Links first today again, due to a long sleep and a heavy workload.
Sunder Katwala at Liberal Conspiracy asks who the Mail thinks is British, and Sunny follows it up over at Pickled Politics.
What a mess. Last week, as you'll recall, the Mail's very own Melanie Phillips attempted to attack the BNP (while shadowing some of their arguments), and was turned on by commenters on the Mail's website. Was this an organised action by the BNP, as these things often are, or is that the way Mail readers really feel about these things? Who knows, but James Slack's latest atrocity against journalism should no doubt delight the far right and those supporters who were upset last week by what they probably saw as Melanie Phillips's glaring bleeding-heart liberalism.
People sometimes ask me why I get upset with the Mail. Well, here you go. This is the language of the extreme right. Not the ordinary right. Not New Labour. Not the Conservative Party. Maybe not even UKIP. This is much more extreme than that. And this has been written, not in the opinion section under a columnist's byline, where it can be written off as being part of a 'broad church' of opinion. No, this has been written by a journalist, supposedly as a news story. Yuck. I feel dirty having even read it.
Ben Six on whether Jack Straw is a sociopath or not. I'll stick my neck out and say yes, he strikes me as a bit like Richard III.
'Too much anger can kill you' says the Mail. It also says 'Cancer in a glass of wine'. Yes, you read that right. CANCER IN A GLASS OF WINE. Really? Really. Surely not, you're taking the piss? No, I'm not. Have a look for yourself. And check out the rest of the blog while you're there; I've only just found it.
Jack of Kent looks at the disturbing individuals trying to pretend that homeopathy can help people with AIDS in Tanzania.
Finally, Lenin takes apart Obama's TARP.
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