A question about politics from a reader in the UK has given me pause for thought. He emailed me to suggest that political bias influences some of what I write in this blog, pointing out the style of my commentary the other day criticizing the Number Ten podcast and my commentaries in the conversation about PR/journalism symbiosis a couple of months ago as examples.
One thing I don’t do in this blog is get into any kind of commentary or discussion about politics. I do have a Politics category but I don’t write about anything that’s to do with my own political leanings. I do not allow any political views of my own to influence what I write here. This is not a blog about politics; it’s primarily about business, communication and technology.
But my reader asked me directly where I sit in the political landscape, so here’s how I answered him in an email.
As an expat Brit, I still do have a very keen interest in what’s going on in my home country. I think Tony Blair is generally doing a pretty good job as leader. I also think the Lib Dems continue to be the joke of mainstream British politics. And I think David Cameron is the best thing that’s happened to the Conservatives since Labour took office nearly ten years ago, but I still can’t see them winning the next election.
I read The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph. Not the Independent nor The Times (well, now and again). And definitely never the Daily Mail. I look at the Sun, Daily Mirror and the News of The World occasionally but that’s just to keep me amused. I subscribe to the Financial Times.
All of this mainstream media reading, incidentally, is done online even though all the papers are on the newsstands here in Amsterdam the same day of publication. The only paper I actually buy is Saturday’s Telegraph for the Motoring, Travel and Arts+Books supplements which keep me going all week at breakfast time. Great writing. Great columnists. Great journalism.
Does any of that tell you what my politcial beliefs are? Perhaps. But I bet you can’t pigeon-hole me. Which is fine with me.