I have trimmed a few of the links on this site to reflect the ever changing world of on-line politics.
Several good websites have fallen by the wayside over the past few months. Firstly Sugarbeet Bhoy in Norwich has gone on to bigger and better things as one of the contributors to the Norfolk Community Action Group. Snook Cocker appears to have recognised that a blog centered on the moans and gripes of a Yorkshireman was too crowded a market and has upped stumps, whilst Duncan Money is too young to be spending all his time blogging and has also hung up his boots.
On the more political front I have deleted the Save the Swan website - for the very simple reason that we did not save the pub and the campaign was lost, whilst for the opposite reason I am happy to delete the link to the No2ID site - as the new government has rightly binned the whole ID cards plan. A shame we cannot get the millions of pounds back wasted on the project by the likes of Hackney South and Shoreditch MP Meg Hillier when she was in office. Her justifications for the project now ring exceptionally hollow, although seeing such a project described as progressive is at least a reminder of how deluded the world of New Labour is (I hesitate to write was).
One sad loss is the Meanwhile At The Bar forum, and accompanying blog, which has packed up its bags this month. MATB reflected a particular demographic on the left, comprising mostly experienced and rather battle weary activists in their 30s and 40s, many disillusioned by the last century left's focus on multi-culturalism, Iraq and its inability to relate to the wider working class. Quite a few had stormed off from the Urban 75 forum, both for the above reasons and because of a series of disputes with the moderators and owner of that forum.
It is probably fair to say that those on MATB knew far more confidently what they were against than for, but the experiences related on that forum were often both incisive and amusing. Will we never hear from Cheadle High Street again?
If there are any suggestions for websites I should be linking to on here, or need to promote more - do let me know.