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Left behind in the blogosphere

The liberal left has been left behind in the blogosphere in the UK as it has been in America. Signs of a change are now appearing in the US where political blogging first established itself.

Ed Pilkington from New York reports in today’s Guardian that the left is building a power base in the blogosphere. He quotes Peter Daou who advised John Kerry in 2004, as saying: “There have been tensions and growing pains, and at times a lot of elbowing and jockeying for position. But we are on the way to building a new centre of power politics in America.”

In the UK, political blogging has also centred on the right with Guido Fawkes (Paul Staines) and Iain Dale’s Diary setting the pace. Over the John Prescott affair, Guido’s contribution was said to marked the arrival of bloggers as a force in politics by setting the news agenda.

On the left bloggers have been strangely muted. Probably a good thing for them at the moment given all the in-fighting. But if Gordon Brown does get the top job, his blogging strategy could be crucial to his chances of re-election.


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  2. Martin says

    I don’t think this is quite right.

    Guido and Dale may have gained the most attention from mainstream jorunalists lately — and they certianly command the biggest readerships (partly as a consequence), but there are plenty of British bloggers to their left.

    Dale himself today published a guide to UK political blogging. It includes a list of 100 top UK political blogs today, colour-coded for party allegence.

    Number 4 on his list is Liberal Democrat Voice, and number 5 is Kerron Cross, whom he describes as “Labour’s Iain Dale, but funnier”.