Iain Martin’s blog on politics, from his position as Deputy Editor of the Wall Street Journal Europe, is no more, so he says. Latterly I was amused by Iain Martin’s fixation on David Cameron’s choice of tie, and his seeing it as a means of political interpretation. Without this and other of his comments, it’s a loss to the blogosphere.
Losing the blogs of Iain Dale, Tom Harris MP, and now Iain Martin means that insight and incisive comment in an individual blog is now a scarcer commodity.
However, I believe there’s a metamorphosis occurring with political and current affairs blogs. While the influential individual blog on politics is disappearing, political journal’s and bigger blogs are filling the space.
We’re seeing this change a bit late in the UK. In the US, the Huffington Post, began in 2005 as a internet-based news and opinion paper, and content aggregating blog, amazingly sold to AOL for $315 million.
The arrival, this week, of a redesigned Total Politics website is a mark of a similar transition. Politics Home recently captured the services of Paul Waugh, one of my favourite bloggers, to add editorial gravitas and focus to the website, although I find the site a bit crowded and ‘blocky’ for my taste.
We do have one exemplary internet political blog cum journal in Conservative Home, which aims to provide comprehensive coverage of Britain’s Conservative Party, saying,
“By 9am every day ConservativeHome identifies the most important Tory stories of the day. The site is then updated throughout each day, seven days a week.”
And my it does this well. It’s a model of being supportive of a political party but being independent of it.
The point about individual opinion is that as you come to know the mind of the writer, you seek out their thoughts on the hot topics of the day.