Politics

Jan 22, 2010

North polls, south polls: how the world votes in 2010

Not all countries shut down for January. Australia's politicians may be still on holiday, but the world's 2010 elections are already under way.

Charles Richardson — Editor of The World is not Enough

Charles Richardson

Editor of The World is not Enough

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  1. Niall Clugston

    Arguably Obama’s situation has been affected by the GFC, but mainly because he has handed it so ineptly.

    For a Machiavellian, it was a easy problem to solve: blame his predecessor, give voice to the popular fury and fear with loud rhetoric and shallow reforms, and brand the Republicans as the party of the rich. Instead, by inaction and conservatism, he has allowed the Right to claim the territory of populism, painting him as a puppet of Wall Street. A problem not of his making has been dumped on his lap. American liberals are totally wrongfooted. Having waged a war for the middle ground, they now find themselves outflanked on the left.

    This would be a tragedy if Obama was the principled and earnest person that people take him for. But where exactly is the evidence for that?

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