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Britblog Roundup #280

A really thorough Britblog roundup this week from Redemption Blues. One for this evening when I have a glass of wine to enjoy it with.

Britblog Roundup #279

Good morning and welcome to the two-hundred and seventy-ninth britblog roundup. There’s a wholesome selection of posts to get our teeth into, we will kick off with the criminal justice system. Magistrates courts aren’t run by Lawyers (the first thing we shall do. Let’s kill all the lawyers…) and coincidentally remain the one bit of the criminal justice system which is not wildly dysfunctional, which is why The Law West of Ealing Broadway is a must read. He’s long been opposed to ASBOs and this post demonstrates, not only why Labour’s fascist attempt to make everyone guilty of something is so evil; but in doing so he also demonstrates that straight forward humanity and common sense the Bench have shown for hundreds of years, often despite the stupidity of the people who come before them and the inanity of much legislation they are asked to enforce. He’s no fan of the telly-tax either.

Politics now, and to kick off: the vexatious issue of Gay rights. To some leftists, all Tories are unreconstructed fascists who want to send the Gays to concentration camps or something. Jane’s Political Rablings reckons that Cameron’s commitment to a free vote on “these sorts of issues” is the same as Nick Griffin’s view that Men kissing is “creepy” but that he’s “not a Homophobe”. This was day “the right showed its true Colours on Gay rights”, as the post is titled. To my view, that’s an example of the left showing its true colours by thinking any dissent from the bien pensent view being thought-crime. Tolerating other people’s religious beliefs, however loony is not the same as descriminating against gays, but tolerance of dissent nor realising that something like tolerance is not absolute, is not the left’s strong point: Tories are evil x-phobes and probably racist, and that’s the end of it. The far left’s strange alliance with the not-gay-friendly radical islamists is, of course OK because they aren’t “The Right”.

Mark Reckons Jeff Randal’s an idiot for using meaningless percentages. Of course I reckon Randall’s an idiot for giving a toss about the Labour leadership election, but we’re agreed on the fact that Jeff Randall’s a bit of an idiot. And while we’re on the subject of ignorant, ranty idiots who selectively mine data for information which supports their prior view, and yet seem to inexplicably benefit from well-paid Mainstream Media jobs as commentators, we can look no further than Johann Hari, fat twat and lackwit extraordinaire for suggesting that slavery is good for the economy. Of course Hari doesn’t put it like that, but that’s what he means, because he’s not only an idiot, but catastrophically wrong and ignorant too, as the Melangerie points out. An Englishman suggests that another Left wing pillock, this time George “fact? what are they?” Monbiot might not have been telling the truth about the Tan Hill fair in 1996.

David Thompson lays into the cultural relativist nonsense of the Guardian.

Strange stuff reckons there’s something in David Cameron’s “Big Society”: namely that Burkean little platoons might be able to get some of their turf back from an over mighty state. THe further from a bureaucracy, the more likely services are to be responsive to individual needs, something he thinks Paul Sagar misses. Which leads us neatly onto where local government fails to deliver: Independent ramblings complains about the priorities of councils: they do what THEY want, not what we little people seem to want them to do. He gives the example of a local event, which was “too popular”. He could, of course been talking about anything at all that doesn’t fit with council priorities. Delivering services that people actually need seem pretty low on thier priorities.

The ever-so-slightly creepily titled “fertile feminist – Growing the feminist movement, one mother at a time” makes the good point that home births are often better for the mother, and as safe for most low-risk women as a hospital birth surrounded by Foetus-frightening machines that go “bing”. This is something nutty feminists and nutty libertarians can agree wholeheartedly on. Our bodies are our own to do with what we will. Our bodies, no not even those of pregnant mothers, do not belong to the medical profession.

Laura Augustin lays into the mainstream media for fear-mongering ahead of the “Looming” 2012 Olympics about the “flood” of pimps and prostitutes that will come. You can almost see the tabloid hack looking to get his dick wet. For journalistic research, of course.

Some numbers concerning BP’s Gulf of Mexico spill from Suitably Despairing. Still on BP, but talking about the price of petrol at the pumps, this nonsense from some idiot blogger was nominated not once, but twice.

Onto Transport, and the Diamond Geezer waxes lyrical about the Wrexham & Shropshire railway, a public-service sucess of privatisation, perhaps? The Camden Kiwi and Radical Blues try Boris’ Bikes, and point to teething troubles with the docking stations. In general, though the initiative gets a thumbs up from both of them. I hope everyone has a more enjoyable cycling experience than the anonymous blogger behind 101 wankers, who should be congratulated for attempting to catalogue the sheer range of obnoxious and dangerous arseholery with which cyclists contend on a daily basis, in this case, we’re up to wanker #6.

The national examiner is not impressed with the ConDem attempts at “Consultation” suggesting it smacks of the astrotrufing of the last regime. Douglas Carswell explains why it failed. (Perhaps because of suggestions like that from ‘F for Philistine‘ that police dogs be replaced with foxes to save money on pedigree breeds and to give work to wayward foxes.)

Richard Osley likes the kinks and mourns the passing the recording studio in Hornsey where they and others laid down their best songs.

