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July 03, 2005

Britblog Roundup # 20

Yes, we have made it to a full 20 of our little roundups of the British and Irish blogging world, that extravagaza known as the Britblog Roundup.

The rules are simple, you nominate posts from blog written either from these Isles or by citizens of them and I glue it all together on a Sunday afternoon when I open up britblog AT gmail DOT com to see what you’ve sent me.  If you come across something good during the week please do drop us a line. There’s no way that any of us can keep up with all of the activity out there so we need your guidance!

First up is Paleojudaica with a detailed look at the idiocy that is the Religious Hatred Bill, now wending its way through Parliament.

Eban at Reaching for Lucidity is less than impressed with the NASA plan to blow a hole in a comet on Monday.

Kate at the Cruella-blog has a rather different take on maternity rights than is usual around here. (Yes folks! this is one of the points of the roundup, that we all break out of our ideological laagers occasionally)

Matt Sellers is all over the decision to bomb Iraq in 2002. He thinks it might have been illegal under international law.

Studi Galeiani uses the current fuss over who is the Greatest Philosopher to widen the field....much modern work is actually being done in film and literature.

Ilkley Rocks is not so much bah’t ’at as extremely, well, go read his views on Yorkshire. Guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of every Lancastrian.

An interesting example of how blogs can converse on a subject, A Plague of Opinion asking here and Ephems of BLB responding here, here and here.

Jarndyce skewers Michael Gove rather neatly.

Jim Bliss has joined The Sharpener and applies his distinctive logic to the upcoming smoking ban in pubs.

Dodgeblogium has solved the problem of immigration. Terribly simple really.

The Law West of Ealing Broadway continues his series of stories from the bench. Yes, it really is true that certain language speakers cannot tell their r’s from l’s. The Pedant General also caught him in this appalling pun.

The Yorkshire Ranter brings balm and succour to my troubled heart. Instead of worrying about ID Cards, religious hatred bills and ASBOs why not simply abolish the Home Office?

On which subject Politicalog would appear to have the same desires concerning polticians.

The Channel 4 news blog invited several bloggers to give their view on the G8 meeting and its importance. (Leading bloggers, indeed!) My favourite line?

The G8 is one of the few groups which truly has the power to change the world at the stroke of a pen.

Really? It’s all that damn simple?

You know, people will blog about just about anything but this is a first for me, blogging about ship’s cranes.

Phil ponders those things which the state does better than private actors. This has been going round for a day or two actually and I’ve been surprised that no one has mentioned defense, something which even libertarians thinks Govt does better.

Liberal England continues his architectural tours, this time the cathedral at Southwell.

Robin has a useful roundup of blogging reactions to Live8. Something more than 11,000 links actually.

Norm of that Blog takes issue with the Observer. Quite rightly so, absolutely scandalous behaviour from Rafael (and to think, I once used to deliver that man’s newspaper! To him, you understand, not just the Observer to Mrs. Jones round the corner.)

Slightly Inperfect (a stunningly wonderful tag line, Operating a Zero Adequacy Policy) is being rather brave, blogging on and through his depression. Go read and maybe drop him a get well soon note.

Clive Davis (who most certainly did not benefit from it, he growing up round the corner from me) is stirring the pot about media nepotism. There is, as he points out, clear evidence that the best way to get published is to belong to the lucky sperm club.

The Garrulous Leporidae follows up some research into GM crops and sparks a fascinating comments section.

Richard Delevan ponders on why a journalist would actually blog, given the other outlets available (and, I would add, write in the absence of pay) for his thoughts.

The N. Irish Magyar is able to divine Bobby Charlton’s true thoughts.

For photos of the march in Edinburgh you will need Freedom and Whisky, well, more than you need them at other times.

And that’s it, this week’s version of the Britblog Roundup. Tune in next week for another version.

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I know this is your weekly chance to suck up to various lefty bloggers but what do you mean exactly by Jarndyce skewering Michael Gove rather neatly? He does nothing of the sort. Gove makes the point that Marx's ideology has been used to justify the deaths of millions worldwide (undeniably true). Jarndyce makes the tiresome point that the same could be said of Friedman re Pinochet's Chile - Pinochet may have employed the 'Chicago boys' in the Ministry of Finance but the disappearing of thousands was the work of the military (Friedman's ideology is all about freedom, if you remember) - and JD Salinger in the case of Lennon's shooting. The second of those is simply too deranged an analogy to even bother examining.

I assume you're trying to expand your readership by including these idiots in your weekly roundup but you do have to ask yourself if it's really worth it.

Tim adds: I think you’ve severly misunderstood the point of this roundup. Traffic? Yes, of course. But there is more. I really do want people to send me links of posts they think are good. That value of "good" does not include (my or your) values about truth, society and the right way to do it. That value of "good" is to do with rhetoric, writing style, well, fill in here, what makes a good blog post. Do I think that J. destroys Gove’s arguments? No. Do I think he’s made a really quite wonderful debating point, created a good blog post? Yes.

I realise that we can all disagree about such things but ’tis my blog, ’re my opinions, ’tis my roundup. Even when I disagree with a man’s basic positions, with his view of life, ’tis true that I like to see the stiletto used.

Gove’s argumets, J’s, stand as they are. Read and decide. Me? In the roundup I am merely reporting, not opinioning, as I do the rest of the week.

Posted by: David H | Jul 3, 2005 8:08:50 PM


Many thanks for the mention, but you could at least have given me a link.

(You did mail me earlier about not whining, on the basis that P-Gs don't do that. Tough. This one does.)

Toodle pip

Posted by: The Pedant-General | Jul 3, 2005 11:02:28 PM

This is a really great resource for interesting blog posts. Thanks for all the interesting links.

Keep up the great work!

Posted by: Graham Christopher | Jul 4, 2005 6:33:37 AM

This is a really great resource for interesting blog posts. Thanks for all the links.

Keep up the great work!

Posted by: Graham Christopher | Jul 4, 2005 6:34:47 AM

DH - by "tiresome", I assume you mean "undeniable".

Alternatively, you could try and deny it...

Posted by: john b | Jul 4, 2005 12:40:14 PM

Thanks for the link. Good to get some heated debate going.

Posted by: Cruella | Jul 4, 2005 2:16:48 PM

Thanks for sucking up to this lefty blogger. Keep it up.

Posted by: Matt | Jul 5, 2005 9:57:26 AM

I've got a better idea, David. If you have something to say about one of my posts, come over and stick a comment up on my site. No need to whisper it over here like a wormtongue.

Posted by: Jarndyce | Jul 5, 2005 10:14:34 AM

Oh, one more thing, David. Clearly you don't have sufficient grey matter to understand the process of analogy, but if you actually read my post I'm making the point that blaming Friedman and Salinger, respectively, is in fact idiotic. But nowhere near as idiotic as failing to understand four sentences of text. I would have thought your limited ability to interpret the English language would have made you a little more circumspect before launching ad hominem attacks on people you don't know. Maybe I'm just old fashioned like that.

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