Saturday, June 25, 2011

Six of the Best 170

David Boyle on The Real Blog celebrates the "genius" of Nick Clegg's bank share giveaway: "The Thatcherite privatisations involved a minority who did not exercise their ownership rights. This plan will involve a majority and the possibility of popular control."

Birkdale Focus has been reading Matt Cole's new biography of Richard Wainwright.

Edmund Burke is generally claimed as the intellectual father of British Conservatism, yet for most of his career he was a Whig and he was the most important ally of Charles James Fox. Liberal Vision has been reading his prophetic Reflections on the Revolution in France.

Next week, the London School of Economics hosts an Index on Censorship debate under the title "Injunctions are a necessary evil: Privacy, free speech and a feral press." MEDIAPAL@LSE looks at the issues.

Sptialfields Life meets the 97-year-old writer Emanuel Litvinoff.

Those who believe the world is going mad will find plenty of supportive evidence on Wartime Housewife: "Boy the Elder came home from school today with the following information. There are nine hundred children at his school between the age of 11 and 14 and they have a large playing field with lovely country views … which they have not been allowed to use for recreation at lunch or break time. They have now been told that they may use the field in groups of no more than twenty two children at a time and, if they do manage to get a go, they have to wear hi visibility tabards."

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