Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Shortlisted for the Orwell Blog Prize

Well, they actually call it Longlisted, but let's not split hairs. This blog has been "longlisted", along with 11 others for the prestigious Orwell Blog Prize. The longlist will be reduced to a six strong short list on 25 March. The full list is...

Alix Mortimer
The People’s Republic of Mortimer

Andrew Sparrow
Guardian Politics Blog

Chekov
Three Thousand Versts of Loneliness

Hopi Sen
Blog from the backroom

Iain Dale
Iain Dale’s Diary

Jack Night
Night Jack

Mark Easton
BBC News -Mark Easton’s UK

Neil Robertson
The Bleeding Heart Show

Oliver Kamm
Times Online Oliver Kamm

Paul Mason
BBC Newsnight - Idle Scrawl

The Heresiarch
Heresy Corner

Tom Harris MP
And another thing...
Director of the Prize, Jean Seaton, says...
In the year we ran Orwell’s diary as a blog, the entries that were selected had to do something distinctive - react immediately to events, take risks, speak to their readers and capture what it means to be at the centre of a story or situation as it evolves. But the best of them do what reporting does - tell us something we need to know, but often with a highly personal voice.

I think about 85 bloggers were considered by the judges. I am delighted to have been included on this long list, although being one of only two right of centre bloggers represented (if you exclude Tom Harris!), I am not exactly confident of my chances of progressing further!

26 comments:

The Heresiarch said...

I too am a "right of centre" blogger, Iain!

Iain Dale said...

I stand corrected!

C Hogan-Taylor said...

Call me an optimist but I would have thought being *correction* one of only two right of centre bloggers on there would improve your chances. Anyway, you should make it irrespective of that. Congrats and good luck.

Chekov said...

"I too am a "right of centre" blogger, Iain!"

Whilst I would fight shy of calling myself 'right wing' my blog is a fan of communitarian Conservatism and the Tory / UUP deal.

gutted said...

Hurray for you all. Long may the blogger blog.

The Heresiarch said...

And then there's Night Jack. Scarcely a lefty...

jon dee said...

Heck,if the comments carry on like this we may have a right-wing conspiracy.

Good luck anyway.

subrosa said...

No nominations for any Scottish blogs. Time we had independence!!

Lenin Cymru said...

Also note there are no Welsh blogs on the list either (it's definitely time for independence), is this some kind of England-only award? Or does only Westminster politics matter?

Plato said...

Good stuff - Alix of the People's Republic is indeed a fine and frequently amusing read.

Haven't seen some of these before so thanks for posting these up.

Bucket of Tongues said...

Congratulations. I don't agree with most of what you say, but I admire the skill and style with which you say it.

Jeff said...

I reckon Tom Harris being a Scottish MP means his blog counts as a Scottish blog Subrosa.

Good luck Iain.

paulmason said...

My blog has no politics whatsoever Iain - but congratulations all the same! Paul Mason

Orwell Diaries said...

@Lenin Cymru: I say this as a Welshman as well as the Orwell Prize administrator - I wish more Welsh blogs had entered (very few did).

@subrosa: see above, though Tom Harris is Scottish.

Hopefully we'll get an even larger set of entries in future!

Cranmer said...

Many congratulations, Mr Dale.

Given the manifest and long-established dominance of the 'right-wing' blogosphere, does not the preponderance of 'left-wing' blogs on this longlist give a hint of something, well, a little Orwellian?

Telly Tax Rebel said...

subrosa said...
No nominations for any Scottish blogs. Time we had independence!!

Couldn't agree more, can you take the Welsh with you when you go? and please close the door on the way out thank you :P

Ethelred the Unhinged said...

Comrade Mason's apolitical blog is very good.

wild said...

One group of people decides to give some other people awards. I know you never miss an opportunity to promote yourself but in all honesty who cares.

I find PR (whoever it is on behalf) utterly resistible.

Actually you seem to devote less and less time to your blog these days - no doubt it will eventually end up as nothing more than an advertising board for Iain Dale PLC.

In excess of 90% of the pleasure of your blog (these days) is reading the comments.

I hope this does not sound sour (all credit to you for your achievement) but once you start to believe your own publicity................

Plato said...

OT Just tried to read the e-zine of TP and it's incredibly frustrating to navigate around a page without bouncing randomly around or crashing zoom a la 70s TOTP.

Gave in after first page of Cameron intv and a dozen attempts to make it work.

I know my cloven feet don't help but...

Colin said...

No Guido?

http://www.cctvstar.blogspot.com said...

No surprise that LabourList didn't make it. Best of luck!

Harry Haddock said...

That's a pretty dull list of blogs, tbh. No Guido, DK, Worstall, etc. Just a list that, in the main, consists of what are rapidly becoming the blogging 'MSN' ~ safe, timid, self congratulating.

Yawn....5 of them are either actually MPs or MSN themselves or as near as is possible.

Perhaps we need an election and a fresh input of angry anti-Camerons to freshen the sphere.

trevorsden said...

Surely the BIG news this evening is he way Newsnight is featuring the testimony of Lord Adair wielding the smoking gun he picked up off Brown. He blatantly blamed the politicians, ie Blair and Brown for the lax regulation of the banks.

They have even got video of Brown saying they want light touch regulation and saying there would be no American post Enron style regulation in the UK. Paxman even quoted Brown saying we had "a golden age of banking".

Labours Chairman of the Treasury Committee is clearly only interested in defending labour not holding institutions to account.

Doug Chaplin said...

Congrats. Of course, if this is a truly Orwellian award, then the best blog is the worst one.

Wyrdtimes said...

With the likes of Andrew O'Hagan and Polly T involved - you ain't going anywhere Iain.

BTW as Trav says last nights Newsnight was a corker - 13 mins in.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00hxv01/b00hxtzl/Newsnight_25_02_2009/

Unsworth said...

Cranmer's bang on the money. Who are these people who purport to 'select' candidates? If anything Orwell was right-wing, but there's nothing unusual in the Left hijacking concepts and rewriting history to suit their own purposes - witness Orwell's writings.