Thursday, September 16, 2004

A passing

Sad news today, with the death of Johnny Ramone. I'll link to obits as they appear. I'll allow myself a respectful play of Blitzkreig Bop when I get home...

Tories for Bush?

Well, the whippersnappers on.

Shuffling the pack

Loads of really interesting stuff happening at the minute, more than I have time to do justice to really, so today's posts are a bit of a digest. I'll try and point the way to the more interesting commentary out there.

Reshuffle! Always a cause of great excitement among us pointy-heads.

I have to take the fifth on the Labour ins-and-outs, but interesting goings on in Smith Square. David Cameron was always going to get a job, watch him for one of the big posts after the next election. The real surprise, for me, was that Oliver Letwin (who's been virtually anonymous in recent months) and Teresa May (never quite forgiven for her 'nasty party' comment) remained in post. The return of grandees Nicholas Soames and John Redwood is probably not the desparate act many have suggested, but an attempt to shore up core support.

Oh, and Christ! Is it me, or does this look a little...authoritarian?

Friday, September 10, 2004

Where's Boris?

This appears to be an extremely comprehensive, and therefore mildly concerning site dedicated to Boris Johnson. It actually blogs his movements!

At once brilliant and scary.


Slow blogging recently...I'm working on the ESPAnet Conference...have a look through some of the papers if you're interested.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

What's in a name?

Bet this isn't the first time Hilary Benn's had problems...

Monday, September 06, 2004

Sad news

It saddens me a little to hear that Matt Yglesias has been forced to shut down the comments on his blog after a number of extremely personal and fairly nasty comments from the 'crazy side' of the blogosphere.

I'm really sorry this has happened and hope he is able to sort it out soon. In the meantime, I urge everyone to visit Matt's excellent blog.

Absolutely no puns

Resisting any pun around Zell Miller's speech (Zell's bells, Zell is other people, highway to Zell etc.) I'm leaving the final word on the RNC to The Poor Man.

Did anyone realise that the Pres made a speech on Thursday? It didn't get much coverage over here.

Thursday, September 02, 2004


Much like the DNC, Matt Yglesias is covering the Republicans, and boy, did he not like Zell's speech! The ever-excellent Oxblog is there too, this time David Adesnik gets the nod.

On a serious point, some of the imagery at the RNC really rams home some of the differences between the electorate in the UK and the US. The patriotic music, the flags...the hats! I've no idea how it plays in the US, but I can't imagine it being anything but disasterous here. Anyone remember Neil Kinnock at the 1992 Conference in Sheffield?

Update: I saw Zell Miller's speech last night, and to be honest, I kind of see where Matt's coming from (for once!) - I saw Cheney's as well. He's by far the better orator, but fell a bit flat to my eyes. You may have noticed I'm a day behind with all this. Next...Kerry Wins Iowa caucus!

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