Why on Earth would a working-class person ever vote for a conservative candidate? This question has obsessed the American left since Ronald Reagan first captured the votes of so many union members, farmers, urban Catholics and other relatively powerless people – the so-called “Reagan Democrats”. Isnt the Republican party the party of big business? Dont the Democrats stand up for the little guy, and try to redistribute the wealth downwards?
This is a fascinating article from Jonathan Haidt, a professor of Psychology and New York University’s Stern School of Business, and author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, asking a question that gets asked on both sides of the pond as to why people who would benefit much more from the policies of the left, vote for parties on the right.
This is probably my favourite shot so far, not for Obama and Cameron having a great time reliving battles across the ping pong table from the sixth form common room, but because of the distinctly unimpressed voter of the future behind.
Maybe she’s just not impressed by a couple of politicians playing table tennis, or maybe she was the one who had the table tennis table booked for this particular slot and has been bumped for the photo opportunity!
With the White House, Number 10 and Royal Family Flickr feeds all publishing pictures from the Obama State Visit there are loads of great shots coming out. This one is from the barbecue in the grounds of Number 10.
Maybe I’m doing them an injustice and Obama and Cameron tended the coals all afternoon cooking the burgers, but somehow I doubt it…
There has been quite a bit of a furore of late over plans to “build a mosque at Ground Zero” in New York, the problem being that what’s proposed isn’t a mosque, and it isn’t at Ground Zero – not that that has stopped the American loony right from kicking up a fuss.
Over the past couple of days I’ve come across a couple of good links exploring what is going on. Charlie Brooker (@charltonbrooker) wrote an excellent piece for the Guardian that was published on Monday that is well worth reading, however today thanks to my friend Jonathan (@digitaljonathan) I came across this great clip of Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) talking about the mosque, and what the unfounded opposition to it could mean for the USA – it’s a little long, but very well worth watching.
Thoughts from, and the lives of a Canadian and a Brit living in the UK.