As some readers have pointed out already, Iain Dale and Brian Brivati have compiled a list of the 100 most influential people on the left in Britain for the Telegraph. Erm, Gordon Brown in number 1 and I’m nex-… 72. Doh! Looks like I’m the highest ranked blogger on the list. I’m presuming they did that to get PP off everyone’s blogrolls. I’d been higher if I hadn’t criticised Iain so much lately, damn.
But are my mate Gordon Brown and I really on the left? In the introduction the authors explain their criteria:
To cut through the mess contemporary politics has made of traditional political labels, we have adopted a policy of allowing people to describe themselves. Politics is today mostly about branding. Being on the left is, in essence, a brand which identifies with certain historical trends and against certain others. To be on the left is to be for forms of change to the existing status quo, for reform in a broad sense.
Now, please don’t hate on a brotha. When I was first told about this (yesterday), I assumed I’d be No. 100 as a wild-card like they do on the Media Guardian power list. And I haven’t even launched my next blog yet! These guys are trying to get me killed…
Amusingly, PP is not on the top 100 centre-left blogs, but we are in the top non-aligned.
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