Apologies for the delay in posting part 3 of my occasional round-up of Brighton (and Hove) political blogs.
Jason Kitcat writes one of the more interesting local blogs, as expected from one of the more interesting councillors. There has been some focus, understandable, on the case brought against him by vindictive and narrow-minded Tory, Ted Kemble. I was delighted to see that Councillor Kitcat has been cleared this week by an independent Tribunal. But Jason’s blog provides interesting and informative coverage of the Council and the cuts. He even provides links to the occasional YouTube video of Geoffrey Theobald! Jason Kitcat’s blog is good news for the blogosphere, and Jason Kitcat is good news for the City Council.
Paul Perrin is a nice man but why on earth has he got such extremist views? Paul should feel at home in the Tory Party, but he believes the Conservatives are far too pro-Europe, something the rest of us think is a laughable position. Instead he remains in UKIP where all he can do is snipe from the sidelines. His blog “Free People of England” describes the Conservatives as “the new party of the left” and refers back to speech made at a Tory Party conference in 1977. It may have been a speech by William Hague, but he was a child then, for goodness sake. Have a look at his blog, but don’t let it convince you – not through argument but by comparison – that the Tories are a moderate party.
Andy Richards’ blog, People’s Republic of Hove, is a straightforward, uncomplicated, unreconstructed blog of the old left, and Andy is a straightforward, uncomplicated, unreconstructed activist of the left. His blog provides a good reminder of the left in its glory days of the 1980′s. I agree with much of what he says, but feel that he does little more than preach to the converted. I hope he can prove me wrong, but I suspect he is leading the left and his union members to an heroic defeat.
Paul Elgood’s Brunswick Blog is little more than an electronic version of a Liberal Focus leaflet. The blog tries, and fails, to reassure voters that the Lib Dems are anything other than the party that has made it possible for the Tories to destroy public services by making unprecendented cuts. Danny Alexander, David Laws, Nick Clegg, Vince Cable are, I believe, Lib Dems. No, Paul, it won’t wash. Thank you for your service to the City, and enjoy your political retirement.
And then there is the Brighton Politics Blogger. It has been described as “a load of twaddle”, “clearly narcissistic and inconsequential”, “superficial, snide and irrelevant”, and “it is just not very good”. What do you think?