Daily View 2×2: 18 December 2009

Whether you’re snowed in, or just snowed under, welcome to Friday. It’s 12 years since Donald Dewar unveiled the bill for a Scottish Parliament.

2 Big Stories

BBC apologises for asking: ‘Should homosexuals face execution’
From the Telegraph:

People were asked by the corporation to share their views on anti-homosexual legislation in Uganda which would see some sexual activities punishable by death.

The BBC website debate ran ahead of a feature on the World Service Africa Have Your Say programme.

Peter Horrocks, director of the BBC World Service, wrote on the BBC Editor’s Blog that the original forum headline on the website was in hindsight ”too stark”.

He wrote: ”You might have read some of the coverage about a World Service Africa Have Your Say debate yesterday …

”The original headline on our website was, in hindsight, too stark. We apologise for any offence it caused.

”But it’s important that this does not detract from what is a crucial debate for Africans and the international community.”

Lynne Featherstone, Lib Dem spokesperson for Youth and Equality, had called on the BBC to apologise and wrote to the Director General.

Uncertainty looms over final day of Copenhagen summit
From the BBC:

A draft political agreement drawn up by a small group of countries including the UK, US and Australia was rejected during overnight discussions.

Delegates described the situation as “confusing” and “desperate”.

As well as the leaders’ session, talks are scheduled on texts that sources say remain full of fundamental divisions.

One developing country negotiator told BBC News that the draft political accord had arrived “as if from God”.

BBC environment correspondent Richard Black says some developing countries have repeatedly complained during the two weeks here of high-handed treatment by the Danish hosts and the West in general.

“It is very confusing, and developing countries are very disappointed because they’ve invested a lot of time in the documents they’re negotiating here – the Kyoto Protocol discussions have been going on for four years,” said Martin Khor, executive director of the South Centre, a Geneva-based think-tank.

“Now this other thing comes to undermine it, and people feel their time has been wasted,” he told BBC News.

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:

  • Exclusive news on 2012 Lib Dem conference
  • Jonathan Wallace reveals the spring venue.

  • Christmas number 1
  • Will Howells might just astound the bookies and take the top spot (“warning: contains a swear”):

Spotted any other great posts in the last day from blogs that aren’t on the aggregator? Do post up a comment sharing them with us all.

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