Who are your favourite (and least favourite) non-Lib Dem bloggers

by Stephen Tall on November 20, 2007

A new poll is coming to LDV: who are your favourite, and least favourite, non-Lib Dem bloggers. Nominations are now open, so please feel free to use the comments thread. (Self-nomination is allowed, Iain.)

There’s still chance, by the way, to vote in the LDV poll asking who you would have voted for, given the chance, among those Lib Dem MPs who ruled themselves out of the leadership race. Eyes right, if you’ve not yet cast your ballot.

Julia Goldsworthy and Charles Kennedy are currently neck-and-neck, with David Laws and Steve Webb not far behind. (I have to say I think Vince’s acting leader performance merits a little more than the 6% he’s currently showing…)

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My favourite and least favourite blogger all at once is Theo Spark. It’s basically a mixture of neo-conservative, pro-American, pro-Israel, militaristic, obsessed with guns and weaponry ghastliness . . . and girls. Girls not wearing very much. And occasionally, if you’re really lucky, girls not wearing very much and guns. It’s frankly revolting, but the girls are just too good to miss.

Have you had a chance to look at that stuff I sent you on Facebook, Stephen?

by Laurence Boyce on November 20, 2007 at 10:19 am. Reply #

I often find myself reading Wonkette when I want to catch up on US political gossip. And I have a love-hate relationship with Guido Fawkes.

by Joe Taylor on November 20, 2007 at 10:27 am. Reply #

Sam Tarran – bright young spark, excellent writer, politically a complete nutcase!

Hasta La Vista, Vista – I have to declare a personal interest, this is my dad’s techie blog – but it’s a damn good one!

by Jonny Wright on November 20, 2007 at 10:40 am. Reply #

The Sam Tarran link doesn’t seem to be working – just thought I’d resubmit it: http://samtarran.blogspot.com/

by Jonny Wright on November 20, 2007 at 10:42 am. Reply #

Devils Kitchen is my bete noire. So unnecessarily foul-mouthed.


My favourite is a young chap in Cumbria called Jonathan Wood who rails against the BNP – wonderful! It’s called “The ‘Right’ are Wrong”. It’s all done with such down-to-earth gusto and raw passion that it’s brilliant!


by Paul Walter on November 20, 2007 at 11:40 am. Reply #

I have a love-hate relationship with Guido Fawkes.

by Guido Fawkes on November 20, 2007 at 11:44 am. Reply #

Not quite a blog but in Reading http://www.muckspreading.com is satirical heaven and the cause of a lot of it, http://www.janestheones.blogspot.com shines an interesting light on the travails of Reading Labour Party.

by readingliberal on November 20, 2007 at 12:05 pm. Reply #

(in alpahabetic order: )


James Cleverly
The Croydonian
Prague Tory
Ellee Seymour
Benedict White


Antonia Bance
Chris Brooke
Bob Piper
Paul Linford
Jonathan Wood

by Anonymous on November 20, 2007 at 12:14 pm. Reply #

Hmmm, perhaps my post included too many suggestions. Could the admins be kind and fish it from the spam file? Thanks. [Editor: Tis done.]

by Anonymous on November 20, 2007 at 12:16 pm. Reply #

That one about the Derbyshires from a few years back. Was never sure if the humour was intentional or not.

by LiberalHammer on November 20, 2007 at 1:29 pm. Reply #

Are you referring to the darbyshires, or the leicestershires spoof?

by Duncan Borrowman on November 20, 2007 at 1:53 pm. Reply #

Surely there must be scores of people who have Chris Paul as their least favourite blog??

His bizarre obsession with John Leech MP and defending the sickening Miranda Grell make most of his postings unreadably cringeworthy…

by F W on November 20, 2007 at 1:54 pm. Reply #

We must include Craig Murray http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/ – a man of courage if ever there was.

by mary reid on November 20, 2007 at 1:59 pm. Reply #

Hello FW

You’re a brave one aren’t you!

John Leech is a proven Cancer Hospital Hoaxer and hundreds of voters went off him the day after the election because (a) he won, which shocked some of the protest voters who intended a warning shot not a sinking, and (b) he lied about the hospital.

