Here is the first part of my occasional round-up of political blogs in Brighton and Hove.
Caroline Lucas: Caroline has the great advantage of being the sitting MP for Brighton Pavilion. She doesn’t over do her blog, posting every three or four weeks on a matter of some substance or of local concern. The rest of her website is stuffed full of information that should be of interest to her constituents. A must read blog.
Charlotte Vere: I was criticised for calling Scott Seaman-Digby (Tory Central Office’s favourite to take on Caroline Lucas who lost out to Chuck Vere in the open caucus experiment) a ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ kind of politician. He immediately disappeared back from whence he came. Chuck Vere, on the other hand, continues to take regular pops at Caroline Lucas but has rarely returned to Brighton since her defeat. She will, one suspects, search out her old map of Brighton when selection time is once again upon us. As for her website, all you get when trying to open it is the following message: “Website currently being maintained and updated, please check back in a few days”. I will. I did like Chuck and, even though I did not shed a tear when she lost, she was a formidable individual who enlivened the local political scene.
Amy Kennedy: Green Amy hasn’t posted anything since 1st May, and that is a source of great regret, at least for this blogger. I know I teased her for being the Delia Smith of the Green Party, and praised her taste for Stassi-styled tabards, but on a more serious note she is a strong feminist and I was pleased to plug a video of a speech she gave to the Council on women’s issues. There are not enough local feminist political bloggers around, so I would urge her to make a comeback. She is also a leading authority on planning issues, and I learned much from her posts.
Ben Duncan: Kemptown Ben is one of the most prolific bloggers locally, and his blog is a must read for anyone with an interest in Council matters and in the policing of the city. Ben’s blog is great because it is regular and relevant, providing up-to-date analysis of local issues, and a fresh perspective not provided by the Brighton Argus. Nothing more needs to be said other than “Read Ben’s blog”.
Jean Calder: My Blog Roll has, until today, linked to Jean’s Argus Blog which provides an archive for her much missed column in the Argus. But I am pleased to see that, in recent weeks, Jean has begun blogging on a new site, The Jean Calder Chronicles. Her blog does not make easy reading, and is a strange mix covering as she does local and national politics as well as recording violence against women and children (and in a recent post the murder of Jay Abatan). The titles used for some of her posts makes clear the thrust of her blog “Death of Lorraine Head”, “Death of Laura Wilson”, “Death of Assia Shahzad” and so on. It is sobering to see her factual and respectful accounts of the killings of these women, usually at the hands of a male family member. However, she does cover politics and other local issues. Always worth reading.
More in the next few days. Until then, feel free to comment on what I have said about other people’s blogs, and have a say about this blog. My favourite comments about my blog include these from someone styling himself/herself simply as ‘kemptown': “Your writing is not very original. Your blog is not kept up-to-date. It is pretty dull to the average person. In fact it is just not very good” and on another occasion “You really are a bit odd and this blog is not really very good; come on do some real blogging for a change”. Makes me proud to be appreciated!