As you probably already know, voting for this year’s Total Politics Top Blog Awards is well under way. Naturally, I hope all our readers will vote for The Third Estate again this year. However there are some other really great left-wing blogs out there. With the Conservatives in government again and David Milliband likely to be the hugely disappointing voice of official opposition, it’s good to know that there are many voices of unofficial, but much more substantive opposition out there. Here are a few of my personal favourites.
The Daily Maybe – I had the pleasure of writing with Jim Jepps back in the old days of the Socialist Unity Network. He’s since gone off to found his own project, but his thoughts are as incisive and spot on as ever. It’s rare that I come across a writer who can say almost anything and my natural instinct is to agree with them entirely. Charlie Brooker is one. Jim Jepps is another.
Socialist Unity – The blog Reuben and I helped to found long before The Third Estate. It’s where I cut my blogging teeth and it’s still as sharp as ever.
Though Cowards Flinch – Although I often find myself disagreeing with their support for Labour, if anyone could convince me, they could.
A Very Public Sociologist – It was socialism which got me into sociology. I’m very glad to see the two married so well in this blog.
Counterfire - A new kid on the block this year, and a very welcome one.
Left Outside – Left outside, but not left out. This blog is required reading for all intelligent lefties.
Our Kingdom – Excellent blog from the Open Democracy people.
I was very sorry to see the demise of The Daily Quail this year. Richard Littlejohn will be sleeping sounder in his bed at night now. Unless he’s worrying about disabled lesbian asylum seekers devaluing middle England’s house prices.
The Third Estate golden rasberry goes to Harry’s Place for being utterly shit, completely wrong about everything and just a little bit racist. For a blog that still masquerades as being on the left, it’s amazing that you can pick almost any cause at random and find Harry’s rancid faeces on the wrong side of it.