Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today:
- Peak State and The Valley of Nobody Knows – Adil Abrar from Sidekick Studios has joined the blogging team at The Big Society, and his first post is an interesting meditation on the similarities between energy policy and Big Society: both have a noticeable gap between the end of the old and the start of the new.
- Pyramid Schemes – Think Egyptian elections are a joke, rigged through any number of methods to ensure that the ruling NDP stays in power? Well yes, they are, but the set of elections coming up over the next 18 months might be a sign of real change.
- Outpost of change – Have you ever wondered what goes on in that little detached sliver of Russia on the Baltic Coast between Poland and Lithuania. Before 1945 it was part of Germany, then part of the Soviet Union. Since 1991, it's been a forgotten territory: the Kaliningrad Oblast. A high-profile new Governor is trying to change all that.
- It was secrecy, not privacy, that Laws wanted – Philip Hensher comment on David Laws and his privacy concerns: "he shares a house in Kennington with another man, and has done so for over a decade. He has, as far as we know, exhibited no other romantic inclinations. It must have come as a great surprise to Mr Laws's friends, neighbours and perhaps even his family to discover that he was under the impression that nobody knew he was gay."