Blogburst: Tory lifeswap as Cameron plays Mainwaring to Grayling’s Sergeant Wilson..

Kicking off, here’s a nice little communication mess that gives rather too much away about the detachment of the Eton Rifles from the Grammar School brigade… and what LibDem blogger Mark Thompson reckons (blogged here) is a rather nasty play on the part of David Cameron that the Tory leader may come to regret… And that’s not mention this typically perceptive note from Melanie Philips on the void that is Tory party foreign policy…- (via Mark Coughlan) John O’Donoghue is gone and good riddance says Anthony at

– (Via Stephen Kinsella) Fascinating paper which argues that anticipation amplifies volatility in the news.. the subject matter is economics but the same goes for the democratic institutions that will act as the shock absorber for popular discontent… See note on the consequences for Irish democracy…

– And what’s this, Cian O’Flah feeling sorry for the Bull O’Donoghue.. shurely shome mishtake…?

– Markham puts the credit where the credit belongs, though you would not know it from the MSM coverage….

– (Via AlaninBelfast) Chekov on the UU backwoodsmen of, er, South Belfast, the UUP will fight every seat (regardless of the outcome)

– Jason hands out the Lisbon awards… (Ouch!!)

– Gerry Feehilly “Lisbon Treaty, which consists of words made of clouds and words of weasels, should [have been?] be rejected.”

– Steve Green picks up Matt’s endless feedback until you get it right ‘joke’.

– (via Paulie) Stop worrying about debt and start worrying about unemployment… The FT’s veteran Sam Brittan advises a cooling of political ardour:

My own bottom line is that all this is in response to a largely imaginary budget crisis. If we have a normal economic recovery the red ink will diminish remarkably quickly. If we don’t, it won’t and won’t need to.

– But Joesph Siglitz on last night’s Prime Time is worth listening to… He rubbishes Nama saying that paying more than the value of assets is a form of theft.. he recommends nationalisation, or as he prefers to put it ‘prenationalisation’…

– Here’s an indication of why it’s such a difficult art… A year on, and no one really knows how or why AIG collapsed…
– (Via Cyberscribe) On the writing of Invention of Lying by Matthew Robinson:

No, I rarely outline. I just wrote. I just logically tracked each moment to each moment and fluidly went through it organically.

– And finally, a meditation on the self serving character of the professional fool..

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