02 January 2011

Some more 2010 (and 2011) round-ups

Trying to start the new year with shorter, sharper, more frequent posts - call it the blogger's equivalent of the punk explosion if you like, or at least Dr Feelgood - so here are a couple more New Year related items I've found:

  1. A round-up of 2010 by Sunder Katwala of the Fabian Society. Now, Sunder is an excellent political thinker but if anyone needs a blogger's punk explosion, it's him. If this blog is moving towards Dr Feelgood, Sunder is very much stuck in Rick Wakeman territory - the prog-rock triple album. His 2010 review is about 2,400 words long - that's not a blog post, that's an article. His point is basically that Dave Cameron fought a poor election campaign against a useless incumbent PM, and has lucked out with the coalition - mainly on account of the Lib Dems being so spineless - but Dave will have to maintain the same level of luck (at least) to stay successful. There's a lot in this but Sunder ignores the fact that Dave is busy making his own luck: constituency boundary changes, and the various benefit reforms designed to relocate poor people into ghettoes, will probably mean that a re-run of the 2010 vote shares will give the Tories a substantial majority next time round, AV or no AV. Certainly, I would suggest Labour needs to be maybe 6 points or so ahead of the Tories in 2015 to get an overall majority - certainly not impossible, but neither is it a cakewalk.
  2. a spoof round up of 2011 by David Mitchell in the Observer which is hilarious. The Lib Dem mass suicides and Stephen Hawking on Strictly Come Dancing were brilliant but the best bit has to be the Coalition's plan to give Toby Young his own hospital. People who know what an annoying f***er Young is (which is to say, anyone who's had any contact with or read anything by the guy at all) will be in stitches (no pun intended) after reading that paragraph.
OT: Blogger seems to insert a hell of a lot of "div" statements into the HTML when I use lists of any kind. Are they trying to tell me something?

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