The Kensington Review

28 April 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 51
Senate Reports Says “Abolish FEMA” -- “Hurricane Katrina: A Nation Still Unprepared” is an 800-page report that went to Senators yesterday and which will reach the general public next week. However, the press got hold of some of its contents by Wednesday. Judging from the early articles written, the report is a blockbuster. Among its 86 recommendations is the abolition of the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA].

New Labour Denies Government is in “Meltdown” -- There is a rule in politics that the strongest confirmation possible is an official denial. On Wednesday, John Hutton, Britain’s Work and Pensions Secretary, told the press, “It’s a massive exaggeration to say the Government is in meltdown.” After what has been dubbed “Black Wednesday,” the condition of the New Labour government seems to hinge on how one defines “massive exaggeration.” The Hewitt Heckling, Prescott Pecadillo and Clarke Controversy suggest that “meltdown” could be the exact term after all.

Prosecutors Seek Arrest of Hyundai Chairman -- Hyundai, which was supposed to release its financial results for the first quarter yesterday, has delayed that event. Usually, there is nothing more important to investors, staff and customers than the earnings. These aren’t usual times at Hyundai. South Korean prosecutors are trying to arrest the company’s chairman, Chung Mong-koo, for embezzlement.

Chernobyl Twenty Years On -- Until the early hours of April 26, 1986, Pripyat was just another town in the Soviet Union, along the border between the Ukrainian and Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republics. Then, a few explosions went off at Reactor Number 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Estimates are that 50 tons of uranium vaporized instantly and went high into the atmosphere. Another 70 tons of “fuel” got blown around the reactor. Some 700,000 liquidators had to fight the radiological inferno. They are now all dead or very sick. They are all heroes.

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