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Charles Richardson — Editor of The World is not Enough

Charles Richardson

Editor of The World is not Enough

Charles Richardson has contributed to Crikey since 2002, and was a ministerial adviser in the Kennett government and a former editorial manager at the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney.

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And over the cliff we go – sort of

January 2, 2013

A deal dragged the United States back up the fiscal cliff, and the markets loved it.

Highlights of 2012: The top 10 elections

December 31, 2012 4 Comments

It was again a mixed year for elections, where the forces of change and the forces of stability both had their victories. Here's my top 10 for 2012.

Israeli Supreme Court backs democracy

December 31, 2012

The Central Elections Committee, a largely partisan body, had again tried to narrow the options available to Israel's Arab voters by disqualifying an anti-Zionist MP. Yesterday the Supreme Court stood up for democracy.

Well, isn’t that interesting?

December 30, 2012

A few days ago I said that Mario Monti, Italy’s caretaker prime minister, had “left open the possibility of returning to government in some capacity.” Now he’s gone a step further, announcing that he will put himself at the head of a “centrist” ticket for February’s election. The BBC reports as follows: The BBC’s David […]

Who’s afraid of the fiscal cliff?

December 28, 2012

Expectations are low in Washington for reaching an agreement that would avoid the "fiscal cliff" next week. That's probably not something we should worry about too much.

Egypt’s president gets his constitution

December 27, 2012 1 Comment

Results are now final for the referendum on the new Egyptian constitution: it was approved with 63.8% voting in favor, on a low turnout of 32.9%. That’s a win for Egypt’s president Mohammed Morsi, but it also means the end of the extraordinary powers he had given himself to rule by decree beyond judicial review. […]

Season’s Greetings

December 24, 2012

The World is Not Enough would like to wish all our readers the very best for the festive season, under whatever name you know it. My view, for what it’s worth, is that Christmas in Australia is fundamentally a secular festival, and that no-one should feel hampered by their religious views (or lack thereof) in […]

Date set for Berlusconi’s last ride

December 24, 2012 1 Comment

It’s been confirmed that Italy will go to the polls in just over two months, on 24-25 February. Prime minister Mario Monti, who has served since November 2011 as head of a non-partisan government, resigned on Friday following passage of his budget measures through parliament; he will stay on in a caretaker capacity until the […]

Death of a conservative

December 23, 2012

Curious that the person perhaps most responsible for politicising the US supreme court, at least in the last fifty years, never actually took his seat on the court. Such was the significance of Robert Bork, who died this week at the age of 85. Bork’s nomination to the court by Ronald Reagan in 1987 set […]

Dictator’s daughter takes over a divided South Korea

December 21, 2012 3 Comments

No surprises in South Korea: Wednesday’s presidential election resulted in a narrow but expected victory for the centre-right candidate, Park Geun-hye, who will become the country’s first female president. She defeated the centre-left’s Moon Jae-in with 51.6% of the vote to 48.0% (official figures here). Voting in South Korea (like most presidential elections – the […]