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BBC World Service (July 2000 - Present)

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BBC World Service (July 2000 - Present)
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Edward
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Special Advisor for the Prime Minister, Cabinet, Foreign Office, Defence and the Chief/Shadow Whip
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"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand." ~ Milton Friedman
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Powell Officially Nominated as GOP Candidate For US Presidency

Colin Powell, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Four Star US General and National Security adviser to President Ronald Reagan has been nominated as the Republican Candidate for the Presidency after a long and close fought primary campaign. Powell becomes the first Black Jamaican-American candidate to be nominated by either major US party in the history of the country, as well as another of a select few Presidential candidates who have come from a non-political military based background. He was nominated by acclimation after second place finisher in the Primary campaign George W. Bush - son of former President George H. W. Bush - withdrew from the contest in May when it became clear that General Powell would be the choice of the Republican Party. He was nominated with Vice Presidential candidate and former Governor of Michigan John Engler, an establishment figure in the GOP with experience in Government and the internal politics of the Republican party. 

Having declared his candidacy in early September of 1999 alongside other major candidates including Arizona Senator John McCain, Texas Governor George W. Bush, Businessman Steve Forbes and Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, Powell fought in an often described as "bitter and racist" campaign against his various opponents. Despite delivering a poor performance in the Iowa Caucus - a vital first step to any campaign - which went to Bush, Powell successfully delivered his campaign a win in New Hampshire where him and George Bush campaigned against John McCain for the win in the first Primary campaign of the election. Having won in New Hampshire Powell found easy success in the subsequent Delaware, Michigan and Virginia primaries and caucuses despite struggling to deliver in key contests in the south where George Bush began to emerge as the stronger contender. The victory in the state of California for General Powell was a vital step in his path to nomination, which would become a spring board for victories across the North east of the United States, the Industrial heartland of the nation and other vital states like Florida. John McCain's campaign, while energetic and popular, was hampered by Powell's decision to run as a moderate candidate for the Republican ticket.

Powell has come into the race as a moderate Republican preaching his platform of what he calls "America's Promise"; aiming to cut taxes, encourage fiscal responsibility and unlock the potential of individual Americans and migrants to the United States. While incredibly popular with moderate Republicans and independents - as well as even a lot of Democrats - Powell does suffer however from lacking support in the south and from the GOP's traditional religious base who consider him, like McCain, to be too moderate of a candidate for the Presidency. The choice of John Engler, a more Conservative and better liked candidate by the Conservative right of the party, as the other name on the ticket will however benefit Powell in the race for the Presidency that will soon begin with the nomination of the Democratic ticket. The question on many people's lips now however is simple; can a Black Republican win the Presidency of the United States?
Edward
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Special Advisor for the Prime Minister, Cabinet, Foreign Office, Defence and the Chief/Shadow Whip
Advisor for the Labour Party

"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand." ~ Milton Friedman
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Gore Nominated Democratic Candidate for Presidency

Vice President to US President Bill Clinton and former Tennessee Senator Al Gore has been nominated by the Democratic Party for the Presidency of the United States today in the party's national convention in Los Angeles, California. His nomination, completed by Gore's former college room mate Tommy Lee Jones, came after a landslide victory in the Democratic primary where Gore took on and defeated Senator Bill Bradley of New Jersey and political activist Lyndon LaRouche.

Gore was nominated alongside Democratic senator from Connecticut Joe Lieberman who will run as his running mate in the contest - another first in this campaign due to Lieberman being the first ever Jewish American candidate to be nominated by any party for the Vice Presidency. 

The nomination of the two candidates now officially marks the opening of campaign season for the final leg of the Presidential run, both Colin Powell of the Republican Party and Al Gore of the Democrats have been cited as possible victors - Powell being very popular among independents but unpopular among the right of the GOP and Gore being popular among Democrats as well as many independents alike. The two candidates are however running remarkably similar campaigns, using centrist platforms with their own personal touches on policy as the main cruxes of their campaigns. Gore too has focused relentlessly on the need for experience in the white house - something an outsider to the white house like Powell arguably does not have - while Powell is running on a platform of reform and change from someone who understands the security and daily challenges of Americans. The contest is expected to be tight and with results being counted on November 8th there is much work to be done by both campaigns.
Edward
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Special Advisor for the Prime Minister, Cabinet, Foreign Office, Defence and the Chief/Shadow Whip
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Greater Romania Party Wins Romanian Elections

