Thursday, 22 September 2011

Battling Oligarchs

This is a clip that has been doing the rounds on the Internet featuring owner of the Evening Standard and the Independent Aleksandr Lebedev punching fellow Oligarch Polonsky in the head during a TV debate. It would seem that Polonsky and Lebedev had been in a heated debated before the fight, but that in the end Polonsky finally pushed Lebedev over the edge. Polonsky can be heard to say that he is tired of debating with Lebedev and wants 'to punch him in the face'. Lebedev says something like 'well go on then try it', Polonsky doesn't but makes a retort then Lebedev lamps him one knocking him off his chair. The Presenter then calls for Security while a few screams, presumably from the Babs in the audience, can be heard.




Given that Lebedev used to be a member of the KGB winding him is probably not a smart idea. Anyway the scene is more akin to shows like Big Brother or Jeremy Kyle rather than a debating show. Still it is different from what we in the UK normally see during our debates and politics shows.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Top 15 Non-Aligned blogs

In other news one of the other blogs that I write for The Hackery Blog was voted 13th in the Top 100 Non-aligned political blogs. This is great news for a site that has only been in existence for a few months and has placed only 3 spaces below Nick Robinson. A huge thank you to all those who voted for the site and a massive congratulations to all the other contributors to the site.
The list of top 100 Non-Aligned blogs:

1 (2) Political Betting

2 (-) Dale and Company

3 (1) Paul Waugh

4 (3) FT Westminster

5 (5) UK Polling Report

6 (14) Bagehot

7 (-) The Slog

8 (9) Boulton & Co

9 (-) The Grapevine

10 (4) Nick Robinson BBC

11 (-) Charles Crawford

12 (-) Underdogs Bite Upwards

13 (-) Hackery Blog

14 (-) Wikiminster

15 (-) Huffington Post

16 The Groucho Tendency

17 Politics Student

18 Cllr Andrew Wallis

19 The Institute for Ideas in a Post Bureaucratic Age

20 Julie's Think Tank

21 The Broken of Britain

22 Benefit Scrounging Scum

23 Britain Votes

24 Frank Davis

25 The Commentator

26 The Student Journals

27 Ed West

28 WalesHome

29 Zelo Street

30 The Vibe

31 Inspector Gadget

32 Golem XIV Credo

33 Blighty (The Economist)

34 Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

35 LSE UK Politics & Policy

36 Inside Croydon

37 Politics Live with Andrew Sparrow

38 Tea and Cigarettes

39 Ambush Predator

40 Borthlas

41 The Online Society

42 Bella Caledonia

43 Brighton Politics Blog

44 Bishop Hill

45 Jac o' the North

46 Gary Gibbon

47 Hen Rech Flin

48 Insane Ramblings of a Village Idiot

49 Waste Watch

50 Watt's Up With That

51 Dioclese

52 Evening Standard Politics

53 NewsNetScotland

54 Real Street

55 Son of Robespierre

56 The Appalling Strangeness

57 Ward'slog

58 Flip Chart Fairy Tales

59 Political Pulse

60 Heresy Corner

61 MHP Blog

62 Migration Watch

63 Vaughan Roderick

64 Where's the Benefit?

65 A Man's A Man

66 Tales from Gun Wharf

67 The Dispatch Box

68 The Thunderer

69 Boatang & Demetriou

70 Captain Ranty

71 Damned to Hell

72 Tax Research UK

72 Winston Smith

73 Betsan Powys (BBC)

74 Fleet Street Fox

75 Full Fact

76 An Englishman's Castle

77 The Media Blog

78 Burning Our Money

79 Gerry Hassan

80 Letters From a Young Contrarian

81 Lexington's Notebook

82 Nationalist Mythbusting

83 Rob's Cornish Blog

84 Spiked Online

85 Channel 4 News Fact Check

86 Paul Mason

87 Simon Maxwell

88 Oh What NOW!

89 Political Promise

90 Revolts

91 Valleys Mam

92 After Watt

93 Beyond Clicktivism

94 Don't get fooled again

95 Muffled Vociferation

96 Not a sheep may be a goat

97 Planet Politics

98 Political Reboot

99 Politics on Toast

100 The Anger of a Quiet Man

Top 50 Get in! ^^

Earlier today Total Politics released their list of Top 100 Tory blogs and I came in at no 42. A jump of 30 places from last year. I'd like to wish everyone who voted for my blog a massive Thank you! The full list is as follows:

