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Orwell Prize

Good: Laurie Penny has been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for political writing. Better: she's willing to deliver a well-placed kick to the shins of the organizers, for defending the indefensible, for remaining closed within a tiny bubble of the political elite, and generally for being symptomatic of the fuckwittery of a disconnected and introspective political elite.

Nonetheless, I'm glad of the Orwell Prize, because it has introduced me to Madam Miaow. another excellent shortlisted blog, which I wouldn't otherwise have discovered. And...she's hardly less scathing than Laurie, about "a truly flesh-crawling example of how skewed and corrupt is the mentality of these people who are running and ruining our lives".