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Mick Fealty

Slugger O’Toole is an award winning news and opinion portal, which takes a critical look at various strands of political politics in Ireland and Britain. It tries to bring its readers ‘open source analysis’ from both the mainstream media and the blogosphere. And we are constantly on the look out for opportunities to add value to the debate of matters of regional, national and international concern. Set up by founding editor Mick Fealty in June 2002 to focus primarily on Northern Irish politics and culture, Slugger was one of the earlier adopters of the blog technology it runs. In April 2010, as result of investment form 4IP and NI Screen the site was given a substantial design overhaul to take advantage and participate in the WordPress open source technology platform. Our editorial approach is pluralist in that we deliberately seek out a range of political opinion. We believe diversity of opinion is essential to building a reliable view of any single problem, great or small. Our aim is to bring our readers accurate reporting combined with honest and informed analysis rather than balance. We continue to focus on Northern Irish politics but increasingly we will seek to bring you high quality blogging and journalism on issues that affect the Republic of Ireland, Britain and the wider world. We bring on particular subject areas like the economy, cultural issues or the environment. The primary language of Slugger O’Toole is English, but we also have blogs in Irish and – potentially at least – in Welsh. Slugger has developed a reputation for hosting an (mostly) intelligent dialogue on a range controversial and important issues. Taken from Slugger O’Toole

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Ms Baroque

I am a poet, critic, conversationalist, personal shopper, siren, and housemaid to the gods – at least they think they’re gods. So it said when this blog first opened in 2006. The little gods have grown up and are – as used to be said – beginning the world; the guinea pig died long ago, and I’m frankly too tired to be much of a siren; and yet Baroque in Hackney has a life of its own. Taken from Baroque in Hackney

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Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi

London-based journalist writing features and news for print and web. Recently completed a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship reporting on immigration and asylum in Greece, Italy, Spain, France and the UK. Prior to that worked for the Washington Post’s London bureau chief as editorial assistant/special correspondent. Cut my teeth as news editor for the Partnerships Bulletin, a trade magazine all about PFIs and project finance. Before this, won a Guardian Scott Trust bursary to study print journalism at Sheffield University. Taken from Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi

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Wiggy

A girl. Noisy, sweary, political, very ranty. Geek mixed with a touch of law. No-longer-practising barrister. Taken from Twitter profile

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Raph Shirley

In my own words… Truth? Beauty? Call it what you like mate, I just call it a blogging. This site exploded on to the web scene in late 2009. And it been gettin’ better every day yeah. I’ve published a bloody book for god sake (2 sales so far, many more predicted and expected). Whirlwind internet successes do no get much bigger than this. No, but seriously, I’m a computer programmer for one of the largest solar panel manufacturers in the South East (based out of Guildford). I mainly blog about technical issues/philosophy/art etc. I do not exist. Taken from Another stupid human

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Anna Chen

Introduction Anna Chen’s blog. Writes and presents programmes for BBC Radio 4. First British Chinese comedian to write and perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Suzy Wrong — Human Cannon, 1994) and appear on British television (Fist Of Fun, 1995). Writes and performs poetry. Madam Miaow casts a sharp eye over the political and cultural landscape and takes a scalpel and a shotgun to the guilty parties. “Just imagine, the whole place being upset by one little Chinese girl in the scullery.” (Piccadilly, 1929) Has written for New Internationalist magazine, the South China Morning Post, Tribune, the Guardian. Writer and presenter for BBC Radio 4 Taken from Madam Miaow Says Submitted links Seumas Milne on 9/11: some comrades more equal than others Takeaway review: Theatre Royal Stratford East Looting and the UK riots: as above, so below Rupert Murdoch: ain’t our democracy wonderful? All the tea in China: the return of the East India Company Is China a responsible stakeholder? Chatham House report review Ai Weiwei: the Monkey King goes missing Working for the Clampdown: Niall Ferguson’s testosterone theory of history Orange Tone: a poem about perma-tanned politicians Militarised Hamlet at the National Theatre: review Other links Anna Chen’s website

