I don't know how many of you are familiar with the Our Kingdom blog, but it is fast becoming a daily read for me. Written predominantly by Anthony Barnett it's part of the Open Democracy Project and tends to concentrate on constitutional issues. However, Anthony seems to have rather taken to blogging as a chance for him to give his views on a whole number of issues.
Take THIS post where he highlights my criticism of Michael Ancram as a sign of class warfare in the Tory Party. It's not something I recognise, although I do think there are still remnants of the "I was born to rule" classes who can't quite cope with the fact that peasants like me have any role or influence at all. He is right to point to the Thatcher period as the start of what Julian Critchley liked to call 'the estate agent classes'. The deference of previous decades has largely been eradicated though. But you get this in all parties.
There has always been a class issue in the Labour Party too, where you had to prove your working class credentials. 'Eee lad, you reckon you were born in a shoebox? You were lucky. I was born in a matchbox'. It's always a joy to watch metropolitan New Labour young men in a hurry cosy up to the horny handed men of soil who happen to control a constituency selection committee. In fact it's hilarious. I remember reading Alex Hilton's (Recess Money) open letter regarding his application to be Labour candidate in Liverpool West Derby and thinking that perhaps he had gone a little OTT to prove his Old Labour credentials, when everyone knows he is the very personification of a New Labour apparatchik.
Anyway, back to Our Kingdom. I wonder if this is the blog to be the first left of centre blog to make a breakthrough. Have a look.