Posts Tagged “west wing”

LDVideo: Watch Spanish premier Rajoy’s “fin de la cita” cock-up

by Stephen Tall on August 11, 2013

Spanish premier Mariano Rajoy has been having a tough summer. The country’s economy continues to contract, unemployment has soared, and — most personally damaging of all — he and his (very) right-wing Partido Popular have been embroiled in a slush fund corruption scandal. A recent speech to the Spanish parliament was intended to draw a […]

The right to privacy: “in a country born on the will to be free, what could be more fundamental than this?”

by Stephen Tall on June 22, 2013

With news today of yet further alleged intrusion into private citizens’ communications — GCHQ taps fibre-optic cables for secret access to world’s communications (Guardian) — here’s how The West Wing anticipated the past week’s furore… (Available on YouTube here.) Sam Seaborn: It’s not just about abortion, it’s about the next 20 years. In the ’20s […]

Liberal Heroes of the Week #21: The US states of Maine, Maryland, Washington and Colorado

by Stephen Tall on November 9, 2012

Welcome to the 21st in our series, Liberal Hero of the Week, chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum. ’Liberal Heroes’ showcases those who promote the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book — economic, personal, political and social liberalism — highlighting individuals regardless of party affiliation and from […]

LDVideo: The West Wing explains the US debt ceiling in under 60 seconds

by Stephen Tall on July 31, 2011

Everything you needed to know about the current ‘epiphenomenal imbroglio’ ((C) Will Self at 0:48 here) engulfing the US economy, courtesy series 6 of The West Wing: (Also available on YouTube here.) And as a special treat, here’s a bonus West Wing clip of presidential contenders Santos and Vilnick debating ‘liberalism’ — all together now: […]

In memory of Ron Silver

by Stephen Tall on March 16, 2009

Danny Finkelstein at The Times’s Comment Central pays tribute to Ron Silver, known to West Wing fans everywhere as political strategist Bruno Gianelli, who has died: Ron was one of the most committed political figures in Hollywood, but not in (…)

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