As fast as staff are being cut back at Department for International Development, consultants are being appointed to fly around the world business class. Duke University has just been handed £5 million to produce a report on effective aid spending; another US consultancy has been given £10 million to advise Indian state governments on how to run their health services; management consultants for Christian Aid have been given a £24 million contract to advise Indians on how to narrow the gap between rich and poor. So while the Chinese, Germans and Americans compete to build roads abroad, the British are still following a paternalistic programme of advice and handouts.
George Osborne is so f***ing unpopular that when he went to hand out medals at the Paralympics even the mascots Wenlock and Mandeville were giving him the finger.
So you see, the election four years ago wasn’t about me. It was about you. My fellow citizens – you were the change.
President Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention last night.
The mechanics of Mr Assange’s case swiftly render comparisons with Pussy Riot unsustainable. Were he facing prosecution for something as nebulous as, say, tax fraud (as is the dissident artist Ai Weiwei in China) he might have an argument. But sexual assault is not a nebulous charge. It requires a real-world complainant, or in his case, two.