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Tina Burrett
For Tina Burrett's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
COMMENTARY
Feb 29, 2012
To save U.K., England must be more like Scotland
The battle over Scotland's future as part of the United Kingdom has begun. Last week, politicians on both sides of the border set out passionate arguments for and against Scottish independence. All three of Britain's main political parties are committed to preserving the union. In a speech in Edinburgh on Feb. 15, Britain's prime minister, David Cameron, said he would "fight with everything I have to keep our United Kingdom."
COMMENTARY
Dec 10, 2011
Civil reawakening in Russia?
It came as no surprise to Russian citizens that parliamentary elections held Dec. 4 were neither free nor fair. Elections in Russia have become increasingly managed since Vladimir Putin's first stint as prime minister in 1999.
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 7, 2011
Wrong timing by the Euro-skeptics
For Britain's Euro-skeptics, the current eurozone crisis has an air of inevitability and opportunity. The crisis validates their view of the single currency as a straitjacket forcing disparate economies into an unworkable union.
COMMENTARY
Jul 14, 2011
The blame goes beyond a tabloid
After 168 years of titillating Britons over breakfast, the News of the World has closed. Last Sunday's edition was the tabloid's last. Allegations of police bribery and phone tapping by Britain's best-selling newspaper were met with public outrage. But are these revelations really so surprising?
COMMENTARY
Jun 25, 2011
Election season comes early in the Kremlin
In the highly controlled environment of Russian domestic politics, there are few surprises. Russia is a managed democracy in which political changes and election outcomes are carefully orchestrated by the Kremlin.
COMMENTARY / World
May 20, 2011
Britain's coalition bestows lopsided benefits
"England does not love coalitions."
COMMENTARY / World
May 11, 2011
Britain's adversity to A.V.
Britain's rejection of a new electoral system in last Thursday's referendum comes as no surprise. Nor does the predictably low turnout of 42 percent. Alternative Vote (A.V.), the system proposed to replace the First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) method of electing ministers of Parliament (MPs) to Westminster, was no one's first choice. Even the majority of those fronting the Yes campaign viewed the system, in the words of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, as a "miserable little compromise."
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 15, 2010
The Kremlin resets Russian foreign policy
2010 has seen a change in Russia's relations with the West. The Obama administration came to office promising a "reset" in relations with Moscow, and in the past year, this new mood of cooperation has begun to deliver tangible results. Moscow and Washington are working together to reduce their nuclear arsenals, as well as to combat the proliferation of nuclear weapons to other states.
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 14, 2010
Labour's left foot forward?
New party leaders never want for advice. Since his election as leader of the British Labour Party last month, everyone has words of wisdom for Ed Miliband. This frenzied fight to mold the Miliband message is hardly surprising; a series of poor policy and presentational decisions when Labour last lost power in 1979 kept the party out of office for a generation. How Miliband defines himself in the next few weeks will determine whether his party is fated to another long spell in opposition.
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 15, 2010
Why Putin is good for Japan
For Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, it has been a hectic summer. He took a spin across 2,100 km of the Siberian tundra in a Lada, was initiated into the Hell's Angels, fired darts at gray whales with a crossbow and still found time to jump into the cockpit of a Be-200 jet to extinguish the wildfires devastating western Russia. There's no rest for the wicked.
COMMENTARY / World
May 15, 2010
Don't write Labour Party off
In an ironic twist, just as the Democratic Party of Japan government is considering importing elements of the Westminster model, British politics begins turning Japanese.
COMMENTARY / World
May 5, 2010
Democratic sidebar to U.K. polls
Britain is on the brink of its biggest political upheaval in a century. The general election that takes place this week has become an unofficial referendum on the electoral system itself. Britain's first-past-the-post (FPTP) system discriminates against small parties, wastes votes and encourages politicians to shape their policies to suit a handful of swing voters in marginal constituencies.
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 13, 2010
Vote for change may bring more of the same
Just last month, the opposition Conservative Party seemed as close to unbeatable in the upcoming British election as is possible in politics. But last week Gordon Brown, the usually dour prime minister, had reason to be cheerful. According to the latest polls, Brown's Labour Party could yet emerge as the largest party after the election on May 6.

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