A friend asked me about my recent blogging award. They do not follow blogs and in trying to explain blogs in Thanet to them I made comparison to the various national newspapers.
Here's what I thought ......
Starting on the left of course, Dave Green’s Eastcliff Matters was for many years the Guardian. Now that he is Mayor of Ramsgate and blogging less frequently that makes him the Observer. I suggest this blog is as an approximation to the Guardian. Cllr. Mike Harrison's Newington Blogspot is a less frequent blogger on the left so he's the Sunday Mirror.
Cllr. Simon Moores Thanet Life shares many of the values of the Daily Mail, with a similar regard for accuracy and consistency. Tony Flaig’s Big News Margate talks a lot about television, albeit Kent TV, and does bang on about immigration too, so he’s nearest the Daily Express. Thankfully, he's not obsessed with Princess Diana, just Mr. Puss. The most read blogger in Thanet Eastcliff Richard equates to the biggest selling newpaper The Sun, no ECR, no fun. (Good to see Samantha guest editing breaking up the boys club, get well soon ECR).
The Times website is the Timesonline, nicely evoking our own Thanetonline from Michael Child, although Michael's willingness to publish from all comers makes him far more of a 21st century paper of record. For traditional Conservative values like the Daily Telegraph, and with coverage of audit discrepancies mirroring the Telegraph’s expenses stories go to Bertie Biggles’ Thanet Strife. At the other end of the spectrum Peter Checksfield’s Naked in Thanet is nearest to the Daily Sport. Moving slightly upmarket Cllr. Ken Gregory’s Village Voice is known for brevity like much of the Daily Star’s articles. Matt B’s Thanet Star makes much of being on neither side of the fence so he’s the Independent.
Apologies to those I’ve missed, I wonder what comparisons you would make?