Bloggers in pursuit of corruption and duplicity?

As regulars will know, I don’t share Guido and Iain Dale‘s conviction that John Prescott’s private life is a matter for public scrutiny. However their scrunity of political detail (regardless of declared motive) can only improve the accountablity of politicians to the citizenry. Too often politicians believe that if they only can beat the news cycle, bad news can simply be buried. And in most cases they are absolutely right. Blogging can help change all that. When lies and duplicity are spotted can and should hold that politician’s, or party’s, feet to the fire. In the end, it has the potential to keep everyone honest. Such scruntiny is probably best prosecuted by bloggers who don’t care about the outcome. Guido quoted in today’s Observer:

‘Guido’ has told friends that his motivation is that he ‘genuinely despises politicians blatantly lying to us’, adding that far from having a ‘Tory’ agenda, ‘after a few drinks, I think anarcho-capitalism is the best way of organising humanity’. Asked by The Observer why he thought his blog had generated such heated criticism, he said: ‘The main problem for everybody for me is that (a) I don’t want a career in politics (b) I don’t want a career in journalism (c) I have resources and ability, and (d) I don’t give a flying fuck what you think.’

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