Michael Gove is a no-nonsense sort of chap, unafraid to shake his fist at the Human Rights Act. In 2011, the Education Secretary vowed to crack down on unruly pupils, whatever Europe said about their rights, and last year he led the cabinet's huffing and puffing when it looked as if Abu Qatada couldn't be deported. So how surprising to learn he is the trustee of a charity dedicated to promoting, er, human rights! The Charity Commission lists Gove as one of only two trustees of something called the European Freedom Fund. The other is the neocon writer and activist Douglas Murray. Their objective is "the promotion of respect for human rights as set out in the European Convention of Human Rights and fundamental freedoms adopted by the members of the council of Europe on 4th November 1950 and the convention's five protocols". This could put Gove in a tricky position when the Tories come to replacing the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights. Still, the EFF hasn't been too busy: no money has gone in or out since it was founded in 2007. Molto strano!
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Saturday 08 November 2008
Saturday 11 October 2008
<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/09/draft-2.html" target="_blank">Shopping Bag: Designer weekend</a>
Friday 19 September 2008
The London Design Festival is in full swing, and if you have any time this weekend - and it's geographically possible - there is an enormous amount to see and do
Thursday 28 August 2008
Sir Michael Bichard, who has had a long and illustrious career in the public sector as permanent secretary of first the Employment Department and then the Department for Education and Employment as was, has retired from the top job at the University of the Arts London. But he isn't striding off to spend the rest of his life on the golf course. Oh, no. Next month he takes over as director of a new outfit called the Institute of Government. Funded by the Sainsbury family, it will work with senior civil servants and all three major political parties to help politicians be even more effective than they are now. There will be research, workshops, seminars, you name it, to help budding prime ministers and chancellors prepare for power. As a mandarin who worked with Conservative and Labour ministers, including big beasts like David Blunkett, Sir Michael is well placed to give future leaders a piece of his razor-sharp mind. Lucky David Cameron.
Tuesday 29 July 2008
He shared a manager with Bob Dylan, toured with the Band, composed the film score for a Brian de Palma movie and played on 35 albums, but Artie Traum is probably most warmly celebrated as a supreme acoustic guitar stylist. One of the first Americans to adopt and perfect the DADGAD style of tuning, he influenced generations of young musicians with his workshops and tutorial DVDs and was so intuitively gifted he could switch easily between bluegrass, folk, blues and country, while also being lauded as an improvisational jazz musician.
Monday 14 July 2008
Saturday 12 July 2008
<a target="NEW" href="http://independent.net-genie.co.uk/Outdoor_Activity/55303/the_50_best_festivals.html">The 50 Best Festivals</a>
Thursday 29 May 2008
Saturday 19 April 2008
Social networking? Not working, at least for me. Last week, as the pound continued its freefall against the euro, I went online to couchsurfing.com to try to find a sofa to sleep on in Paris. The idea behind this and similar sites is that you tell prospective hosts about yourself and your travels, so that they can judge whether you look like a safe and rewarding bet as a house guest.
Sunday 30 March 2008
There's a telling moment in the opening exchanges of Shine a Light, the new concert film of The Rolling Stones. Sitting on a plane, sipping champagne in first- class, and peering over his reading glasses, Mick Jagger is deliberating over the set-list for a gig at New York's Beacon Theatre in 2006. You can't help but think of Robert Frank's notorious film of the Stones' 1972 American tour, Cocksucker Blues, which depicted the group's orgies, drug-taking and vandalism.
Wednesday 12 March 2008
This afternoon's meeting at the Cheltenham Festival has been abandoned because of high winds.
Friday 07 March 2008
A fundamentalist insurgent (Anurag Sinha) insinuates himself into New Delhi's Chandni Chowk market with the purpose of detonating a bomb near the Red Fort on an August festival day.
Friday 29 February 2008
Best known as the drummer with Band of Gypsys, the short-lived group put together by Jimi Hendrix at the end of 1969, Buddy Miles contributed two compositions – "We Gotta Live Together" and "Them Changes" – to the eponymous live album they released in 1970.
Sunday 10 February 2008
Anxious consumers worried about their levels of borrowing decided against paying for Christmas on credit, according to a report looking into December spending.
Friday 01 February 2008
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more