Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Six of the Best 202

The Social Liberal Forum is too eager to build a straw man argument against "economic liberals", argues Jock Coats.

Barnet Council "has put in the most ludicrous complaint against a local blogger, Mr Mustard ( real name  Derek Dishman)  to the Information Commissioner claiming he has committed a criminal offence  under the Data Protection Act by not registering as a data controller  because he has made critical comments  about whether some of its officials have real jobs," reports David Hencke.

Why is Camarthenshire County Council giving public money to a particularly wacky American religious group? Y Cneifiwr investigates.

"The evil child, once confined to folklore and fairy tale, has migrated into the pages of Home Office reports, reborn as the rioter, the gangster and the under-age stabber with no hope, no scruple and, in many cases, no qualification beyond an imagined licence to maim or kill. While the repugnance inspired by offenders such as Mary Bell and the killers of James Bulger remains potent, the violent child is no longer regarded as a rarity. The aberration is becoming the norm." A powerful article from Mary Riddell in the Daily Telegraph.

Go Litel Blog, Go... takes us to the Midland Railway War Memorial in Derby.

Things are changing in American chess, reports the New York Times: "'Masters don’t happen every day, and African-American masters who are 12 never happen,' said Maurice Ashley, 45, the only African-American to earn the top title of grandmaster. 'To have three young players do what they have done is something of an amazing curiosity. You normally wouldn’t get something like that in any city of any race.'

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