– Owen Jones writes about social contempt and the continued demonisation of the poor, and a sad proportion of the comments bring out the same old rationalisations about how the chavs and scroungers they love to hate aren’t really that badly off.
– Somewhere in Europe, a government realised that their policy of drug criminalisation was making things worse, and actually did something about it based on the evidence. Blimey.
– Does Richard Dawkins want to have his Christmas pudding and eat it too? Nelson Jones is a consistently excellent writer, but although he no doubt has a point here, I’m not sure what he thinks we should be doing about it. It’s possible indeed that the aggressively religious aspects of Christmas are given power, at least in part, by the enjoyably secularised cultural aspects. But I don’t see this as an argument in favour of embracing the religiosity (which I realise isn’t being suggested), or of abandoning the idea of having a nice sing-song about a manger and a star.
– No, Glenn Beck, nobody needs to “set up” Michele Bachmann to look like “a homophobe or whatever”. She does that herself just fine. If accusing her of being bigoted is “the nuclear bomb of politics”, Michele Bachmann is Major Kong.