Slugger’s Daily Blogburst…

And welcome to our first crowdsourced blog round up… And we kick off with one of the primary reasons for doing the bloggburst on a daily basis: one, there is such a lot of good stuff out there… But says Crooked Timber, the general story in the blogosphere is that since people don’t link out as much as they once is the blogosphere is burning itself out as a useful eclectic tool
– And impartiality how are ya? Not a blog, but worth a punt. The vilification of the right in public life of the UK has gone on for so long that I suspect few beyond the politically committed see it as a problem for the BBC. But their absence from corporation staff rosters has long been a bug bear for the online right. Jeremy Hunt says the BBC needs to get out of it’s Guardian ghetto when it comes to recruiting staff…

– Though Conservative lobbyists are appearing in all manner of places…

– Hopi Sen with the single most important insight into the utility of PoliticsHome:

“The panel’s been going a year and it’s not produced a single insight beyond “People in Westminster village tend to agree with opinions of people in Westminster village (except for some people, who don’t)”.

– (Via Paulie) Mike at PoliticalBetting.com asks: when it comes to political predictions is it best to trust the punters rather than the pundits?

– ComRes reckons Labour would do better with anyone but Gordon Brown

– And on the Lib Dem conveference, interesting take from J Arthur MacNumpty, who argues that last week’s trouble may enable the party to lay the deeper roots it will need if it is serious about becoming a mass movement rather than than a fringe pressure group…

– The precarious position of Baroness Scotland led Donal to push this little piece of political whimsy about Scotland and passports…. Though, as Joshua Rosenberg notes all the Baroness needed to do was keep a photocopy of the several documents she says she was shown: “all relevant documents – a P45, National Insurance details, a marriage certificate, a letter from the Home Office, references and a passport.” It appears she only needed to see one of them…

– It matters of course… And Howard reckons that there are some questions that a respectable journalist should leave alone as ‘undernews’ gossip, not worthy of repetition until it hardens from rumour to fact…

– And if you thought the indolent political class in Northern Ireland were best at letting themselves down, Jeff is utterly fed up with the numbers game over the maximum class size in Scotland which he reckons is getting into the ridiculous, self parodying stage… The SNP promised no more than 17 kids in a class (for which ludicrous figure they ought to hang their heads of course), now it’s 25… but in England it’s 30… So who’s arguing any differently from the SNP’s new figure of 25 asks Jeff? Erm, no one, apparently… Time to move on lads and lasses..?

– (Via Gavinsblog) And as Siptu and other Irish Unions begin sharpening their knives if there is the least move to cut public sector wages in line with private sector pay cuts Michael Taft demonstrates just how low Irish private sector wages are compared with all other EU countries bar one, the UK… And this he argues is singularly to do with the huge drop in Sterling compared with the EURO…

– (via Stephen Spillane) Ruairi O’Bradaigh plans to step down from his long time leadership role of Republican Sinn Fein…

– Oh and how dare anyone spend any public money on promoting the Lisbon Treaty… There’s a (crankish?) Irish constitutional law against government spending government money on promoting government policy somewhere isn’t there (even though everyone else is free to throw shed loads of the stuff against it)? Good luck tracing how much of that money originates with the Irish taxpayer though Patricia…

– And (via Alan in Belfast) finally a nice preview of a documentary coming out on UTV, Prods and Pom Poms from FilmTalk, a film which”humanizes people who are often either laughed at, ignored, or even feared by the liberal intelligentsia”…