It’s that time of the year for the Total Politics Best Blog Poll again and this year it is being supported by both Lib Dem Voice and LabourList.
As with last year, Tim Ireland is organising a boycott and as with last year I disagree. Nonetheless, I totally accept that the annual Dale blog poll has a problem in that it will inevitably have a certain Conservative bias. That doesn’t really bother me as I take all these things with a pinch of salt anyway, but it is nonetheless a problem.
I don’t want to get into a similar verbal punch up that I ended up in with Tim last year. All I will do is urge him, Sunny and the others who are refusing to take part to organise an alternative instead of a boycott. It would be interesting to see how the two polls differ and it might actually influence the media to look beyond the existing Tory blogging hegemony for a change. I’m sure plenty of people will happily take part.
It strikes me that that is a better use of time than bemoaning the existing one. I’d take part in it. But then I will also be taking part in the Total Politics one as well (indeed I already have).
I’ve forgotten to list my top ten political blogs as part of Iain Dale’s annual
bout of self publicity round up. Unlike others, I won’t be partaking in any “boycott.” Sure, the fact that it is edited by Iain and mostly publicised by his blog, it will have an inevitable Tory-bias, but so what? Iain can only dominate these things because Iain’s made a success of blogging. I don’t begrudge him that and have no wish to besmirch success in the interests of levelling down. If you want “balance” then organise your own list/awards. I have (the CGB awards) – it’s a doddle.
The list I will be sending to Mr Dale is as follows:
- Quaequam Blog! – because two can play the self publicity game! 🙂
- Our Kingdom – because it has an interesting range of writers and can generate informed debate (so long as you can get the English Nationalists to shut up for five minutes)
- People’s Republic of Mortimer – because it makes me laugh and is an intelligent read.
- Antony Hook – one of the most under-rated blogs out there in my view (temporarily down)
- Lib Dem Voice – over the last year it has gone from pretending to be the Lib Dem hub to being the Lib Dem hub. Kudos.
- Lynne Featherstone – this blog has actually grown on me over the last year as Lynne has thrived under the equalities brief.
- Liberal England – still a great staple for commentary and odd miscellenia.
- David Boyle – one of the party’s most thoughtful writers who doesn’t get listened to often enough.
- Neil Stockley – one of the party’s most throughtful marketeers who doesn’t get listened to often enough.
- Liberal Conspiracy – it’s growing on me and found it’s voice over the abortion debate this year. Would still like it to drop the explicit Labour party affiliation, but it’s getting there.