Tag Archives: gabrielle giffords

Opinion: God Bless America?

Well, you have to hand it to our American cousins. They can certainly do theatrics. The solving of the (self-inflicted) debt crisis has been a real nail-biter. At the tenth hour last night, there was a bi-partisan vote in the US House of Representatives, including the hugely poignant appearance of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. All House members were on their feet as she returned to Congress for the first time since being shot while carrying out a constituency surgery (as we would call it).

It was pure Hollywood. But beneath the tear-jerking choreography let’s acknowledge that it is genuinely historic for the …

Posted in News | Also tagged , and | 13 Comments

The Saturday debate: Do we pay too much attention to news from the US?

Here’s your starter for ten in our Saturday slot where we throw up an idea or thought for debate…

The tragic killing of six and injuries to thirteen others, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, have received heavy coverage in the UK media, not only in response to the shooting itself but also following up the story subsequently. Yet other recent political deaths from countries around the world have received, at most, very little media coverage in the UK.

There are partial explanations – such as the murdered Nigerian politician being a local government figure rather than a national figure and the

Posted in Op-eds | Also tagged , and | 20 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • Geoff Payne
    Many congratulations to Nick. I am delighted for him and I know that conference will go from strength to strength in the months and years to come....
  • Roland
    @Helen - A digression from the article topic. You remind me of an important point that is being overlooked in the electric car hype: charging points for the re...
  • Caroline
    Thank you for highlighting this Colin, Brits overseas are huge in number (5 million) and from experience they are overseas for many reasons and from many wal...
  • Nonconformistradical
    @David Evans "but presumably most of them are getting by OK or they would have come back" That presupposes they can afford to come back. Many retired to overs...
  • David Evans
    In response to Colin's Response 1) Yes not *all* Brits overseas are ‘rather well off’. But a large proportion of them are. 2) As you say there are "hal...