I take it all back. Well, some of it anyway! Last Friday I was rather critical of the Conservative Party's internet operation in my Telegraph column. It seems things are now happening on that front. Excellent!
I can exclusively reveal that later on tonight the Party will unveil plans for a new Party-wide Group Blog, as a precursor to a complete relaunch of Conservatives.com at the Party Conference at the end of the month.
The blog, as yet unnamed, will have blogposts from people across the party, from Shadow Cabinet, to candidates, CF members and ordinary activists, as well as guest blogs from non party members. The intention is for there to be 5-10 blogposts a day to make it as dynamic as possible. It won't be full of boring party press releases but instead they want it to have colour, be anecdotal as well as a forum to discuss policy. Anyone can leave comments, and I am told there will "no Stalinist approach to moderation".
The Republicans already do something similar HERE. I hope that the new design and functionality will also echo some of the US political campaign sites, which leave is standing at the moment,.
One thing I am not so sure about is the idea of launching a competition to decide the blog's name. Apparently anyone on the Party mailing list will get to vote on it. I am sure my blogreaders will be full of suggestions!