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Friday June 30 2006

Last night, a day late because of the France Spain game, Antoine and I did another of our elections around the world mp3s.  At the start of it, I couldn’t remember if it was the fourteenth or the fifteenth.  But actually it was number thirteen.

Topics and timings:

START – 4 mins 40 secs: Intro.  Rather protracted this time, because in addition to introducing the topics, I also announced, and explained the following decision: that from now on these things will be done once and month rather than once a week.  The next one will be done on or around July 4th, and then the next one will be some time in August, and the next one after that some time in September.  And so on.  Basically, once a week is proving too burdensome for lazy little me.  I want to do other mp3s with other expert persons, and more than about one a week of these things is, for now, beyond me.  To say nothing of beyond the massed ranks of my fans who hand on every word spoken by or to me.

4 mins 40 secs – 12 mins 10 secs: Kuwait.  Where women now have the vote.  What consequences will that have?  Antoine will keep us posted, if not during our mp3s then at his blog, or with his own podcasts!  (He may now be addicted, and will have to arrange his own fixes if once a month proves insufficient.)

12 mins 10 secs – 14 mins 35 secs: Mexico.  Left biased polls say Obrador will win the Presidency, but more convincing polls say it will be very close.  Too bad Argentina beat Mexico the other day.  A Mexico win would have help the incumbent party to win again.

14 mins 35 secs – 16 mins 45 secs: Italy.  Recent referendum said no to regional autonomy.  North remains yoked to South.

16 mins 45 secs – 19 mins 10 secs: Mauretania.  97 percent voted yes to having a choice of different parties!  Sounds there wasn’t much choice about voting for choice.

19 mins 10 secs – 20 mins 20 secs: Congo.  It just gets worse and worse for the Congo, as they attempt an election.  Now they have plague in the north!  And the other day, in a building in which there was a government party rally taking place, the roof collapsed!

20 mins 20 secs – 25 mins 15 secs: UK.  Boundary changes that will actually help the Tories, which makes a change.  And Tory leader Cameron proposes a Bill of Rights, to replace the Euro-Bill we now have.  Antoine is unimpressed.

25 mins 15 secs – 39 mins 40 secs: USA.  Supreme Court throws out Vermont proposal to limit campaign donations to $500.  And upholds Republican corrections of boundary manipulation by Texas Democrats.  (Dems were getting 40 percent of vote and over 50 per cent of seats.) And: Democrat bloggers versus Democrat regular politicians.  Mark Warner versus Hilary Clinton.  See also, said Antoine, this Heartland Institute report on the earthquake unleashed by bloggers in Pennsylvania.  Is blogging a new revolution?  Bit of an argument about that between Antoine and me.

39 mins 40 secs – 44 mins 42 secs: China.  Elections for Communist Party positions.  Antoine promises further China talk next week.