Daily View 2×2: 8 January 2010

Suspicious Minds. Steamroller Blues. Can you guess what it is yet?

No, not Labour and the Tories’ fortunes this week, but Elvis Presley’s 75th birthday.

It’s also the 1139th anniversary of the Battle of Ashdown.

2 (nearly) Big Stories

Coups and cricket balls: both spun, neither won:

Cabinet almost backed our coup, rebel MPs claim

Fresh doubts about Gordon Brown’s authority surfaced last night as rebel Labour MPs claimed that most of his Cabinet came close to backing the attempted coup against him.

One ringleader of the revolt told The Independent: “My understanding was that only three or four Cabinet ministers were absolutely determined to die in the ditch for Gordon.” Suggesting that Cabinet members were fomenting the revolt, the rebel MP said that: “We were asked to do something and we did it.” [Independent]

England escape in thrilling draw in Cape Town Test

But the draw tasted just as good as a win for the large contingent of England supporters who had escaped freezing Britain for some South African sunshine – and got considerably more than they had bargained for. [BBC Sport]

2 Must-Read Blog Posts

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

  • Cameron’s airbrushing and a Lib Dem ‘Real Men’ campaign?
    Jane Watkinson on a change too far for David Cameron.
  • LabourWomen: even if you build it, they don’t come…
    Mark Valladares wonder’s why it’s so quiet over at Labour’s women-only blog.

Elvis sums it up: “You’re right, I’m left, she’s gone…”

Elvis’s birthday Bonus

Video also available on YouTube here.

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