Back to reality
5 October, 2009
Well well well it’s been a while.
Ok it has been a while when blogging has been lighter than an anorexic snowflake but hey this is new meedja dharling. Blogs are born, blogs die and some are even resurrected.
Anyway what has sparked this return?
Mine? Well possibly, but I was thinking more about the honourable member of parliament for Mid Bedfordshire one Nadine Dorries. Some people on the left don’t like Nadine. Really I can’t think why? If you were a Democrat in the states wouldn’t you want to keep the gift that keeps on giving Sarah Palin? Still Palin has got something. Her new ghostwritten book is at the top of the best seller charts replacing even works written by actual authors. It’s called Going Rogue perhaps Nadine would like to try her hand at her own work of literature possibly she should call it Going Blonde judging by her latest blog post. She claims
Tim Montgomerie, Iain Dale and the legendary Guido Fawkes lead the field in news blogging. Each can boast equal daily readership comparable to some of the widest read paid for papers.
Perhaps she would like to check the figures
National newspaper circulation, August 2009 (source ABC)
Daily popular and mid market titles
Daily Mirror: 1,324,883, down 9 per cent
Daily Record: 347,302, down 11 per cent
Daily Star: 886,814, up 18 per cent
The Sun: 3,128,501, down 1 per cent
Daily Express: 730,234, down 2.5 per cent
Daily Mail: 2,171,686, down 3.9 per cent
Then check Guido’s latest figures:
1,526,279 page views from 882,794 visits from 206,965 visitors last month.
To which, via the feed, is to be added another 721,280 views from 63,856 visits by 7,365 subscribers
Or Iain Dale’s July set which is his latest statporn “There were 706,000 page views, off 516,296 unique visitors, and 98,879 absolute unique visitors.”
Now if I was the editor of the Speccie I would be worried by those figures but the editors of “the widest read paid for papers” not so much. They’ve got to have somewhere to nick their stories afterall.
Such facility with numbers would surely mean a promotion to the shadow treasury team for our Nadine. George needs a nanny to give a hand with Maths homework. Stardom for the Bedfordshire one surely beckons!
And now for something not entirely different
Personally I think it was fair to ask Gordon Brown about the use of anti depressants. If you were Gordon Brown with the poll ratings he’s got wouldn’t you want some happy pills? And what an excellent way to counter the stupid stigma about the use of drugs to treat a mental illness when treating a phyisical illness would illicit no such response. As we are in the question asking frame of mind and what’s more we have a right to know what David Cameron has been putting up his nose. “20 years ago” yadda yadda “politicians right to a private life” yadda yadda just doesn’t cut it. That’s not to judge. It wouldn’t make a hapenny’s difference to me what any of the party leaders had been putting up their noses twenty years ago but shouldn’t they at all times level with the British people that they hope to lead. We are perfectly capable of making rational decisions about such things. Didn’t Obama make an admission of misuse?
You hope the vetting of the commander of the Trident submarine would include questions about the use of drugs. We don’t want some nutter with billions worth of UK government property and a sub load of nukes ranging across the oceans of the world trying to find their next fix. As for the man who may in the future have his finger on the button or at least access to the launch codes can we not have the same reassurance. What we can’t ask that question? Do we have a free media or a Cameroonian arse smoochers convention? Get to it Marr!