I have exams coming up, so I have had to retreat into the books for the last while. I’ll resume blogging when they are done, but here are a few interesting stories from the last week or so.
Firstly, a clash has occurred between a BNP candidate and several Asian teens. The teens spat on local candidate Bob Bailey after chasing off Nick Griffin by hurling fruit at him. A fight ensued in which the BNP candidate got several choice blows in, as can be seen from the video in the link. It’s unfortunate that it came to this, as even the BNP should be able to canvass without being threatened or literally spat on.
Secondly, a rather funny story about a Florida state senator who was caught watching porn on his laptop during an abortion debate. In fairness to him, his excuse that the single image was sent to him in an e-mail is probably true, given that the ‘porn’ is a rather tame shot of a few girls on a beach, and a video of a running dog can also be seen on the Senator’s laptop. It is incredibly unfortunate for the senator that it occurred during a period when another senator was complaining that the measure under discussion “disrespected to too many women in the State of Florida”.
Thirdly, a leading anti-gay campaigner has been caught with a rent boy. Apparently the young man was helping him carry his baggage.
Fourthly, The Economist has provided an interesting summary of the election manifestos of the three main parties in the British general election.
Bizarrely, Iran has been given a seat on the UN Commission on the Status of Women. One can only assume the press release was deliberately drafted to be as turgid as possible, in order to avoid any widespread reporting of this decision.
Finally, on a lighter note, the Sun has launched a last-minute campaign based on the notion that if Labour or the Liberal Democrats get it, they will ban the paper’s infamous Page 3. WARNING: Link contains naked breasts.