Lib Dig Pig #6

Welcome to the sixth edition of Lib Dig Pig, being a roundup of non-Lib Dem oriented gems on the internet, as voted by Lib Dem members using Lib Dig (if you aren’t yet a Lib Digger and are a Lib Dem member, sign up here:

This week’s Lib Dig Pig is brought to you by the theme of technology-gone-bad: a bad thing in Labour’s hands (except when they are taking the mickey out of the Tories) and something the Daily Mail doesn’t seem to approve of very much.


By far the most popular story of the week is this report of secret government plans to allow the police to begin remote viewing your hard drive. Paranoid yet?

Labour’s ongoing attacks on net privacy have sparked outrage on the pages of TechCrunch – another highly dug story this week. As Mike Butcher writes, start making placards.

A crisis of mail identity

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail seems to be having an identity crisis. Last week, “Dailymail_UK” started twittering, admitting to a strange obsession with Margaret Thatcher’s breasts. To the surprise of, well no-one’s admitting, it turns out this was a parody. However, it turns out that it got closer to the truth than we might have initially thought: the Daily Mail thought it might fool people into thinking it was an official account and complained to Twitter – who duly ruled that the account breached their rules banning non-parodic impersonations. So it is official: the Daily Mail is beyond parody.

Some of you (including me), thought that the Daily Mail‘s call to arms over the banning of our “traditional” lightbulbs was pretty much beyond parody as well.

Video(ish) of the week

Yet again, we had no eligible nomination for the video of the week – perhaps if Lib Dems spent more time passively watching YouTube and less time composing songs about flats and guitars, we might have something to watch. Instead, we’ll have to make so with Labour’s latest attack on David Cameron’s Shadow Cabinet (which sort of counts as a video since it is visual and, erm, moves):

This song on YouTube only got one dig and, er, isn’t a video, but given the centenary of the People’s Budget, it is worth a listen:

One for Glee Club?

And finally

Two other stories which made the grade this week:
* Michael Crick reports on the Tory candidates’ “Watch List”
* Ariane Sherine launches the Atheist Bus Campaign

(We get a lot of atheist digs but none advocating a religious perspective – seriously Christian Forum and Muslim Forum: LibDig is your tool too!)

Small Print

The rules for inclusion here are simple: they must have been “dug” for the first time in the last seven days and they can’t be Lib Dem-related or come from a Lib Dem blog (which thankfully means I don’t have to list any videos about cleaning flats and guitars). The top rated articles will be listed here. For the purposes of this column, my votes will be discounted. Finally, I may bend or break any of these rules as I see fit (this is absolutely terrible and I am dreadfully sorry about it).

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