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Sunday 5 January 2014

Top Six – January 5

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, there’s business stuff to do later. So there.
6 Gove Great War Strawman Fail Education Secretary Michael “Oiky” Gove tried to reinvent the First World War, including pretending that Douglas Haig was competent. So that’s a fail, then.

5 Liam Fox Flies NHS Bashing Kite The disgraced former minister pretended that the NHS was “wasteful”. That’s another in the tradition of “Shagger” Major saying “of course, British Rail is deeply inefficient”.

4 Boris Silent On Underground Debacle London’s occasional Mayor kept schtum as Bombardier pulled out of an upgrade project for the Sub-Surface Lines. No surprise, as that was £80 million up the wall and no prospect of those “driverless trains” for decades – as he had been told so many times.

3 BBC Today Prog Backlash The guest editorship of P J Harvey was greeted by clearly organised condemnation. That of the former head of MI5 was not. As Private Eye might have asked, I wonder if the two are in any way related? I think we should be told.

2 The Romanians Are Coming – Or Maybe Not Some clearly dishonest stories went the rounds about the coach and plane loads of new arrivals from Romania and Bulgaria. The reality was that there were very few of them, and those that turned up were here to work, not claim benefits.

1 Brillo Misses His Troll Award One name not present in the Guardian’s ten worst Twitter trolls was Andrew “Brillo Pad” Neil. Here’s why he was a deserving contender, especially on anything climate change related.

And that’s the end of another blogtastic week, blog pickers. Not ‘arf!

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