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Tuesday 13 October: For those of you who spent this entire weekend – and the last, and probably the one before that – slumped in front of the gogglebox watching the oval ball [let’s be honest, so were we], here’s a chance to catch up with some QI stuff you probably missed…

 

SIX DOWN, TWO TO GO: The last six remaining Red Road tower blocks came down at the weekend. Well, almost. Two stubbornly held out against the dynamite. ‘Iconic’ seems appropriate, if over-used. Rosemary Goring in yesterday’s Herald summed up the feelings of most, – they came to represent the worst evils of civic housing: isolation, desolation, ghettoisation and aesthetic nihilism. Yet even today, lessons we ought to have learned have yet to sink in…many of the old errors are faithfully being replicated”.

The weekend edition of The Conversation lamented the loss of the towers; academics Vicki McCall, Gerry Mooney and Kirsteen Paton see the demise of the Glasgow landmarks as symptomatic of our present-day attitude to social housing – a “marker of personal failure”. This has to change, they argue. Social housing, long a political football, needs rethinking.

Tony Crook, in the same edition, thinks the Prime Minister’s starter homes plan is not the solution. Shelter agrees…

 

NOT JUST ANY CAMPAIGN: Simon Richards of the Freedom Association posted this YouTube clip of Nigel Farage at the European Parliament last week –  “It’s almost worth being in the EU just to see Nigel Farage at his best telling Merkel and Hollande some home truths”

Just to even things up, here’s Tory peer and former Marks&Sparks CEO Lord Rose in the Huffington Post beginning his tenure as head of Remain by calling those who want to leave ‘quitters’. Guido Fawkes injects some humour; Britain Stronger in Europe’s unfortunate acronym is already being mocked as the Mad Cow campaign. David Torrance meanwhile had a sense of déjà vu in yesterday’s Herald …

 

GOLDEN MOMENTS: Still with Twitter, Ben Thompson of Stratechery reported via Quartz Daily that with the launch of its latest product Moments, Twitter just reinvented the newspaper. It’s not just any newspaper though — it has the potential to be the best newspaper in the world”. Definitely one for the tecchies, this probably repays sticking with. Take sandwiches…

 

LORD HOWE OF ABERAVON died at the weekend. Only those now of a certain age will remember his glory days as Chancellor and his part in Thatcher’s downfall.  The rest of you can catch up via yesterday’s Times two-page obituary [£] or the Sunday Telegraph. A mild-mannered Tory giant with a sting in his tail…

 

SO LITTLE EVIDENCE: Another former Tory peer is coming back to haunt Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson. ‘Unsubstantiated’ claims by Watson about the late Leon Brittan are being closely questioned, not least by the Home affairs Select Committee. James Gillespie and James Lyon revealed in the Sunday Times [£] just why. Further commentary from Dominic Lawson, also in the S. Times [£] and Nick Cohen in the Observer, who calls Watson’s ‘ill-informed’ hounding of Brittan ‘distasteful in the extreme’ and his coming downfall ‘deserved’.

 

AND FINALLY

The world’s been waiting for this. Lynsey Barber in City AM revealed there’s a new nectar for the Gods. Expresso mixed with Irn Bru. The ultimate pick-me-up apparently “starts tangy and then gets more coffee-ish as you get further down.”  Now all it needs is a shot of vodka…

 

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