Has Tom Harris fallen victim to Ed’s new assertiveness?
Glad to have it confirmed by Tom Harris himself (right), in a post-final post on his blog:
What’s provoked me to make this last and final post (honest) is Mike Smithson’s question – which I trust will feature in John Rentoul’s ongoing and successful series of posts entitled “Questions to which the answer is no” – “Has Tom Harris fallen victim to Ed’s new assertiveness?”
Never, at any point in the whole of my blogging career – including the period when I was a minister – has anyone in the Labour Party asked me to stop blogging. Not once. The last conversation I had with EdM ended with him telling me: “Keep up the blogging.”
In fact, the only thing that could have persuaded me to keep up the blogging would have been if any senior member of the party had “instructed” me to give it up. That would have been fun.
I said at the time that it would be brilliant but a shame in one way if Harris were elected to the shadow cabinet, because he had said he would give up blogging if he were. Now we get the worst of both worlds. He’s not in the shadow cabinet and he has stopped blogging. It’s a sad day.
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I wonder if we’re experiencing the gradual death of the political blogosphere.
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