[Daniel]

One of the joys of the British blogging scene is Oliver Kamm's extraordinary posting. He can spend 2,000 words explaining why he is turning on comment moderation and leave you riveted.

Recently, he used 4,000 words to dispose of a short letter by Professor Howard Zinn, but I promise you that you wouldn't regret reading every word, even if you are not in the slightest bit interested in the academic disputes over Hiroshima. It's just enjoyable watching an intellectual sledgehammer at work.

However, if you're short of time, this quick post acts makes the case for optimism about the future of democracy, even with all the bad news.