Sunday, September 17, 2006

With friends like these...

Am I the only one who thinks that ConservativeHome.com is often doing Labour's work for it?

Take today's frontpage. The first features noted are comments on the polls (as though the polls were going to magically go heavily in our favour the second the Labour leadership row blew), problems with obtaining membership data and an incredibly important piece on David Cameron's favourite tie. Then in the week in which Cameron made perhaps the best received speech in Scotland by a Conservative leader in a very long time and distanced himself from past Conservative mistakes, rather than highlight the positive coverage umpteen negative pieces are wheeled out to pretend the speech went down badly.

Time and again one feels that ConservativeHome is more of a thorn in the party's side. Having become one of the main sources of information for many party members the result is that often it needs to be reassured on much needed major changes - look at the way the announcement about the rearrangement of seats in some useless assembly was made.

Would "ConservativeAway" be a more accurate description?

4 comments:

Louise said...

I have actually stopped reading Conservative Home. It started - and I believe Tim's intention - as a forum for members' debate and suggestions to go forward to the upper echelons. It has now become the stomping ground for malcontents with sneering postings on every new policy and news story. The newspapers now look to it for any sort of story on tory splits.

Elephunt said...

I'm always a bit surprised when the media regard a leadership contest/bid as bad news for a political party. History proves it is anything but and it can often revive a party's public standing, albeit temporarily. The problem with conservativehome is they give a massive amount of weight and blog space to polls, that's fine providing they are moving in your direction, but it quickly becomes a millstone when the tide starts to turn.

Anonymous said...

Why on Earth shouldn't Conservative Home criticise the party? We're not the old Soviet Communist Party you know and CH is not an official party website. If people want undiluted Tory bias they can read the party website, if they want free discussion they can read the blogs. Surely that's not too difficult a concept to grasp, or do the intellectually challenged favour CCO dominated information control?

Anonymous said...

Exactly. If ConservativeHome simply echoed the party line, then like conservatives.com no one would read it. I'd say it gets the balance just right in terms of giving weight to support for the party as it tries to get into government and lending support to lasting conservative principles.

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