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Published on January 6th, 2012 | by The Editor
Image © [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="315" caption="Are the American candidates prepared to go the full nine yards? ©jimmywayne"][/caption] This week we saw the invasion of American politics into Catch21‘s news feed, with the dramatic Iowa caucus. With a contest that came down to a mere eight votes between first and second place, how could we at Catch21 ignore it? Saira Khan kicked things off with brilliant analysis of the polling rollercoaster that is the ‘Not Romney’ voters within the Republican Party. This analysis was quickly followed by Sam Hargreaves musing over whether we will ever have a primary process right here in the UK. The final article saw former Republican darling, Newt Gingrich, have his spin and his contradictions exposed on our blogroll. Most of our readers may not be able to vote in the United States elections but it doesn’t stop them commenting on them. Back in the UK, the final verdict in the Stephen Lawrence case was equally contentious, as David Norris and Gary Dobson were finally sentenced for their part in the racially motivated murder of 18-year old Lawrence in 1993. Additionally, Ben Mansfield takes the Education Secretary Michael Gove to task this week over the controversy concerning academies and ‘free schools’. The Education Secretary is shown in a less than glorious light with a poorly chosen set of words. In our final CatchPoll of 2011, we asked for your opinion on whether the coalition government would survive 2012. According to the results, the majority of you (67%) predict the coalition to be in power for at least another year. Is this due to faith in our current leadership or lack of credible opposition? This week, we want to know whether you think it is a good thing that politicians use Twitter in light of the controversial comment made by Diane Abbott MP earlier this week. You can have your say here.

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This Week in Politics: Caucus and Calamity

Are the American candidates prepared to go the full nine yards? ©jimmywayne

This week we saw the invasion of American politics into Catch21‘s news feed, with the dramatic Iowa caucus. With a contest that came down to a mere eight votes between first and second place, how could we at Catch21 ignore it? Saira Khan kicked things off with brilliant analysis of the polling rollercoaster that is the ‘Not Romney’ voters within the Republican Party.

This analysis was quickly followed by Sam Hargreaves musing over whether we will ever have a primary process right here in the UK. The final article saw former Republican darling, Newt Gingrich, have his spin and his contradictions exposed on our blogroll. Most of our readers may not be able to vote in the United States elections but it doesn’t stop them commenting on them.

Back in the UK, the final verdict in the Stephen Lawrence case was equally contentious, as David Norris and Gary Dobson were finally sentenced for their part in the racially motivated murder of 18-year old Lawrence in 1993. Additionally, Ben Mansfield takes the Education Secretary Michael Gove to task this week over the controversy concerning academies and ‘free schools’. The Education Secretary is shown in a less than glorious light with a poorly chosen set of words.

In our final CatchPoll of 2011, we asked for your opinion on whether the coalition government would survive 2012. According to the results, the majority of you (67%) predict the coalition to be in power for at least another year. Is this due to faith in our current leadership or lack of credible opposition? This week, we want to know whether you think it is a good thing that politicians use Twitter in light of the controversial comment made by Diane Abbott MP earlier this week. You can have your say here.


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