Vote for your top ten blogs

Whatever you think of Iain Dale and his Tory politics, you'll probably enjoy responding to his annual invitation to help choose the UK's top 100 political blogs by sending in your choice of your own top ten.  It's all set out more colourfully here, but the main points are these:

Guide to Political Blogs 2008-9: Vote for your Top Ten Blogs
Take Part & Win £100 worth of Political Books!

In early September TOTAL POLITICS, in association with APCO WORLDWIDE, will publish the 2008-9 Guide to Political Blogging in the UK. It will contain articles on blogging by some of Britain's leading bloggers, together with a directory of UK political blogs, and a series of Top 20s and Top 10s. The book will be available at the Green Party, TUC, Labour, LibDem and Tory Conferences, where TOTAL POLITICS will have exhibition stands.

We're asking for your votes to decide the Top 100 UK Political Blogs. Simply email your Top Ten (ranked from 1 to 10) to If you have a blog, please encourage your readers to do the same. I'll then compile the Top 100 from those that you send in. Just order them from 1 to 10. Your top blog gets 10 points and your tenth gets 1 point.

The deadline for submitting your Top 10 is Friday August 15th. Please type Top 10 in the subject line. Or you can of course leave your Top 10 in the Comments on this post [nb. not please on Ephems! — BLB] .

Once all the entries are in a lucky dip draw will take place and the winner will be sent £100 worth of political books!

The rules are simple:

1. Please only vote once
2. Only blogs based in the UK, run by UK residents are eligible or based on UK politics are eligible
3. Votes must be cast before Friday 15 August
4. Blogs chosen must be listed in the Total Politics Blog Directory.
5. You must send a list of TEN blogs, ranked. Any entry containing fewer than ten blogs will not count.
6. Anonymous votes left in the comments will not count. You must give a name

So, once again, the email address to send your TOP TEN BLOGS to is…


The Comments on Iain Dale's post, 56 of them at the last count, are worth a visit on their own, including some contributors' lists of their Top Ten, although so far, unaccountably, none seems to include any votes for Ephems.  Perhaps my army of fans are both sending their votes in by private e-mail.   Canvassing for support doesn't seem to be outlawed by the rules, but might be thought to be bad taste, so I'll gracefully refrain.

Once again, please send your top ten blogs list to, not to this blog, whether as a comment here or as a private message from Ephems.


2 Responses

  1. Andrew Milner says:

    Those obnoxious Samizdata Grandees and their little gang of sycophants would have to be near the bottom of any list. Truly revolting how they gang up on any newcomer, particularly those with the education, experience, exposure, contracts and writing skills those sorry-assed losers lack. This shallow ego over-shadows the entire site; they do so hate to be up-staged. “What I have is wonderful; what you have is nothing.” Like dealing with stroppy teenagers: “If I’ve never heard it before, it must be wrong”. They should be embarrassed because they often have to reverse themselves within a brief span of time. But thick skin and limited-recall memory hasten to their side like faithful allies. The result is to drive away anyone that could make a significant contribution. Wasn’t it Rosa Luxemburg that said it was vitally important that the one person whose opinion differed from the majority be heard and be afforded special protection. Not just for their sake, but because the majority had a right to hear that opinion. Which however obnoxious may contain a grain of truth. But that philosophical insight is clearly way beyond them.
    The Samizdata Grandees constantly bitch about life in Police State UK (common ground there) but unlike me, are too risk adverse to fly the coop. Put your money where your mouth is, boys. You would think that with the Internet, social credit would to some extent be transferable. But outside their little social circle, they must fear nobody status beckons. Well trust me boys, you couldn’t be a bigger nobody than washed up on the beach in UK with the flotsam and jetsam of the stream of life.
    Not a fan, you can tell.

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