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And the prize for the daftest comment about Chris Huhne goes to…

… Tessa Jowell, who has demanded the Prime Minister sets up an independent investigation into the allegations against Chris Huhne.

Yup, in addition to a police investigation into the allegations she also wants a second investigation to investigate the very same things the police are investigating.

I know it can be hard for an opposition to find something to say about a story to muscle in on the media coverage but… it’s no wonder one journalist told me they found her remarks so risible they decided they weren’t usable.

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Labour reshuffle: Ed Miliband unveils Continuity Gordon Brown Party

The Lib Dem response to Ed Balls’ appointment as Labour’s shadow chancellor, replacing Alan Johnson, has been swift. Stephen Williams, Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Treasury Committee, commented:

“I wish Alan Johnson good luck for the future.

“The decision to appoint Ed Balls as Shadow Chancellor shows that the Labour Party is now determined to carry on with the Gordon Brown economic plan that caused so much trouble for this country.

“Ed Balls isn’t just a deficit denier, he’s a deficit enthusiast.”

Alan Johnson resigned earlier today, citing “personal reasons to do with my family”. He had been under pressure in …

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Revealed: the secret of canvassing…

…is to ask people who are on the electoral roll how they intend to vote.

That might be obvious to seasoned activists, whose knuckles are skinned from all that door knocking by this stage in the campaign.

Not so to Tessa Jowell, whose confidence that Labour will hold Islington South and Hampstead & Kilburn seems to be misplaced.

Dave Hill’s excellent London Blog for the Guardian asked yesterday: Lib Dem surge in London: do the polls lie?

Yesterday late-afternoon I spoke to Tessa Jowell. She said that many of those telling canvassers they were thinking of voting Lib Dem were young,

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Daily View 2×2: 7 December 2009

Welcome to the 341st day of the year, folks, a day which has witnessed in past years the births of great thinkers like Noam Chomsky and Stan Boardman.

2 Must-Read Blog Posts

What are other Liberal Democrat bloggers saying? Here are two posts that have caught the eye from the Liberal Democrat Blogs aggregator:

  • Why the Conservatives have been making class an issue (James Graham)
  • … the one party still obsessed with class in this country are the Conservatives. Frankly, it would be nice if there were a bit more class consciousness within the other two main parties.

  • Four Years
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    Daily View 2×2: 17 September 2009

    Good morning. Today we remember the deaths of Hildegard von Bingen, and, centuries later, Laura Ashley; and today’s birthday girl is Tessa Jowell.

    Two big stories

    A surprising number of newspapers seem to be leading with a story about how soon, we will all have the right to register with any GP we choose. I struggle to see why that’s made so many front pages.

    Instead, my picks are the Independent’s story about racism in the US, with President Carter weighing in on opposition to President Obama’s current policy platform:

    After lurking near the surface of political discourse in America

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    Why would watching someone swim fast inspire you to mow your lawn?

    I’m all for encouraging gardening. More gardening can make people healthier, benefit the environment and improve the local area. And, far more importantly, for many people it’s a great source of enjoyment.

    I’m also relaxed about the idea of government in some way being involved in such encouragement; for example, by local councils running gardening courses.

    But I really can’t see how the government can claim with a straight face that encouraging more gardening is one of the objectives for the 2012 Olympics. For as the Financial Times reports:

    Ministers sought to dig themselves out of an allotment-sized hole on Friday to

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    • User AvatarRichard Dean 29th Jul - 2:27am
      @T-J. There are issues, certainly, but it would be foolish to throw away opportunities that the commonwealth provides, including the 20% that jedibeeftrix mentioned. And...
    • User AvatarMark Valladares 29th Jul - 1:55am
      An interesting debate, as these types of philosophical debates often are. As someone who has been part of the LDV team in the past, then...
    • User AvatarT-J 29th Jul - 1:48am
      Credibility in human rights isn't needed for credibility in business, no. But credibility on the rule of law is. And if the law on whether...
    • User AvatarRichard Dean 29th Jul - 1:30am
      Credibility in the human rights sphere has never been a significant determinant of credibility in business and trade. But what's this about "steering"? Maybe more...
    • User AvatarT-J 29th Jul - 1:11am
      I'm not complaining. I already asked myself those questions and found the answers pointing in a different direction. Like I say, I used to be...
    • User AvatarDavid Allen 29th Jul - 12:53am
      LJP: I'm with Stephen Hesketh about status indicators. I think they would help if available for voluntary use. Someone like you could opt to leave...