Sunday, March 03, 2013

Six of the Best 328

"The Justice and Security Bill was, is and will always remain a bad Bill. No amount of amendment will make it anything other than a full assault on fair trials in this country. It must be defeated, and we are watching Liberal Democrat parliamentarians, including Mike Thornton, to see they do everything they can to defeat it at every opportunity." Jo Shaw keeps up the fight against secret courts.

Simon Jenkins, rightly, defends Michael Gove's plan to reintroduce narrative to school history.

A Song of Liberty leaves the Liberal Democrats, making an interesting observation on the way: "Here’s a theory I’ve been working on: political parties are cults. They should be clubs for the like-minded, but instead become repulsive repositories that make the people inside more similar, not less, and farther away from the general public, not closer. They encourage closed minds, adoration of party leaders, disbelief of crimes committed, putting the good of the cult above the good of other people – in this case the country!"

Chris "Stumbling and Mumbling" Dillow makes the case against negative interest rates for Investors Chronicle.

Vice interviews Leah McGrath Goodman, the investigative journalist the British and Jersey authorities tried to ban from the island.

"May 1861, and the newly created state of Italy was in turmoil. The country remained a loose coalition of territories. Rome had been declared as the capital a few months before, but not everyone was playing ball. In particular, Pope Pius IX remained strongly opposed to Italian nationalism. A French garrison was stationed in Rome, protecting the Pope and impeding the new government from taking its seat. The situation was tense. No one knew which way the wind would blow." One solution proposed was that the Pope should move his court to London. Read more on Londonist.

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