I couldn’t make it Derek, but…

12 Feb

It seems harsh to pile in on the embattled Derek Draper this morning – as it seems an unholy alliance between The Guardian and the Tory blogosphere has timed an assault to undermine today’s official launch of LabourList. And as Draper was kind enough to invite me to this morning’s launch breakfast (I had to pull out at the last minute), it would be the height of bad form to have a pop.

But take him to task I must…

There was a line in his article at CiF yesterday that left me bristling ::

In the society we are trying to build, such language is plain wrong, so itís [sic] good to know that, for the first time, Tory bloggers no longer have free reign over the blogosphere.

Well, I for one am glad that our shining white knight appeared when he did. Because before he came galloping out of the mist, I was convinced we were fucked.

Oh do get some perspective, Derek. LabourList may have some high-profile politicians writing for it, but it’s a long way from gaining any serious influence in this medium. The sheer number of detractors LabourList has garnered does not indicate that the blogosphere is in flux at its arrival, it just means that bloggers are so desperate for something to write about, they’ll happily bitch for weeks about you and your site.

And let’s not get carried away with the Tory hype machine. They do have some very popular blogs, but if you think that blogging will mean anything more than a handful of votes at the next election, you’ve been drinking too much Kool-Aid (see Sunny).

The Tories have not had it all their own way. Liberal Conspiracy has made serious inroads into Tory “dominance”. And Sunny has done this by allowing talented writers to dissent from party talking points, not to mention some serious industry and resourcefulness. And even before Sunny put together LC, he and many others were writing excellent and popular blogs that pushed the liberal/leftist agenda.

So before you pat yourself on the back, and make Bush-like claims of “mission accomplished”, you ought to give some credit to those who have been fighting for progressive politics long before you penned your first blog post.

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14 Responses to “I couldn’t make it Derek, but…”

  1. powersite@mac.com February 12, 2009 at 12:03 pm #

    Yes he’s an arrogant little bugger, isn’t he? The real shame is that we still don’t have a decent UK political blogging scene. LibCon has improved from its somewhat confused beginning and become what it should have been from the start, a straightforward group blog. It still just seems a place where the same few people come to debate amongst themselves. I’m not sure what the answer is but sites like LC and LabourList are’nt going to have much of an effect on British political life, I’m afraid, as you have already intimated above.

  2. powersite@mac.com February 12, 2009 at 12:03 pm #

    Yes he’s an arrogant little bugger, isn’t he? The real shame is that we still don’t have a decent UK political blogging scene. LibCon has improved from its somewhat confused beginning and become what it should have been from the start, a straightforward group blog. It still just seems a place where the same few people come to debate amongst themselves. I’m not sure what the answer is but sites like LC and LabourList are’nt going to have much of an effect on British political life, I’m afraid, as you have already intimated above.

  3. powersite@mac.com February 12, 2009 at 12:05 pm #

    Make that ‘aren’t’! Grrrr!

  4. powersite@mac.com February 12, 2009 at 12:05 pm #

    Make that ‘aren’t’! Grrrr!

  5. danielhg@gmail.com February 12, 2009 at 1:09 pm #

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.It’s only the Internet.

  6. danielhg@gmail.com February 12, 2009 at 1:09 pm #

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.It’s only the Internet.

  7. aaronsheath@gmail.com February 13, 2009 at 12:45 pm #

    heh.Labour just seems to be taking the blogosphere seriously as everyone else comes to the conclusion that it’s a bit, well, pants.

  8. aaronsheath@gmail.com February 13, 2009 at 12:45 pm #

    heh.Labour just seems to be taking the blogosphere seriously as everyone else comes to the conclusion that it’s a bit, well, pants.

  9. sunnyh@liberalconspiracy.org February 13, 2009 at 6:59 pm #

    Hi Mike,I’m always open to suggestions. The problem is of course that unlike Tim Montgomerie and others, I can’t do this full time. Plus, the web technology being used is all out there for free, without having the ability to throw money at it to make it more customisable.LC at the end of the day is a platform. I can’t do everything, but I can give others the opportunity to use it as an opportunity to push their campaigns.

  10. sunnyh@liberalconspiracy.org February 13, 2009 at 6:59 pm #

    Hi Mike,I’m always open to suggestions. The problem is of course that unlike Tim Montgomerie and others, I can’t do this full time. Plus, the web technology being used is all out there for free, without having the ability to throw money at it to make it more customisable.LC at the end of the day is a platform. I can’t do everything, but I can give others the opportunity to use it as an opportunity to push their campaigns.

  11. ashoksoni@hotmail.com February 16, 2009 at 1:40 pm #

    “can give others the opportunity to use it as an opportunity to push their campaigns”that is a noble sentiment.

  12. ashoksoni@hotmail.com February 16, 2009 at 1:40 pm #

    “can give others the opportunity to use it as an opportunity to push their campaigns”that is a noble sentiment.

  13. labantall@hotmail.co.uk February 27, 2009 at 11:59 pm #

    Did Draper really write ‘free reign’ ? Deplorable. Let’s hope he never gets anywhere near an education department.

  14. labantall@hotmail.co.uk February 27, 2009 at 11:59 pm #

    Did Draper really write ‘free reign’ ? Deplorable. Let’s hope he never gets anywhere near an education department.

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