By Iain Dale
- Articles via thirty top bloggers and commentators - Profiles of greater than fifty prime blogs - A listing of 1,200 political blogs - the easiest 500 political blogs within the united kingdom - the simplest a hundred Conservative, Labour and LibDem blogs
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When newspapers give their verdicts on Brown and Cameron they become big news stories. Broadcasters are not allowed to give judgements in the same way. In his early months, Cameron and his entourage failed to recognise this, assuming wrongly that a 30second clip on a television news bulletin was what shaped opinion. Cameron has appeared on a lot of television bulletins recently and look at the opinion polls. The significance of the blogs is that they are an additional influence to newspapers. Their influence will grow, not least on the Tory leadership as it embarks on the final stage of the party's policy review policy review.
This is the only category where it is difficult to determine traffic figures for the respective blogs. I doubt whether any of them are getting more than a couple of thousand readers a day, but in many ways that’s not the point. The point is that they are delivering a service to their readers which they couldn’t do through their normal outlets. In some ways the blogs of commentators are a disappointment. Melanie Philips, Oliver Kamm and Peter Hitchens feature in the top twenty, yet Philips and Kamm don’t even offer a comment facility.
They live in total fear of their recorded comments coming back to haunt them. cmrid=2&cmpid=33 Iain Dale’s Guide to Political Blogging in the UK 2007–8 | 31 Nadine Dorries about some of the more personal things she writes on her blog has to be heard to be believed. But she has stuck to her guns and her blog has given her a profile she would never have had without it. Of the thirty MPs with blogs, nearly half (14) sit on the Labour benches. Tom Watson was the first MP to blog. When he became a Minister he more or less gave it up and posted only sporadically.