Blimey, Lists are all the rage it seems. Following the Daily Telegraph publishing a rather strange list of the one hundred most influential leftists in Britain.
It seems surreal to find Gordon Brown and Blair as number one and number two respectively. Any logic that includes those two should surely also include David Cameron?
What is interesting (well perhaps only interesting to bloggers) is that the Telegraph includes various bloggers as influential. Making the rather bizarre judgement that Sunny Hundal is more influential than Gerry Adams, and Dave Osler is more influential than Tariq Ali and John Pilger.
According to the Telegraph:
72. SUNNY HUNDAL
There are few left of centre bloggers who could be described as ‘influential’. Sunny Hundal is one. His site specialises in discussing ethnic issues, but is increasingly reaching out to wider issues on the left. He’s an eloquent media performer and the very antithesis of the stereotype ranting blogger.
77. NORMAN GERAS
Author of the Normblog (www.normblog.typepad.com)
Geras was Professor of Government, University of Manchester until 2003 but now writes one of the most influential left of centre blogs in Britain. A founder of the Euston Manifesto, Geras’s views were important in shaping the pro war left’s view of the war in Iraq.
93. DAVID OSLER
Dave’s Part Blog (www.davidosler.com) Osler is a financial journalist and a Trotskyite turned Labour Party member whose blog has given him a profile and influence few on the extreme left can dream of. He’s one of the few leftist bloggers with a finely developed sense of humour.
Simultaneously, Tory self-publicist Iain Dale has published a list of the top one hundred left blogs.
It is clear from a moment’s perusal that his list is very heavily weighted towards the Labour party. It is a bizarre list of left blogs in Britain that doesn’t include Lenin’s Tomb or Ian Bone.
Anyway, here is my take on the top one hundred and one left blogs from England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland.
Why 101 blogs and not 100? Well purely because false modesty prevents me from ranking the SU blog in the list, but I have included it, so that we don’t get forgotten.
The placings in the list are arbitrary of course. I have taken into account the originality of the content, how often it is updated,, the quality of the writing, the number of comments, and the degree to which the blog makes a useful contribution to lef politics in my personal opinion!
Some very good blogs are not updated frequently, and therefore get a lower ranking. Some other very good blogs only have occasional political content, and as this is a political list you get a lower rank than you deserve.
So here we go
0) Socialist Unity Blog (not ranked in the list)
1) Cedar Lounge (the winner! From Ireland.)
2) Splintered Sunrise (second place also taken by an Irish blog)
3) Stroppy Blog
4) Lenin’s Tomb
5) Liam Mac Uaid
6) Rebellion Sucks
7) Dave’s Part
8.) Shiraz Socialist
9) Scottish Patient
10) Random Pottins
21 to 30
The Early Days of a Better Nation
A Very Public Sociologist
Adventures in Historical Materialism
Mike’s Little Red Page
Left Wing Criminologist
31 to 40
41 to 50
51 to 60
61 to 70
71 to 80
81 to 90
91 to 100