The creator of the Guido Fawkes website, Paul Staines, is in my view one of the most influential figures in the British media. One day this week I heard five items on the Today programme that followed up his stories or his observations. Politicians have not learnt how to cope with an individual who has as much impact as entire newspapers. He is one of the reasons why Derek Draper, the recipient of McBride's emails, felt the need for a left of centre equivalent...
...When Draper set up the website Labourlist he became an immediate target of right-wing sites. They were quite open about why they were attacking him. He was supporting the government and they regarded this as unacceptable. They pointed out, rightly, that sites like the brilliantly innovative ConservativeHome contained criticism of the Tory leadership. But what they did not acknowledge was that there are plenty of places to go if you wish to find strong support for the Conservatives' leadership. There is almost nowhere to find anyone putting arguments that highlight the positive impact of some government policies.
Wonder why that would be, then? Actually, there is. Tom Harris, Hopi Sen, LabourHome to name but three. Indeed, if I were Mike Danson, the man who now owns 100% of the New Statesman and LabourHome, I'd be throwing a bit of investment Alex Hilton's way. Now is his time. If he plays it right, and ups LabourHome's game, it can achieve what LabourList didn't, and probably won't.
I would dispute Steve's reasoning on why we attacked LabourList. We attacked it because it was, well, a bit crap. Both Tim Montgomerie and I had met with Derek and we both genuinely wished him well in the project. Of course we would never have agreed with the content, but we attacked his top down approach and the fact that it just didn't work as a site. It was him that then tried to launch a war with Guido and myself, dubbing us as people who condoned racism.
Read Steve's full article HERE.