1 (2) Conservative Home

2 (11) Archbishop Cranmer

3 (3) Daniel Hannan

4 (5) John Redwood

5 (-) Egremont

6 (8) Douglas Carswell

7 (41) Dilletante

8 (6) Norman Tebbit

9 (-) Felicity Parkes

10 (25) Platform 10

11 (21) Steve Tierney

11 (-) The Commentator

13 (-) Boris Backer

14 (4) Dizzy Thinks

15 (-) Peter Hitchens

16 (-) EU Referendum

17 (37) A Very British Dude

18 (53) Alan W Collins

19 (-) Charles Crawford

20 (-) Three Thousand Versts of Loneliness

21 (-) Daniel Knowles

21 (-) Melanie Phillips

23 (-) Ed Staite

24 (-) Ben Brogan

25 (-) Ed West

26 (-) New Right

26 (-) Tim Worstall

28 (50) Lightwater

29 (-) Francis Urquhart

30 (43) Mark Reckless MP

30 (-) Standpoint

30 (-) The View From Cullingworth

30 (7) Tory Bear

34 (66) John Ward

35 (-) Old Rightie

35 (85) Robert Halfon

35 (-) Steve Baker MP

38 (-) Nadine Dorries

39 (-) Adam Smith Institute

39 (-) Feminism for Tories

39 (-) Katharine Birbalsingh

40 (26) Walaa Idris

41 Orphans of Liberty

42 Laura-Rose Saunders Blog

43 Fountain

44 Voice of Reason

45 Nonsense Yorkshire Rants

46 Nick Webb

47 Mugwump

48 Janet Daley

49 Ian Parsley

50 Graeme Archer

51 Ed Mayes

52 Dissecting Leftism

53 Thinking Strategically

54 The Welfare State We're In

55 Small Dead Animals

56 Samiz Data

57 Phillip Blond

58 Norton View

59 Direct Democracy

60 The Raging Tory

61 The Dispatch Box

62 The Conservative Blog

63 Roger Helmer

64 Rational Optimist

65 Glyn Davies MP

66 Conservative Libertarian Alliance

67 Charlotte Leslie

68 Bracken World

69 A Conservative's Blog

70 Your Freedom and Ours

71 Witterings from Witney

72 Vicky Ford

73 Tory Radio

74 The Freedom Association

75 Taking Liberties

76 Nick Clarke

77 Iain Lindley

78 Hurry Up Harry

79 Tory Totty Online

80 Tony Watson - Hoo Peninsula

81 The Cornerstone Group

82 Red State

83 Man in a Shed#

84 Byrne Tofferings

85 The Tap

86 Tammy Bruce

87 Surbiton People

88 Paul Scully

89 Max Farquar

90 Jihad Watch

91 Tracey Crouch MP

92 The Talking Clock

93 The Cynical Tendency

94 Behind Blue Eyes

95 The Westminster Pundit

96 The Druid

97 Polittiscribe

98 Charlotte Gore

99 Nourishing Obscurity

100 Lord Credo

Saturday, 3 September 2011

7 Films

In addition to my scribblings on The Hackery Blog I can also now be found writing about film on Discover 7 Films . My first post went up in the week and is on my choice of 7 contemporary films that I believe should be watched. Click here to read the article in full. The idea of the site is that each post contains mini reviews, images and trailers for 7 films of the same genre e.g. 7 French films, 7 Chick flicks etc. For anyone with an interest in film this site is a must!