EU Referendum tells the story of the AA guns and the Battle of Britain, hugely important but unremembered in the narrative.

Philobiblon, as ever, brings to our attention a book of some interest, in this case: ‘Plundered Planet’ by Paul Collier.

Finally, there’s a sad farewell from a staple of the roundup, and someone who should have been a regular read for anyone, Nee Naw is hanging up her keyboard. (So you’ll have to buy her book?) Reading between the lines, I suspect there’s an authority “bringing into disrepute, blog or job” threat hanging over, which I hope is not the case. But all bloggers should be aware that authority disapproves of people expressing an opinion, and disapproves even more strenuously when that opinion is expressed on the Internet. ‘Coz that’s where the Daily Mail says the immigrant paedophiles who are causing house-prices to crash, hang out.

Next week, we’re over to Suz Blog, so send any interesting posts from the British Blogosphere to Britblog [at] Gmail [dot] com for her to enjoy.

There was some spam in the inbox – at least I’m assuming the e-mail from an American Piping supplies company and the request to hold onto several million dollars from a Liberian gentleman were not for inclusion in the roundup. I’m sure most hosts are pretty good, but if you are advertising the e-mail address, could you use the format above to avoid spambots!

Britblog Roundup #278

Is up over at ‘Amused Cycnicism‘. It’s here next week, so send your submissions to britblog [at] gmail [dot] com.

Britblog Roundup #273

Good morning and welcome to this, the 273rd itteration of all that’s good and wholesome in the British blogosphere. Starting with international politics then:

This was of course the week after Israel decided to destroy its relations with the rest of the world by boarding a ship bound for Gaza in contravention of its controversial blockade. In doing so with seemingly disproportionate force, and in killing Turkish citizens amongst others, Israel drew condemnation from around the world, including from our foreign secretary and its only muslim ally, Turkey. There are some Conservatives for whom Israel can do no wrong. Andrew Dodge is one. The fact is that Israel, being a sophisticated democracy with advanced weapons is held to a higher standard than those they fight. It should be proud of this, rather than appearing to want to keep the Palestinians as a cowed and subjugated people. As such, stamping ones feet and shouting “it’s not fair” will not win you friends, or achieve the strategic aims set out. Indeed, it could be the moment Israel finally lost. Charles Crawford sets out a set of overwhelming circumstances which could lead to a chaotic WWIII, which focusses on Israel. I doubt it’s that bad (and so does he), but the Jewish state needs to pay more attention to the opinions of its friends in the USA, the EU and especially the Muslim world. It cannot afford provocation.

Of course Israel/Palestine is not the only world issue, though as Mr Eugenides points out, it does attract rather more than its fair share of protest and publicity.

In the UK, I mention Derrick Bird the gunman from Cumbria, who was responsible for the worst spree killing since Dunblane. These events are rare, and the Government’s response was perhaps more reasonable and less Knee-Jerk than previous administrations.

The Labour leadership contest is generating acres of blog-print, and especially Dianne Abbot’s so-far unsuccessful bid. Her shtick appears to be “the others are white men. I’m a black woman, vote for me.” Slugger o’Toole likens this to the struggles within nationalism. Dan Hannan reckons she should just run on being herself. (Being a Tory, I suspect he’d be quite happy with an Abbot-led labour party). Of course, despite the fervent wishes of the Tories and the Left of the Labour party, David Millibanana is going to win in a boring and predictable way.

A place to stand is dismayed at the cost of the Forth Road Bridge expansion project: they’re planning to double-deck it, but at a cost greater per metre than the Millau viaduct, and matched only by some far longer and more difficult structures. Fraud perhaps? There are other options… In these days of budgetary austerity, we cannot afford such extravagence.

The liklihood of increased Capital Gains taxes is causing Ire on the right and schadenfreude on the left. Of course taxes on capital are a) generally the easiest to avoid, and b) most counter-productive and distorting in a chancellor’s arsenal. In this case they are to be on the Tories’ percieved friends in “the city” and as such will be c) entirely political, and d) temporary, when it transpires that of all the taxes available, because of a) above, CGT is the most likely to be on the left-hand end of the Laffer curve. Even Gordon Brown, for a while realised that inflation must be taken into account. Christie Malry goes through the options for the Chancellor most of which tried by Brown, over at the FCABlog.

The health Nanny state is likened to a religion by The Heresiarch, arguing that the perpetual guilt-mongering about smoking, drinking and fatness is replacing guilt about sex as society’s principal pathology.

The Wardman Wire hosted a chat about income from political blogs. You can replay it here. A word of warning: Don’t quit your job just yet…

With the soccer world cup just days away, Chris Dillow reckons that there are truths in National footballing stereotypes. Efficient Germany, flamboyant but brittle latins and so on. Does anyone doubt the inability of an Englishman to successfully take a penalty in a knock-out match? What’s true in sport, is also true in business, or so Says the father of the Roundup, Tim Worstall.

Next week the Roundup is at Suz Blog. As ever, if you spot anything interesting or juicy, please send the link to britblog [at] gmail [dot] com. One self-nomination is allowed and nothing from anything racist, libellous or offensive, or too many from one blog. The hosts will aim to include everything, but can exersise discretion.