Hazel Blears: passing interest and passing judgement

Posted by Tim Ireland at November 7, 2008

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

This entry was posted on
Friday, November 7th, 2008
10:41 am and is filed
under The Political Weblog Movement.

How does that speech made by Hazel Blears warrant careful analysis? It only barely qualifies for a link.

The name-dropping is an obvious plea for attention, which ironically rewards two attention-seekers with the star billing they crave from others (when they’re not awarding it to each other), and this sentence reveals that whoever wrote Blears’ speech did little more than a surface scan of our community before passing judgement on it:

“The most popular blogs are rightwing, ranging from the considered Tory views of Iain Dale, to the vicious nihilism of Guido Fawkes.”

That the word ‘nihilism’ would be included in the same sentence that uses Iain Dale as a positive contrast to Paul Staines shows that the author can’t even use Google properly.

(Psst! Add to your list of absurdities that Paul Staines was invited to speak on the subject of “why transparency in lobbying matters” this week.)

UPDATE – Alix Mortimer – Some cynical nihilism, or, a revolution in the People’s Republic


  1. Justin says

    'Add to your list of absurdities that Paul Staines was invited to speak on the subject of "why transparency in lobbying matters" this week'And he even had the balls to appear under an assumed name!http://www.lobbyingtransparency.org/content/view/…How's *that* for transparency?

  2. Manic says

    The booklet for the night had a short list of secret lobbying types; one of them was APCO.How's *that* for Staines royally taking the piss?

  3. Justin says

    APCO? Mmmmm, my favourite climate-change deniers and Guide to Political Blogging in the UK sponsors. How splendid.

  • NEW! You can now support Bloggerheads by buying handmade firelighters for camping and utility or deluxe firelighters for your home fireplace. Visit fireburngood.com to see my products.

    Fire Burn Good fire lighters

  • External Channels

  • Tim Ireland

  • Page 3 Politics

    Page 3: a short history

  • Main

  • Archives

  • Categories

  • The Cautionary Campfire Songbook

    The Cautionary Campfire Songbook

  • Badges + Buttons