Bridging the Gaps

I’ve refrained from politics posts during the run-up to yesterday’s elections, but the debates on Facebook and Twitter reinforce my view that Britain’s economic and political divisions are related to the same problems.  There is great concern about the rise of UKIP and other extremist parties, not helped by continued mockery of their candidates and supporters.  And once again, participation seems to be very low.  2001 should have been a wakeup call when only 59% of the electorate bothered to vote.

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Intelligent programming

intelligence-cast

Intelligence is currrently showing on Sky1 after just finishing it’s first season in the US.  It’s a smart, slick action thriller set in the world of security and espionage, with a modern take on the Bionic Man.  After a reasonable pilot, after 2 episodes I was hooked, and therefore disappointed to learn that it hadn’t yet been renewed for a second season.

So whilst it’s still up in the air, despite strong receiption in the UK and Australia, with even writer Michael Seitzman waiting for an answer I thought I’d add my 2p.  With a bit of luck it might get people our side of the pond to have a closer look and give the studio execs and number crunchers something to think about.

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Mind the Gap

Map of UK distorted to show population density.

Map of UK distorted to show population density.

I’ve found the recent debates over Scottish devolution interesting as I think it demonstrates something more fundamental than the need for Scottish independence. There is too much focus on the success of London as a global city to the detriment of the the rest of the country, and we should consider continuing political reforms to rebalance this.

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