Ministerial blogger David Miliband will be the keynote speaker at the New Statesman's New Media Awards on 24 July. And guess what? His pisspoor blog has been shortlisted for an award. Astonishingly, neither Guido, Tory Radio or your humble servant have made the shortlist. Shurely shome mishtake?! Interestingly, BackingBlair is nominated for the Advocacy Award - presumably the NS judges realise that BlackingBlair does exactly the opposite of what it says on the tin. Ah, got it. Might be something to do with the proprietor's allegiances with one G. Brown!
Last week the New Statesman published the first issue since its redesign. I have to say it's a drastic improvement. Slightly larger format, more pages and a much more readable feel. You may not believe this but I subscribe to the New Statesman. I suppose my only slight concern is the number of comedians who are writing for it at the moment - Rory Bremner, Mark Thomas and now Julian Clary. Mark Thomas is just barking mad and sees a conspiracy round every corner. I'm having lunch with NS editor John Kampfner tomorrow. Do readers of this blog read the NS? If you do, leave some comments and I'll tell him what you think of the redesign.