Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Six of the Best 348

Carl Minns says we should blame the politicians not the voters if there is a low turnout in tomorrow's elections. He's right, you know.

The commonly used yardsticks of how well the national parties are doing in local elections can be confusing or deliberately misleading, and there is likely to be a lot of ‘spin’ after the elections of Thursday 2 May. Lewis Baston argues on British Politics and Policy at LSE that studying the votes cast in marginal parliamentary constituencies, particularly in areas where there have been other local elections since 2010, is a better guide to electoral trends than council control, seats won, or even – sometimes – aggregate votes cast.

"Have you ever wondered how to spot the murderer in a TV detective series? Or specifically whoprobablydunnit in Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, Father Brown, Inspector Morse and more? I reveal Richard and my (almost) infallible Rules of Suspicion." "I" here is Love and Liberty.

How did Ben Elton's "The Wright Way" get it so wrong? Tom Phillips explains on the New Statesman site.

The Best Time Of The Day Blog went to this year's Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival.

Should Wales have its own cricket team? asks Graham Henry on Wales Online.

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