Steve Richards has an interesting take on the rise and rise of blogging (here).

Not for the first time a journalist from a left-leaning organ seems puzzled by the predominance in this field of articulate right-wing blogging. He rightly attributes some of it to being in opposition. But I think he misses entirely what I believe is an important motor for the articulate and intelligent right in exploiting and, so far, dominating this new media.

The BBC in all its modes (TV and Radio) is now so institutionally leftist that we are almost totally excluded from representation thereon and any right winger who raises his head above the parapet can expect nothing more than a sneering trashing at their hands. Other broadcast media too are routinely leftist in outlook (Jon Snow’s recent description of the British Army’s in Northern Ireland as an ‘occupation force’ a timeous reminder of their mindset) and the voice of the right is routinely muzzled.

So it should come as no surprise that, having been so excluded, we should seek to have our voice heard in another medium. And what a medium it is and what endless possibilities it presents. I look forward to being part of the revolution in news and comment dissemination it presents.

Looking at what Richards says it is also possible to detect a little note of fear: might it be that blogging begins to displace the print media as the medium of choice for the internet surfer?

Richards also laments the paucity of lefty blogs. It is a curious feature of blogging that almost none of the lefty blogs is remotely fun or interesting. It comes, one suspects, from the sloganeering mindset of Labour which does not translate easily into blogging. In addition why blog when you have the monolithic BBC on your side as the Agitprop arm of the Labour party?

The good thing is, that when this odious government is finally swept into the trash bag of history, lefty bloggers will be miles behind those of us on the right who will have, hopefully, developed the medium to a much finer point where we may easily adapt to the constraints of power. Thus, when the need is greatest, that first lovely taste of defeat and opposition will find lefty bloggers floundering in our wake as we head off to the blogostratosphere.

When we finally get the referendum on the Constitutional Treaty will be the first test of whether we can harness the power of the internet so successfully that we can deliver a crushing blow to Labour and to Britain in the EU.

Bring it on.

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