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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Decide the Top 100 UK Political Blogs

Iain Dale's new venture http://www.totalpolitics.com/ is publishing the 2008-9 Guide to Political Blogging in the UK.

As last year this will list the Top 100 UK Political Blogs.

Because, with a few notable exceptions like my good self, many Labour folk are too busy in government bringing democratic socialism to a grateful nation (well, 28% of the nation is grateful according to ICM, up 3%!) to write or read blogs, this list is usually dominated by Tory blogs.

If you are a Labour supporter and enjoy reading Labour supporting blogs, please do vote for them to get them into the list and thus draw them to the attention of a wider potential readership.

Simply email your Top Ten (ranked from 1 to 10) to toptenblogs@totalpolitics.com
If you have a blog, please encourage your readers to do the same. The famously non-partisan Mr Dale will then compile the Top 100 from those that you send in. Just order them from 1 to 10. Your top blog gets 10 points and your tenth gets 1 point.The deadline for submitting your Top 10 is Friday August 15th. Please type Top 10 in the subject line. Once all the entries are in a lucky dip draw will take place and the winner will be sent £100 worth of political books!

The rules are:
1. Please only vote once
2. Only blogs based in the UK, run by UK residents are eligible or based on UK politics are eligible
3. Votes must be cast before Friday 15 August
4. Blogs chosen must be listed in the Total Politics Blog Directory.
5. You must send a list of TEN blogs, ranked. Any entry containing fewer than ten blogs will not count.
6. Anonymous votes left in the comments will not count. You must give a name.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was bemused by the statement 'busy in government bringing democratic socialism to a grateful nation' - is this Labour we're talking about here? Not quite sure how they can claim democracy or socialism! Clearly the nation doesn't think so anyway!

12:44 pm, July 23, 2008

Anonymous Jetto said...

What we have had since 1997 is NOT democratic socialism. It is Conservatism with a different face. James Purnell's punitive welfare reforms are straight out of the Tory bottom drawer. If the nation hates New Labour so much why does it want the Tories back in office? You'll get more of the same under Dopey Dave!

3:55 pm, July 23, 2008

Anonymous Rich said...

People want Labour out because they are useless and they are not Labour.

Tory welfare reforms are largely the same as Labour?????????? So please explain. If you look closely most the Labours latest ideas regarding welfare reform are exactly the same as conservative policy.

All Labour have done is spend billions on failed projects and now we are in a right mess with nothing to show for it.

No nationalised companies apart from a rubbish bank.

Welfare system where pensioners starve to death and can't afford to heat their homes.

Tens of thousands of people losing their homes and jobs.

4:46 pm, July 23, 2008

Anonymous T_i_B said...

"Because, with a few notable exceptions like my good self, many Labour folk are too busy in government bringing democratic socialism to a grateful nation (well, 28% of the nation is grateful according to ICM, up 3%!) to write or read blogs, this list is usually dominated by Tory blogs."

Well you'd have thought that amongst that 28% there would be a lot more people people willing to blog for Labour, or even post on message boards such as freebritannia.com about why Labour's policys are so worthy.

If I were a Labour supporter I'd be a bit worried that of the few Labour people who blog, so many seem to be people who either work at Westminster or realy want to work at Westminster.

7:16 pm, July 23, 2008

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