The implication of my earlier post on blogging was not to say it is entirely useless. Just a year after PP launched New Generation Network was born out of the same ideals, and the arguments it encapsulates have been shaped and formed from discussions here. This has been a very enriching experience for me and I’m not about to throw it away. But maybe we need a more focused approach.
So for a start, I will be focusing more on building on ideas encapsulated in the NGN manifesto in the new year. These include: a) more feminism; b) challenging the assault on our civil liberties and demonisation of British Muslims and Jews; c) challenging the hard-left’s marriage with intolerant religious organisations; d) challenging racism and inequality (for ppl of all races). And advocating more love and peace and other hippy ideals of course.
I also feel we need a more UK-centric approach to editorial. World events may be important but those discussions are largely peripheral and have little impact. At least a more domestic focus has the potential to lead to action. Mentioning the launch of the Misjudging Rape dossier is a good example.
I’ll henceforth also be taking a stronger line against commenters hijacking articles with their own agenda or spouting abuse against other visitors. No mercy. Much of the recent bad blood has now been resolved and we are back to being a happy Pickled family. Clairwil, who is all over the Blog Digest (I’m envious) because she is a bloody good writer, is now also part of our family too, I’m proud to announce. Her and Katy will work out some arrangement on the weekend open threads while also contributing normally when and if they feel like it.
All this outbreak of love is handy for me as I’m off to Los Angeles next week (for a month) and will be posting very irregularly. I love you folks but, given I’ll be making short visits to San Fransisco and Mexico with some hardcore party people, that takes precedence. KnowwhaddaImean? I need a holiday. In the run up to Christmas and New Year, the Picklers will be posting lighter stories instead of hardcore political discussions. ‘Tis the time for light relief me thinks.
I leave you with this, part of a silly cartoon commissioned by Keith Vaz to publicise the Labour party’s Ethnic Minority Taskforce. Right… so a man tainted by corruption charges and firmly part of the old-skool Labour framework that loves self-appointed “community leaders” is going to endear the party to young British Asians? With this silly stereotypical cartoon? New Labour – same old rubbish.
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