Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Six of the Best 487

It seems that David Cameron’s enthusiasm for mass surveillance comes from watching TV dramas, says Paul Bernal.

Nick Tyrone asks a question that has long puzzled me: Why is Scottish nationalism somehow "nicer" than English nationalism?

"Thirty-three children have died in custody since 1990, 31 of which were self-inflicted. After each death, the state, in the guise of the Ministry of Justice, claims to have learned lessons from the fatality and assures the public that steps have been taken to prevent further young deaths. And that is it, until the next death, when these tired, weasel words are dragged out again." Eric Allison and Simon Hattenstone on a strange media silence.

Jeffrey Richards reviews Steven Fielding's "A State of Play: British Politics on Screen, Stage and Page, from Anthony Trollope to The Thick of It".

Words of wisdom from Bryan Appleyard: "The more I think about it, the more it is clear that very little of importance can be found online. Sure, there is a lot of information, but there always was. It just took more time to find. The internet is useful, fun, exciting, quick. But if you want the real thing, get a human."

In Their Shoes uncovers the history of Lambeth Walk. Oy!

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