The Bickerstaffe Record


In praise of Conservative blogs

08.30.09 | 1 Comment


Here at the Bickerstaffe Record we take the Total Politics blog competition, in which we were voted second best councillor blog in the UK (wer’e not sure we’ve mentioned that) very seriously indeed.

We wait on the Mr Dale’s drip feed of top 10, and top 30 and top 50s and top 100s with baited breath.

It was then with a shudder of excitement this morning that we clicked on the link to the top 100 Conservative blogs.

 We were not disappointed.

In there at No.97 was the brilliant ‘Ed Vaisey’s blog’, this being the blog of Ed Vaiser MP, shadowy Minister for Culture and MP for Wantage and Didcot.

What a blog this is, and how wise and discerning the more Conservative-minded Total Politics voters are to ensure it received this much deserved accolade!

So what’s so speacial about Ed’s blog?

Well, while other blogs witter on for ages about policy and politics and such like, Ed cuts to the chase. Not for him this nonsense of multiple entries about different issues, not for him that dull-as-ditchwater updating of constituents on issues relevant to their lives.

No, Ed just gets the job done – one entry (06 july 2009), beautiful in its minimalism, is all it needs.


‘Hello all’, states Ed with the understated chummy simplicity that mark him out as a purveyor of quality rather than quantity, ‘This is my new Blog, the last one had technical problems so i’ve decided to start again with my website. Watch this space for my new entries.’

Job done.  Just superb, and well worthy of a position much higher up the rankings, reflective as it is of the whole ‘do nothing, think nothing, write nothing’ Conservative mindset and psyche.  Why bother to add ‘new entries afer this masterpiece of concision.

No wonder his colleague Jeremy Hunt MP, Shadow Culture Secretary, marks Ed’s blog out on his own blogroll as one of his favourites.  Jeremy, in at No 91 himself with his rollicking good read of six whole posts AND a breaking news item about him going to visit some bus stops, knows a winner when he says one.  Like Ed, he knows when the job is done, and between 02 july and 17 July he gets said what needs to be said. No need for any more posts when you’re that good.

Well done, Ed and Jeremy. You are clearly brilliant bloggers, brilliant politicians, brilliant minds, and you deserve all the praise you get.





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