Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Rise of the SNP blogger

The best political bloggers in the UK have typically come from the right wing with a few honourable mentions from the left - Paul and Kerron for example.

However the up-coming Scottish elections seem to have spurred on a bit of a rise in the SNP blogger.

I first read Grant Thoms (the Tartan Hero), but there's plenty more - Anne McLaughlin (no relation), Alison Thewliss, Lachie McNeill, Jamie Hepburn, Julie Hepburn, Chris for Pollok, Davie Hutchison and Richard Thomson to name a few. The quality varies a bit but there are a couple which I will now visit regularly - especially the Glasgow Springburn and Shettleston ones.

Interestingly, many of the posts across the board are quite similar. With many of the same graphics. I wonder if this is a deliberate campaign being supported (and possibly encouraged) by Nat High Command. Well done if it is. Many voters will be finding their SNP candidates with blogs which are (shockingly for political candidates) on-message. The SNP, unlike the Conservatives, seem to have taken the hint that public statements diametrically opposed to the Party line don't actually help. Still, hopefully after the elections the blogs will keep going and be slightly more open to varied topics rather than just party policy.

4 comments:

Anne McLaughlin said...

Hi there Louise. Thank you for the plug and your kind comments. My attention was drawn to the words "no relation". Would I be right in thinking you may well be related to someone I know fairly well? I'm being cryptic because I'm new to blogging and not sure if you'd want to keep your identity under wraps :-)

Louise said...

Hi Anne, I very well be related to someone you know fairly well. In fact I very well be his daughter....

Of course, if we're thinking of a different person I'm not.

Still, I think my attachment to Springburn (ah the Red Road flats in the moon light) and Shettleston should make it clear. ;-)

Anne McLaughlin AKA Indygal said...

Thought so :-) Heard lots about you from your mum and dad. Everyone generally thinks I'm YOU. I shall read your blog with even more interest now.

Paul Burgin said...

"The best political bloggers in the UK have typically come from the right wing with a few honourable mentions from the left - Paul and Kerron for example."

Aah thanks! :)