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August 13, 2006

Britblog Roundup # 78

’ere we go, once more around the ’ouses. The 78 th version of the Britblog Roundup, your nominations of those posts we all ought to see.

You can make your nominations for next week’s by simply sending the URL to britblog AT gmal DOT com.

First up has to be Nick Barlow, reporting in from 247 miles south of nowhere. Despite being of the LibDem persuasion he is actually a rather good chap and he’s walking from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise money for the Brain Research Trust.

This summer, I'm going to be walking the approximately 1000 miles from John O' Groats to Land's End to raise money for the Brain Research Trust in memory of my brother Simon who died from a brain tumour last year.

His Just Giving donations page is here. He’s about 10% of the way towards his target so perhaps kind readers might be  tempted to give him a plug? Point to his page? Pages? Encourage people to donate? Spam their own blogs with links to this endeavour? You might note that those who do donate are listed on that page which is a nice plus. As, of course, those who do not are not.

Perhaps the biggest series of posts this past week has been by Richard North over at EU Referendum. This is an attempt (currently still in progess) to tie everything together. Are people, innocent children, dying in Lebanon? Yes, most certainly they are but that does not excuse the media manipulation which he has worked so hard to uncover.

The NHS Blog Doctor is off on his hols and leaves us with a mystery, a conundrum wrapped in an enigma. I haven’t tried this myself as I am so physically unco-ordinated that doing so would make me fall off my chair but perhaps readers would like to prove (or disprove, or even explain?) this?

Nosemonkey has issues (which I share) with the way that terrorist plot was dealt with. Not surprisingly, the papers this morning are full of "We must have 90 day detentions!" crap. I still don’t get how "We have enough powers to stop you being murdered means we must have more powers".

Tim Newman rather takes apart a Russian pondering upon the reasons why democracy causes civil wars. Yes, I thought that too.

More Chris Dolley on early computer game programming. Starts of with a very novel view of evolution too. The game described sounds great fun. In the last question I’d take option d. But then I think that would solve a lot of things actually.

A dodgy story out of Canada is covered over at DodgeBlogium.

I’ve got tile grout fungus with more credibility than him.

Jonathan Calder is less than impressed with Dr. John Reid’s speech.

So the problems we face are the existence of politicians who disagree with the government, an independent judiciary and a free press. In short, the central institutions of a liberal democracy.

This from Chris Dillow just for the sheer joy of the lines:

This leads to absurdities like Blair's call to "mobilise the Islamic community" to defeat terrorism.  To see the cretinism of this, ask: why doesn't Polly Toynbee to use her influence to curb the rhetorical excesses of the Devil's Kitchen? After all, they're both members of the secular liberal community, of which she's a prominent leader.

Philobiblon goes cycling along the Thames. Not a part of it that I’ve done, interesting stuff.

My London Your London with a review of The Tragedy of Master Arden of Faversham.

Redemption Blues on why the papers are attacking bloggers. As ever, both cogent and exhaustive.

Diamond Geezer gives us the future of travel. We really will have to do that you know, otherwise the terrorists will have won.

The Criminal Solicitor reminds us of another bollix perpetrated upon the legal system. Now they’re bringing back the means test for legal aid.

Lady Bracknell on how there really are still journalists out there who still don’t quite get it about disability and the portrayal of.

Julie Bindell gets criticised from the feminist left at Cruella-blog. Is such a thing actually possible?

Looking for historical novels to read on the beach? Bonbon Cosmique has kicked off a discussion of the five best such.

What’s it like to have a sauna in Windhoek? Before reading this from Living for Disco I’d not really imagined there would be such a thing. Don’t you just go outside?

Sarah’s Bookarama on the way that English and Scottish novels get Americanized when published over there. Not just the spelling, but enough to change the meaning.

Domestic violence being shown on Eastenders: a good or a bad thing? Good says The Wonderful World of Lola.

And that’s it for this week. If there’s anyone not on the beaches this time next week, see you then and until that day...

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"the papers this morning are full of 'We must have 90 day detentions!' crap."

Absolutely. There is not only the glaring and hugely embarrassing gap between the 1000 or so arrests under the anti-terrorist laws so far and the dozen or so convictions up to the recent hiatus, there are also relating howlers in the press such as this in the editorial of today's Sunday Times:

"When an undercover reporter from The Sunday Times visited Beeston in Nottinghamshire, where three of the July 7 bombers came from, he found either a denial that they had been involved or, perhaps more alarmingly, respect for them as Muslim martyrs."

Had the relevant "undercover reporter" and the leader writer of the Sunday Times taken the trouble to read the biographical details of the London bombers in the issue of the Sunday Times for 15 July 2005, they would have been able to confirm there that three of the four bombers had connections with the Beeston suburb of Leeds in Yorkshire, about 70 miles or so away from Beeston on the outskirts of Nottingham.

So much for the quality of the "undercover reporters" and the leader writers of the Murdoch press.

We also have the problem of ill-considered remarks by Dr Reid, the Home Secretary, which threaten the possibility of a fair trial for those recently arrested:

"John Reid was at the centre of a gathering political storm last night as he was accused of jeopardising the trial of terrorist suspects arrested during last week's raids. The Home Secretary was accused of prejudicing a future trial after he had claimed that the police had caught the 'main players' in a plot to blow up airliners leaving British airports."

Dr Reid "joined the Communist party in 1973, leaving it to become a professional Labour party activist with close links to Neil Kinnock. He reaped his reward in 1987 when he won the ultrasafe seat of Motherwell North (now Hamilton North and Bellshill). He voted for Tony Blair as party leader in 1994 and by the end of that year was deputy spokesman on defence."

How does someone with a doctorate in economic history come to believe in Communism in 1973 when Stalin's Agrarian Policy for the Soviet Union, set out in a speech on 27 December 1929, was to "smash the kulaks, eliminate them as a class"?

The Ukraine famine of 1932/3, in which millions died, was a direct consequence of Stalin's policy:

By 1973, Reid was hardly placed to deny all knowledge of Khrushchev's astonishing revelation at the 20th Congress of the Soviet Communist Party in 1956 that 98 out of the 139 members of the Central Committee were shot on Stalin's orders in 1937 and 1938 - by definition, they were all dedicated Party members.

During his stint as Labour Party chairman in 2002, Reid was asked about the generous donation to the Labour Party by Paul Desmond, who had been a commercially successful publisher of pornographic magazines. Dr Reid replied:

"If you are asking if we are going to sit in moral judgment, in political judgment, on those who wish to contribute to the Labour party, then the answer to that is no."

Is it altogether surprising that some young muslims are reported to feel "alienated" from Britain's political system?

Posted by: Bob B | Aug 13, 2006 11:50:19 AM

It's nice to be in this again! And in answer to your question, we don't go in for public outdoor saunafication until the beginning of December. It's a bit too chilly right now to really get a good sweat up.

Posted by: Rachie | Aug 14, 2006 12:10:56 PM