Andy Newman highlights something I wrote late last night, which I sort of scribbled quickly while half-asleep. But I think its worth repeating here:
The thing is this: all the bloggers mentioned above [Iain Dale, Guido Fawkes, Conservative Home], Derek Draper, and the Westminster journos who buy into the rubbish that these are the only blogs worth mentioning, are part of the Westminster bubble culture that makes politicians so aloof from the rest of the country. They think the world revolves around Westminster, which is why they exclude anyone who doesnâ€™t write about the same as â€˜boringâ€™ and bereft of any readership.
Iâ€™d go as far as saying that left-wing blogs have more diverse and wider audiences because they cover a whole range of different issues and topics, rather than being part of a circle-jerk where the same people read Guido, Dale and CH, and occasionally pop over to other rightwing blogs those three link to.
Andy ends by saying: “It is time to rebuild trust based upon ideological conviction and honesty, a project that the likes of Derek Draper have no place in.” — as pretty much everyone, including the formidable Sunder Katwala of the Fabians has said, Derek Draper’s time as the online saviour of New Labour is up. He’s just delaying the inevitable.
Added: And you know what is among Derek Draper’s biggest crime? Re-habilitating and making Nadine Dorries MP respectable again! Argh!
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