Tories who backed him are I’m told particularly embarrassed and upset about that fact. Leech will be my MP if he wins again – because of boundary changes – and I really don’t want that to happen.

Miranda Grell is exercising a right to an appeal on a newly applied law and I support that right to appeal specifically and in general because it will help sort out the law on these matters. Don’t you?

Perhaps next time you want to emit random hatred you wouldn’t mind linking to your blog so we can see what we’re up against?

Best w

Chris P

by Chris Paul on November 20, 2007 at 4:40 pm. Reply #

Chris, no one has argued as far as I can tell that Miranda is entitled to appeal.
What you failed to answer to is the nature of the person in the first place. She admitted in court to telling a voter about the private life of her opponent, which was none of her business, which was a lie, and a clear case of using homophobia to discredit him.
On those grounds she should be expelled from the Labour party. Yet you turn a blind eye to her homophobia, I wonder why?

by Geoffrey Payne on November 20, 2007 at 4:49 pm. Reply #

Chris, I dont have a blog – I have a life instead.

by F W on November 20, 2007 at 5:29 pm. Reply #

Assuming this means political blogs – because most of the non-Lib Dem ones I tend to read are to do with other issues – there are three favourites that leap out, though I can’t seem to connect to the first one today, so it may be down:

http://www.ministryoftruth.org.uk/ – a Labour blogger concerned with liberty, and who writes very incisively
http://www.bloggerheads.com/ – witty and brutal political rough and tumble
http://www.badscience.net/ – some might argue this isn’t a political blog, but if Tory MPs can smear and complain about it… One of the most brilliant blogs about on public policy issues.

I won’t nominate least favourites, but I’m sure others will join my belly laugh at Chris Paul whining ‘sir, sir, he hit me!’ when he accuses someone else of emitting “random hatred” 😉

by Alex Wilcock on November 21, 2007 at 12:06 pm. Reply #

Agree with Alex on all three of those (And all three should be Lib Dems really, including Unity at the Ministry—I’ve told him that several times).

In addition, Chicken Yoghurt, Europhobia, Pickled Politics, The Snow in Summer and my top daily read, Chris Dillow’s Stumbling and Mumbling, a blog everyone who thinks of themselves as a liberal should read. Can be a bit offputting at first, and regularly gets accused of being “right wing” (he’s further to the left than I am by any sane scale), but knows his stuff and makes the liberal economics case well.

by MatGB on November 21, 2007 at 1:23 pm. Reply #

Email from Unity, Ministry of Truth has had some issues with his registrar (this also affects one of our joint-but-dormant projects) as well, but he’s reregistered a new name while the old one is fixed:

by MatGB on November 21, 2007 at 2:26 pm. Reply #

I’d say that my overall favourite blog is Guido Fawkes, but of the Lib Dems I think that James Graham is the most thoughtful and best writer.

Actually, if you combine the two you get someone who actually represents my views 🙂 James and I agree on liberalism except when it comes to economic liberalism, whereas Guido’s good on economic freedoms (and is a member of our sister party the Irish PDs, even though we wouldn’t have him), but his libertarianism on other things is a turn off for liberals like myself.

For people I like to agree with on the blogosphere there’s John Calder and Kop Lob Pob a Job.

by Peter Bancroft on November 21, 2007 at 2:48 pm. Reply #


by Anonymous on November 22, 2007 at 6:09 pm. Reply #

I have to say I read Liberal Conspiracy quite a bit and it’s turnign out quite well 😉

by Chris Keating on November 22, 2007 at 7:27 pm. Reply #

I enjoy http://stephenslighthouse.sirsi.com/ in my day job

by Bridget Fox on November 22, 2007 at 7:46 pm. Reply #

I enjoy reading Laban Tall’s UK Commentators blog almost as much as I enjoy writing it.

Unfortunately it’s a “we’re all going to hell in a handcart” blog, and as such it seems to appeal more to Labour bloggers than Lib Dems, although the Labour folk think the handcart business is all down to International Capital.

Lib Dems seem to think the country’s in pretty good shape, which always amazes me.

by Laban Tall on March 7, 2008 at 5:27 pm. Reply #

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