Linkblogging For 26/08/10

This month’s Superman/Batman has a good bit in it. I know, I’m as surprised as you. But here it is – The Joker and Lex Luthor as Calvin and Hobbes

I don’t know if I’ve linked to him before, but Ben Gunn is a prisoner who’s spent thirty years in prison for a murder he committed when he was a teenager. He renounced all violence, decades ago, and is now the only blogging prisoner in the UK, and is also studying for a PhD in criminology. He needs money to pay his fees this year. As someone who finds it hard enough to pay for my own Master’s degree while working, I have a huge amount of sympathy for someone trying to study with no source of income at all, and would urge anyone who can afford it to help him.

John Harris is one of the first sensible Labour supporters I’ve seen talking about the Lib Dems post-coalition.

James Ward has tried to change his name to James Ward

And hating cliches and special pleading is clearly the last acceptable prejudice

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4 Responses to Linkblogging For 26/08/10

  1. JHSB says:

    I read that Harris article. The phrases “Orange Bookers”, “precious little ideology” and “hijacked by a free-market clique” made it clear that he has nothing of value to contribute.

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      I think you’re being a bit harsh. While you and I and others who’ve actually *read* the Orange Book know what it’s like, for a lot of people Orange Bookers is simply a convenient shorthand for the right wing of the party. “Precious little ideology” I actually took as being a compliment – an attachment to ends, not means, that kind of thing. And as for the ‘hijacked’ – while the copy editor has placed that at the top, in the article it says “even if the most malign accounts are true and the party has been hijacked by a free market clique, the fact that it has delivered power will probably be more than enough to keep a lid on any trouble. Before Labour people get far too carried away, they ought to remember that until very recently, that was their story too.” (My emphasis).

      I’m not saying I agree with him – far from it – but it seems to be an attempt from a Labourite to actually understand us as a party, and while he gets a lot wrong, it’s a lot, *LOT* better than the typical “hur hur Clegg is Cameron’s bitch and the Lib Dems have proved they’re all Thatcherites” I’ve seen from literally every other Labour source…

  2. Liz W says:

    Ha! I do see James Ward’s point about the lack of a secular alternative to confirmation (which does get used in some countries to confirm one’s baptismal name or add a new middle name, though I don’t think you can use it to change your name completely; you can take a new “name in religion” if you join a religious order or similar, though.) I’ve commented offering to sort something out for him.

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