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Conservative Home provides a daily round-up of the mainstream media, but
what is the blogosphere saying today?  Doubtless by the time you read this it will be
out-of-date, but here goes, in no particular order.
 
The creme de la creme:
Guido Fawkes supplies the latest
news of his on-going investigations into the murky world where policy think
tanks blend into hired lobbyists.  And the latest news is that, um, he’s been to
a boozy lunch wearing shorts and a rugby shirt.  The dedication of the man knows
no bounds.  His "Wonks For Sale" stories are worth following: there’s a good
chance that in amongst his targets there are a few potential John Deans who
could blow the lid off the Blair Reich.  He’s also taking an interest in the
Ottawa meeting of the Bilderberg Group and mourning the passing of Charles
Haughey.
 
Iain Dale has some further
contributions on the New Logo front and has a go at the BBC’s plans to launch a
current affairs magazine.  I’d have thought they got their fingers burnt enough
when the Listener sank with all hands a few years back.
 
Beau Bo D’Or  (probably blogdom’s finest
political caricaturist) also weighs into the logo controversy – and the archive
is always worth a trawl.
 
Political Betting leads with an item from Mike
Smithson taking apart some recent drivel by Andrew Rawnsley in the Observer
claiming that David Cameron’s approval ratings are in "steep decline".  As one
would expect, his article is really aimed at people thinking of having a flutter
on the basis of the underlying detail in opinion polls, but the explanation of
comparing one poll with another helpfully answers some of the perennial queries
that crop up on ConHome.  Earlier on there’s a good briefing by Ben Surtees on
the run-up to the US mid-term elections for those like me who find American
politics impenetrable.
 
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At Burning Our Money  Wat Tyler returns to
the subject of the impending financial disaster that will be the 2012 London
Olympics.
 
The TaxPayers’ Alliance  has picked
up on some new US research into dynamic tax cuts, i.e. that a tax cut can
invigorate the economy and generate higher overall tax revenues.  This subject
is going to be heard a lot for the rest of this parliament.  The TPA are not
greatly inspired by the "sharing the proceeds of growth" approach to fiscal
planning.

The merely excellent:

The Social Affairs Unit blog ploughs a
distinctive furrow all of its own.  At the moment it’s running a review of a new
exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and a discussion of the joys of
the Corporate Responsibility industry (declaration of interest: I am a trustee
of the Unit).
 
Labour Watch (which is run by a Lib
Dem councillor) has a useful analysis of the Craig Sweeney sentencing row
explaining the hypocrisy of John Reid.
 
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James Cleverly is taking a swipe
at the Lib Dem campaign in Bromley & Chislehurst.
 
EU Serf on The Road To Euro Serfdom has uncovered a Brussels
plan to boost the internet – so that should stamp it out – and gives an airing
to Romano Prodi’s views on the project to resurrect the EU Constitution.
 
On the Adam Smith Institute blog Tim Worstall savages the trade
unions over their call for a boycott of Peugeot.
 
The Globalisation Institute are covering
some letters in the Times rubbishing a speech by Michael Meacher calling for a
return to trade protectionism.  I’d missed that speech myself.  So many
politicians, such little time….
 
Factchecking Polyanna  provides the
essential public service of pointing out that Polly Toynbee has what the
Americans would call "accuracy issues".  Currently they’re correcting her on
public spending (out by £57 billion, an error of 14%) and rail transport (the
railways have not been dismantled, but are enjoying a boom in the number of
passenger journeys).

And in the interests of balance, what the enemy are
saying:

Tim Ireland’s Bloggerheads covers the Bush visit to Iraq –
very much a "glass half empty" chap with the merest suggestion he’s not 100%
behind the War On Terror.  Still no change to the awful lay-out – you might
prefer his sister site, the heavily ironic and entertaining Backing Blair (BUT DON’T PLAY THE FLASH
VIDEOS AT WORK or anywhere within earshot of your sensitive mother).
 
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Recess Monkey is going through a thin patch and
seems to be following stories on other sites.  Perhaps the Monkey is still
recovering from the May Elections?
 
Liberal England laments the relaunch
of the New Statesman (note for younger readers: this used to be an important
left-liberal weekly magazine read by people called socialists) and has some
background on a Policy Group the Lib Dems have apparently established on
education (Ming is becoming more Cameroon by the day).
 
Forceful and Moderate (another Limp
Dim outfit) has noticed that the Rural Payments Agency isn’t very good.  Bravo! 
Maybe in another six months they’ll think it through a little further and get to
the EU?
 
William Norton

Have we missed any of your favourites?

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