal heard though, you can buy his latest single. Yes, he has recorded his version of ‘My Way’ to raise some extra cash. No doubt his foray in to the music business has been funded by the taxpayer.

People like Bronson are – thankfully – very few and far between, however there is one thing they do have in common. They pose an unacceptable risk to society and society quite rightly expects the courts to keep them behind bars for the rest of their lives. No, I won’t be downloading his song on to my iPod.

Link: Hull Daily Mail

Education in Hull

In Hull on January 10, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Hull’s schools are the second worst in the country. It’s an improvement of one place. Before anyone jumps to conclusions and starts blaming teachers and politicians, I can assure you they are not at the root of the problem. I have been collating some thoughts together about the problems facing Hull, and when I get the time over the next few days, I will write them all down and publish them here. It’s a good place to live – don’t believe the television, however the people of Hull – friendly as they are – do not help themselves. More later.