So what’s hot, and what’s not, in the past week’s blogging? Here are the six most popular posts on Zelo Street for the past seven days, counting down in reverse order, because, well, I’ve got presents to wrap and cards to write. So there.
6 Mail Victorious In Banning Itself The Daily Mail proclaimed victory in its campaign to filter internet access for youngsters, but seemed unaware that this may well stop access to sites that deal in premature sexualisation of young women – like their own.
5 Plebgate Bites Back – Press Clueless The story of former chief whip Andrew Mitchell and his altercation with Police officers over opening the gates at the end of Downing Street was shown to be suspect. But the papers that happily published the story failed to stop and think that it was their own fault, not that of the cops.
4 Littlejohn Gets Plebgate Wrong The Daily Mail’s tedious and unfunny churnalist Richard Littlejohn claimed the arrest of a Police officer over Plebgate was the silencing of a whistleblower. But had he bothered to do a few minutes’ research, he would have found that it wasn’t. He gets a million quid a year for that.
3 Paedophile Smear Ban Not Fair Says Del Boy Yes, James “saviour of Western civilisation” Delingpole was not happy that the Australian Press Council had censured him for comparing wind power advocates to paedophiles. After all, he claimed, he’d get away with it in the UK. Not for long he won’t.
2 Panorama – There May Be Writs The BBC’s current affairs strand was about to screen a programme on the activities of Frederick and David Barclay (aka The Fabulous Bingo Brothers). Anyone wanting to see it was advised to tune in or record it, given the Bingos’ penchant for litigation.
1 Delingpole – Trouble Down Under The Australian had featured a piece authored by James “saviour of Western civilisation” Delingpole. There had been complaints. The Australian Press Council upheld three of them and the appropriate health warning was applied to the online version of Del Boy’s article. He was most unhappy. Good.
And that’s the end of another blogtastic week, blog pickers. Not ‘arf!
[No Top Six next week, folks – the feature will hopefully return on January 6]