Not Saussure

February 21, 2007

Mam, it ain’t fair, mam…

Filed under: Blogroll, Politics, UK — notsaussure @ 1:09 am

Via Devil’s Kitchen and Ellee Seymour, I discover not only that David Miliband has a blog and that Ellee is on his blogroll — I think this is a cause for congratulations to Ellee — but that The Labour Humanist is ever so upset about the composition of this blogroll. Labour Humanist complains that

it’s hard to understand the latest updating of his blog and the
almost total invisibility of the Labour leaning blogosphere in its
design and links. Hey David….remember us!?
Miliband’s site links to 11 blogs:

  • 3 of
    these are to journalist sites such as Nick Robinson (former chair of the young conservatives);
  • four link to Conservative
    sites including tory boys Guido Fawkes and Iain Dale;
  • there is 1 Liberal
    Democrat link;
  • leaving a mere 3 links to Labour supporting sites.

Ellee wonders if this is a case of sour grapes, while the Devil suggests it’s because Miliband’s webmaster hasn’t actually heard of many blogs and neither has Miliband (though he’s certainly heard of Guido Fawkes, which presumably explains Mr Staines’ presence there). As usual, there’s something in what DK says, though I suspect, too, that it’s because all the decent left-wing blogs I can think of (as opposed to the blogs by members of the ‘Decent Left’) attack the government even more bitterly than do most right-wing bloggers. The Tories’ attacks he can ignore rather more easily than those from what should be his own side, to my mind.

Anyway, in the interests of balance I think we should organise a write-in campaign to complaining about this neglect of Labour bloggers and asking him to link to some of the better Labour-supporting blogs such as those of Labour Humanist and Cllr Kelly.

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  1. The truth is, how many Labour bloggers have picked up on environmental issues and write on this topic. I do get great comments posted too and maybe this is what Minister Miliband enjoys reading.

    Comment by Ellee — February 21, 2007 @ 11:12 am

  2. As has been pointed out elsewhere, this is a ministerial blog, hosted on the DEFRA website and paid for by the taxpayer. In that context, it is not only entirely reasonable that only 3 of the 10 links are to Labour blogs, it is only fair.

    Were he to host a blog with links only or mainly to Labour websites that would not, perhaps, be surprising, but it would be an abuse of taxpayers’ money.

    Comment by Mr Eugenides — February 21, 2007 @ 11:17 am

  3. I’d seen that argument, Mr Eugenides, and I don’t think it works — as you say, it’s a ministerial blog and, when the minister expresses his opinions about something in a speech, we would normally expect him to give equal time to opposing views, even though he’s making the speech in his capacity as government minister rather than the Labour MP for wherever it is.

    If anything, the complaint should be about using taxpayers’ money to promote views with which the Department, at least under its present minister, clearly disagrees and has no intention of implementing this side of a general election.

    Comment by notsaussure — February 21, 2007 @ 11:34 am

  4. Hate to quote Guido but he made sense when he said that Blair is simply not listening. Instead he’s trying to ‘back-influence’ the petitioner, to make him see reason.

    Comment by jameshigham — February 21, 2007 @ 5:40 pm

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