The news of a Japanese whaling ship ramming and sinking an anti-whaling Sea Shepherds boat highlights the long, bitter history between Japan and Australia over whaling. Is this boiling point? asks Andrew Bartlett.
It seems there is a limit to the price the Japanese Government is prepared to pay to have more and more whale meat put into cold storage. The anti-whaling activists might just have made harpooning too difficult, writes Richard Farmer.
Whilst holding a government to its promises has a lot going for it, urging the government to do something that you believe yourself is a bad idea just because you are the Opposition is a bit of a non-sequitur, writes Andrew Bartlett.
In an interview with the Observer, Sea Shepherd Captain Paul Watson defends his and fellow activists' actions in the name of anti-whaling, claiming they are following a "martial code", while the Japanese are simply "re-enacting the Second World War".