links for 2009-07-11
Behind the scenes at "swaggering sharp-suited gag-off, Mock the Week" – "a brutal and often cruelly competitive comedy war of attrition where ambitious comedians all but bellow over each other"!
Civil servant sacked for sending an email to Hazel Blears' website about her having "swindled taxpayers" in expenses scandal: DCSF sacked her for breaching the Civil Service code of impartiality. Is that right, or a breach of human rights to hold an opinion? Is it really just because she used a work email address – and if so, is that gross misconduct and a sacking offence?
Interesting site – the future of online democracy? "Engaging citizens in governance … reinvigorating American democracy by engaging citizens in the public decision-making that most impacts their lives."