Ngugi wa Thiong’o odds on to win Nobel Prize for Literature


A Kenyan author has been tipped to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, having steadily risen from being an outside bet to the bookies favourite.

Ngugi wa Thiong’o is a social commentator, activist and professor at the University of California. His  seminal linguistics and post colonial text Decolonising the Mind is the most well known work in his catalogue , but he has also written for childrens literature.

Green: Web privacy should about manners


Immigration Minister, Damian Green has said that the government should not interfere with people invading the privacy of others online.

"We, as a society, need to work out what the rules of the game are. It could be down to good manners,"

Ultimately he said, it was down to the individual to decide whether or not they chose to publish private information online, and that the role played by the state should be minimal.

Tory and Lucas join forces on electoral reform


An unlikely political marriage has seen Green MP Caroline Lucas and Tory MP Douglas Carswell team up to push for proportional representation to become a choice for voters at next May’s electoral reform referendum.

As it stands the only choice for voters other than the current first past the post system would be the Alternative Vote. Lucas and Carswell argue that proportional representation must be an option for voters too.

Commonwealth games


The opening event in the  Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday was an indomitable showcase of Indian talent, technology and culture with over 6000 performers.  This is the most expensive Commonwealth Games to date costing nearly $6 billion.

Home Secretary bans EDL march


The fascist English Defence League’s (EDL) proposed march that was due to take place in Leicester has been banned by Home secretary, Theresa May.

The march was due to take place on Saturday.

A planned march in Bradford last August was also halted by the Home Office in a clear signal that while the government respects the right for individuals and groups to protest peacefully racial hate mongering and violence will not be tolerated.

Tribute to rifleman Suraj Gurung


A British Asian man killed in Afghanistan by a suicide bomber has been paid tribute to by colleagues.

Suraj Gurung of the Royal Ghurkha Rifles received warm praise from commanding officer Major David Jones:

Cameron’s conference speech


Prime Minister Cameron today delivered his address to the Tory faithful marking the high point of the Conservative Party conference so far.

It was his first conference speech as Prime Minister.

The PM’s speech was an attempt to reinvigorate and galvanise party members, reassure the public about the forthcoming cuts, and hammer home the Big Society theme.

Brazil's election moves to second round of voting


The first round of the Brazilian Presidential election has proved inconclusive, moving into a second round of voting.

It was widely thought before the weekend that Dilma Rousseff would have secured the badly needed 50% of the popular vote and with it the Presidency.   Rousseff is the preferred candidate of the outgoing President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

The Conservative Party Conference


The Tory Party Conference is underway in Birmingham and so far delegates have seen heard speeches from London mayor Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.

Prime Minister Cameron is yet to make his speech to the Conservative Party faithful.

The second day of the Conference has so far been dominated by discussion and debate over child benefit.  George Osborne is planning to cut child benefit for the highest earners.

Rio Ferdinand: less police will have a “massive impact”


Footballer Rio Ferdinand has always been known for his social commentary away from the football pitch.  Most recently his outspokenness over the problem of violent crime and gang culture among young people has led to concerned expressions over cuts to the Police budget.

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