Yesterday’s Washington Post's poll reflects recent trends and puts McCain a record nine points behind Obama. When is deep trouble, panic.
On Friday he was due to face Obama in a televised debate. The eloquent Obama will expose the stumbling McCain. This pitiful ploy to cancel campaigning is an act of transparent cowardice.
Barack Obama said it was "more important than ever" for US citizens to hear from the person who would soon be "dealing with this mess".
The accusation that MCain's motive is to avoid direct debate with Obama is persuasive. The locus that the two Congressmen have is slight as Congressmen, compared with their dominant potential role as the future President. In the past the television debates have cemented many votes. Obama has little choice but to go along with the McCain's retreat. It's impossible to fight if the opponent runs away.
No victories are won from the touchline.
I was shocked to hear from a member (un-named) of the new Newport Con-Lib cabinet that he took no part in the decision to sell the city's Mansion House. It was the decision of one man only - the ineffable Peter Davies.
No other councillor was involved in this decision which will lose the city an asset it has been able to afford for 100 years. Peter Davies has irritated friend and foe by his swaggering abuse of power. The new set-up on the Council does give individual cabinet members great powers to act alone. In the past it was used sparingly and only in emergency situations. Big controversial decisions were open to scrutiny by other councillors. The cabinet system is not intended to create half a dozen petty dictators.
The other members of Council must not allow themselves to be walked over. Once lost, the Mansion House will never be replaced.
The BBC was hoodwinked today by a charity that has taken cash from Big Pharma.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) says drugs such as Ritalin should be avoided - and must not be given to the under-fives. They called for more parental education to avoid drug-pushing to tots.
There is a powerful, scientifically reputable, body of opinion that says ADHD does not exist. It could be the normal exuberance of youth that has not been channelled into good behaviour by over indulgent parents. Ritalin is easier than good parenting.
Today's message was sound. The guidelines, which cover England, Wales and Northern Ireland, say parent training and education programmes should be offered as a first-line treatment for ADHD, both for pre-school and school age children.
But the Beeb allowed the ADHD charity to muscle in and steal the message. Andrea Bilbow, chief executive of the ADHD charity ADDISS questioned how helpful the parent training programmes would be to parents."Parenting programmes are extremely important, but they need to be specific for ADHD."
ADDISS admitted receiving five-figure sums from the drug giants and one of the companies involved conceded that a desire to sell more of its product was one of its motives for providing the finance.
Critics claim that its use is unnecessary in many instances, as the children are exhibiting natural traits for their age, which can be alleviated with dietary measures.
ADDISS has received funding from three of the major pharmaceutical companies that make methylphenidate and other ADHD medications, which have been accused of sparking suicidal behaviour and liver problems in children.
Andrea Bilbow, the founder and chief executive of ADDISS, admitted that her group had solicited and received total funding of around £20,000 from Janssen-Cilag, which makes Concerta, a form of methylphenidate, UCB Pharma, which also produces another branded form of the drug, and Eli Lilly, which makes a form of atomoxetine, another ADHD drug which is linked to an increased suicide risk in children.
Andrea Bilbow said, ‘We don't sell our soul to the devil but we can't survive without them."
Today Andrea was all over the media. Not one interviewer that I heard asked her whether she was funded and influenced by Big Pharma.
You are being walked over Beeb.