If insanity is the never ending performance of the same action in the deluded hope of producing a different result, there are a lot of lunatics in power across the globe. The United Kingdom is weary of the governmental product it has received from New Labour over the past decade. The primary opposition party could come out on top after national elections next year. Although New Labour is now held in disfavor, in large part because it is firmly identified with Britain’s descent into the Nanny State, the Conservatives are poised to emulate Labour’s obnoxious propensity to hector the public and interfere with personal behavior. A citizen of the United Kingdom takes a look at the party leader of the rising party and finds little to differentiate him from his meddlesome predecessor.
Crack. Fizz. Gulp. Ahhhhhh. Is there a drinking experience more classically Australian than ripping the ring-pull off a beer? "The visceral pleasure from that first crack of a beer can is identical to popping a champagne cork," says wine and drinks writer Mike Bennie. "There's also huge appeal in the tinnie's nostalgia factor."