The long running scandal of the Metropolitan Police investigation into the death of Stephen Lawrence has received another unwanted life following the Ellison review. The findings are appalling. You can understand Doreen Lawrence’s wish for some criminal charges against policemen. I wonder if she will get any.
There’s a piece of explanation about the ‘recently discovered’ context to the murder from The Independent here.
This cartoon originally made for The Independent in a different context. Let’s all hope it stays that way.
Europe is apparently unable to do much about Russia’s apparent re-annexation of the Crimea from the Ukraine because it is very dependent upon its gas supplies. The BBC provide a handy round-up of the strategic geo-politics here.
An anecdotal observation to support the idea of a changing power relationship is the recent sponsorship of the Champions League football by Gazprom, the Russian energy conglomerate.
The cartoon belongs to a memory of an aged British Gas advertising campaign.
Speed drawing from the television.
Former prime Minister Tony Blair has been named in court at the phone hacking trial as offering personal advice to the former Chief Executive of News International Rebekah Brooks.
Notable book published on the great British housing disaster by academic Danny Dorking with whom I have had some dealings in the past.
The hashtag #ukhousing on twitter is often informative about this vexed subject and its close connections with the sickly national economy.
Sketching from the BBC television discussion show broadcast on 13th February 2014.
In the wake of the catastrophic flooding in south west and southern England during January and early February here’s a very useful fisking of the government’s claims about maintained and uncut spending on flood prevention at the FT (registration required).
The cartoon was originally drawn in 2007 during the last great floods and in it I attempted to draw attention to the paradox in HMG’s attention depending upon where the victims of flooding lived.
Serious flooding on the Thames and in the ‘Greater South East’ isn’t dismissable for any government because it is too easy for the, er, mainstream media to reach it.
Updated – 13th February 2014: That’s why there are SO many pictures of politicians and broadcast television presenters standing in deep puddles presently.