Blogs Drove Iraqi Interpreters Issue on to Agenda

The left-wing blogosphere has scored a rare victory. Taking time out from pledging not to buy Alastair Campbell’s book, obssessing about Guido being a baby-eating Nazi and Iain Dale being a Tory media-tart, they actually did something productive.

They drove the disgraceful treatment (by the government) of Iraqi military interpreters up the political agenda. It was not an exclusively left-wing blogosphere affair, on the right Donal Blaney isn’t happy about their treatment. He is also not happy about the government “posturing” over non-British citizens locked up in Gitmo. Can’t say that Guido agrees with him on that. British governments should protest violations of human rights wherever they occur. Would it be “posturing” to call for the release of Chinese political prisoners?

UPDATE : Thursday morning the Tories are calling for action. Doc Fox says the UK has a clear moral duty to protect the interpreters, William Hague says it is a matter of honour, and Damian Green is protesting at the official bureaucracy surrounding their case.

Stat Porn – Neck & Neck with Dale

In July 250,654 unique visitors made 321,734 pageloads. So slightly more people came here than to Dale’s, but fewer times – an indication perhaps that he had a more active comments section lately.

The most popular posting of the month was the Alastair Campbell cartoon on July 9.

UPDATE : PoliticalBetting had 3/4 million hits last month.

Silly Season Service

Guido is now at a secure undisclosed location. The output to the blog will be reduced – am amazed at the angry complaints whenever Guido does this, “your blog is finished” etc. Then when blogging resumes, back comes the traffic as before. To all those who are unhappy about this, please accept a full refund.

The service in truth has been much reduced since the recent arrival of Caoimhe Priya (say Kweey-vah Pree-ya, the name reflects her Indo-Irish heritage). She’ll be getting christened here in Ireland and then her father will be taking her nearer to the vineyards of Margaux.

We do have broadband and will be checking in daily, but things will be at an easy pace. Comment moderation and Guido’s sunglasses are on.

Guido’s Top Political Blogs

Dale is looking for your list of Top 20 blogs for his 2007 Guide to Political Blogging in the UK. He wants a more objective means of ordering of them. Don’t know why, last year the result seemed right to Guido.
I don’t have an order of preference, but the blogs Guido reads every day tend to serve up new information rather than commentary. Iain is in there, da Fink’s Comment Central, the Speccie’s CoffeeHouse, Recess Monkey, the unmissable Political Betting, ConservativeHome, LabourHome and LibDemVoice. Dizzy is reliable, SpyBlog is authoritative. Kevin Maguire often talks down to his readers, but has the odd gem of (sometimes unintended) insight, Benedict Brogan is fast and from the frontline.

My favourite blog overall is probably Mike Smithson’s Political Betting.

Email your list to Iain by clicking here and you could win a pile of DVDs and stuff.

CameroonHome

Last week Guido reflected on Fiona Melville’s planned rival to ConservativeHome.com known as Platform 10. Guido jokingly described it as potentially CameroonHome.com. So it was with some amusement that Guido learnt from a co-conspirator that Fiona had taken note of the suggestion and registered the name.

Domain Name: CAMEROONHOME.ORG
Created On: 17-Jul-2007 22:18:07 UTC
Last Updated On: 18-Jul-2007 00:37:28 UTC
Expiration Date: 17-Jul-2008 22:18:07 UTC
Registrant Name: Fiona Melville

Coincidence? Get in touch Fiona…

CameroonHome.Com Coming Soon

In Westminster political blogging there are three unofficial party affiliated sites which try to be the public voice of the grassroots. ConservativeHome is the daddy of them all, LabourHome is a technically superior site with far inferior content and a lack of editorial direction. LibDemVoice is a bit too much of an outlet for Cowley Street stuff that could be put in press releases.
Guido has been hearing rumours about a new CameroonHome site which Fraser Nelson has outed as going under the title Platform 10. Ex-Dave-Babe Fiona Melville is the motivating force behind it, backed by a 15-strong editorial team of mainly ex-CCHQ staffers lined up as contributors, but apparently with no full time editor. Steve Hilton has, it is believed, wanted an alternative Conservative grassroots voice to counter-balance the critical but friendly voice of Tim Montgomerie. Guido guesses it won’t work unless it is honest about issues. That is the strength of ConservativeHome, it explores the issues critically, and in doing so has improved the Tory internal debate. If CameroonHome becomes just a platform for “Dave is Great” stories in the same way that LibDemVoice ignores the “Ming Problem” it will be just another boring e-Pravda adjunct of the official party site. We shall see…

Stat Porn for June

346,444 pageloads from 255,504 unique visitors, Oh, F**K” – Who’s That Girl?” was the most popular story. Iain Dale remains the top referrer and the top search term is still Gordon Brown rocking horse“.

UPDATE : As someone pointed out in the comments, congratulations are due to Iain on winning more traffic than Guido last month. Guido has, to be fair, been distracted of late with two books* in the pipeline, overseeing Polish builders finishing off a new house, business pressures and just the tedium of Blair’s long goodbye sapping his enthusiasm for blogging.

Iain has beaten Guido some months in the past, competition is healthy and imminent developments in the Loans for Lordships scandal should see traffic explode. Guido will be all over it…

*The Big Red Book of New Labour Sleaze is out, the forthcoming Levy book is still some time from publication.

Lobby Slower than Guido Again

Yesterday morning Guido reported that Blair would resign as an MP. Today the rest of the Dead-Tree-Press is catching up and reporting that he will do so this afternoon. Tory party Chairman Frankie Maude put CCHQ on by-election alert after reading the story here yesterday morning.

Guido even managed to beat blogging Benedict Brogan, which is becoming increasingly difficult to do nowadays. Do keep up the rest of you…

Le Totty Watch : Socialist Affairs

The French press is even more craven in the reporting of political misdoings than our own tame/feral* Lobby. So it is no surprise that it was the French blogosphere, not the Paris press, that made it impossible to keep Socialist

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Stat-Porn for May

A below average 347,499 pageloads from 264,598 unique visitors. Iain Dale managed to overtake Guido’s traffic with a record (for him) 388,935 from 231,901 visitors this month. He will be chuffed.

After Guido-related search terms the most popular search […]

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Handbags Over at the Speccie

Kite v Dale Round II : Melissa got Fisked and she didn’t like it. Tim Montgomerie and Alan Duncan get a swipe as well. Horrid Tory boys…

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MyTorygraph

If you thought blogging had already gone mass market before, what do you think of the Telegraph offering free blog hosting? It is technically far ahead of the Guardian’s Comment is Free “blog”. Which always struck me as

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