10 April 2010

Clever blogs


Got a few blogs to recommend this week...

The magnificent Louis Barfe is all set to add his name to a ballot sheet on his most easterly of English patches. His party's pre-election blog is here.

I've not seen my former college pal and flatmate David Ryan since the winter of 1992, but we've been in infrequent touch recently and now he is embarking on another of his jaunts to a far-flung area of the globe. Some moving and wonderful musings on the sights he has taken in can be found here. He makes this homeboy want to travel.

And though his blog is on my list to the right, he does it so irregularly that he barely ever turns up on the page. So my pal Wesley Mallin's stuff about the reaction to that Basildon lettering simply has to be digested. Do so here. There are few things more irritating than someone who hardly blogs at all and then when he or she does so, it is as brilliantly written and observed as anything you've read all year and certainly anything you could ever try to do. If I didn't adore him so much, I'd hate him. Nnnnya.

It's the weekend, so ta ta.

9 April 2010

"Where would we be without Malkey Walkey?"

I would love to have been 18 years old in 1977, because of Malcolm McLaren. But I had the slight consolation of being 16 in 1989 when he brought this out.



He evidently could be a git at times, but the world is richer for him.

7 April 2010

"We shall meet sirs, on the hustings!"


I love election time and I've always enjoyed politics, even though I couldn't claim any knowledge or real intelligence on the subject. From observing and digesting the early debates however, I have come to a few conclusions...

* Any politician asked a question about their leader will respond with a criticism of the opposing party's leader.

* Few people will be scolded more heavily than those who state that they have chosen not to vote.

* A "none of the above" space among the choices would take the juvenile nature out of spoiled papers while maintaining, and indeed enhancing, the theory of protest voting.

* The ballot isn't secret and never has been.

* Gordon Brown, whom I find largely dreadful, would come close to getting my vote if he got rid of Harriet Harman right now. At the very least, he should tell her and Peter Hain to shut up and watch the telly for the next four weeks.

* The LibDems come close to getting my vote because of their wish to re-open a thousand miles' worth of abandoned railway tracks, though only if the one that goes past my village is among them.

* The Conservatives need to get Kenneth Clarke talking as much as possible.

* The leadership debates will be as dull as shit if the politicians aren't allowed to argue directly. It would do Brown good to be allowed to try to outwit David Cameron.

* The best way to make sure the BNP don't get the votes they hope for is to include them in the debate, not shut them out.

* The Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail are as bad as each other when it comes to snide and vacuous digs at their political adversaries. See also Brian Reade and Richard Littlejohn within each paper.

* Irrespective of your view of the 1980s regimes, the fact that Margaret Thatcher won three elections in a row suggests that the majority of people were content, at the very worst, with the political situation and so Labour claiming it is a black and white "bad" thing to "go back" there is a massive own goal.

* The LibDems are very lucky to have Vince Cable, and could do worse to get Charles Kennedy back in the foreground too.

* The election special of Have I Got News For You, undoubtedly planned for 10pm on May 6th, will not be as funny as the 1997 edition with the Hamiltons unless they can get Tony Blair or John Major on it.