Haven't done one of these for a while, but here you go anyway. Enjoy.
Sarah Ditum on Jeremy 'Dunce' Hunt's call for there to be more Tories employed by the BBC to counteract a supposed liberal bias. If only they could employ the former president of the Oxford University Conservative Association to be their political editor, for example; or a well-known right-wing pundit to lead their daily political coverage. Ah well, they'll just have to make do with the existing bunch of Trots!*
Bloggerheads: Patrick Mercer has some explaining to do. It appears the MP is attempting to weasel out of his association with the now thoroughly discredited Glen Jenvey by claiming that he personally didn't speak to him, it was only his aide. We'll see whether that's true or not. And here's an update, in case you were in any doubt as to Mercer's confusion.
Tory Troll: Richard Barnbrook suspended for murder claims. In which the BNP's very own sandy-suited nonsense-monger gets told to take a course in ethics and is reprimanded for making stuff up to suit his agenda - I hope that course in ethics doesn't require an exam to be passed, or he'll never get his job back.
It should also be noted that the Telegraph was happy to keep his lies up on its website for a considerable time after they were first called out as such. What a fine journalistic institution, letting the BNP tell lies to the public. Well done, Telegraph.
Upon Nothing: The Daily Mail and bullying. Middle Britain's favourite paper might occasionally fake concern over bullying victims, but is happy to make nasty repeated comments about Natalie Cassidy's weight and appearance, for no justifiable journalistic reason whatsoever.
Johann Hari: The Queen Mum (gawdblesser) was actually a right-wing parasite. Well I suppose we all knew that, but it's nice to see it all laid out, especially the hypocrisy with which she was treated:
[WF Deedes] was in favour of the dole after all – provided it was worth three million pounds, and went to one single aristocrat.
Septicisle: The Lib Dem conference has been pretty underwhelming.
Chicken Yoghurt: Relations with Libya are a bit funny. Funny in the sense that while he's painted as a figure of ridicule, he's having the last laugh over us.
Feminazery: Why the Daily Mail thinks feminism is an evil scourge, and why one person's anecdotal evidence doesn't discredit an entire movement.
Daily Quail: Let's have more bombs, says Stephen Glover. While even the mainstream right are happy to order cutbacks in nuclear weapons, it takes a special kind of tool to argue that disarmament is a bad thing. Glover is that tool.
* Footnote to Andrew Neil's BBC blog: underneath there's the message "This blog is open for people to comment about the subject of Andrew's blog - but we reserve the right to delete entries which are excessively long or off-topic." Then they should delete all of Brillo's, surely?
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