Sunday, February 19, 2006

A week is a long time

Well the past few days have certainly been days of, well if not wine and roses, then certainly beer and blogging. However, I have a busy week ahead. I will be away for a couple of days, then attending the London Junto on Wednesday. On Thursday I shall be attending a reception to mark the 88th anniversary of the declaration of Estonian Independence. All at a time, when most inconveniently, I actually have to hit some deadlines to prove I am still employed. It also means that I will be unable to get to the duel of -well not death, but duel of something- as the three Lib Dem leadership candidates clash for the last time in London.

I sense that this Berlusconi thing for Tessa Jowell's hubby might prove to be something dangerous. The timing- weeks before the Italian election- is strangely convenient, but the accusations are specific and detailed- and also, albeit under somewhat controversial circumstances, they have largely been admitted. I find myself thinking that governments rarely die of "the smoking gun"- rather they tend to get gangrene. I shall be watching with renewed interest the case continue.

From the ridiculous to the noble. I shall also be watching closely that fate of those who dare speak up against Oleksander Lukashenka, soi-disant President of Belarus. Europe can and should speak out against this criminal joke of a regime- and we should certainly be supporting those with the courage to oppose the Belarusian KGB.

All in all an interesting week ahead- and although my blogging will be sparser, I shall be no less interested in the various political and social threads that may be drawn together over the next few days.

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