Rocked by allegations of corruption and the after effects of Communist rule under Nicolae Ceausescu Romania has elected it's third President in the nation's short history since the collapse of soviet rule in 1989 and return to democracy. Corneliu Vadim Tudor of the 'Greater Romania Party' won the two round contest with 51.2% of the vote in the second round stunning political experts on the eastern European country who expected a narrow victory for the First President of the country Ion Illiescu despite last minute allegations of corruption and misuse of public funds against the former President in the dying days of the campaign. Mr Tudor, who won the election despite losing the first round by over 6%, is thought to have recieved a last minute boost in support after he began campaigning on the suggestion that former President Illiescu - much like former dictator of the country Nicolae Ceauseacu - used money for his own benefit, investing state finances in foreign holding accounts and purchasing himself gifts indirectly through colleagues and family members. While many of these allegations are yet to be proven, and almost certainly exaggerated, the Romanian people who remain shaken by the rule of the former Communist dictator quickly turned on the candidate allowing Mr Tudor to take the mantle of power.

The victory has been taken with shock from many western nations, Mr Tudor's party being often accused of sitting on the 'far right' of Romanian politics by advocating for the return of territories formerly owned by the Kingdom of Romania that now are owned by Ukraine and the independent state of Moldova. Described by the Times Newspaper, the Party is summed up as being "a crude mixture of anti-Semitism, racism and nostalgia for the good old days of communism" with the celebration of Romanians such as Ion Antonescu being a common crux of the party platform - Antonescu being a close ally to Hitler during the second world war.

 With turnout low, the win for the far right party carried further down the 'ticket' too, with the party winning 72 seats in the Romanian Senate and 152 seats in the Chamber of Deputies - an effective majority in the Senate but a minority in the Chamber of Deputies that may require some form of coalition with one of the two more Conservative parties in Romania; the National Liberal Party and the Democratic Party. With turnout in the poll limited however in what observers expect was a protest against the choice of candidates the result is expected to be challenged in Romanian courts, and opposition parties stunned by the result too are also already speaking of a stronger and more united challenge against the now leading party in Romania in the 2004 elections. Until then however this election has been taken by many foreign Governments as the election of the first 'far right' party in Europe since the second world war with European Commission President Romano Prodi and Vice President, former Labour Party Leader, Neil Kinnock releasing a statement labeling the result as "a regrettable and unforeseen hurdle in Romania's return to it's rightful place in Europe" with the victory expected to stall or even end accession talks to the Community with the country. Furthermore, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban read a statement to the press this morning labeling the victory as "anti Hungarian" and expressing his fear for the rights of Hungarians in Romania as a result of the victory. With so many questions left unanswered, only time will tell how this victory affects the development of Eastern Europe as the country moves away from it's Communist past.
Edward
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Special Advisor for the Prime Minister, Cabinet, Foreign Office, Defence and the Chief/Shadow Whip
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Powell Inaugurated as President of the United States

Following a close fought Presidential election in which former General and chairman of the joint Chiefs of Staff came out on top of former Vice President Al Gore, Colin Powell has been Inaugurated as President of the United States - the first from an ethnic minority. The election, fought on various issues branching from Security, Healthcare and the US Budget, was long thought to be one of the closest contests in Presidential history between a popular and experienced Vice President who had strong support within his party and Powell as an outsider 'reform' candidate following eight years of the Clinton Presidency. Powell, who despite being unpopular with Conservatives on the Republican side, benefited from his opponents' more liberal stances on policy allowing him to gain the support of many moderates throughout the country, carried 33 states and recieved 313 votes in the electoral college to Al Gore's 225. 

Powell, who has promised a new age for America and a return to the days when the US was the land of opportunity remarked on his victory in his speech, concluding with the statement; "America:  In the face of our common dangers, in this new millennia, let us remember these timeless words.  With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come.  Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations". 

Powell's victory comes as a new chapter in American history with their first ever President of a Jamaican American background being elected - the first of any ethnic minority - and equally one of the few Presidents to be elected with a background in the Military. With the world entering a new millennia, many have seen this landmark event in history as a promising sign for the direction the US is going, with many speaking of a new found hope for the future. President Powell and Vice President Engler now will begin the process of appointing their cabinet, several of the candidates having been announced already. Donald Rumsfeld is to be appointed Secretary of Defence, former Governor George W Bush - a primary election opponent of Powell and son of former President Bush - is to become Secretary to the Treasury and the US Secretary of State is set to be another former Presidential candidate; Senator John McCain who was a vital supporter of the Powell campaign during the last days of the Primary election campaign.
Edward
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Special Advisor for the Prime Minister, Cabinet, Foreign Office, Defence and the Chief/Shadow Whip
Advisor for the Labour Party

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