Best of the Blogs

Understandably, the media was dominated this week by reports of the Virginia Tech shootings in America.  Bloggers were united in offering their condolences to the victims’ families, showing a side to political blogging that is often forgotten.  The following days saw The Appalling Strangeness get angry at the inevitable blame game that ensued, and A Tangled Web drew attention to the ‘gun-free’ zone that apparently operates on their university campus.  Needless to say, many people were quick to offer their ‘solutions’ to the problem of gun crime in America – Clive Davis found one of the more breathtaking schemes put forward.

After the horror of Virginia Tech, bloggers began to set about their normal business.  For Tory Radio’s more intellectual readers, have a go at Burning Our Money’s mental arithmetic challenge.  Tim Worstall posted on how statistics and headlines tend to get jumbled, especially when it comes to predicting nationwide health scares, and Dizzy is now convinced that the demise of the human race is just around the corner.  On the subject of disillusioned bloggers, whether Greg Dyke might or might not have been running in the London Mayoral elections had Praguetory holding his head in his hands.  The Lib Dems were also causing a stir in other places, to the point where Mr Eugenides was overwhelmed by a strong whiff of hypocrisy and Iain Dale was left wondering exactly how black Lib Dem pots and kettles were. 

Labour still managed to rear their ugly head in the blogs, despite being squeezed out a little this week.  Guido, like many others, pondered whether there are any credible leadership candidates left to fight Gordon Brown.  Miliband’s ‘change of heart’ led Paul Linford to conclude that his chance of running the Labour Party may never come round again.  Liam Byrne set a few chins wagging about immigration without grabbing too many headlines.  Man in a Shed is one of many bloggers who is getting more concerned about immigration, and even Newer Labour thought Liam Byrne was wrong (albeit for socialist reasons).  Boris Johnson’s suggestion of invading France to solve our immigration problems certainly lightened the tone.

 

And finally, Devil’s Kitchen was incensed about the new EU laws that will damage free speech forever, Recess Monkey enjoyed watching David Cameron’s charge towards 10 Downing Street come to a grinding halt at the House of Commons, Chameleons on Bicycles is struggling with the large number of Davids in the politics, the nationalists amongst you might be interested to know that St George is about to change his ethnicity, and Donal Blaney has a warning for anyone who is rubbish at putting out their rubbish.

Tom Richmond

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