Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Why Labour/MMM Alliance is Dangerous

I'll give you three reasons.
  1. It wants to change our excellent system of government -- one of our most precious assets -- for something inherently unstable to satisfy the fantasies of a couple of politicians. We don't want to do this as it would open a can of constitutional worms. Our Westminsterian system of government has enabled four smooth changes of government since 1968. This has allowed us to forge ahead at a healthy pace until 2005. And established our reputation as a vibrant democracy.
  2. It wants to make all kinds of dangerous changes to our electoral system on the basis of a very weak report which has been demonstrated to be flawed beyond repair. That includes party lists which shift the loyalty of MPs from voters to their leaders. And double candidacies which are a recipe to make arrogant politicians unaccountable.
  3. Sithanen has been chosen as its Minister of Finance. His regressive 'reforms' which began in 2005 have thrown 22,000 Mauritians into poverty -- that's 17% of all poor people -- and thousands more into a 9-year L-shaped recession. And he has proved to us that he doesn't understand at least two things: how the economy works and percentages. That's a pretty big skills mismatch.
This alliance would never have won a 60-0. Far from it. And even before the political exhumation of the toxic bean-counter. But we will have to vote very wisely -- for example Lalit is good, Rezistans not really and abstaining bad -- and send a very clear and loud message that we don't want any of this nonsense.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Leopard Dead After Messing Up With Granny

This happened a few weeks ago in Uttarakhand -- a north Indian state which hugs the Himalayas -- after it attacked her, broke all its teeth and gave up. Granny used her sickle in the toughest of fights which lasted almost half an hour. Thousands lose their lives in India every year after encountering wild animals which are increasingly disorientated by the loss of their original habitat as human settlement expands.

And today a 20-year old man fell into a White Tiger's enclosure at the Delhi zoo while trying to click a picture and eventually lost his life. Some witnesses say the big cat didn't do anything for a good 10 minutes while the man pleaded for his life but dragged him only after people started throwing stones and sticks.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Loch Ness Monster Could Get New Passport

If the Scots vote yes in tomorrow's referendum. The UK would then be smaller than Uruguay if the 78,000-odd square kilometres that the monster calls home become a new country. Which translates into a drop of 11 spots -- to 91 -- in the list of the world's largest countries. Mauritius is at 180.

That's not the only referendum happening though: Catalonians will also decide what they want to do on November 9. But not before Brazilians try to elect a woman -- Marina or Dilma -- to another term as President on October 5th.

We need a referendum here too. About whether we want to give up our excellent system of government and electoral setup for some TINA-infected bean-counting galimatia.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

World Holds Breath As Apple Returns to Flint

To make some big product introduction like a smart watch and maybe a good reason for us to throw away that box which we call TV. The Flint Center is where Steve Jobs introduced the Mac 30 years ago.

A new windowless building -- which looks like a hospital -- has been constructed just for today's event which begins at 9pm local time. In the meantime why don't you take a short trip down memory lane?

Monday, September 1, 2014

30 Nights of Free Music Start Today

The iTunes festival is back in London. And you can watch for free via iTunes. David Guetta plays on September 3, Lenny Kravitz on the 26th while Placido Domingo will close the festival. Plus of plenty artists in between. To provide you with earworms.

Of course on the 9th all eyes will turn to Cupertino when Apple is expected to venture into new product categories.