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Daily View 2×2: 19 July 2009

Welcome to the Sunday outing for The Voice’s near-daily Daily View series. As it’s a Sunday, today it comes with a special epic mustache bonanza. Not just any old mustaches you understand.

2 Big Stories

Iran: public criticism of senior figures is becoming the norm

Former President – and opponent of current President – Ali Akbar Rafsanjani has been speaking out. As the BBC reports:

By calling for an open debate about the election result, Mr Rafsanjani was almost openly challenging the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Four weeks ago, from the same pulpit, Mr Khamenei called for an end to discussion about an election result which he declared had been blessed by God.
Former President Rafsanjani played his trump card, by referring to his friendship with the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khomeini.
He quoted Ayatollah Khomeini in ways that appeared to support the opposition’s right to demonstrate.
Mr Rafsanjani even called for protesters who have been arrested to be released from prison.

First World War veteran Henry Allingham dies

As the Guardian puts it:

Born in 1896 to an ironmonger’s wife in a corner of north-east London, the veteran, whose life spanned three centuries and six monarchs, was 67 when John F Kennedy was assassinated and 73 when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon…

He remembered spending a night in a shellhole in Flanders. “It stank,” he said. “So did I when I fell into it. Arms and legs, dead rats, dead everything. Rotten flesh. Human guts. I couldn’t get a bath for three or four months afterwards.”

2 Must-Read Blog Posts

  • Nich Starling continues to be the must-read blog for coverage of what’s happening on the ground in the Norwich North by-election. This time he’s got the tale of the Conservative campaign’s highly targeted approach to blogger outreach.
  • Readers of my blog will know of my views about the lack of media interest in Mark Cavendish’s sporting triumphs. (Equalling the British lifetime record for Tour de Franch stage wins, and still only being 24, wasn’t enough to get him into the top 95 stories on Sky News.) If he was getting the sort of coverage his successes deserve, yesterday’s controversial disqualification would be all over the mainstream media. Instead, head over to Stephen’s Linlithgow Journal for the Mark Cavendish disqualification story.

Sunday Bonus

Mustaches of the epic variety:

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  • User Avatarjedibeeftrix 28th Jul - 5:19pm
    left and right matters for exactly as long as the tories and labour define the political spectrum. the liberal - authoritarian spectrum will matter when...
  • User AvatarRichard Dean 28th Jul - 5:16pm
    @Joe Otten Not every emotion is an angry one. There is love, for example, though perhaps not relevant here. There is approval - simple support...
  • User Avatarjedibeeftrix 28th Jul - 5:11pm
    they get upset because they used to have sole-outsider legitimacy as the point-five party in a two-point-five party system. regardless of all else, the lib-dem's...
  • User AvatarGreen Voter 28th Jul - 5:10pm
    I am a bit concerned about this new rule "so nitpicking alone is just noise". One commenter who uses the name Chris tends to provide...
  • User AvatarSIMON BANKS 28th Jul - 5:05pm
    The very basic point about this is that the left-right axis means very little. If, for example, you look at where people stand on key...
  • User AvatarJohn Grout 28th Jul - 5:01pm
    Another important issue is of people's jobs being redefined, or entire swathes of individuals being forced to 'reapply' to 'new' jobs with functionally identical roles...