The Kensington Review

18 July 2007

Latest Commentary: Volume VI, Number 86
McCain Campaign Continues Imploding -- Senator John McCain’s campaign for the White House is short of money, relatively speaking. The shortage become public knowledge after the campaigns closed their books on June 30, and resignations/firings followed. Campaign manager Terry Nelson and chief strategist John Weaver were the first to walk the plank. Then, his national press team left. This week, he’s lost key aids in South Carolina and Iowa. This is an odd position for a man who came into the race as the putative front-runner, but when its epitaph is written in the coming weeks, it will read “Sacrificed over Immigration.”

UK Expels 4 Russian “Diplomats” over Litvinenko Murder -- In the aftermath of the murder of Alexander Litvinenko in London, the British government has told four officials at the Russian embassy in London to pack their bags and go home. The BBC says that the Foreign Office has declined to name the men, but they are “known intelligence officers.” The Russians are suggesting retaliation is on its way. It’s like the 1950s all over again.

Dow Jones Board Approves Murdoch Bid -- The Board of Directors of Dow Jones Inc. yesterday approved the bid by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. to buy the publisher of the Wall Street Journal and Barrons. While the board was not unanimous in their support of the $5 billion bid, there was a “strong majority” in favor of it. With the recommendation of the board, there is now only shareholder approval standing between Mr. Murdoch and the crown jewel of American business journalism. While many are wringing their hands over this possibility, this journal is having a hard time caring.

British Courts Lose the Wigs -- Nothing sets the English legal profession apart from its compatriots elsewhere quite so much as its sartorial requirements. Whether one views the clothes and accessories as a uniform or a costume, such attire does make a judge stand out when walking down the street. Now, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, has decided that wigs are not required in civil or family court cases. The wig will remain for criminal cases, and the number of gowns reduced.

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