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Time for a change

Peter Barron | 15:30 UK time, Thursday, 19 June 2008

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You may notice some changes to the Newsnight blog today. We've decided that after the best part of two years, and more than a thousand blog posts, that it's time to focus on what works best.

So the decision we came to was to have a collection of blogs - rather than a single one - and to separate things out in ways that will make it easier for you to find the bits you want. So, if you're interested in politics, you can follow Michael Crick's blog. If you're interested in diplomatic issues, you can read Mark Urban's. And next week, our economics editor Paul Mason will (re)start his blog Idle Scrawl, on everything from the economy to the European football championships. More of our correspondents will follow in due course.

We'll also have an editors' blog, and a blog from the web team, where we'll publish our prospects for the day, and ask for feedback from you for the programme.

But if you're one of those people - you know who you are - who likes to consume and comment on it all, then all our blogs will continue to be aggregated on one page at

We'll write a bit more in the next couple of days about this, but for now we hope you like the changes.

PS: I should say - if you'd like to look at the old blog, for old times sake (including poring over the 1,700 or so arguments between believers, non-believers, agnostics and the plain contrary under our most successful entry, The God Delusion) it's all been archived here for your nostalgic pleasure.

Sorry, I'll say that again

Peter Barron | 14:50 UK time, Thursday, 19 June 2008

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What do George Osborne and Michelle Obama have in common?

Both have been quoted this week as saying things they didn't intend to say.

On Newsnight last night, Mr Osborne - speaking from a noisy Mansion house - appeared to say that a Conservative government would be willing to reopen negotiations on public sector pay. We thought that was a significant developoment, but as we reported his comments a Conserative spokesman rang us to say that if he did say that - and if you watch the clip here he clearly did - he didn't mean to.

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Less serious perhaps than Michelle Obama's apparent gaffe when she seemed to say that her husband Barack was pathetic. Pathetic not being a great attribute in a presidential candidate, it was quickly pointed out that what she actually said was "I did not want Barack to go into politics because I thought politics was a mean business. And you know, I knew this man that I loved, he was sweet, empathetic."

Glad we got that straight.


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