Are bloggers trying to “make the weather”…

There’s some interesting things happening in the UK blogosphere. The Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott is being chased by a small pack of influencial bloggers. Guido Fawkes (who it seems is on holiday at the moment but never the less has the ear of the British press and parliament) has been making accusations (and here) which he complains has not been picked up by the mainstream press. See the BBC Editors blog for their take!

Update: The Independent is getting hot and heavy. Listen out for the next installment as Prescott defends himself on the Today programme tomorrow.Iain Dale has also run with the story, but importantly is the UK’s media’s pick of the bloggers when it comes to appearing on tv (he was on Sky’s seven o’clock news and should get a three minute slot with Paxman tonight). However, Nick Robinson is suspicious that there is an attempt afoot to influence journalists, and that online gossip does not always make for hard news. Indeed, in the longer term, recycling opinion, can lead to problematic disconnections. We await with interest to see the outcome, whichever way it goes!

Update: Dale smells blood.

  • Christopher Stalford

    Check out Nick Robinson huff on his blog and Guido’s response. Quite funny.

  • realist

    He is not good enough to hold a ministerial post but good enough to be deputy prime minister Splain?

  • Occasional Commentator

    Sure David Blunkett never bothered following the rules, and the media didn’t give a damn.

    In the case of Blunkett, he took a job with a potential for conflict of interest. He was supposed to consult the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments and then make the decision himself. It’s always going to be debateable whether or not a particular job is conflicting, but failing to consult the Committee is a blatant and deliberate breach of the rules and attempt at a cover up. Really, Blunkett should be quitting as MP, not just as a minister.

    Just as with the Blunkett case, the media are just reporting a general “fuss” around Prescott and are too incompetent to report it properly.

    Then there is the case of Tessa Jowell, where most of the cabinet where happy to trot out the lie that Gus O’Donnell (a top civil servant) had cleared her of any breach. As is to be expected the media reported these lies as fact, and only a small number of people realised that Gus had done no such thing.