UK Elections on the Horizon

Written by Birmingham UK Com

Continued from page 1

Looking back overrepparttar last few months it is difficult to see what Labour have managed to get right. The National Education Targets for raising standards in our schools have been all but abandoned as Labour realise that this is neither an election winner or remotely likely of ever being achieved. The Iraqi war continues to be as unpopular as ever and with little chance of any quick fix. Leading up torepparttar 125862 next electionrepparttar 125863 bitterness between Tory and Labour leaders is likely to get worse rather than better.

Labour promised a better NHS and an improved education system. After years of Labour,repparttar 125864 general perception is that nothing has changed. If anything it has got worse. These are serious issues forrepparttar 125865 Labour government that will cost them dearly in terms of votes. This election could be a close run thing after all.

So what is wrong with Britain? What arerepparttar 125866 big issues? Crime is still seen as a big problem inrepparttar 125867 UK. The NHS is in a mess. In some hospitalsrepparttar 125868 number of nurses from overseas outnumber those fromrepparttar 125869 UK. Our public transport is amongstrepparttar 125870 most dangerous and expensive inrepparttar 125871 world,repparttar 125872 rich get richer,repparttar 125873 minimum wages stay pitifully low andrepparttar 125874 number of immigrants show no real signs of decreasing in any great numbers. The immigration issue is already a political hot potato which will cost Blair even more votes.

So, who will you vote for whenrepparttar 125875 time comes? If you stay at home then you can’t complain about who wins – Voting at least gives you that right!

From Birmingham UK Com the community website where everyone is welcome.

Doorstops and Paperweights

Written by Terry Mitchell

Continued from page 1
Second, imposing decency on cable and satellite channels would cripple, or possibly kill, an entire industry. In addition, burgeoning IPTV technologies, which would likely be strapped withrepparttar same regulations, would be stymied. Think ofrepparttar 125861 damage it would do torepparttar 125862 economy. Thousands would be laid off or not hired. Many people subscribe to cable or satellite TV because they want access to something that is more edgy and is free to go a little further than broadcast TV. That'srepparttar 125863 main reason that broadcasters are pushing so hard for decency standards to be extended to cable and satellite. Although they've been trying to compete by pushingrepparttar 125864 envelope with our own programming sincerepparttar 125865 advent of cable and satellite, they know they are at a disadvantage withrepparttar 125866 good portion ofrepparttar 125867 public that desire programming with more artistic freedom. If cable and satellite TV were suddenly held torepparttar 125868 same decency standards as broadcasters, a huge number of their subscribers would pullrepparttar 125869 plug. Scores of cable and satellite set-top boxes would be reduced to doorstops and paperweights almost overnight. Third, and probably most important,repparttar 125870 regulating of cable and satellite TV would represent a slippery slope toward other, even more serious kinds of censorship. History has taught us that, without strong restraints, governments will stop at nothing to restrictrepparttar 125871 free speech and expression of their citizens. These restrictions are often based on rather whimsical criteria. If government entities can get away with censoring material delivered as part of a private contract by means of privately owned equipment, then what's to stop them from censoring books, videos, newspapers, magazines, and evenrepparttar 125872 internet? The First Amendment, you might say? Well, no, ifrepparttar 125873 First Amendment could be interpreted in such as way as to allowrepparttar 125874 censorship of cable and satellite TV, our last line of defense would be broken down. Nothing could stoprepparttar 125875 government, asrepparttar 125876 flood gates would be opened to just about any kind of censorship they wanted. Therefore, withrepparttar 125877 First Amendment having been breeched, we would have a constitutional crisis of monumental proportions. The one that people talked about in reference to Watergate would seem like child's play by comparison. Video stores, bookstores, and libraries could be busted for carrying indecent material, even if it couldn't legally be ruled obscene. Websites could be shut down byrepparttar 125878 thousands for being deemed a bit too risqué. If a government official didn't like something you wrote in a newspaper, magazine, or book, you could get slapped with a hefty fine or thrown in jail. Now you might think I'm exaggerating a little and that none of this stuff could ever happen inrepparttar 125879 United States, but would you be willing to take that chance? Now, with all of that being said, I seriously doubt that this proposed regulation ofrepparttar 125880 cable and satellite TV will become a reality any time soon. It would be better ifrepparttar 125881 legislation would just pass andrepparttar 125882 courts would strike it down and thus reaffirmrepparttar 125883 First Amendment. However, that's notrepparttar 125884 way I think it will play out. I believe there won't be enough votes because of constitutional concerns onrepparttar 125885 part ofrepparttar 125886 majority of legislators, so Stevens, Barton, and company will have to back off for now. What I suspect, though, is thatrepparttar 125887 decency hawks in Congress will try to userepparttar 125888 mere talk of regulation to intimidate cable and satellite operators into practicing more "restraint", as Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), a likely presidential candidate in 2008, calls it. However, that's a just a euphemism for "censor yourselves or we still might get back to trying to censor you later." Of course, cowering self-censorship isrepparttar 125889 most insidious form of censorship there is.

Terry Mitchell is a software engineer, freelance writer, and trivia buff from Hopewell, VA. He also serves as a political columnist for American Daily and operates his own website - - on which he posts commentaries on various subjects such as politics, technology, religion, health and well-being, personal finance, and sports. His commentaries offer a unique point of view that is not often found in mainstream media.

    <Back to Page 1 © 2005
Terms of Use