You can also download a black and white version of the Total Politics Guide To Political Blogging 2008/09 [PDF], which has the usual lists, tips, commentaries and "state of the blogosphere" summaries. Thanks to Shane Greer who wrote the Right of Centre focus-piece, for including a large section on your humble Devil.
Like it or not large swathes of bloggers on the centre-right have the Labour government (and Gordon Brown in particular) to thank for their success. After all, it’s easier to take pot-shots at a party in government, than a party in opposition. But when that privileged position disappears so too will the fuel that fires this portion of the blogosphere.
However, to predict a similar fate for the bloggers of the centre-right as a whole would be a step too far. Indeed there is an increasingly influential group of blogs whose loyalty is very far from the Tory Party; the libertarians (who earlier this year managed to orchestrate the barring of Alistair Darling from pubs across the UK).
Well, we at least made an effort to do so, eh? After all, mischief-making and rabble-rousing is so much fun! And it allowed me to indulge myself in writing a little fantasy about it.
Anyway, apparently the libertarian bloggers'...
... unofficial standard-bearer is none other than the Devil himself [...], a man whose support for libertarianism is matched only by his propensity for swearing. In the past year [the Devil] has promoted the cause of libertarianism with ever increasing fervour, welcomed hordes of new libertarian bloggers into the fold, and even launched a Libertarian Party.
Hem-hem. One can hardly take all the credit for those achievements—or even a fifth of it—but thanks all the same. But the libertarian blogosphere has always been strong and it continues to gain ground: and, as Shane quite correctly points out, this trend will continue even after the Tories are in power.
So go us! Woo! Forward the libertarians—let us raise the standard for personal freedom and responsibility. Oh, and don't forget the swearing...