Losing the thread

Mark Lawson, in the Guardian (and, as I’m reminded by Robin at perfect.co.uk, 2 days after the Times carried a similar article) has a quick look at the way blogs are covering the General Election, and Slugger gets a name check, but no comment on our efforts so far.. probably for the best given the conclusion he reaches – “At its worst, blogworld most resembles a radio phone-in for leftwing men but without a Victoria Derbyshire or Brian Hayes to interrupt the callers who lose the thread and start to free-associate.” *ahem* Update Oh, get her! Hahaha! Updated Link

  • David Vance

    There is a growing band of us right wingers in the UK blogosphere…and we would eat the lefty Victoria Derbyshire for breakfast…as for Brian Hayes…

  • kitty

    “At its worst, blogworld most resembles a radio phone-in for leftwing men”

    They must not be reading Slugger. These days Slugger is dominated by right-wing Unionist fanat… or should I say enthusiasts? Between them and the SDLP numbers/bible cruncher, this place is resembling Mc Creas kitchen after gospel hall.:)

  • Mick

    I’m not sure Mark would pick up those kinds of nuances in the Northern Ireland political debate – mostly because they are not there to be had, in the media foreground at least.

    For the most part on Slugger, the terms left and right are more often terms of abuse hurled at an opponent rather than signifers of real political values. However readers of David’s site get a much more dedicated and consistent right wing view on range of social and political issues.

    I’ll blog my own response to Lawson’s story later today.

  • kitty

    “I’m not sure Mark would pick up those kinds of nuances in the Northern Ireland political debate – mostly because they are not there to be had, in the media foreground at least. “

    Well sectarian politics does dominate all our lives I suppose, and unfortunately we show no signs of moving beyond that; rather we are likely to become even further entrenched following this election. The state is a sectarian state whether we are proud of that fact or not; indeed this state was founded on the very idea of sectarianism – by the Unionist majority.
    It is a pity really, because I as a republican, when sectarianism is left aside, have more affiliation with the policies of the PUP than I do with other Nationalist parties, or even Southern parties such as Fianna Fail. If we did not live in a sectarian state, I would alternate between the PUP and Sinn Fein party as their policies are more to my way of thinking.