Daily View 2×2: 26 November 2009

Good morning, and Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers. 26th November is also the anniversary of the opening of the terrifying Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Today also sees a significant birthday for Tina Turner and a rather less significant one for Hilary Benn.

2 Must-Read Blog Posts

What are other Liberal Democrat bloggers saying? Here’s are two posts that have caught the eye from the Liberal Democrat Blogs aggregator. I’ve taken two environmental picks today:

  • Why are Reading’s Christmas lights on during the day?
  • Do these lights have to be blazing all day? This simply does not make finanical or environmental sense. Christmas lights in the Town Centre are very visible. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas lights. But what message does leaving them on all day send out about environmental responsibility?

    (Cllr Daisy Benson)

  • ‘Consultation’ Who are you kidding National Grid?
  • The beauty of an underground superconductor cable system would be that it would not only remain hidden, but the transmission of power from future expansion of energy in the South West (from renewable resources such as the Severn and new as yet to be built wind farms and tidal stream generators)
    could with ease be accommodated in a super conducting cable. Super
    conducting cables are also massively more efficient with losses of just 3%
    compared to around 30% in the current national grid, something that is of
    massive importance when we think of global warming and the need to conserve
    and use energy wisely.

    (Brian Matthew)

Spotted any other great posts in the last day from blogs that aren’t on the aggregator? Do post up a comment sharing them with us all.

2 Big Stories

Today’s main story is a rare sighting of a positive pro-Lib Dem story on the front page of the Daily Mail. Riffing on the combined facts of the terms of reference of the Chilcot Enquiry, unearthed and highlighted by Nick Clegg at yesterday’s PMQs, and the shock discovery on the enquiry’s first day that the government in fact had information that Saddam was not equipped with WMDs after all.

What an insult to the dead: Brown accused of new Iraq cover-up as he ‘blocks’ release of incriminating evidence

Gordon Brown was accused of engineering a new Iraq cover-up yesterday by handing Whitehall departments the right to block the release of secret documents about the war. Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg ambushed the Prime Minister in the Commons, angrily accusing him of trying to ’suffocate’ the Chilcot Inquiry.

Tory Election Warchest gets £5m boost

The Independent are checking to see how much cash the Tories have.

The conservatives raised more than £5m for their election war chest in just three months – far more than all the other political parties put together. A series of wealthy donors, including one of Britain’s richest men, gave lavish donations, while Lord Ashcroft, the Tory deputy chairman, spent a further £90,000 on the drive to capture crucial marginal seats.