Saturday, July 31, 2004

Blair and the War in Iraq

"It is not questions of good faith that matter, it is competence. In the use of intelligence, in diplomacy and in the absence of sang-froid that is required to take the most serious decision to go to war, this prime minister has been found wanting". 1

"The decision to take his or her country to war is the gravest that a prime minister can make. It puts at risk not only the lives of the country's troops, to say nothing of the lives of foeighn nationals, but also the country's future security and internaitonal good will... For Tony Blair now to say that the world is better off without Saddam Hussein in power borders on frivolity." 2

1. John Kampfner, 19th July 2004. Blair is weighed in the balance and found wanting, New Statesman.

2. He got it wrong, 19th July 2004. The New Statesman.

Market Economies

"The tragedy of market economies is that they have to create problems and needs, or their gears will gind to a halt." 1

1. Jonathan Rowe, July/August 2004. For the Common Good, The Ecologist.

Evidence

"The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence" 1

1. Deep Sea Fish Farming, July/August 2004. The Ecologist.

Imigrants

"Imigrants are just following there wealth" 1

1. Unknown

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Burqas

Women are frequently judged by men on their appearence. Wearing a burqa takes away the ability of someone to judge a woman on her appearence. This can be empowering for the woman.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Green Party Core Values Statement

"The values of caring, co-operation, nurturing and sharing must be encouraged to replace the values of competitiveness, domination and aggression which have characterised our society for so long." 1

1. Unknown.

Saturday, July 03, 2004

Small is beautiful

"Schumacher wanted what he called 'intermediate technology' - technology that people could control, understand and fix themselves. He argued for human scale development and economics that kept the profit of work within the community, and that the giganticism of the multinational company was fundamentally flawed because it was out of proportion to the human scale. The only way to solve the environmental crisis was to go small." 1

1. Alan Shepard, May 2004. Is small still beautiful?

Hope and Faith

"As long as we have faith we have no hope. To hope we have to break the faith" 1

1. Arundhati Roy, April 1999. The Greater common good.