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April 17, 2005

Britblog Roundup # 9

Don’t forget, no matter how you vote the Government always gets in. A suitable reminder of the depressing truth in the middle of this general election campaign and as you will no doubt be expecting, many of this week’s posts at the Britblog Roundup are to do with this weighty matter. You can get your entries in early for next week by emailing them to britblog AT gmail DOT com and remember, we want to be pointed to the good stuff out there, anything from a citizen or resident of the four nations on these Isles being eligible. You can also subscribe to the email list at: britblog-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

First up is Jim Bliss with a highly biased and very good explanation of the essential attitudes of the main parties in the election. I doubt there’s very much he and I agree upon but you’ve got to love someone who looks at the drug mess this way:

They propose softening the approach to drug use (good plan) though falling way short of some form of controlled supply which is what's required (anyone who thinks that placing the production and sale of dangerous and addictive substances into the hands of violent gangsters is a positive thing for society is a f**king lunatic).

Jim refers to the Political Survey 2005 from Chris Lightfoot. Fascinating project, not so much for what the survey tells you about who you should vote for, but for how it reveals where your opinions are in respect of the rest of the UK. Well worth taking by non-UK types to get an idea of where you would fit into the UK political spectrum.

A number of us have taken the survey and posted the results here, so that gives you a snapshot of how one corner of the UK blogosphere thinks. If you do take the test, add your results there, eh?

Clive Davis points us at The Englishman in New York who has a great little story about the local knife grinder. Very posh, I must say, here in Portugal the guys are still on bicycles.

Nosemonkey wants us all to read the collaborative effort that is the General Election Blog. Not just because he is one of the writers there but because it is good (and it is). Several of the writers there have asked if I can help them find more right wing writers as they want to improve the balance. Volunteers contact them directly please! His two posts at his own blog on proxy vote fraud and whether the EU will be Labour’s secret weapon.

Chicken Yoghurt on the recent conviction in the ricin plot case. All was not as we have been told.

Tim Ireland has produced another flash video for Backing Blair. It’s graphic and disturbing. For those wondering whether the internet and blogs will make much difference to the UK election, these are the people who are going to, if anyone does.

Nick Barlow thinks that Polly Toynbee got hit with the stupid stick for one of her columns. I’m pretty sure it’s just natural talent.

Actually Existing has a long and well argued piece doubting the existence of Islamophobia.

Coffee and PC has a three parter about the National Union of Students Conference. Yes, this isthe one with anti-semitic leaflets...the conference that is, not the posts.

Chris Dillow continues his self-appointed task of bringing some economic rigour to the UK blogosphere, here discussing the merits of a Citizen’s Basic Income. The only bad thing I can see about the proposal is that it’s being pushed by the Green Party who have no hope at all of getting anywhere near power (thank the Lord, given their belief that comparative advantage has been "disproved"). My own pick from that blog was how the abolition of outside toilets will lead to our destitution.

Jarndyce is errr, less than complimentary about the Social Affairs Unit.

Blithering Bunny explains the maths behind why Roy Meadows was wrong. I know I have form in misunderstanding statistics but this is important, several women have spent years in prison because of the mistakes (and simple ones) that were made. Read it and weep at the state of statistical literacy in the legal system.

Steinsky rips into the recent PJ O’Rourke radio series. I didn’t hear it but perhaps not one of the Master’s greats on this review.

The Anglo Saxon Chronicle recommends the Village Hampden for his post on the 50% upper tax band proposal. Not only is he right but also literate with it:

The Lib Dems' economic policies are like those of Old Labour, but without the experience of Office to tell them what they can actually get away with. If you are thinking of voting for them, please use a postal vote, so that it will actually be counted for Labour. The Tyrant Blair may be a thief, liar, hypocrite, murderer, traitor, and now ballot rigger, but at least he does know his arse from his elbow.

I also loved this one from Hampden.

Phil at Cabalamat has a great piece on the increase in applications for postal votes and thus the potential for voting fraud. It looks like it’s getting to be a bigger problem than a few local council seats.

The Future is a Foreign Country is angry. Very angry. Starting with a Bastiat quote, digressing through Kafka and ending with:

I refuse to live the rest of my life in the shadow of fear that I do at present. If it truly is better to die on your feet than live on your knees, then I for one am more than willing to take the risk.

John Band points to two good ones, Richard Herring on reviving St Scholastica’s Day and the Toffee Womble on A Jew and His Box. (Attentive readers of the Womble will know both what the phrase was invented to describe and that he used to be Mariella Frostrup’s squeeze. Hhm.)

David Hadley points to Blood and Treasure on the utility of Party Manifestos. Something cosmic, or is it interior decoration?

Mischeivous Constructions takes issue with those who complain that Dr Who is scary. Of course it is, it scared us those decades ago and look how we turned out! Well, coff, yes.

The Law West of Ealing Broadway on one of the lesser known parts of his job. Swearing in new citizens and policemen. It’s perhaps a tiny thing but I do think it oddly distinctive of the way the nation works, that these tasks are performed by unpaid volunteers as are most magistrates.

The Parking Attendant on management techniques. No, computers and rigid monitoring are not the way to go, they leave out all of the unquantifiable parts of the job, both those that make it worth doing and those that make it worth having it done.

Scott Burgess achieves one of the more impressive acts of sustained sarcasm it has been my pleasure to witness. The witlessness of the Arts Lobby never ceases to amaze. Do read through the comments for the explanation of this phrase:

Lambla - The love that dare not bleat its name?

Alfie the OK spots (a little too late) a marvellous business opportunity. Would have been done well from that second hand PopeMobile that was for sale a couple of weeks ago.

Switchback Fair is a parody of a blog. Well done but suffers a little from the Tom Lehrer problem (He retired from satire when Nixon was elected., stating that satire was no longer possible), with Oliver Willis out there how can one satirise the medium?

Guido notes another of Tim Ireland’s interventions into the election. Very good, very good indeed.

Finally, a series of three by Charles Whitaker. Close textual analysis of the Labour Party Manifesto. Not good news. (No, that is not a political statement, it is a statement of the constitutionally bleedin’ obvious.)

Finally, Twenty Major offers an analysis and style guides to what is missing from Irish blogging.

And that’s it, that’s this week’s Britblog Roundup. Don’t forget to get your entries in for next week to britblog AT gmail DOT com!

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