Daily View 2×2: 27 September 2009

It’s Sunday. It’s 7am. It’s time for the Daily View, today with a special sing-a-long political ad that makes current politics look not so bad really.

2 Big Stories

Speedier tests for cancer planned

Skipping past the utterly predictable stories (senior Labour figures aren’t all happy, shock horror and Baroness Scotland didn’t check paperwork properly, shock horror) we get to this from the BBC:

Patients will get key tests within two weeks of seeing their GP, [Gordon Brown] will tell the Labour Party conference on Tuesday.

It will mean faster reassurance for patients and could save thousands of lives by picking up cancers earlier, he is expected to say.

Late diagnosis has been blamed for poorer cancer survival in the UK.


Merkel’s centre-right hopes at risk in German vote

German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks set to win a second term in Sunday’s election, but faces a tough battle to secure the centre-right government she says is needed to nurture Europe’s largest economy back to health.

Merkel, 55, remains popular four years after taking power atop an awkward “grand coalition” with the Social Democrats (SPD), and polls give her conservatives a healthy 8-11 point lead over to their traditional rivals before the vote.

But after a campaign widely criticised for lacking passion and substance, Merkel’s party has seen its support dip in the final weeks and she is no longer assured of her coalition of choice with the business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP). (Reuters)

2 Must-Read Blog Posts

  • Adrian Sanders talks of savage cuts and asks for the public’s help in making one of them happen.
  • Andrew Reeves reports on the UN General Assembly President’s views on homosexuality. Clue: he’s not keen.

Sunday Bonus

Next time someone tells you have politics, political campaigning and everything under the sun is worse than it used to be, ask them if they’d really prefer politics to return to this type of advert:

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