Daily View 2×2: 15 February 2010

Happy Monday morning! And as it’s the fifth anniversary of YouTube, find out why Paddy chose to appear with a couple of puppets back in 1997. But first, the news and blogs.

2 Must-Read Blog Posts

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

  • The difference between Lord Ashcroft and Lord Paul on Rob Parsons‘ A comfortable place blog:

    These episodes demonstrate the character of the Conservative Party – people who make all sorts of promises in order to get what they want with the firm intention of weaselling out of them.

  • Who will be the next Labour PM? on Mark Thompson‘s Mark Reckons blog.

    … don’t be surprised if the next Labour PM is someone that you won’t have heard of even several years from now.

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2 Lib Dem Stories

David Laws on Tory ‘free school’ plans: “deeply flawed”

David Laws has criticised the Tories’ plans to set up Swedish-style ‘free schools’, saying:

The Tories’ schools plans are deeply flawed both in terms of money and on the curriculum. Michael Gove’s plan to cut the education budget means his ability to establish new schools will inevitably depend on raiding the budgets of existing schools.

“On the curriculum, Conservative plans are in even more of an incoherent muddle. Michael Gove plans to impose an absurdly detailed curriculum on most state-funded schools, while allowing free schools to adopt a pick-and-mix curriculum – even if this means dropping core subjects such as British history and modern languages.

“It is impossible to justify in any logical way a system which imposes such centralized uniformity on 23,500 schools while allowing a small minority to teach whatever they like at the taxpayers’ expense.”


Lib Dem voters more likely to have a sex toy

Well, according to a poll quoted in The Sun anyway:

Lib Dem voters are more likely to have a sex toy than Labour or Tory supporters, a poll reveals. Thirty per cent own one, compared to 24 per cent for Labour and 22 per cent of Tories.

The party that gives you good vibrations. Hmmm, I admit the slogan needs some work, but, hey, it might just work.

Celebrating 5 years of YouTube

Because 5 years ago, clips like the below were just forgotten bits of old news archive seen by no-one:


(Available on YouTube here).

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