Eurovision 2014 – The UK entry – Molly singing Children Of The Universe – has stayed around 5th in the betting for the past few weeks. No doubt the UK betting is weighted in her favour but some expert commentators are predicting a much better British result this time around. However a number of Molly’s promo CDs have already been seen for sale on eBay – unopened. And the Eurovision favourite, Armenia, is still well ahead.
With events in Copenhagen, Denmark starting in just six days time get ready for many hours of BBC coverage next week.
High Speed Trains – The House of Commons have voted 452 to 41 in favour of progressing the massive HS2 project on to its next stage. And future votes are also likely to crush any opposition arguments by sheer weight of numbers; given that all the party leaders are in support. This level of support makes the outlook very good for the big engineering companies – who will be hoping to move their Crossrail teams over to the HS2 projects without a break. So buy your civil engineering shares now – but sell up before things get messy. Corporate sponsors will be laying on the champagne and caviar in Westminster in the short term but in five or so years time the politicians will be keen to deny any responsibility for re-thinks, overruns or failures.
Scotland’s Vote – In a surprising development both politicians and the general public seem to be taking a much more serious interest in the issues that a Yes referendum vote would raise. Perhaps because some polls have shown a significant shift towards victory for the Yes campaign both sides are upping their game to try to influence the electorate.
The No outcome is still the most likely – at 1/3 in today’s betting – but plenty could be convinced to cast their vote for Independence; if only because they may never get another chance. And because the eligibility of voters depends simply upon their place of registration – rather than place of birth or adopted nationality – there could be some unexpected results come September.
Repeat Of History? – As the situation in Ukraine increasingly takes on the guise of a train wreck happening in slow motion we are lucky that none of the Western leaders have been prodded into escalating their military involvement. But the spectre of a NATO-Russia conflict has been already been raised by a Kiev government out-played and out-gunned by thinly disguised Russian forces in Crimea. Perhaps the EU should now stop trying to expand its membership eastwards. Political alignments are a big issue for a re-born Russia. It’s not as simple as extending the number of nations in Eurovision.