THE BEST OF THE BLOGS...WHAT'S BEEN SAID IN THE LAST MONTH
Graeme Archer on the Twitter-driven WeLoveTheNHS campaign, inspired by US-criticism of our healthcare system:
"This wasn't a spontaneous chance to list all the reasons why we might love the NHS. It was a calculated attempt to make Conservatives sign up to a single viewpoint, that the current manifestation of the NHS is simply unimproveable, and that to question any aspect of its operation is to be On The Wrong Side Of The Debate."
Graeme Archer is a Conservative activist who feels at home on ConservativeHome: conservativehome.blogs.com/centreright
Meanwhile, Jamie Sport possibly cracks out too much hyperbole in his efforts to praise the NHS after MEP Dan Hannan criticised it:
"Only the most cold-hearted of cynics could express disdain for the many extraordinary achievements made in Britain throughout history. Those who have struggled for freedom and justice have shaped a country safe and civilised, without fear of oppression, tyranny, death or disease in which nearly everyone is represented and enfranchised."
Jamie Sport is part of the Liberal Conspiracy: www.liberalconspiracy.org
Using the incoherent rantings of a contributor to the BBC's messageboard, Sadie Smith tells the world about her experience working for an anti-anti-semitism charity:
" I developed a suspicion that I still cant shake that when a seemingly normal person becomes a ranting demagogue only on the subject of Israel and "Zionism" whilst seemingly ambivalent about the Taliban, Zimbabwe, or North Korea that there is something a little more behind their passion than a simple and understandable dislike of the injustices suffered by the Palestinians. "
Sadie blogs at her Tavern: sadiestavern.blogspot.com
Perez Hilton responds to Lib Dem proposals to clearly label airbrushed models in advertising:
" If you think about it, it's kind of false advertising. Misleading the consumer! We doubt they'll ever ban all Photoshopping, but they have a point. Airbrushing has gotten ridiculous. "
Perez Hilton doesn't usually blog about British politics, but when he does it's at perezhilton.com
The Heresiarch objects to The Guardian's interview with Peter Mandelson:
" (It) reads in parts like a Hello! magazine profi le. Or worse, like the effusion of a starstruck teenager... Could somebody please pass the sickbag? "
The Heresiarch is more right than left and blogs at Heresy Corner: heresycorner.blogspot.com
Blogs you might have missed but shouldn't
Former Deputy Prime Minister and danger to grammar John Prescott has got hold of this new fangled internet thing and blogs at www.gofourth.co.uk/johns_blog
Liberal Vision is a group blog by people who "seek to bring together all Lib Dem supporters who support lower taxes, a smaller state and an extension of personal freedom": www.liberal-vision.org
The News of the World is worth a visit for a more man-on-the-street view: blogs.notw.co.uk/politics/
René Lavanchy is a staff reporter with Tribune magazine and offers "politically impartial ‘long view' analysis of topical issues" at renelavanchy.wordpress.com
Find all these blogs at www.totalpolitics.com/politicalblogs/BLOGGER PROFILE: BILL JONES SKIPPER
Who are you?
I am Bill Jones, professor of politics at Liverpool Hope University (formerly I was at Manchester University where I was director, extra-mural studies,1986-91) and author of several books on British politics aimed at teachers and students of the subject. I was born in Shropshire and attended the Priory Grammar School, Shrewsbury, beforestudying international politics at Aberystwyth University. In 1970 I became a member of the fast stream in the administrative class of the home Civil Service, in the MOD, returning to the university world in 1972 at ManchesterUniversity. I joined Liverpool Hope in 2006 on a part-time basis and am now semi-retired.
When did you start blogging?
In 2005, after the election. My blog is named Skipper, a nickname I got when captain of the postgraduate cricket team at university.
Why did you start blogging?
Several reasons: I wanted to express views which academically I often suppress; it was yet another way of advancing my profession as a political educator; and it seemed intellectually stimulating and fun.
How would you describe the blog?
It's more of a niche blog. I try to choose topics which interest me and, I hope, some of my readers. I tend to select rather esoteric things such as the constitution, voting reform and more academic topics. I am a lifelong Labour Party member but am quite critical of the present government, and see myself as essentially independent-minded.