Monday, November 19, 2007

Iain Dale Wins Party Selection

Here he is boasting about it on his blog.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Stat-Porn for Blog Voyeurs

Top ten identifiable organisations loafing on the blog (in order) : Houses of Parliament, BBC, Oxford Uni, Cambridge Uni, CCHQ, GLA, News International, Associated newspapers and Manchester Uni.

Dale will be chuffed that he has smashed Guido traffic-wise this month as a result of all his top lists linkages. Guido had a mere 364,825 pageloads from 279,709 unique visitors. Dale is clearly trying too hard – Guido will still not be working the weekends regardless.

The most popular stories in October were about Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley at Tory party conference, Indy-gate and our new hero MP. Hard news values triumph here…

UPDATE : Sam Coates brags that ConservativeHome had 697,797 page views from 298,834 unique visitors, Iain that he had 519,104 from 276,072, the obssessive anoraks at Mike Smithson’s PoliticalBetting.com re-loaded 1,560,751 times from an undisclosed number of visitors. Guido would guess that would be from a similar quarter-of-a-million or so individual visitors. No willy waving yet from the other big swinging dicks of the political blogosphere, Slugger and Anthony Wells of Polling Report or any of the main left-of-centre political bloggers. Would be very interesting to know how Boulton & Co, Danny Finkelstein and Ben Brogan measure up with the backing of their Big Media sites behind them…

UPATE II : Da Fink has exposed himself to Guido – Comment Central had 303,047 page views from 176,015 unique visitors. His biggest post this month was about Richard Dawkins and the Jews.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Ali Campbell Complains About the Blogosphere

“The blogosphere is very right wing at the moment. We need more voices out there to counter it” he told 200 mugs who had paid hard cash (£15) to hear Campbell plug his book - “perfect for Dad for Christmas” at a fringe event last night.

Chris Hope in the Telegraph agrees: it is the right-wing blogs that are shaping coverage in the dead-tree-press.
We know the ususal Tory suspects he is talking about – Guido Fawkes, Iain Dale and Tim Montgomerie’s. There are left-wing blogs like LabourHome but they seem to lack the spikiness and must-read edge of Guido, for example.

After a lot of thought about this, Guido has come to a simple conclusion as to why British left-wing blogs are unsuccessful. It is not because Labour is in government. It is because they are boring.

Monday, September 10, 2007

When Commissioned Polls Go Wrong

Dods, the parliamentary publisher, has been around for 170 years and the 21st century seems a bit bewildering for them. Well aware that political blogs are eating them for breakfast, they commissioned an ICM/Dods poll to ascertain what is going on. They already knew that the leading political blogs have far more readers, so they decided to find out what the all-important MPs read online. The news was not what they wanted to hear, so Guido is happy to give it a bit of extra publicity..

MPs are :- % Aware of % Use
Conservative Home 49 27
Guido Fawkes 45 14
Iain Dale 43 13
The House Magazine 41 8
Recess Monkey 22 3

Their flagship publication is the venerable House Magazine, which they have up until now claimed is “Independently identified as the most read weekly publication within the Palace of Westminster.” According to their own research, whilst MPs are roughly equally aware of the leading blogs and that parliament’s trade magazine is online, they are three times as likely to read ConservativeHome and almost twice as likely to read Guido and Iain Dale. Looks like they will now have to change that old claim…

UPDATE : Somebody from Dods has been on to Guido whining that he hasn’t emphasised that it is the online offering being surveyed. Consider it now emphasised. In Guido’s experience most MPs throw the boring old magazine straight into the bin with the rest of the junk mail.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Miliblogger : "I’ll Be Back"

Yesterday David Miliband told those who tuned into his Downing Street webchat
I am completely committed to the idea that diplomacy needs to engage the public as well as diplomatic elite and also to the notion that I need to lead that in the Foreign Office. So the blog will be back, supplemented by other tools for discussion and debate.

That will not be engaging by actually asking their opinion in a binding referendum, just blogging down to them from on high.

Ominously he tells us “please follow developments on the FCO website over the next couple of weeks.” Hang on to your wallets.

The Unfree Internet

When they talk about regulating the internet, just remind yourself where the internet is regulated. China is the world’s biggest prison for reporters and cyber-dissidents. This will always be the blog they hate and you love. Unregulated and uncensored.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Don’t Call Guido, Call Ben

About once a month or so an ad agency, PR or public affairs shop, academic department or such like, calls Guido to do a guru talk on blogging. Mostly Guido turns them down on the basis that “some Guru, some do”. In future Guido will direct them towards Ben Goldacre. He says a lot of what should be said here.

Don’t agree with him or his comment makers about video ads and suchlike – they pay the rent. If you ain’t going to pay for content, somebody has to, if you block out the ads, sooner or later the content will disappear. Starving idealistic geeks forget that detail. Soon all devices will be connected at high speed all the time, so don’t worry about bandwith sucking videos on your Blackberry.

Hat-tip : Martin Stabe

Friday, August 17, 2007

Telegraph Political Team in Meltdown

As reported here three weeks ago, it seems that the Little and Large blog is dead, it is an ex-blog. Jonathan Isaby and Brendan Carlin seem to have abandoned the idea. Look around some of the other blogs and they are also pretty dead. Ben Brogan at the Daily Mail and Danny Finkelstein at The Times are really the only serious Dead-Tree-Press political bloggers going now.

Elsewhere at the Telegraph the experienced George Jones has apparently been given the push in such a cack-handed way that he’s suing and expected to get a six-figure pay-off. His job is being given to the silent-but-deadly Andrew Porter, of the Sun, formerly on the Sunday Times who is an old chum of Telegraph editor Will Lewis. Key qualities: won’t tell Lewis not to be such a silly boy; won’t be a member of Telegraph ancien regime.

Porter’s place on the Sun (keep up) is being taken by Graeme Wilson of the Telegraph. Wilson’s place on the Telegraph is being taken by James Kirkup from the Scotsman. Toby Helm is rumoured to have wanted to get out of the Lobby – if you’d been passed over for the top job you might conclude there was little point in hanging around to see if you got it next time. One of the things the imported Mailograph newsdesk didn’t realise about him – his sister is married to Jonathan Powell, although that is not such an asset nowadays. The new Mailograph is obsessed with getting scoops, a-la Andrew Pierce. But a lot of Pierce’s scoops stay exclusive, and with good reason.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The Miliblog is Back…

And this time it is Ed. Guido understands that David wanted to continue blogging but the FCO mandarins explained that whilst it was fine to pontificate about green wonkery on his blog when he was at Defra, blogging about the negotiating strategy with the North Koreans was more problematic.

Never mind, his brother Ed is going to continue the family tradition of wasting the taxpayers money writing the blogging equivalent of drying paint. This is a screenshot of the prototype site. Stop monging on the web Miliband minor and do some work…

Wonder how many thousands this will cost the taxpayers?

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

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.


Seen Elsewhere

The Douglas Carswell Shock | Tim Stanley
Carswell is a True Moderniser | Charles Moore
Assembling a New World Order | Henry Kissinger
India’s Modi Bypasses Mainstream Media | Index
Bercow on the Knife Edge | Quentin Letts
Welcome to Mississippi | Conservative Women
LibDems Select Hancock Replacement | Blue Guerilla
Carswell Resigning: “Moment Labour Won Election” | Labour Uncut
Why We Need Change | Douglas Carswell
The Howard Roark of Westminster | Guardian
Carswell, the Clacton Cassandra | James Ford


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