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Famous Bloggers.

While waiting for the results of this morning’s start of the  French Day of Action against Pension Reform here are some long overdue Blogging Notes.

Phil, the Very Public Sociologist (whose site  covers with verve Theory, Politics and grass-roots activity) observed a few months back that many left Bloggers had got the taste from their time on the UK Left Network Yahoo list. The hard-fought wars played out on this forum have no doubt shaped us. Some predicted that Blogging would mean we ended up ploughing our own course, with ever-decreasing contact with reality. Has this happened? It is interesting that many of these Blogs successfully integrate activism, writing immediate posts, and articles for the socialist press.

Amongst those which are always of interest are: Organised Rage – Mick covers of a wide range of issues, particularly Irish ones, and his obituaries of labour movement figures – the latter of great value. Harpy Marx writes of her London activism, with film reviews and wonderful photos. Her in-depth knowledge of welfare makes her a leader in the field. Stroppy, a collective Blog, is entertaining with a direct insight into the doings of the London RMT. Marashajane in Union Futures  integrates her work as a member of the Labour Representation Committee with East London left union and Labour politics. Anna Chen produces a professional Blog with wit. Her defence of China is carried  further by Socialist Unity. Dave’s Part, Dave Osler’s Blog, manages to directly address the kind of political issues a wider public talks about. Dolphinarium swims on, in-between month-long glasses of wine.

Harry’s Place – whose founder believe or not originated on UKLN – has defended Israel more and more vociferously. Its Ezraitist phase, fighting the Cold War by re-heating Google left-overs, overshadows its continuing useful role as an exposer of Islamism and its apologists.  

Other Blogs worth noting: Shiraz Socialist – for its against-the-grain attacks and good sense about Islamism. Rosie Bell, raising the cultural tone. Bob From Brockley offers an indispensable round-up of left Blogging, and recently wrote a superb history of the RCP/Living Marxism. Poumista covers with rigour the kind of left the Tendance comes from. The Spanish Prisoner does great film reviews, and – a real source of new information – explains life on the Dole as an American leftist. Entdinglichung covers such a range of European leftist news, history and theory, that one wonders how he manages it. Beyond the Transition is essential reading on the former Eastern Bloc.


Locally the much heralded wave of citizen bloggers has largely failed to take off. On Suffolk County Council’s plans to flog off and hive-away all its services  Tendance Coatesy has been largely alone in providing information and comment. The two main Ipswich Blogs worth looking at (with noses held) are Tory ones: Riverside View and Bridge Ward News. Though Labour Councillor Alisdair Ross’s Blog shows potential. Poor (as in piss-poor) old Ipswich Spy seems to have been taken on a well-deserved trip to the Knacker’s Yard.

Apologies to anyone I’ve missed for the moment.


Written by Andrew Coates

October 12, 2010 at 10:02 am

Posted in Culture, Internet Freedom, Left, Marxism

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  1. Thanks for the inclusion, very flattered! 🙂


    October 12, 2010 at 5:07 pm

  2. Its Ezraitist phase, fighting the Cold War by re-heating Google left-overs, overshadows its continuing useful role as an exposer of Islamism and its apologists.

    Totally. I don’t need to be told that Stalin was a bastard and a lot of fellow travellers were fools.


    October 12, 2010 at 8:03 pm

  3. Thanks for saying my blog was one of two worth looking at mate. Locally Pan Scourer http://www.panscourer.com/ has it’s moments and also St Helens Story http://kevanlim.byethost5.com/ is a good read usually. Kevan Lim’s posts tend to be very balanced.


    October 24, 2010 at 6:45 pm

  4. How could you forget Ipswich Unemployed Action http://intensiveactivity.wordpress.com/ ????


    October 24, 2010 at 7:02 pm

  5. Kev, not mentioning Ipswich Unemployed Action (which gets scores of comments all the time)?

    Modesty, pure modesty.

    Andrew Coates

    October 25, 2010 at 4:08 pm

  6. Thank you for your kind recommendation.

    the spanish prisoner

    November 1, 2010 at 7:26 am

  7. […] can always improve my view of them by mentioning me in a good light (I was told that Andrew Coates did something similar, although I’m fairly sure he doesn’t lose any sleep over my opinion) the cuts […]

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