The Kensington Review

31 October 2014

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Latest Commentary: Volume XIII, Number 179

Poll Says Scot Nationalists Will Crush Labour in General Election -- The Labour Party collaborated with the Tories and Liberal Democrats during the recent campaign on Scottish Independence. This identification as a London party is already coming back to haunt Labour. The leader of the Scottish Labour Party has resigned claiming that Scottish Labour is treated like a branch office by the London headquarters. In addition, an Ipsos-Mori poll out yesterday gives the SNP 52% of the vote while Labour would get just 23%. Labour would lose 40 seats based on this, and that would be the end of Ed Miliband's hopes of entering Number 10. [31 October]

Nurse Tests Negative for Ebola, Politicians Want Quarantine Anyway -- Clearly, America needs to stop electing lawyers to high office and try putting a few scientists in their places instead. The latest Ebola nonsense merely goes to show that there are not enough people who understand public health involved in policy covering public health. Kaci Hickox, the nurse who was forcibly quarantined in New Jersey, shamed Governor Chris Christie into letting her leave his state, and now, she faces similar nonsense in her home state of Maine. The key fact, she has tested negative for the Ebola virus. Quarantine in her case, therefore, is stupid. [30 October]

Election Festival Shows Democracy is Still Popular -- In the last few days, there has been a veritable festival of voting around the world. Brazil has re-elected a president; Ukraine has chosen a new Parliament; Tunisia has held its first elections since the Arab Spring uprising; Toronto, Canada, has chosen a new mayor. Each of these events, in its own way, underscores the basic premise of 21st century politics. Regardless of the shenanigans of the oligarchs and would-be dictators, democracy remains the only way of bestowing legitimacy on leaders. [28 October]

US Politicians Grandstand on Ebola Quarantines -- The US is in a tizzy over the importation of the Ebola virus in the form of medical professionals returning from the Hot Zone in west Africa. Governors Chris Christie of New Jersey and Andrew Cuomo of New York have both insisted on a 21-day quarantine of anyone who treated Ebola patients upon their return to the US. The CDC says this will actually make things in Africa worse by discouraging care-givers from going to Africa. Both governors are more interested in grandstanding than good science, however. [27 October]

Lone Wolf Terrorists Hit Canada and Lose -- This week, Canada has suffered to lone wolf attacks by Islamic terrorists. The first incident involved two soldiers who were run down by a driver in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. The second, in Ottawa, began with the murder of a soldier on guard duty at the National War Memorial and ended with the Canadian Parliament's Sergeant-at-Arms shooting the killer dead as MPs scrambled for cover. Thus far, Canada's response has been everything one expects from one of the world's most civilized and tolerant societies. [23 October]

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