Tories ahead of the curve on blogs?

It looks like the Cameron Tories have got the blogging thing quicker than most of their political rivals. Tory housing spokesman Michael Gove on why they plan to let bloggers into the party’s conference this autumn:

“One of the secrets that most MPs have is how much time they actually spend visiting many of these blogs,” he said. “I don’t think it’s necessarily an obsession but I do think the blogs perform an enormously useful service.” Mr Gove warned that the range of views on the blogs should not be seen as representative of the Conservative Party as a whole.

Instead, they were “the views of those who are either ideologically fired up enough to post or those insomniacs who have nothing better to do than to share with us their views of the political world at three in the morning”.

Tory bloggers even have a home in the blogosphere. Let’s hope there’s room for a few of us unaligned bloggers too!!

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

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