Weekly round up of the political blogs – Tom Richmond

I wouldn’t normally condone kicking a man when he’s down, but Home Office scandals have provided easy blogger pickings for several months and this week was no different – John Reid was held to account by Iain Dale and Lib Dem blogger Pickled Politics for remarks that simply didn’t seem to add up.  On a completely unrelated note, a few bloggers including Man In A Shed registered their concerns about sending Prince Harry to Iraq, although the BBC website suggested that Prince Harry has no intention of shirking his responsibility.  Most Conservative bloggers also made a passing reference to David Cameron’s speech about (the lack of) social responsibility.  Whilst most people would probably agree with his sentiments, Devil’s Kitchen was quick to point out the absence of policies behind the rhetoric.


Only a handful of bloggers gave much thought to the French elections.  Thanks to Croydonian for providing a useful map of how voting was split across the country.  Political Betting suggested that Segolene Royal is up against it in Round Two of the elections, and The Appalling Strangeness and Daniel Finkelstein provided contrasting views on the prospect of Sarkozy becoming President. 


The Labour leadership battle rumbled along quietly in the background this week with rumours of plotting and conspiracies now starting to surface, which kept Ellee Seymour happy.  Blairwatch and Labour blogger Dave’s Part offered their opinions on the suggestion that McDonnell and Meacher were about to join forces.  The poll shown by Guido this week makes for interesting reading for those who might support such a partnership.


The final issue to grab the attention of the bloggers was the latest failures in the NHS IT system.  NHS Blog Doctor and Tim Worstall were both horrified at the release of doctors’ private details on the Internet.  It was also nice to see Nadine Dorries MP provide a human touch on the plight of junior doctors (see her posts on Wednesday and Thursday).  Not unsurprisingly, Nick Robinson jumped to the defence of the government. 


And finally, A Tangled Web has gone barking mad, Burning Our Money suggests that we all take up smoking, Croydonian discussed how best to tax lapdancers, and Iain Dale took another giant leap towards stardom and fame by devising a completely reworked definition of the word ‘progress’.


Tom Richmond

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