Having shouted the loudest over the summer for someone (not me, you understand) to set up something like Lib Dig, it is inevitable that Lib Dem Voice would ask me to write a round up of the weekly digs. So here is my first attempt.
For those who don’t know, Lib Dig is a “social bookmarking” tool which allows Lib Dem members to share with other members (and the world) items on the internet that they feel deserve to get wider exposure.
Each week I will highlight the best of the non-Lib Dem related interwebs out there, as voted by LibDig users (if you aren’t one, and are a Lib Dem member, sign up here: http://libdig.co.uk). The rules for inclusion here are simple: they must have been “dug” for the first time in the last seven days and they can’t be Lib Dem-related or come from a Lib Dem blog. The top rated article of each category will be listed, along with three runners up, will be listed here. And finally, for the purposes of this column, my votes will be discounted (you can see my personal LibDig feed by going here: http://libdig.co.uk/users/4/james.graham/1.html).
Without further ado, here are this week’s top digs:
Blog post of the week
It turns out that Labour MPs have a sense of humour; who knew? Well, anyone who has been reading former Transport Minister Tom Harris’ blog, that’s who. Last week he was on particularly good form, gently mocking Cabinet Minister Liam Byrne (that’s the Hodge Hill Hypocrite to thee and me) and the diva-ish demands he makes of his civil servants.
Other blog posts we dug this week
- Writing on Liberal Conspiracy, James Bridle unearths the Great Public Library Scandal
- Also on Liberal Conspiracy, Laurie Penny expresses her concerns about the Reclaim the Night campaign
- The Open Rights Group highlight government plans to fine you for getting married or moving
News item of the week
When is a record debt mountain not a record debt mountain? When you consider GDP. That’s the point made by Michael Blastland, as he compares 2008’s PSBR with 1993’s. Do you remember what you were doing in 1993 Mr Cameron. What’s that? Working as a Special Advisor in the Treasury? Goodness!
Other news items we dug this week
- The courts in California are reviewing the ban on gay marriage, following the passing of Proposition 8 earlier this month
- Meanwhile, in a slightly colder part of the US, convicted liar Ted Stevens has lost his bid to be re-elected senator in Alaska, making it just possible that the Democrats may yet get a filibuster-proof Senate after all
- And finally, some genius has produced an edition of the Guardian with all the crap (ie. Non-Charlie Brooker related) taken out
Video of the week
Actually, there hasn’t been a new video ‘dug’ in the last seven days, but this one is currently the top rated one:
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