Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Polly Toynbee finds time for Lib Dems

I have put this comment onto Comment is Free

Previously Polly Toynbee has been a supporter of voting Labour on all occasions. She may have information or think she has information that Brown has a different policy on Iraq to the policy he has supported since 1997. Who knows really?

Comment on Comment is Free now stops after three days so the punters get no chance to develop an argument. No response so far from Polly Toynbee. My impression is that most comments are against her on the Labour association.

Just one example of the difficulty for print journalism in adjusting to online discussion. My impression is that the columnists did not ask to become bloggers. They rarely respond to comments.

Jeff Jarvis sometimes adds something, but more often on Buzzmachine.

My Comment

One reason the protest at the Iraq invasion has stopped is the success of Labour and media in blocking discussion. The opposition inside the Labour Party has not been reported.

Polly Toynbee has been part of this. She wrote during the last local elections about those who had decided not to vote Labour as not really knowing why. Iraq got a very small place in the story.

Apparently there is now less of a legal block on reporting the Al Jazeera memo trial. But there is almost nothing said about it. David Blunkett appeared to state to Channel 4 when promoting his book that bombing Al Jazeera was discussed with Tony Blair. Has any UK journalist asked him about this?

I have voted Liberal Democrat since 2003 and written to the Labour Party on each occasion to explain why. I did get a reply after the European elections but not since. The approach seems to be to make out that such a voting pattern has ceased to exist. This has been supported by some journalists and this seems to have been effective. Is it surprising there is less involvement in UK politics?

I now blog occasionally as a fan for Froomkin. US politics is now more inspiring. The Democrats are often sensible.


added this bit as i will continue mostly on this blog