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cameron on benn March 14, 2014

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Here is the rather ungenerous reaction:

I am sorry to hear that Tony Benn has died. He was a magnificent writer, speaker, diarist and campaigner, with a strong record of public and political service. There was never a dull moment listening to him, even when you disagreed with everything he said

Is that really all he could think of to say? He might as well not have bothered. A magnificent writer? From the Guardian here’s part of what Shami Chakrabarti said:

In an age of spin, he was solid, a signpost and not a weathervane.

Nick Robinson writes that he was “one of the biggest political personalities this country has ever seen.”

Update: Tony Benn to become only the second politician (the other being Margaret Thatcher) to rest in Westminster chapel after request from speaker.

jubilee May 30, 2012

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I’m not quite sure what I think of the monarchy, but this picture is very cute:

little girl wearing crown

(from Mark Easton’s blog at the BBC).

more broken britain August 16, 2011

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This makes me feel quite ill.

broken britain? August 15, 2011

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Here’s some good evidence for the idea that Britain is in fact broken. Iain Duncan Smith (Secretary of State for Work and Pensions) suggests that people convicted of rioting but not imprisoned should be deprived of benefits:

“We already accept that if people who are receiving benefits do not, are not prepared to seek work, take the work that’s available to them, we take the benefit off them. And if you go to prison we take your benefit off you.
“So what we’re looking at is, for criminal charges, should we take the benefit? And the answer is yes.”

london olympic mascots May 19, 2010

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I think the video is pretty cute, but the costumes are rather scary:

mascots

weird election strategies March 31, 2010

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step outside posh boy
(via the Guardian)(dateline should read April 1)

british cheese week October 2, 2009

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wensleydale

I just learned from Mark Easton’s blog that it is the middle of British cheese week.