How Liberal Democrat MPs voted against making it far harder to misuse libel – Depressing.
A Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip – Gabrielle Giffords in the New York Times
Dead children and monied politicians – and David Simon on how American democracy is failing under the unrestrained influence of lobbyists and money.
Do you live in a Rotten Borough? – New figures from the Electoral Reform Society on how first past the post distorts results in council elections. (And I don’t live in a rotten borough, but it’s within a rotten county)
My So-Called ‘Post-Feminist’ Life in Arts and Letters – Another chronicle of the everyday sexism some of us like to pretend doesn’t exist.

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Worth Reading 5: Starred

And when you look into the internet, the internet looks also into you:

Tunisia: The uprising has a hashtag – Did you know there’s an uprising against the government of Tunisia underway? Neither did I, but this article’s a helpful introduction to the issues.
Eliminationist rhetoric and the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords – The much-linked-to Sarah Palin ‘bullseye’ graphic is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s been a scary undertone to a lot of political discourse in America in recent years, especially since 2008.
On the politics of blame – Jennie Rigg writes something very similar to a blog post I was writing in my head. My version may still follow.
The Sunday review: The King’s Speech – Remember Sion Simon? The ultimate Platonic ideal of a New Labour apparatchik? Well, he outdoes himself here, criticising Colin Firth for the heinous crime of not apologising for voting Liberal Democrat.
Yes to AV – Arguments for AV from a Conservative perspective, which may be of use in persuading people to vote Yes in May.

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Hello world! Here are things to interest you:

Beware those who sneer at ‘human rights imperialism’ – Comment is Free finally publishes a counter-argument to their worst article of 2010. Sohrab Ahmari makes some powerful points explaining just why universal rights are important.
Browne’s Gamble – Probably linked to and seen by a lot of you back in November, but I’ve only just discovered it. A rather depressing look at what the effects of the Browne Review will be on higher education.
The barren weeks, the amnesiac years – Excellent post by Phil Edwards at The Gaping Silence on some of the posturing going on around giving prisoners the right to vote.
Egypt’s Muslims attend Coptic Christmas Mass, serving as ‘human shields’ – When the world’s feeling pretty crappy, it’s always nice to have some good news of people doing decent things for each other
Tragedy in Tucson (about five miles from my house) – One of Gabrielle Gifford’s constituents talks about her shooting and the social climate in Arizona.

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