Posts Tagged ‘Telegraph’
Barn Owl in flight, Norfolk, England
The former head of the army today accused Tony Blair and Gordon Brown of letting down British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and described the case for the Iraq war as “most uncompelling”.
General Sir Richard Dannatt called Brown “malign” for failing to fund the armed forces adequately, and said Blair lacked the “moral courage” to make his then chancellor deliver the money that was needed.
The accusations were made in a book, Leading From the Front, which is being serialised in the Sunday Telegraph…
In his book, Dannatt wrote that the evidence for Iraq’s possession of weapons of mass destruction – the official justification for Britain’s involvement in the 2003 invasion – was “most uncompelling” and the planning for the aftermath of war had been an “abject failure”.
While the 1998 strategic defence review (SDR) provided a “good framework” for defence policy in the Labour years, it was “fatally flawed” because it was underfunded by Brown’s Treasury and could not cope with the strains of deploying troops in Iraq and Afghanistan at the same time.
“History will pass judgment on these foreign adventures in due course, but in my view Gordon Brown’s malign intervention, when chancellor, on the SDR by refusing to fund what his own government had agreed, fatally flawed the entire process from the outset,” he wrote.
“The seeds were sown for some of the impossible operational pressures to come…”
Sound familiar? Insert the names “George W, Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney” in the appropriate locations and watch the hurried defense of political hacks who specialize in rear guard actions against any responsibility for their political disasters.
In both the US and UK, politicians who abdicated any responsibility to the real needs of their electorate and the world seem to gather on a frequent schedule, first, to screw up the world – and, second, to lie and avoid responsibility for what they did in the first place.
True Believers aid as best they can.
New York Times starts Press Engine service for content distribution to iPads and iPhones – for other newspapers
New York Times Co., owner of the namesake newspaper, started Press Engine, a business designed to help other publishers deliver content to digital platforms such as Apple’s iPad and iPhone devices.
Times Co. will collect license fees and maintenance fees from publishers and media organizations that use the technology and design solutions for digital distribution. Individual publishers will continue to control and own their advertising and subscriptions, the New York-based company.
The Telegraph Media Group, publisher of the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph, and A.H. Belo Corp., the Dallas-based owner of the Dallas Morning News, will be among Press Engine’s customers when the product is introduced in the fourth quarter, Times Co. said.
“This is part of the multi-faceted move into new technology” at Times Co., said Ed Atorino, an analyst at Benchmark Co. in New York. “They’ve got the content, they’ve got the brainpower. We’ll see if people will pay for this stuff.”
Publishers are seeking ways to replace a drop in newspaper print advertising sales, which fell 11 percent in the U.S. in the first quarter, according to Newspaper Association of America data.
The New York Times newspaper is preparing to unveil in January a new online subscription model, which will make much of its Web content available only to visitors who pay fees for access. The company is also planning to sell an enhanced application for Apple’s iPad, which will be offered in addition to the free app currently available on the device.
The free app for the iPad rocks. Informative and useful. I admit I could be tempted to pop for a subscription – well, a little tempted.
They might be second in line after GigaOm Pro which I also haven’t subscribed to. Yet.
The Telegraph’s headline: “Googlle: Google releases missspelt logo to mark 11th anniversary”
The url of the article is just as wrong – the Telegraph misspelled “missspelt” – which I somehow doubt was deliberate.
Maybe not. Maybe the copy editors have gotten hip?
UPDATE: Har! They not only fixed the headline overnight, they fixed the url + linked the original url to the new one.