Worth Reading 167: Starting backgammon

Grayling: the Lord Chancellor who told the High Court to disregard the Rule of Law – Jack of Kent on the latest decision of Chris Grayling’s to be overturned by the courts. This time, he believes that because he makes the law, he can ignore it.
Why Henry George had a point – When the Economist is praising the idea of a land value tax, you begin to wonder if things might be shifting somewhat.
The many faces of Tatiana Maslany – Interesting interview/profile of the Orphan Black star and her acting process.
Tales from the Trenches: I was SWATed – And now the supposed ‘ethics in gaming journalism’ arseholes of Gamergate are trying to get police SWAT teams called out on people who criticise them.
The Lib Dems’ big problem: and how to solve it – Liberal Democrats need to build a vision based on social liberalism if the party is going to grow in the future.

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Worth Reading 153: Sum of the individual cubes

My name is Emerson, Steve Emerson – Fox News’s branding of Birmingham as city where non-Muslims don’t go wasn’t an accident, but part of a wider skein of the ‘anti-terrorist’ movement.
Why Britain Doesn’t Need A ‘UKIP Of The Left’ – I’ve been trying to do a a similar post to this myself for ages, but it explains how the question ‘why isn’t there a UKIP of a the left?’ rests on flawed assumptions.
What David Cameron just proposed would endanger every Briton and destroy the IT industry – But aside from that, Prime Minister, how was your day?
Davos delegates don’t care about inequality or your debt – What will (keeping the rich happy) and won’t (keeping you happy) be discussed at the World Economic Forum.
Grayling: I’m the first impartial Lord Chancellor in 400 years – He’s obviously not, and Ian Dunt explains why.

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Update: You know what they say about something being too good to be true? Yes, this was. Nicely done fake, though.

The Mayor of Baltimore responds to Chris Grayling’s comments, and proves that she’s got a sense of humour. Or humor, given that she’s American.

o present a television show as the real Baltimore is to perpetuate a fiction that dishonours our city. It is as pointless as boasting that Baltimore has a per capita homicide rate a fraction of that in the popular UK television show Midsomer Murders.

(via Liberal Conspiracy)
At this rate, I give it a week before Boris Johnson is putting out a statement claiming responsibility for the fact that London hasn’t suffered an alien attack at Christmas since he was elected.

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Chris Grayling owns a TV

So, Chris Grayling has declared that parts of Britain are ‘like The Wire‘. Interestingly, BBC Two are now showing series 5 of that, where we see that a smooth-talking politician who was elected on a promise of change and a ‘new day’ turns out to have no answers to a crippling financial crisis other than cuts, cuts and more cuts.

In the same spirit, I’d say Chris Grayling is like Party Animals – poorly researched and unconvincing.

UPDATE: It turns out that Grayling has only seen a few episodes from the first series, so he may in fact not own a TV. So please regard this post as being titled ‘Gotta keep David Davis way down in the hole’ from now on.

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