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Random Thoughts for 3rd November 2012: Clegg speaks Dutch, Food Labelling, Deacon Blue and some baby animals

This is the latest in my series of Random Thoughts posts with links, things found on the web and other stuff that has occurred to me between 27th October 2012 and 3rd November 2012:

Nick Clegg insists on speaking Dutch at Cabinet Office meeting

Those on the political right can inhabit a deeply weird paranoid world. Witness this story in The Telegraph —

Nick Clegg can speak 5 languages – so this is obviously suspicious. Nick Clegg used one of these languages in a meeting – this is doubly suspicious. Surely the only reason he could have for speaking Dutch is as part of a wicked scheme to ‘outfox’ David Cameron? Obviously it has nothing to do with the fact that he was meeting with Herman Van Rompuy whose native language is Dutch. Apparently, in the world of the Telegraph, it is inconceivable that someone would choose to be polite to a foreigner.

Baroness Parminter writes… Food labelling: a cautious welcome but much more to do

It is important that the achievements that the Liberal Democrats are making are celebrated. This one pleased me a lot. A long overdue measure and more robust than would have happened under a purely Conservative government. Although still not robust enough. There is a space for the Liberal Democrats to carve out a role as the consumers’ champion – a role the other parties would struggle with – more like this and it might start to happen.

My Old Book: Simon Wright (Total Politics)

The Lib Dem MP explains why The Outsider by Albert Camus is one of his all time favourite reads.

ALDC – Who’s Up in 2013

The Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors previews the 2013 local government elections.

Pumpkin play for ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s cheetah cubs

It’s a boy! Baby giraffe born at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Some cheetah cubs play with pumpkins in Halloween themed cuteness..and this baby giraffe is adorable.

Deacon Blue – The Hipsters

Deacon Blue have a new album out. This makes me immensely, nostalgically, happy!

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  1. tonyhill 3 November 2012 at 10:09 #

    Hey – a fellow Deacon Blue fan!

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