Daily View 2×2: 28 January 2010

Smoke trails against a black skyGood morning, and welcome to Daily View this morning. 24 years ago, 28 January saw the NASA Challenger disaster.

It’s the date of the death of Henry VIII and the beginning of the Diet of Worms. (If they went to that sort of effort, I hope they lost a lot of weight!)

197 years ago today saw the first publication of Pride and Prejudice and in 1958, Lego bricks were first patented. Today’s bricks still mesh with the original 1958 system.

Birthday bunny hops today go to novelist David Lodge and hobbit-actor Elijah Wood.

2 Big Stories

Boris Johnson to stand down as chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority

Over to the Guardian for today’s first story.

In direct contradiction to his manifesto, Boris Johnson has decided he doesn’t have time to be a writer, a mayor, and a Police Authority chair, and so something had to give.

Tory Troll has a bunch of handy quotes and links on the story.

Fathers to get six months paternity leave

That sounds familiar, I thought, when I read the headline.

Turns out the Labour party has borrowed one or two pages out of Lib Dem early years policy.

This is not a fact mentioned in the Telegraph reporting of same story.

2 Must-Read Blog Posts

What are other Liberal Democrat bloggers saying? Here are two posts that have caught the eye from the Liberal Democrat Blogs aggregator:

  • A Lanson Boy: Cornish Guardian Expose on Twitter Gang
  • Alex Folkes with news of a Twitter clique gaining influence on Cornwall Council – and with a staunch defence of the practical uses for Twitter for councillors. Hear hear, @alexfolkes

  • Vic d’Albert: Poverty is Labour’s biggest failure
  • Strong words from Vic:

    The trouble is [Labour] have […] thrown millions of pounds at the problem, almost scatter cushion like, without going to the fundamental issues that drive poverty and curse many born into poverty. And coupled with new labours conservative approach to personal taxation, especially in their first Blair Parliament from ‘97, they have undermined their own ambitions to deal with poverty.

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.

And now? Back to hunting for P60s.