David Rennie

Bagehot columnist surveys the politics of Britain, British life and Britain’s place in the world. The column and blog are named after Walter Bagehot, an English journalist who was the editor of The Economist from 1861 to 1877 Taken from Bagehot’s Notebook

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Lisa Ansell

I am Lisa Ansell. This blog is my thoughts. I have accepted it is unlikely that the next year is going to throw up a political solution to the global crisis the news is pretending we aren’t in. In the absence of a credible economic alternative, I am seeking my own. So while I attempt to defy the economy, I shall keep this. My perspective. Probably not yours, which is rather the point. I never understood how one perspective was ever expected to see anything in the round. I can pretty much guarantee that I can’t change reality to match your current political or ideological requirements. I apologise in advance. I am often wrong, I mostly write in a hurry and edit sporadically. The only line I take is my own, and it changes as I learn. And lets face it, there is little to do but learn at this point in time. Taken from Lisa’s new blog – Defy the Economy

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Pavel Konnolsky

Welcome to a collection of my many plenty postings from perspective of Smolensk butcher on great issues of our age. Also contains Smolensk Information Service Broadcasts and events of my life. Taken from The Konnolsky Files

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Rangers Tax Case

Bringing you the story that Scottish journalists seem unable to do. Taken from Rangers Tax-Case

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Tim Marshall

Tim Marshall is a leading authority on foreign affairs, and has reported from 30 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and North America. He has covered three US Presidential elections as well as the wars in Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, and Israel. In 2011 he reported from Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya during the uprisings across the Arab world. Among a string of exclusives was the last interview with Pakistan’s Benazhir Bhutto ahead of her return from exile and subsequent assassination. Taken from Sky News

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David Allen Green

The Jack of Kent blog is named after a fairly obscure medieval folklore hero who bested the Devil by looking at what was actually said. As such, it seemed a good name for a liberal and critical blog. I started blogging in 2007 – my old site is here – and the Jack of Kent blog became popular for its detailed and accessible accounts of legal cases, most notably the libel claim brought against Simon Singh by the British Chiropractic Association. My blogging at Jack of Kent and elsewhere went on to include exposing Johann Hari as “David Rose”, uncovering the email hacking by The Times of the “NightJack” blogger, publishing the WikiLeaks Non-Disclosure Agreement, publicising the “TwitterJokeTrial”, and coverage of the on-going phone hacking scandal. I am now legal correspondent of the New Statesman and media correspondent of The Lawyer. I am a regular on the panel for the Without Prejudice legal podcasts and I am also founder and convenor of Westminster Skeptics. I appeared as a witness before both the Leveson Inquiry and the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Privacy Injunctions. Taken from Jack of Kent’s new website

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Gavin Kelly

Gavin Kelly is chief executive of Resolution Foundation. He was Director of Research at the Institute of Public Policy Research and the Fabian Society, and taught economics and politics at the University of Sheffield where he received his doctorate. He is a regular commentator on issues of public policy and politics – his particular interests are economic policy, low pay, public services and social mobility. Taken from Resolution Foundation

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John Rentoul

John Rentoul is chief political commentator for The Independent on Sunday, and visiting fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, where he teaches contemporary history. Previously he was chief leader writer for The Independent. He has written a biography of Tony Blair, whom he admired more at the end of his time in office than he did at the beginning. Taken from John Rentoul: Independent Blogs

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BendyGirl

Life in a broken bureaucracy with a bendy and borked body. Taken from Benefit Scrounging Scum Submitted posts Get out of your comfort zone, disability living allowance cuts are relevant to all Disibility benefit reform: is the government hiding behind Atos errors? It’s no wonder politicians are ignorant about the trials facing the disabled traveller Imagine You’re Four… #panorama #dla Govt’s welfare reform bill trick stinks of injustice The Broken of Britain: Six months on the road to justice Kaliya Franklin – The Broken of Britain Sitting targets for the government’s welfare reforms Welfare bill ignores reality of disability What’s In A Word? Other links BendyGirl on Facebook BendyGirl on Twitter