The left blogs the election


I’ve been remiss, I know, in not writing more about the Free State election. The major reason for this is that I’m thoroughly browned off hearing about Bertiegate and stamp duty, which may be preoccupying the O’Reilly press but are of relatively little interest to me. There will be a few more posts, I promise, over the next couple of weeks.

 Meanwhile, as an aficionado of trenchant leftist writing, I’m pleased to see that Socialist Democracy have relaunched their election blog. Their writing style may be a bit dour for some tastes, but the blog is actually a little bit lighter than the main SD site. Anyway, it may appeal to the many people who find this blog too flippant.

 And of course, more detailed ongoing coverage at the always readable Cedar Lounge. And allow me to make an appeal here – there aren’t many Irish left blogs, but if I’m missing any please let me know in the comments box.


  1. Ed Hayes said,

    May 16, 2007 at 11:30 am

    Is it utterly cynical and petty of me to point out, that no matter how how well written and readable the SD blog is, there hs not been one contributor to any of the topics posted? What this says about SD, the left, the internet or the southern election is open to question.

  2. splinteredsunrise said,

    May 16, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    That struck me as well. Maybe I’m cynical about the left – actually I am cynical about the left – but I can’t help thinking of Indymedia. Posts on big important issues might attract one or two comments, but one small left organisation slags another off and dozens leap in.

    The strange thing is that SD have a reputation on the Irish left for being spiky and polemical. When they do something that I think is commendably non-sectarian… well, maybe the punters prefer bunfights.

  3. WorldbyStorm said,

    May 18, 2007 at 6:54 pm

    That’s it. SD is very interesting, but interesting, as we know doesn’t necessarily travel far. And it’s as you say, the bunfight is always preferable to y’know, actually thinking positions through.

  4. Martin Wisse said,

    May 19, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    Of course. Slagging off the competition is always more fun than responding to articles setting out well thought out positions.

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