Thursday, June 15, 2006

Blog of the Week!

As if Iain Dale has not been generous enough towards this blog over recent days, he has now named it as Blog of the Week in his slot on Channel 4's podcast, The Morning Report.

You can listen to it in full HERE but if you want to hear it, make sure you do so today because the podcast is updated each morning. Iain's bit starts about three quarters of the way through.

In case you miss it - and because I think it's worth preserving! - here's what Iain had to say about me:

"I still can't work out who he votes for, but his blog carries the sort of insight into the political scene you would expect from a former lobby hack but without the baggage of working for one of the major newspaper groups like the Guardian or Rupert Murdoch. I don't drink, but his blog conjures up the image of drinking a rather fine wine: like a good vintage, some of his writing is to be savoured."

Some may not be aware that Iain is the proprietor of Politicos, the online bookseller and publisher. So when someone who has published as many books as he has says something like that about my writing, it really means something, I can tell you.

Incidentally, as Iain is at pains to point out on his own blog, the piece was recorded well before I named his blog at No 1 in my Top 10 published here on Tuesday!

The rest of his C4 piece, which focuses on the reasons behind the current proponderance of the right-wing blogosphere and the relative lack of prominent left-of-centre blogs, is also well worth listening to.

Interestingly, he doesn't appear to class this as a "left-of-centre" blog in the context of that debate, but I guess that's because he can't work out who I vote for!

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stalin's gran said...

Oooooh, it's like watching Michael White and Peter Riddell

Ellee Seymour said...

A great accolade, I imagine you are well chuffed and I agree that Iain is a very discerning reviewer. Congratulations again. Have you ever met Iain, other than through blogsphere?

Ellee Seymour said...

Do you intend to keep us all guessing about who you vote for?

jane said...

watching those two do what Gran? Wrestle in mud? I have met Iain, he presided over the auction at Politico's in 1997 of a cartoon of four newly elected Labour MPs by Martin Rowson, titled The Unlikely Lads and Lasses. I was one of the subjects and I bought the piece. I didn't stand again in 2005, of the other subjects of that cartoon Lawrie Quinn and Roger Casale lost their seats to Tories and Derek Wyatt held on.

Paul Linford said...

Ellee - I have met Iain, but only in the sense that I have bought books off him at Politicos, when it was still open.

I'm hoping I'll get invited to one of these bloggers' "conventions" (piss-ups) sometime so I can put some faces to the names.

SPL said...

So, Paul: who do you vote for? (The question was begging to be asked.)