Andrew Allison

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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

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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.

It’s a lovely day today.

In Uncategorized on January 10, 2008 at 2:33 pm

The weather may be awful today; it is very windy and wet, but today is a great day. Becky passed her driving test on the first attempt this morning. She is thrilled and I am thrilled for her. It took me five attempts to pass my test, although I did pass all my instructor examinations first time. At least that makes me feel better.

Today our new bed arrived. Although that in itself is not normally a cause for jubilation, as we had disposed of the old beds, we have been waiting for this one to arrive so we can move back home. So now we can say we have finally moved in together in our home.

There is still so much work to be done. Much clearing out and I have to get off to the tip very shortly with a full car load of rubbish. Sitting here on the only seat available in the lounge and surrounded by bags and boxes, I know we are going to be kept busy over the next few days and weeks, however I couldn’t be happier. You can see now why today is such a great day.

Hull East

In Hull, Prescott on January 8, 2008 at 7:52 pm

It seems that the front-runner to replace John Prescott as Hull East MP is no other than Christopher Leslie – lately the MP for Shipley.

He apparently has the unions behind him. Until recently it was rumoured Prescott Jnr was going to inherit his father’s crown.

So, democracy is still alive and well in Labour. Nepotism or the Unions. Take your pick.

LibDem Resigns from Hull City Council Cabinet

In Hull, LibDems on January 8, 2008 at 7:16 pm

At least one of my previous predictions may be coming true. I remember in the early 90s, the LibDems sweeping to power in Wear Valley. Within an short space of time they were fighting and four years later Labour was back in again.

Today Carl Minns – Leader of Hull City Council – is playing down rifts after Andy Sloan suddenly resigned from the cabinet; to spend more time on his PhD course. It makes a change from spending more time with your family!

The LibDems are not a party of government. In all my experiences of them, they have shot themselves in the foot and when one jumps ship, many usually follow.

Link: Hull Daily Mail

Boundary Commission

In Uncategorized on January 7, 2008 at 10:08 pm

Conor Burns has written an article on Conservative Home. In it he gives advice to the Boundary Commission as to how they can address the fact that Labour seats have – on average – 6200 fewer voters than Conservative seats. Read it here.

Good news for Obama

In Clinton, Election 2008, Obama, US president on January 7, 2008 at 5:10 pm

Barack Obama has now rocketed past Hillary Clinton with a 10 point lead in New Hampshire, according to a new opinion poll. Oh dear, I do feel for her 😉

Link: Reuters

Obama and Clinton – neck and neck

In Clinton, Obama, US president on January 6, 2008 at 11:23 pm

I have just seen the following on Reuters:

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Democrat Barack Obama has pulled into a virtual dead heat with Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire two days before the state’s presidential nominating contest, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Sunday.

So much for my predictions over the last couple of days. Is it possible the wheels are coming off her campaign this early? I think by Super Tuesday, at the beginning of February, we will have that answer.

Blogroll Updates

In Uncategorized on January 6, 2008 at 11:14 pm

I am still in the process of updating my blogroll. Today has been a busy day and I am about to call it a night. If you don’t see your name on the blogroll, it doesn’t mean I have forgotten about you. It means I haven’t got round to adding you yet; although a gentle reminder in my e-mail would not be unwelcome.