It's still all bad
Dave Hill on why both Jon Cruddas and Boris Johnson are right about London and about immigration. And on how Labour held Eltham, which also touches on the immigration issue and draws on Raven and Darryl.
Duncan's sober analysis of the BNP election results. The IWCA's even more sober analysis.
I've already posted too much about Gillian Duffy, and I don't want readers to gag on an overdose of Spiked, but this piece by Frank Furedi on the varieties of bigotry is worth reading. Related, I totally missed this peice in the (middle class Guardian) on the war on working class culture. The authors' full report, "The War on Working Class Culture", can be read in pdf here.
Brendan O'Neill, ex-RCPer, has always erred too far on the side of "free speech" for my liking, so I was surprised to agree with him in drawing back from the current free speech fundamentalism: Muhammad-baiting is a shallow, theatrical performance of Enlightenment values. Another Spikester, Natalie Rothschild, shows how liberal anti-fascism gave birth to the BNP's self-image as free speech martyrs.
And here she is on a related issue - Gil Scott Heron in Israel - "The revolution will not be Tel Aviv'ed". Moving away from Spiked but staying with that topic: a highly recommended post by Mira at Engage on ethical consumerism and the boycott tool. Essential reading for those trying to form an opinion on the boycott of Israel: Contentious Centrist on some of the things going on in Palestine that are under-reported - the destruction of supposedly "illegal" Arab homes, and the extension of the heavily fortified "apartheid wall". Also, Martin on Noam Chomsky getting banned from Israel.
Also Middle East relevant, but a lot more too: Important interview with Paul Berman by Michael Totten.