I'd like to thank everyone whose votes took this blog into the top 20 LibDem blogs in the 2010 Total Politics poll - 36 places higher than its first appearance in 2009.
As I said then, 'I can only assume that the votes came from people old enough to remember the days when I was invoved as speech advisor/writer/coach to former LibDem leader Paddy Ashdown - and who think (incorrectly) that I carried on in a similar capacity with all the leaders since then' ... (continued HERE).
Last year, I was so surprised to see it appear as a 'LibDem' blog at all that I began to worry whether I'd gone astray (HERE):
'Yesterday's news about being voted the 56th Liberal Democrat blog has really got me wondering whether I've been more partisan than I'd realised - given that I do try, most of the time, to be reasonably objective. I'm also quite happy that it's isted as 'non-aligned' in the Total Politics magazine's types of political blogs.'
This year, I'm delighted that the blog has risen even higher in the same poll, and am much more relaxed to see it listed as 'LibDem' than I was last year.
This is not because I think it's any less 'non-aligned' than it was then, but because, I was emailed during the poll about whether I wanted it to be categorised as 'LibDem or something else'. I replied that I didn't mind, and suggested that they should put it in whichever category it reached the highest position.
But there have been quite a few posts likely to have been of special interest to LibDems during the year - either because they mention LibDem politicians and/or discuss video clips of them in action.
If that's played a part in elevating the blog into the Top 20, I'm very pleased. And, having just re-read them all again, I don't think any of them can be said to be particularly 'partisan'.
See what you think (posts in italics include video clips):
- Clegg's conference speech: 'definitely OK, absolutely fine, without any doubt not bad'
- Who were represented by the UK's political parties 50 years ago?
- An important but elusive asset for British political party leaders
- Just who does Lord Adonis think he is?
- Dr Cable's 'medical' diagnosis of our economic problems
- Date and Scrabble dictionaries as inspirational aids to speechwriters
- Snakes, ladders & the folly of Q-A campaigning
- Nick Clegg defies Rory Bremner (and me)
- How NOT to introduce a speaker
- Vince Cable shows how 'Yah-boo politics' can win victories for LibDems
- The problem for two opponents in three-sided TV debates
- Silent speeches by party leaders: the wallpaper of television news coverage
- Cutaways as the nearest thing to applause in the TV debates
- Exit poll denial (and a handy tip for the pollsters)
- Constitutional change will depend on architectural change
- How UKIP's dodgy dealings helped to defeat horse manure expenses MP
- A model resignation speech by David Laws
- If you can't remember Vince Cable's best lines, nor can he!