Lord Oakeshott resigns from Lib Dems: Clegg is a leader with a good

Any political defeat brings the knives out. And a defeat that was, on the face of it, as comprehensive as the one suffered by the Liberal Democrats in the latest local and European elections was bound to prompt recriminations and the infighting at which the Liberal Democrats have long excelled. With a prominent peer, Matthew Oakeshott, commissioning his own polling from the sidelines and the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, called upon for periodic interventions from China, the Lib Dems’ post-election melee has taken on the theatricality of a radio farce.  

Poverty is exploited by food giants

I have sinned. The other night I ate a mackerel. A nice juicy specimen, purchased from Carricks fish stall in Ripon market. Slashed, stuffed with preserved lemon, and baked. Delicious, but, according to the Marine Conservation Society, this humble superfood must be shunned by anybody who cares about our planet. Mackerel has been declared an endangered species along with pandas, snow leopards, cod and turbot. It has simply become too popular – and too much is being caught off the Faroe Islands and Iceland. The Marine Conservation Society says it's OK to eat it "occasionally", which I find patronising.

Editor-At-Large: Frankie Boyle is not daring, he's just dull

Do disabled people want or need Frankie Boyle to make jokes on their behalf? On Twitter, the comedian commented "Nobody thinks it's a good thing to laugh at the disabled. But it is a genuine problem that we're not allowed to laugh with the disabled." That might well be true, and Frankie Boyle has more than 900,000 followers – indicating that a large number of people are interested in what he has to say, no matter how offensive his views might be to some.

Tom Sutcliffe: The combative critic whose waspish words had more than

As with quite a lot of things these days I first read about the death of Robert Hughes on Twitter. I'd love to know what the old bruiser thought of this new medium and to hear how wittily he might encapsulate its follies. I have a suspicion that he would disapprove. But in one sense it did him proud when it came to instant commemoration.

John Walsh: Do we want novels written by the readers?

Forget Ana Steele and Christian Grey – the relationship between books and the internet gets weirder and more intense all the time. Yesterday we heard that the book in which these characters first appear – Fifty Shades of Grey – had become the fastest adult paperback novel to hit a million sales.