Daily View 2×2: 23 February 2010

Today the people of Guyana celebrate the country becoming a Republic in 1970. Mashramani, often abbreviated to  ‘Mash’, is an annual festival that celebrates the nation and people of Guyana with a carnival parade, music, games and food.

On this day in 1945, the Stars and Stripes was raised over the Japanese-held volcanic island of Iwo Jima, rather than the flag of a trade union.

This morning the Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Vince Cable is in Canary Wharf, delivering a keynote speech, which will outline the Liberal Democrats plan for the banking and financial services industries.

2 blog posts on the big stories of the day

Same old Tories
Peter Black on the Conservatives’ latest election bribe policy.

My view, which I know is shared by others, is that as we already own these banks through our vested interest in the state and in government, then why would we want to pay for them again? And why would the Tories be seeking to undermine our investment by divesting the state of these assets at a reduced price.

#Bullygate – “Someone on your side did it too” is no defence
Mark Thompson points out that two wrongs don’t make a right.

The first thing that struck me was just how determined lots of Labour tweeters and bloggers were to instantly try and dismiss the claims. They immediately came up with the #RawnsleyRot hashtag on Twitter and tried to smear Rawnsley himself.

2 interesting news stories

The Telegraph: David Cameron ‘unable to explain Treasury spending plans’

David Cameron was last night accused of being unable to identify a £72 billion commitment in Treasury spending plans just weeks before he intends to fight the election on his ability to tighten the nation’s finances. It came in an interview in which the Conservative leader also came under pressure to explain why he had ring-fenced aid budget which will see British taxpayers funding development in Pakistan at a time of economic hardship at home and why defence spending could be cut under a new Tory administration.

In an interview on Sky News’s Jeff Randall Live programme Mr Cameron said he would have to go away and find out about the £72 billion figure which is stated publicly in last year’s pre-Budget report.

The Guardian: Hung parliament looms as Tory support crumbles

Support for David Cameron’s Conservative party has crumbled to its lowest point for nearly two years, according to the latest monthly Guardian/ICM poll, leaving Britain on course for a hung parliament at the coming general election.

The inaugural LDV Twtpoll – the results

Yesterday LDV ran a poll through Twitter asking the question ‘Do you think Christine Pratt of the National Bullying Helpline has behaved appropriately?‘. In just a few hours, 253 votes were cast, with the results Yes 29 votes (11%), No 222 votes (88%) & Don’t know 2 votes (1%).

Whilst LDV does not pretend that this is a balanced sample, using Twtpoll is a quick and easy way of gauging opinion on a topical question.

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One Comment

  • paul barker 23rd Feb '10 - 1:27pm

    on the use of the Iwo Jima shot. This was a posed photograph, carefully set up by proffessional photographers who had worked in advertising before the War; thats why it looks so good. I can see nothing wrong with other people using it as visual shorthand. We are Liberals.

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