LC Mission Series Part 4: Welcome to the new Conspiracy


10:30 am - April 1st 2010

by Don Paskini    


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I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the future of Liberal Conspiracy while Sunny has been away. Before I hand back the editorial reins and he resumes editing the site, I’d like to set out my contribution to our mission series, and the changes which you can expect to see over the next month.

As Sunny explained, our aim is to become less of a blog and more of a platform. We want to offer news to lefties on what’s going on in the political world; offer thoughts on how they can get involved; and provide space for them to launch and sustain their own campaigns. The changes that you will see to the site reflect these aims.

1. New contributors

We have some incredibly talented writers amongst our contributors, including one quarter of the entire longlist for the Orwell Prize. But in the past month, our most popular article by far was one attacking a caricature of multiculturalism – 318 comments and counting.

Our aim here is to counter and destroy the Right. It turns out that the most effective way to do this is not just to publish the best and brightest of the liberal left, but also to give space to people who do not share our values, so that their arguments can be torn to shreds in the comments.

Over the past fortnight, therefore, we have been in negotiations to bring in some additional contributors. You will have seen the fruits of this earlier this morning, as Tim Worstall starts his new daily column for us, explaining why liberal-lefties should vote UKIP. But it is not just Tim who is ‘moving above the line’ to join our team of writers.

We are delighted that some of the top bloggers in the UK have decided to join our conspiracy:

Iain Dale will be sharing the secrets of his blogging success with us, and has agreed to share exclusively with us some of the articles which were nearly, but not quite, good enough to be included in Total Politics magazine. This will also enable us to boost our indepth analysis of what right-wing bloggers have been writing about, an area we have neglected to date.
Tom Harris will be sharing his insights on electoral reform, civil liberties and teen pregnancy.
And Rod Liddle has agreed to become our regular correspondent on multiculturalism and race relations.

2. Rebranding

In order to take Liberal Conspiracy to the next level, we need a sharper political focus, and an easily understandable brand which clearly reflects our core values. Some of our readers and ex-readers are annoyed that while Liberal Conspiracy has the word ‘liberal’ in the title, it does not endorse the Liberal Democrats, for example, while others are outraged that a so-called ‘liberal’ website does not advocate the common sense and moderate position of abolishing the welfare state.

As Saul Alinsky once said, “What is the alternative to working ‘inside’ the system? A mess of rhetorical garbage”. Liberal Conspiracy 2.0 will feature less rhetorical garbage, and more working within the system. It is all very well criticising the Digital Economy Bill, or the Budget, or ID cards, or innumerable other government policies, but none of that will help us crush the Right or secure Sunny’s place as the leader of the progressive blogosphere.

So as part of taking Liberal Conspiracy to the next level of influence and effectiveness, we have decided that it needs a new name, one which many of our readers have suggested best reflects our values and ambitions. And so I am delighted to welcome you to the UK’s most popular left of centre politics blog, now renamed…

Labour Conspiracy.

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Don Paskini is deputy-editor of LC. He also blogs at donpaskini. He is on twitter as @donpaskini
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Reader comments


Excellent April Fool post

Happy April Fools, Dan!

You forgot to tell ’em about Melanie Phillips Don, or has she had second thoughts again?

You got me up until Rod Liddle on race relations……………

Don, good post, but because it’s April 1st you’ve made it look like this is a mere april fool

I think this is great news, Dan. I am surprised to see Iain agreeing to team up with LibCon as I know there has been the odd run-in with Sunny, so I think his agreeing to devote some of his valuable time to this new endeavour can only be a reflection of what a truly decent, open-minded political commentator he is. Hats off.

As for Tom, I have to say I cann’t get enough of his wit, his incisive intellect, and his courage in confronting issues like teenage yobbery and debauchery that so many of his peers fight shy of.

I’m not familiar with the Rod Liddle you mention, but if you says he’s a good commentator with decent liberal values that’s good enough for me.

Well done.

“We have some incredibly talented writers amongst our contributors”

Now I know this is a joke – most would struggle to get published in Metro

I’ve had an idea for a new Facebook group everyone. It’s called ‘If Rod Liddle Becomes A Contributor To Liberal Conspiracy, I Will Never Read It Again.’

As for Iain Dale? That’s about as likely as me allowing David Cameron to write for Same Difference.

Happy April Fool’s Day Don and Lib Con!

9. Brian Robinson

I thought the ‘Vote UKIP’ piece was the April Fool…

I’m surprised that Cath hasn’t picked up on the lack of new female contributors. I’m reliably informed that Mel said no, but Amanda Platell is in negotiations for a weekly spot.

*claps*

You forgot to tell ‘em about Melanie Phillips Don, or has she had second thoughts again?

She decided to convert to Islam and is joining Press TV as its Hamas correspondent

Bravo!

Haha,

Ok, if this is an April Fool, it’s probably the best ever.

I guess it is; little giveaways like Rod Liddle and Tim Worstall having a daily column. Oh, and “Labour Conspiracy”

But I actually believed this was true until I read the comments.

Well done Dan. ha.

Excellent.

You’ve neglected to mention our new page 3 girl feature, though – I thought Sunny said I could be the first one…?

I’ve been ages plucking.

Kate @15: No, Sunny said I could be first.

17. Shatterface

Joking aside, I think LibCon has been excellent the last few weeks. It’s been much more about politics – yes, even stuff like ‘Vote Respect’ – and less about what people are saying on other sites. So thanks, Don.

(And no, I’m not pulling your leg!)

@Paul – no, he said you could take the photo. There’s an age limit on the people who will be appearing in this slot – 40 and above.

heh, love it.

oh, many a true word spoken in jest…

who is jesting? you boys are in for a real treat.

“Joking aside, I think LibCon has been excellent the last few weeks. It’s been much more about politics – yes, even stuff like ‘Vote Respect’ – and less about what people are saying on other sites. So thanks, Don.”

Yeah, agreed.

I prefer it when we stay away from discussing what Iain Dale or Paul Staines are dribbling into the blogosphere, and instead having good Op Ed/news pieces about what’s actually happening.

My guess, however, is that this will become the norm post-election anyway, as the last few months everyone’s been gearing up for a fight so it’s normal to focus on what the other side or doing and saying a lot more.

Humour, here? Oh, wait… your boss is away, right?

(Am I allowed to say ‘right’?)

Shame that you didn’t get Daniel Hannan on board as well.

Shame that you didn’t get Daniel Hannan on board as well.

He and Douglas Murray are guesting over at Pickled Politics.

“secure Sunny’s place as the leader of the progressive blogosphere”

Sadly, given what has been written on this site in the past, that particular sentence made me think that this really wasn’t an April Fools post!

27. The Grim Reaper

Was Peter Hitchens asked to write for the website before or after he converted to Islam?

28. Charlieman

@22 Paul Sagar: “I prefer it when we stay away from discussing what Iain Dale or Paul Staines are dribbling into the blogosphere, and instead having good Op Ed/news pieces about what’s actually happening.”

Ditto. I don’t know how Don and his mates have been enforcing comment policy, but it has provided robust debates and few abusive sidelines.

I thought the ‘Vote UKIP’ piece was the April Fool…

Me, too!

But with this post it got me until Dale was mentioned. Then I knew it was the real thing.

Good one, Don!

Shame. I was looking forward to Nick Griffin’s Agony Aunt corner, personally.

Indeed Alex, he could offer support to all one-eyed bigots.

32. Stephen Rouse

Nice one. You had me up until Liddle

33. Golden Gordon

Is nick cohen writing about the evils of neoconservatism


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