Saturday, May 27, 2006

The Rise of the Right Wing Blogs

Tim Montgomerie has written an article for tomorrow's Business newspaper on the rise and influence of the right wing blogs. Click HERE.

10 comments:

dizzy said...

Can't say I disagree with Tim's analysis.

UK Daily Pundit said...

Not sure about the bit at the end of the article - 'But it (blogs)will make the difference in many marginal seats.'

Ross F said...

{Where is the grassroots Labour campaign to oust Tony Blair and replace him with Gordon Brown?}

If you read the more sane left wing blogs like Harry's Place, you will notice that they spend most of their time fighting the extreme left, so they tend not to concentrate on details like 'Blair or Brown' but on things like why it's not A-Ok to support the assassination of the Prime Minister. They would probably be more effective if the just treated the RESPECT types with the derision they merit and engaged with their actual opponents.

Praguetory said...

Agree with Larry - no substitute for footsoldiers. Tories wouldn't have gained control of boroughs like Hounslow by spending time on the internet.

http://www.thisishertfordshire.co.uk/news/roundup/display.var.772347.0.tory_mayors_35year_wait.php

Unity said...

Ross: you have some very strange ideas about what constitutes a 'sane' left-wing blog if you think HP fits that appellation.

I think Tim's rather misreading/micasting the nature of the political 'divide' amongst British blogs, which much less about left-right politics and more about the libertarian-authoritarian axis, hence the many cross-party debates and even alliances around issues like ID cards and the Abolition of Parliament Bill.

The Remittance Man said...

the interweb and blogging in particular are going to increase in influence in the future, but I suspect that the real reason it took off so rapidly in the US (and apparently France) is that the media there are percieved as being more left of centre (US) or pro-government (France).

In the UK our media are more widely varied in their philosophies and the broadcast media are still percieved to be balanced by the general public; yes, even the BBC.

One interesting point was made, though. Tim highlighted the fact that blogging tends towards the negative. While I admit that giving the likes of Cherry, Tony and all the other NuLabour crooks and mountebanks a good kicking can be fun. Perhaps the pyjama mafia should be wary of going down the tabloid path completely and also include positive ideas for discussion.

This interweb thingy is the ideal medium for floating ideas and getting reaction to them from a pretty wide audience (or at least potentially so). Shouldn't the more sane right-wing bloggers make more use of this aspect of the web, complementing the work of the think tanks?

just a thought.

RM

Ross F said...

Unity, I said 'more' sane.

Unity said...

Nope, Ross - you're still waaaaayyyyy wide of the mark.

Not even us lefties consider HP sane - obsessive, yes, but sane - definitely not?

I think you need to visit folks like Chris Dillow (Stumbling and Mumbling), Justin (Chicken Yoghurt) and Jarndyce for sane...

tony flaig said...

I think bloggers are, our only hope when the world has gone mad, lightweights like Cambell arrogance of the Blairs and Prescotts of this world and Liberal Minggers

The Remittance Man said...

Unity,

Isn't the authoritarian/libertarian argument more a function of this particular government's obsession with control and its disregard for our constitutional history?

Under a more traditional regime, wouldn't we be happily beating each other over the head about state ownership of industry etc?

RM