Feeds

Nasty Toryboy bloggers ate my politics, claims Blears

There should (will) be a law against it

Website security in corporate America

Cynical, viciously nihilist bloggers are destroying British political culture, claims Communities Secretary Hazel Blears. And furthermore, she is due to say today in a speech to the Hansard Society, they're all Tories.

"The most popular blogs are rightwing," claims Blears, "ranging from the considered Tory views of Iain Dale, to the vicious nihilism of Guido Fawkes." Wistfully, she adds: "Perhaps this is simply anti-establishment. Blogs have only existed under a Labour government. Perhaps if there was a Tory government, all the leading blogs would be left-of-centre?"

At time of writing Considered Tory Iain Dale had yet to express a view on Blears' outburst, but Dale - a great fan of the lovely Hazel Blears - recently interviewed her for Total Politics. Blairwatch, not exactly a right wing blog, has emitted a snort of derision, while Guido, who frequently denies that he's a Tory, has gone off on one.

By strange coincidence a "contact in Labour HQ" told Iain Dale yesterday of a Labour planning session "to discuss how to take the fight to right of centre bloggers". Blears isn't reported to have been at that meeting (busy being interviewed by Iain Dale?), but today's speech certainly looks related.

Blears herself was an early, if misguided, blogger, and her core objection to the political blogosphere appears to be that "mostly, political blogs are written by people with disdain for the political system and politicians, who see their function as unearthing scandals, conspiracies and perceived hypocrisy."

Which, given that this is at least an arguable definition of what the press ought to do, suggests that she'll have a mountain to climb in constructing a New Labour counter attack, and getting anybody to read its output. She continues: "Until political blogging 'adds value' to our political culture, by allowing new voices, ideas and legitimate protest and challenge, and until the mainstream media reports politics in a calmer, more responsible manner, it will continue to fuel a culture of cynicism and despair."

Perhaps she should just root out all of the illegitimate protest and challenge by making it illegal. Then everybody would have to read Labourhome Which at time of writing seems still to be getting ready for last night's US elections. Should somebody mention it to them?

Update: And the roundup has already started. In Downing Street this afternoon, police busted a group of suspected cynical, nihilist, right-wing bloggers. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.