Michael Gove writes about blogging T2 this morning HERE. He writes...
When it comes to the web, are you John Julius Norwich, or Alan Clark? The Times’s Daniel Finkelstein has, this week, become the latest to follow in the footsteps of the second Viscount Norwich, while the statistics suggest that the author, broadcaster and former parliamentary candidate Iain Dale has become the obvious heir to the Clark legacy.
Daniel’s emulation of John Julius has nothing to do with his following Lord Norwich into the field of authoring culturally learned historical narrative. And Iain’s statistical claim to the Clark legacy has nothing to do with the number of romantic conquests that he’s chalked up. No, what links Daniel to Viscount Norwich, Iain to Alan Clark, and indeed all of them to each other, is the blogosphere.
Hmmm. I would beg to differ. Alan Clark was a friend of mine and I can think of at least a dozen things I don't have in common with him! Having said that, Michael pays me a tremendous compliment by even mentioning me in the same sentence as the late lamented Master of Saltwood. He was THE greatest political diarist of our times. I wish I had as much writing ability as Alan had in one finger. I met Jane Clark again at a lunch recently. Seven years on she has blossomed into an independent woman, but she clearly still misses Alan very much. Ion Trewin, the editor of the Clark Dairies is busy writing the official biography of the great man, which is scheduled for publication in 2009, I think.