Portugal elections and a tennis champion (E423)
Portugal is important to us, it’s one of our oldest allies. It’s also one of the few countries in Europe where the waitress serving your holiday breakfast is likely to be a communist voter. Indeed, the Carnation Revolution overthrew fascism in the lifetime of most of us, and until an unscheduled general election at the end of January, both a communist block AND a Trotskyist block were in government. The elections came and went unnoticed in the British media, but they produced highly surprising results. So we invited Professor Isabel David of the Institute of Social and Political Science at the University of Lisbon to join Sputnik to give them the scrutiny they deserve.
And on centre court is a woman who has represented Brazil in tennis and twice competed for her country in the Pan American Games – from a wheelchair. Listed in the 100 Most Influential Disabled People, she’s a model, a designer, and an entrepreneur, so it’s not at all surprising to find that Samanta Bullock and her brand will be on the catwalk during the forthcoming London Fashion Week. From a packed schedule she found time to board Sputnik to tell us more.