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Sunday 20 April 2014

Top Six – April 20

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 have domestic stuff to do later. So there.
6 Why Daily Mail Libelled Jo Rowling She passed adverse comment on the activities of the press at the Leveson Inquiry, signed the Hacked Off “Leveson Declaration”, and was deservedly popular. So the mean-spirited and spiteful Dacre hacks were instructed to put the boot in.

5 Cyril Smith And A Daily Mail Cover-Up The Mail accused everyone bar themselves of covering up the former Rochdale MP’s activities. But the paper had been told about him as far back as 1979, and its current editor was news editor when Smith was directly accused by his Labour opponent during the 1987 General Election campaign. They knew, and did nothing.

4 HS2 – Wolmar Sells The Pass A lengthy piece in the LRB from Christian Wolmar was, sadly, full of the inaccuracies that anti-HS2 groups have been peddling for years – and which have since been debunked.

3 Toby Young – “State Schools Break The Law” The loathsome Tobes denounced “tens of thousands” of schools as being “lawless”, mainly on the say-so of a shopkeeper he was talking to the other day.

2 Esther McVey Commits Career Suicide Wirral West’s Tory MP won’t be getting re-elected next year, after her Twitter feed continued to spew political messages during the Hillsborough memorial service last week. And the apology was too little, too late.

1 Don’t Menshn The Pulitzer Prize The Guardian’s US operation was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service. So stupid Louise Mensch took to Twitter to pretend that they hadn’t won it after all. More unintentional hilarity ensued.

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

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