Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Six of the Best 132

Jock Coats, writing on his OXfr33 blog, find he is in danger of being convinced by the Big Society narrative.

With the BBC trailing its new adaptation of the novel, Cambridge Ward Liberal Democrats from Southport offer a timely look at Winifred Holtby's South Riding. And they quote a killer passage from the novel: "But when I came to consider local government, I began to see how it was in essence the first line defence thrown up by the community against our common enemies - poverty, sickness, ignorance, isolation, and social maladjustment. The battle is not faultlessly conducted, nor are the motives of those who take part in it all righteousness or disinterested. But the war, is, I believe worth fighting...we are not only single individuals, each face to face with eternity and our separate spirits; we are members one of another."

Living on Words Alone is not impressed by Linda Jack's decision to work with Liam Byrne.

"In the months ahead I suspect that there is going to be a clash between the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Governor of the Bank of England over interest rates," writes Peter Bingle on Bell Pottinger Public Affairs' blog The Dispatch Box.

Labour blogger A419 has some sensible ideas on lifelong learning.

Edwardian Promenade writes about the first great Black American heavyweight Jack Johnson and includes video of his victory over the "Great White Hope" James L. Jeffries in 1909.

1 comment:

iain said...

Whilst fully endorsing South Riding as one of the best 'local government' novels Lib Dems should not look to the Liberal Councillors Huggins as a role model...........Winifred Holtby may have backed Percy Harris the East End Liberal MP early in her life but by the time she wrote South Riding she was not too sympathetic