Friday, January 18, 2013

Six of the Best 315

Heresy Corner writes on the extraordinarily poor judgement of Judge Tugendhat: "Part of the problem with Mark Kennedy was that he came to believe that he was the hero of his own thriller, doing things of vital national significance. But then this sort of self-aggrandisement is common enough in the culture of the organisations for which he worked, as typified by the use of terms like "domestic extremism": give something a scary-sounding name, and it is instantly metamorphosed into a serious threat. The last thing we need is High Court judges "lending credence" to their Fleming-style fantasies."

A growing appetite to limit the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights has emerged among British MPs. Their criticism is mistaken, and undermines the very important work the Court does in areas like Chechnya, says Philip Leach on Open Democracy.

On the 50th anniversary of his sudden death, Ballots & Bullets considers the legacy of the Labour Party leader Hugh Gaitskell.

Adam Vaughan on plans for a city of green roofs to revitalise London.

Amusement arcades have declined because of our changing view of childhood as much as technological advance, argues Laura June on The Verge.

Metro blogger Ross McG nominates the best chess scenes in film history.

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