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Thursday, January 12, 2006
Huhne proves he's not chicken
by Steve Travis

Only German speakers will spot the awful pun in the title, but I am glad that one of the young(er) generation of MPs has broken cover. Huhne has a CV to die for. He also has a reassuringly deep voice, and on the occasions I've heard him on "Today" comes across with Gravitarse (tm Graham Productions 2006). Even if he is ultimately unsuccessful I see him vying with David laws for Treasury and wiping th efloor with squeaky George. The blogosphere is warming to him too.
posted by Apollo Project @ 9:53 pm  
  • At 12 January, 2006 23:49, Anonymous Alex said…

    Has anyone tried to quantify just what influence the Lib Dem blogosphere might carry in this election?

    Being generous, let's guesstimate that there are up to 3,000 Lib Dem members who may read a relevant blog during the contest. And maybe each reader shares what they've read with one other member.

    I reckon that gives an absolute upper limit of 10% of the likely voting membership within reach of the blogs. If it really is this high, then it's obviously worth having the support of -- but must surely be far less important than the mainstream media, the weight of support in parliamentary party and the lead given in each local party by opinion-formers.

  • At 13 January, 2006 00:09, Blogger Apollo Project said…

    Alex - it was a throwaway comment. I don't doubt that very few members will be aware of the blogs. Although our hit rate here at Apollo has increased around 5-fold this week comapred to the average week!

  • At 13 January, 2006 01:19, Blogger James said…

    Blogs will have very little impact on members, but significantly more on journalists. We've already seen Lynne Featherstone's leadership questions carried on virtually every single media outlet, while several of us were linked to by Oliver King on the Guardian blog this week. I've already noticed that the mood music on the blogs tends to be reflected in the coverage.

    It isn't the only or even main source that journalists use, but it is having a small effect, particularly thanks to Ryan's libdemblogs.

  • At 13 January, 2006 13:27, Blogger Simon said…

    I am glad that Huhne has a deep voice. I never thought such things mattered - until I watched QT last night and witnessed Oaten....

    On the journalist-blogger relationship, I think it is interesting that objective of bloggers seems to be plagiarised by journalists. A badge of honour is to see one their phrases in the op-ed. Interesting, I think.

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