"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Cameron Interview

I'm not sure how many people will be interested in this Al-Jazeera interview with Cameron - there's nothing he hasn't said before.  The only thing I picked up on was that he aims for the UK to have the lowest Corporation Tax rate in the G7 - that will be an interesting bunfight if it ever gets off the ground.

Here's a rundown of the questions he was asked with some rough timings so if anyone wants to know his answers to a specific question they can be found relatively easily.
  1. UK arms sales to Libya and other rogue states.
  2. 3.15 - Libya/Yugoslavia and the prospect of NATO intervention.
  3. Engaging with elected Islamic Parties, eg Hamas.
  4. 6.02 - "Assault on public sector & complete lack of taxes on banking sector."
  5. Reducing unemployment for national & international graduates.
  6. 10.57 - Legalising marijuana.
  7. Sanctions against Iran but not Israel, "the only rogue nuclear state".
  8. 14.15 - British complicity in torture in Iraq.
  9. Lessen effects of cutbacks at home by withdrawing troops from Afghanistan.
  10. 17.20 - A referendum on the European Union.
  11. Tution fees discriminate against English students.
  12. 20.32 - Immigration and welfare reform.
These were followed by three set questions common  to all interviewees:
  1. What formed/changed your view of the world?
  2. If you could ask one question of a world leader, what would it be?
  3. What's the biggest problem facing the next generation?
Video link

It's part of a new initiative/collaboration between YouTube & Al-Jazeera to feature a monthly interview with a world leader. Here's the January i/view with Obama


  1. Good links, GV. How was the birthday?

  2. Hic! :-) No, not really, it was very civilised - I actually left early and left them 'partying on down, dudes' or something like that. I'm not sure watching the Cameron i/view was the best possible start to a new day though.


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