Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Selection of video from UK sources

The previous post followed the suggestion that Iraq is one reason Labour politicians do not want to engage in online video blogging. So this is the result of some recent searches. There may be other links later.

George Galloway on Sky News

Sky is part of the Murdoch structure so this may have to be moved to MySpace.

Ming Campbell

Maybe Ming could have another go at a video on Iraq. Very low number of views on this one. Is there any archive from 2003 that could be mixed in?

Rose Gentle Mother of UK soldier killed in Iraq

The Scottish Nationalists could do well in May, partly because of policy on Iraq.

Peter Kilfoyle

Not about Iraq as such, but the closest a search on Kilfoyle could find.

This is from 18 Doughty Street, arguably the most well known political online video site in the UK. Labour and left political discussion could remain limited till there is a more open discussion on Iraq.

Scope change towards UK video

I am starting to look at UK online video. This blog has not been updated much, partly because US discussion on Iraq has been less depressing. Not that the opposition to Bush policy has had any effect on what is happening. Just that the media are more or less including something reasonable.

Dan Froomkin continues to do an excellent job. His recent coverage includes the investigation of the US Attorney General including analysis of White House briefings. We have an Attorney General here in the UK. Maybe reporting on him would gain from looking at a US example.

The only criticism of Dan Froomkin i have found is that he is too easily shocked. Brad DeLong may have a low opinion of journalists but i think Froomkin is right to start out with high expectations. The people with access to the White House have the potential to do an excellent job.

Meanwhile there has been a transition to video, at least according to Jeff Jarvis. He has started to include more video links on Buzzmachine and has opened Prezvid to cover the 2008 election through online video. In a column for the Guardian he looked at the UK story so far and I was struck by a comment that the Iraq issue is one factor in discouraging Labour politicians from entering an open conversation as would be necessary in an open video blog.

So the next post will try to find UK video already available.