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David Miliband The British General Election is being called today. While it is going on I cannot post blogs for the Foreign Office website. So for now, thank you for all your comments. I hope we'll continue the conversation soon! David Miliband 06 April 2010 New Reality TV Show proposed While the crossing of the border between Mexico and the US by illegal aliens and drug smugglers gets a lot of news and political attention , few people actually know very much about how this is actually done. Herewith is a Treatment / Proposal for a new TV reality show called "Sneaking into America" : Ten contestants for each series will be selected randomly from applicants. There would be 3 series of Sneaks into America. Each of the 3 series will have 4 episodes… for a total of 12 one hour shows. The first episode of each "Sneak" series is titled “staging for illegal entry”, the second being “crossing the line”, the third being “the overland journey of death” and the final episode “arriving in the promised land”.

Big break! Giant pool table is 30 feet long and uses 6lb bowling balls By Daily Mail Reporter Updated: 03:15 GMT, 22 January 2011 Most people would rather have a swimming pool in their back garden than an actual pool table. But this is the enormous billiards table, believed to be the largest in world, that an American man built in his yard. Former cage fighter Steve Wienecke used five truck loads of gravel and spent 250 hours to build the one-and-a-half feet high felt-covered pool table.

Matthew Yglesias » Sympathy for Gordon Brown By Matthew Yglesias on May 4, 2010 at 10:43 am "Sympathy for Gordon Brown" It appears almost certain that Gordon Brown will lead the Labour Party to a historically bad result in the upcoming election. It’s possible that Labour will stay in government in coalition with the Liberal Democrats, but that will almost certainly require Brown’s resignation as leader. Monty Python's Completely Useless Web Site UK to continue aid to India, terminates aid to 16 other nations London, Feb.28: Britain will continue providing financial aid to India, but will cut off aid to sixteen other nations, following a review, that proves they are no longer in the poverty bracket. Following an inquiry ordered by International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell, countries such as Russia, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Moldova and Serbia will not be provided financial aid by UK, the Daily Mail reports. The UK however, has decided to continue providing 280 million pounds to India. The overall aid budget is likely to increase by four billion pounds over the next four years. Nearly 30 percent of the increased budget will be given to countries like Yemen and Somalia, to help them fight terrorism.

UK ready for Syria evacuation. Are we? A report emerged this week (thanks Sam) that the UK is gearing up for a possible mass evacuation of British citizens from Syria , with a helicopter carrier and amphibious assault ship to be deployed to the Eastern Mediterranean for exercises after the Olympic Games finish. The exercise has evidently been planned for some time and isn't a direct response to events in Syria, but according to the UK Telegraph, the flotilla could be used to evacuate British citizens from the Middle East if needed. The French will join the exercise too, with an aircraft carrier, escort ships and a strike force of Rafale fighters. The Royal Navy's readiness looks to be one result of some serious thinking, rigorous 'lessons learned' processes, parliamentary inquiries and internal reviews since the Arab Spring crises of early 2011. Before the Arab Spring, government-funded evacuations were rare.

Nuclear essential for UK energy future, chief adviser says As Britain published its nuclear energy strategy paper on March 26, the government’s chief science adviser said a nuclear-free future was not an option for the UK. Nuclear power is essential for Britain’s energy future, said science adviser John Beddington, the Guardian reports. “We really can’t see a future for the UK energy sector,” he said, “if we are to meet our climate change obligations and have resilience in the power sector, without a significant component of nuclear. A non-nuclear scenario is not one the government is thinking seriously about.”

Ex-Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher dies, aged 87 8 April 2013Last updated at 15:57 ET Baroness Thatcher was the first woman to be UK prime minister, winning three elections Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher has died "peacefully" at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke while staying at the Ritz hotel in central London. David Cameron called her a "great Briton" and the Queen spoke of her sadness at the death. Lady Thatcher was Conservative prime minister from 1979 to 1990. She was the first woman to hold the role. Nuclear test veterans win war pensions after four year battle with Ministry of Defence - Mirror Online - Pale Moon Survivors of Britain's nuclear tests have won war pensions after a four-year fight with the Ministry of Defence. A judge ruled this week that men ordered into the fallout zone were injured by radiation in the 1950s and 60s. The ruling is the first time UK nuke vets have been awarded money in recognition of their illnesses. They say radiation left them with cancers, rare illnesses and birth defects in their children. It opens the door for remaining veterans, now thought to number less than 3,000, to finally claim against the government that ordered them into danger.

UK funds poll in Pakistan on US drone attacks Britain has been forced to admit that it has been funding surveys in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas that reveal US drone strikes in the region are causing deep resentment among the local population. In an answer to a parliamentary question, the foreign minister, Alistair Burt, confirmed that the Foreign Office had "supported" surveys which showed the proportion of respondents in the tribal areas who believed drone strikes were "never justified" had risen from 59% in 2010 to 63% in 2011. It appears to be the first time that the government has revealed it has carried out opinion polls on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan – a programme on which it has refused to comment publicly. Previously British ministers have said: "Drone strikes are a matter for the United States and Pakistan." However, there have been claims that the government has been complicit in the programme, sharing locational intelligence with US agencies to help them target the strikes.

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