Parliament, The Telegraph and Jo Swinson. Gosh! Thanks a lot. I wasn’t expecting that at all. Obviously, I dedicate the awards to Jo herself and would like to use this opportunity to say fuck you Daily Telegraph (who at least respond to complaints promptly) and up your arse BBC (who don’t).
Congratulations too to Jo for winning the “Best use of blogging/social networking/e-campaigning by a Liberal Democrat” award for her tweeting of Prime Ministers’ Question Time, to Mark Thompson for winning Best New Blog and to Slugger O’Toole for winning Best Non-Liberal Democrat Blog.
On a personal note I was especially pleased to see Brian Robson win the Tim Garden Award for Best Blog by a Liberal Democrat Holding Public Office. I personally recruited Brian to the Liberal Democrats almost exactly nine years ago today at the Leeds Universtiy Union Freshers’ Fair. I seem to recall that Brian was especially attracted to the Lib Dems’ commitment to scrap tuition fees. How time flies.
Finally, congratulations to the Blogger of the Year, Costigan Quist for Himmelgarten Cafe. Costigan couldn’t be at the awards because he has to look after the caff that he runs (obviously). In these harsh economic times, it is useful to remember that not all Liberal Democrats can afford to take a week off work to swan around Bournemouth.
Thanks a lot to Lib Dem Voice for organising the event, and commiserations to those who didn’t win. But please: let’s not use Harry’s Bar a third time? It’s a bloody awful venue.
Yes, it’s that time again when I get to dust down my trusty badge, this time in the service of Lib Dem Voice.
I enjoyed being a judge so much for the ERS blog awards earlier this year I decided I might try my hand again.
This time I’m to be the token male for the inaugural Campaign for Gender Balance Blog Awards.
I’m not going to express my own views about who I think should be nominated here as it obviously would be appallingly inappropriate. What I can do however is start a meme, in time honoured blog tradition.
This meme is very simple and largely based on the nominations process. Tagged bloggers are asked to do the following:
- Provide a link to the Gender Balance website (http://genderbalance.org.uk/pages/awards.html) and encourage as many people as possible to submit their nominations that way.
- Suggest THREE Blogs that should be nominated for in the Best Blog by a Woman Lib Dem category, and state why.
- Suggest THREE blog posts that should be nominated for the Best Blog Post By a Woman Lib Dem category, and state why.
- Suggest THREE Blogs that should be nominated for in the Best Blog by a Woman Non-Lib Dem category, and state why.
- Name THREE living women you would like to see blog, and state why. These can be women from any walk of life, not just Lib Dems (although that doesn’t mean they can’t be).
- Tag five other bloggers you would like to do the meme.
I can do the last bit at least, and nominate:
Tag! Of course, anyone else reading this is more than welcome – in fact encouraged – to do the meme themselves.
It turns out that the Guardian didn’t jinx it for me after all. What’s more, I appear to have a web exclusive here (which is rather sad as I should be out celebrating come to think of it). So, just to let people know, I won the Best Blog Post and Best Blog at the Lib Dem Blog Awards this evening.
Ros Taylor, better known as the Guardian Backbencher and Comment is Free Honcho presented me with both awards. The other winners were: Hug a Hoodie (Best New Blog), Mary Reid (Best Blog by an Elected Representative AND Best Designed Blog) and Liberal Mafia (Best Humourous Blog). The latter failed to collect his award but sent a rather fetching horse’s head. In addition, Matt Davies got a special commendation for Best Blog by an Elected Representative while Hug a Hoodie got a special commendation for Best Blog Post.
So, thanks a lot to the judges (Will Howells, Lynne Featherstone, Stephen Tall and Ryan Cullen) and thanks a lot to every one who nominated me. Commiserations too to everyone who was nominated but didn’t win on this occasion (I hope they’ll forgive me if rather than listing them all I just link to the list of nominations).
I’d like to say I’m above such petty baubles, but in reality I’m deeply shallow.