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July 02, 2006

Britblog Roundup #72

Apologies if I don’t get too upset about the association result yesterday: the way the local Portugee was acting around here last night I’m rather glad I didn’t have to walk through a crowd of them if they’d lost. Still the way the newspapers are talking today Mr. Potato Head might have something interesting to say to one of his team mates at the first training session in a few weeks.

After that, here’s the Britblog Roundup!

First up has to be The Obscurer. As he says, An Interlude for those recovering from exiting at the Q Final stage (again).

Early Modern Whale on "In Bed With Nicotania" No explanation, just read.

Blithering Bunny takes a swipe at Venus Williams: comes away with a fair chunk of flesh, too.

Paul actually explains everything (and I do mean everything) you’ll ever need to know about politics and politicians in one single post over at The Sharpener.

Confront an elected representative on his own, and he is generally nice, quite good at his job, well intentioned and working hard to accomplish achievable goals, often with some success. Confront him with an idea and no avenue for running away from it, and he will likely spend at least some time thinking about it on its merits; he is, after all, of above average intelligence and, on the whole, means well. View the same man as part of a herd, however, and he becomes remote, idiotic and incapable of achieving anything save earning money by wasting yours chasing after a series of bugaboos and utopias. The merits of a particular issue are lost amid a maelstrom of conflict, be it over something large like class- or party-lines or something more personal, like ‘agreeing’ with a person who is in the position to enhance one’s career.

Doing It All Again on the abortion thing. A bit of real life injected into the metaphysical debate.

Mr. AI Dodge on the British Political Scene and the BNP’s place in it.

The Ministry of Truth
on the background to that face slashing incident: and a welcome reminder of why we actually have courts, evidence, judges and their variations in sentencing.

qwghlm on the myth of the Royal 62 pence per head cost. Some very good ideas there indeed, most fun (BTW, would they get the revenues from the Crown Estates back?).

Perfect.co.uk reads The Great Leader’s article for The Guardian and doesn’t (what a surprise!) like what’s there.

David Maister with a nice little joke about the differences between English and American.

Save the Ribble continues campaigning: this week with the Pub Guide to the whole dispute.

The Touchline Bawler says goodbye to Andre Agassi at Wimbledon. (Question for the tennis geeks: AA and SG’s young ’un. Anyone else actually had two singles title’s holders as parents? Two title holders?)

Chris Dillow braves The Sharpener’s waters to point out that, yes, Blair really is a Marxist (although I might say Marxian rather.)

Some seriously original content over at Redemption Blues. A long interview with Professor Beverley Skeggs. Feminism and Marx may not be my cup of tea but for those for whom it is....

Natalie Bennett (who knows quite a bit about newspapers) on the British Museum’s exhibition, The Front Page.

When an artist is honoured with a retrospective by a major gallery, it tends to be taken as a sign of graceful retirement, so what does it mean that the British Library’s main exhibition space is now occupied by an exhibition titled “Front Page: Celebrating 100 Years of the British Newspaper”?

Philobiblon with her take on the by-elections. A not unnatural call for electoral reform in there.

Tom Reynolds on one of the problems if citizen journalism: just what can you reveal?

For ancient history fans, "When in Rome did they start doing as the Romans do?" Fabulous title and well informed post, as always over there.

The fword blog. Wife beater gets anger management classes (or some such) to protect his career: at the Dept of Constitutional Affairs. Sheesh.

Advice on how to tour Scotland from What do I know? Essentially, Ignore the part with almost all the Scots in it and go to the Highlands.

Petite Anglaise on the joys of motherhood: most especially the joys of moving teh child on to the ex-partner in certain circumstances.

And there we are, another Britblog Roundup successfully negotiated. You can make recommendations for next week’s simply by emailing the URL to britblog AT gmail DOT com. Me, I’m off to see if the Portuguese public has calmed down yet.

Until next week:

Toodle Pip!

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The Portugese on Jersey rioted last night.

Tim adds: It would be a bit extreme to say that they rioted here but it was definitely a touch ugly at times if you were English.

Posted by: Martin | Jul 2, 2006 6:39:52 PM

Looks more like it was England fans causing the trouble in Jersey:

Posted by: Andrew | Jul 3, 2006 1:12:27 AM

Have I just seen a White Rabbit pass exclaiming 'O my hair and whiskers!', or did the previous commentor just write,

"Looks more like it was England fans causing the trouble in Jersey"?

The BBC report that the commentor linked to reads,

"Unrest on the streets of St Helier began shortly after the Portugal win. Riot police were deployed for only the second time in the island's history...

Jersey police say they will use video footage to track down England football fans who threw bottles and missiles at officers...

Officers in riot gear formed a cordon around Minden Place where Portuguese supporters were celebrating their country's victory.

Mr Duval said: "Our intention was not to allow - I am loath to use the term fans - or any other groups of disorderly people, to get to the Portuguese celebrations.

"There was a concerted effort by a lot of people with a propensity to violence or disorder to do so and we were able to keep them at bay.

"A number of arrests were made as a consequence and eventually by withdrawing and using a variety of tactics they seemed to disperse."...

"Police had kept the two sets of supporters separate after similar scenes during Euro 2004."

This report gives no indication that any Portugese supporter was involved in any kind of trouble - unlike this one -


"After the match more than 150 England and Portugal fans were involved in clashes with police on Jersey. There were 25 arrests, Jersey Police said. "

So, where is the truth?

Posted by: Martin | Jul 3, 2006 7:05:22 AM

Dunno where the truth lies, Martin, but I know who's got "form".

Posted by: dearieme | Jul 3, 2006 11:15:32 AM

In Guernsey it was the England fans making the trouble. There being a few more Portuguese people in Jersey (mostly Madeirans), it might have been more even there.

Posted by: John Angliss | Jul 3, 2006 11:15:44 AM

Don't know about white rabbits, but taking the reports as read, the first commenter, Martin, is clearly being one sided in his view of events, unless he was personally present of course, with his bald claim about the Portuguese rioting, with no mention of the sober angelic English fans.

Now tell me, given that Portugal won, particularly on penalities, and that there were lots of aggrieved and drunken English fans around, which group do you think would have had a grudge to bear? Some trouble to cause? Hmmm, I know which way I'd bet, under these circumstances.

But, as I said, there are two sides to every story - commenter no. one should try to bear that in mind before blindly tarring entire groups on the basis of his personal view of the Portuguese or anyone else.

Posted by: Andrew | Jul 3, 2006 3:24:23 PM


I have had a chance to read all the relevant reports - and although the truth of the incident seems far from clear, I was indeed gung ho in my initial claim.

My apologies to you and other commentors.

Posted by: Martin | Jul 3, 2006 10:42:10 PM