Monday, April 19, 2010

Six of the Best 38

Liberal Bureaucracy advises the Liberal Democrats not to get overexcited and abandon their target seat strategy.

While Liberal Vision, in the person of Angela Harbutt, has a scheme for raising fund for the next tranche of Lib Dem hopes.

"Could what we are seeing be the British equivalent of the US 'Tea party'?" asks Simon Goldie. "Dan Hannan assumed the movement would be aligned to the Conservatives but perhaps the UK version resembles the original Boston tea party and has its root in Whig liberalism?"

Mark Reckons mounts a defence of Libertarian Party leader Chris Mounsey, who abandoned his sweary Devil's Kitchen blog after a short TV interview with Andrew Neill. As it was probably my least favourite blog, I was not sorry. It never seemed to me that Mounsey swore because he felt things so strongly: rather, he swore in an attempt to make his Clarkson-lite views sound interesting. And if you want to lead a party, you have to keep a civil tongue in your head. So there.

Erasing David, a new film, explores the reach of the surevillance state in Britain. Spy Blog will tell you all about it.

Diamond Geezer takes us to Leighton House, just off Kensington High Street. Frederic, Lord Leighton, an immensely successful Victorian artist "used his wealth to commission a grand villa in a quiet Kensington avenue, fitting out the interior with sumptuous detail and rich decoration." I visited Leighton House when I lived in London in the 1980s, when it was a little shabby but fascinating. It has recently enjoyed a major refurbishment and is probably much smarter now.

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