Daily View 2×2: 7 January 2010

Good morning and welcome to Daily View on 7th January. Waking up to a cold frosty reception this morning are Prime Minister Gordon Brown, former Labour ministers and fellow East Midlanders Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt – and, well, pretty much the rest of us as temperatures are set to stay below freezing for most of the country for most of the day.

The 7th January in history saw a trio of firsts: Galileo Galilei first observed the largest moon of Jupiter; the first use of the modern Italian flag; and the first transatlantic telephone call.

A trio of Nicks have birthdays today: Nicholson Baker, the American novelist; Nicolas Cage, the tax defaulting American actor – and our own Nick Clegg MP, who is 43 today!

And in misogyny news: today is Distaff Day, when traditionally, women, who’d had a break from household work over Christmas, began their domestic tasks again.

2 Big Stories

Today we have one nice story and a load of links poking fun at the Labour party.

Lord Mandelson plans street parties for Queen’s diamond jubilee

Mind you, even this story in the Telegraph, ostensibly about something else entirely, can’t help but speculate on Gordon’s much-demanded departure. Here’s the Lib Dem relevant paragraphs:

Lord McNally, for the Liberal Democrats, had to cough to get himself heard, for Lord Mandelson had risen too soon. This faux pas prompted Lord McNally to say, “That’s a bad start to the year,” before demanding street parties and mugs to celebrate the jubilee.

A lesser performer would have been thrown by the embarrassment of forgetting the genial Lord McNally, but Lord Mandelson recovered without apparent effort, declaring himself strongly in favour of street parties and mugs.

Yay, street parties and mugs! Woo!

Labour Party News

And nearly all newspaper front pages are drawing parallels between the weather and the Labour Party. Here’s a brief roundup:

The Sun: -10…and that’s just the temperature inside Downing Street
Independent: The Winter revolt
The Times: Brown weathers storm

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:

  • Is the North East a Colony of London?
  • Maureen muses on mis-management of our regions:

    I had an interesting conversation this evening with someone who’d been part of the Respond project some years ago in Stockton. An Australian who had been part of some of the work had commented that a large part of the problem in the North East of England was that it was ruled as a colony from London. She saw many of the same attitudes in that relationship as she had experienced in Australia/England relationships years before.

  • Which bit to grit?
  • That is the question; whether tis nobler to grit the principle bus routes and A and B roads, or take arms against a sea of pavements and disgruntled residents and sleep, perchance… yeah, you get the picture. Steve Middleton takes on Salford’s decisions.

    I’m going to suggest something outrageous. The council did not need to grit.

    Woah, steady on there, Steve!

    OK, I warned you. Actually, it’s true. They could have plowed the snow on the “primary routes”, rather than gritted. This would have cleared the snow and the resulting heavy traffic would have kept the roads clear, thus, the grit could have been used on streets and pavements.

    I imagine a number of councils will be reviewing their gritting arrangements in the near future.

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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