Tuesday, May 18, 2004


After a couple of days of tough talk about “red lines”, Jack Straw reverts to form
Britain yields to EU over criminal justice
The Government signalled yesterday that it was willing to breach the first of its "red line" safeguards on the European constitution by agreeing to cede Britain's veto over sensitive areas of criminal justice.
Oh well red lines, yellow lines, whats the difference?

Update. Yep, here’s the next: red/yellow line
“JACK STRAW gave business leaders a guarantee last night that he would not accept a European constitution that watered down Britain’s industrial relations laws, including those on secret ballots and secondary picketing.” .


The explosion of sarin shell of in Iraqi raises a couple of interesting questions. Firstly who used it: it was either a member of the former regime or a freelancer. The first possibility can probably be discounted since they would not want to jeopardise the propaganda value of the lack of WMD. If it’s the second then that suggest that chemical weapons are probably quite common, since presumably the terrorist just stumbled across the shell. Interesting. Although I doubt we’ll hear much more about it.

Sunday, May 16, 2004

A good article by Peter Galbraith argues
”A federation of Shia, Sunni and Kurdish states will avoid civil war”

Its worth remembering that the United Arab Emirates, a federation, is one of the few successful states in the Middle East.

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