Gordon Brown twice as prodcutive on Mumsnet as David Cameron

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The latest political showdown on Mumsnet looks like delivering a points victory for Gordon Brown. Apparently David Cameron, who answered questions on a live web chat on the site today, was criticised by some posters as taking too long to answer. Brown apparently answered 30 questions in his hour on the site (could have been 31 if he’d taken the biscuit challenge) while the Tory leader managed just 16.

As the BBC reports here though- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8368975.stm Cameron did have a few technical hitches.

The BBC also noted that Cameron said two very interesting things

He said that the BBC was “a vital part of broadcasting” it had also got “very overextended and the licence fee is high”. By this he means cut backs of radio and specialist TV services like BBC4, reduction in number of staff and pay for stars and rolling back of the beeb’s Internet plans. Maybe he’ll even make you pay to view the BBC news site (in addition to the licence fee) – Rupert Murdoch would love that.

He also admitted to being a fan of the BBC political comedy series The Thick Of It, writing: “V funny… but only true about the other lot (not)”.

The Daily Mail exclusive that’s six months old

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Got to love the front page of the Mail today

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1229070/Sharks-British-coast-Oil-tank…

which details how oil tankers have been hovering off UK waters because they don’t want to off load their oil until prices are higher.

Well the tankers have been off Lowestoft (I counted 24 once) and Southwold since the spring – more than six months ago.

http://www.lowestoftjournal.co.uk/content/lowestoftjournal/news/story.aspx?br…

If the paper keeps this lightning speed of reporting up we can expect election results sometime in 2011.

Also, is it just me or is this a really weird thing to appear in the Telegraph!!!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/6605262/Michael-Jacks…

Maybe it is repositioning itself as the new National Enquirer? It’d probably get more traffic…

Thierry Henry rage on Twitter – can we get over this now?

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Not surprisingly Thierry Henry rage has been all over Twitter and Wikipedia to the point that The Guardian has even written a story about it

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/pda/2009/nov/19/theirry-henry-fifa-twitter

I find it quite sad. The whole Wikipedia hijack is just astonishing. Here is the arguably the best striker of his generation – a man whose goals have brought huge amounts of pleasure not just to Arsenal/Barca and France fans but to football purists everywhere – whose entire career is being reduced to a role as a poster boy for football cheats.

I find myself in the very strange position of agreeing with Robbie Keane about this one.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5jNbSAVhaVXZWpEqxDiMR2m…

Had Ireland played Greece or Bosnia they might have got through. But the seeding insisted on by FIFA screwed this up.

The Irish didn’t go through because they weren’t great in their group games, their dodgy defending in Dublin and the fact that they didn’t take their chances.

One of the reasons we love football so much is that it is like real life and just like real life there’s a lot of injustice.

As for Henry most Irish players (and English ones for that matter) would have done that. It doesn’t make it right, but it is understandable. He is still one of the very best players of the last decade.

Henry is no more of a cheat than most of his fellow footballers.

see these stats

http://www.whoateallthepies.tv/miscellaneous/10731/stats-thierry-henrys-handb…

The difference is that he chose to do it in such a high profile game.

I feel desperately sorry for the Irish (I keep thinking Maradonna, Koeman, Ronaldo against the English too) but can we move on now please? We forgave that trio didn’t we? Maybe we can also find it in our heart to forgive Thierry?