Sunday, January 04, 2009

Britblog Roundup 203: Live from my new laptop

My old machine expired over the Christmas holiday, but I have a new one working in time to present the first Britblog Roundup of the new year.

Gaza

Being without a computer for a few days has left me unable to comment on the story of the week, but others have spoken up.

Amused Cynicism writes on proportionality and how some commentators have tried to devalue the concept.

Charles Crawford looks at the historic failures of Western diplomacy that have led to the current impasse.

Back in London, Stop Gaza Massacre and Not a Sheep offer contrasting views of the anti-war demonstrations.

2008

The F Word names her top 10 UK feminist moments of the year.

Obsolete nominates the most disappointing and worst music of 2008.

2009

This year will see elections to the European Parliament. Is There More to Life Than Shoes? looks at the likely Labour manifesto.

It has already seen Ros Scott take office. Ros Scott? She is the new Lib Dem President - and she's been shopping.

J. Arthur MacNumpty looks at Scottish politics in the coming year and Ruscombe Green looks at prospects for the environment. Apparently, we are all doomed.

Feminism

The Daily (Maybe) looks at the struggle for abortion rights in Iran and The F Word looks at Facebook's decision to remove pictures of breastfeeding mothers and its wider implications.

Ministry of Truth takes on Mad Nad (aka Nadine Dorries MP) for questioning the Guardian reader's article of faith that sex education reduces teenage pregnancies.

Me and My Army offers the diary of a hairy young lady.

Culture

Starting with the BBC, The Whited Sepulchre looks at the future of the licence fee. And The Daily (Maybe) finds the corporation putting its standards aside again. The case involves [pause then drop voice an octave] Jeremy Clarkson.

Quaequam Blog! attended a festival of nine carols and lessons for godless people - which sounds a bit like wanting to have your cake and eat it. Oh, and some people want to hoist Richard Dawkins into the vacant throne.

My London, Your London reviews a book on the cathedral of the railway age: St Pancras.

Bad habits

Heresy Corner argues that the government does not have the evidence to justify its scare campaign on childhood obesity.

And The Devil's Kitchen looks at the way the government ensures that public consultation on the sale of tobacco products produces the results it wants.

Crime and punishment

A Very British Dude suggests a policy to make prison work.

Harpy Marx is worried by government plans to give the public more say in the punishment of minor crimes. On the same question, The Daily (Maybe) suggests flogging may be the new vote winner.

Chris Coltrane's Blog looks forward to a court case: Simon Singh, the eminent scientist, is being sued for libel by the British Chiropractic Association.

Civil liberties

Quaequam Blog! hopes the state's assault on our freedoms will begin to reverse in 2009.

Harpymarx reports that:

Jacqui Smith isn’t just desperate to trawl and nose through your emails she along with NL want to snoop in your bedroom to see what you get up to in the sack.
And Heresy Corner looks at government plans to spend (count 'em) £12bn on a giant database of all our telephone calls, browsing habits, e-mails and internet searches.

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