23 February 2005
Why the blogosphere will help the Conservative Party

In a follow up on IDS’s Guardian article Brian suggests that the Blogosphere may well serve to expose the Conservative Party’s divisions and thus to undermine it’s hopes.  I don’t think so.  The reason I think this is because the right-wing Blogosphere in Britain is remarkably united.  There are very few issues upon which it disagrees.  Thus it is not going to be exposing any divisions.

So the Blogosphere’s not going to be a negative.  But will it be a postive?  I think yes.

The Blogosphere’s main job is to keep the MSM honest.  When that starts to happen Conservatives will get a better press.  When they get a better press they will feel less guilty about being Conservatives.  When they fell less guilty they will start to say what they believe.  As they do Conservative policies will become more, well, conservative.  And because they will be getting a better press they will also have a better chance of being elected.


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  1. But if more Conservatives take to blogging, will “the blogosphere” - i.e. the “Conservative” bit of it - remain united?  I think not. Conservative bloggers won’t just unite against the MSM; they’ll divide amongst themselves.

    It is all guesswork on my part, and not being a Conservative myself, I care only in the sense that I would now rather be right than wrong about this particular point.

    I hope to have another crack on Samizdata at describing the Conservative Party predicament Real Soon Now.

    Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 23 February 2005 at 07:14am

  2. Err, there aren’t many Conservative bloggers - more Libertarians methinks.

    Posted by Guido Fawkes on 23 February 2005 at 04:22pm

  3. While I don’t think blogging will help the Conservative Party that much, those Conservative bloggers that exists tend to be more libertarian than conservative.  See http://thecandidatespeaks.blogspot.com/
    and http://concom.blogspot.com/

    Perhaps any Conservative candidates with ambition realise that what they write online is going to come under scrutiny by the Party hierarchy and are a bit careful in what they say.

    Posted by Wolfie on 27 February 2005 at 04:32am

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