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Monday 08 November 2010


Proclamations of the Red Queen

Entries from 2010 May

31st May 2010

United Kingdom: Daily Telegraph Outs Treasury Minister

Posted by: Craig Young

In the United Kingdom, questions about the politics of outing have recently surfaced in the context of former Conservative/Liberal Democrat Treasury Minister David Laws (44). Laws is a former investment banker, ‘rightist’ Liberal Democrat and was disclosed as having requested forty thousand pounds for rental accomodation from his partner, James Lundie, a public relations consultant. Laws was closeted.
The […]

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Tags: Politics

28th May 2010

United Kingdom: Protest Against Papal Visit

Posted by: Craig Young

In September 2010, Pope Benedict XVI wil visit the United Kingdom. Some robust souls are planning a reception for his benefit.
While Pope Benedict is free to express his views, a coalition of humanist, feminist and LGBT interest groups has called on the new Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government to assert its disagreement with institutional Catholicism’s perspectives […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

26th May 2010

Lymphogranuloma Venereum: Danger: STI!

Posted by: Craig Young

Lymphogranuloma venereum is an unpleasant little STI (sexually transmitted infection), particularly if it becomes an opportunistic infection when one is HIV+. It is a chlamydia virus variant, originally discovered in 1833 and 1913. It enters the body through the lymph glands or anal mucus membrane or cervical cells in the case of women. In 2003, […]

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Tags: General

21st May 2010

The New Zealand Budget and LGBT Concerns

Posted by: Craig Young

One annoying aspect of life here is the relative absence of hard econometric data about LGBT New Zealanders.
Don’t believe the US data that depicts all gay men as predominantly independent professionals, for instance. That tends to be based on magazine circulation data, and regular magazine purchasers tend to have available disposable income. Moreover, the United […]

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Tags: General

19th May 2010

Blue Axis?

Posted by: Craig Young

Review: Dylan Lucas: Cameron on Cameron: London: Fourth Estate: 2010.
It seems ludicrous that the New Zealand LGBT media is the only outlet which seems interested in questions about UK/New Zealand policy exchange and interaction between Britain’s newly elected Conservative-led government and our own National Party. Let me remedy this, courtesy of a recent selection of […]

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Tags: Politics

14th May 2010

Australia: Bad Abbott!

Posted by: Craig Young

As uninspiring as current Australian federal Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is, his Liberal leader of the Opposition counterpart, Tony Abbott, is even worse.
Under John Howard, the Liberals became a hard right/Thatcherite party in the mould of Reagan and Thatcher in Britain and the United States, combining fiscal and social conservatism. Elected MHR for Warringah in […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

11th May 2010

Alternative Vote: Not Our Preference!

Posted by: Craig Young

Given the unwieldiness and distinct lack of credible western liberal adoption of the Supplementary Member electoral option, anti-MMP campaigners are likelier to switch to the Alternative Vote electoral system once they realise their tactical error.
The Alternative Vote is used in Australia, where it is used to elect members of the lower federal House of Representatives, […]

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Tags: Politics

11th May 2010

New Zealand: Christian Right Inactivism (Except…)

Posted by: Craig Young

It’s been a while since I wrote anything about the New Zealand Christian Right. Most of that is because of the current recession and the retrenchment of the aforementioned vile entity. Right now, Family First and Right to Life New Zealand are the only entities of that persuasion that show any signs of activity.
There is […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

11th May 2010

Lithuania: Dire Baltic Straits?

Posted by: Craig Young

Given Lithuania’s continuing tolerance of homophobia, what’s wrong with the benighted Baltic republic in question?
A brief history lesson may suffice. From the fourteenth century to the eighteenth century the Grand Duchy of Lithuania/Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth sprawled across contemporary Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, the Ukraine and parts of Russia. The expanding Tsarist Empire then subordinated it in the […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

10th May 2010

Against SM: Supplementary Members Elections are Not Consensual

Posted by: Craig Young

It seems that the New Zealand anti-MMP lobby has revived itself. Given the current electoral chaos precipitated by First Past the Post in the United Kingdom and calls for the Single Transferable Vote there, the anti-MMP contingent now prefers the supplementary member (SM) electoral system.
What is SM? Unlike its leatherclad fellow acronym, it definitely isn’t all […]

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Tags: Politics