So good, I had to say it again


by Sunny
14th April, 2009 at 10:02 pm    

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 doesn’t write about the same as ‘boring’ and bereft of any readership.

I’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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  1. dave bones — on 15th April, 2009 at 8:37 am  

    Nice one. I saw a bit of that Guido vs Draper performance arguing on TV. At first I thought in the way it was billed this might encourage people to take an interest in blogs in general but as I watched it became more of a totally irrelevant geek bitch by the second

    what distinguishes it (the left) from the right of centre blogs is a focus away from the incestuous irrelevancy of the Westminster Bedlam, and a discussion of real issues.

    I do hope so.

  2. MaidMarian — on 15th April, 2009 at 12:23 pm  

    Yeah, well said. At first, I though that this story was a bit of a smoking gun. The more you read into it though, the more it becomes clear that it is just a load of London media types having a game of one up manship and enjoying the sound of thier own voice.

    The only thing to add is that someone should point out to David Cameron that his employment of Andy Coulson rather precludes him from getting on his high horse on this one.

    Quick thought – we must be well into double figures of CiF articles on this subject. When I last checked, North Korea still had no coverage. Media priorities laid bare.

  3. Guano — on 16th April, 2009 at 3:04 pm  

    It would appear to never have crossed the minds of Draper et al to critique some of the opinions of Nadine, even though there is plenty to do in that area.

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