Friday, 28 December 2012

My 15 best bloggers of 2012.

  1. NHS:  Steve Walker - SKWalker1964 - (here).
  2. Satire:  Tom Pride - Pride's Purge - (here).
  3. Labour Policy:  Seema Chandwani - Labour Left - (here).
  4. Daily Politics:  Sunny Hundal Liberal Conspiracy (here).
  5. Research & Analysis:  Shamik Das - Left Foot Forward - (here).
  6. Ethics:  Shibley Rahman - Shibley Rahman - (here).
  7. Tax Justice:  Richard Murphy - Tax Research UK - (here).
  8. Political Commentary:  Kevin Meagher - Various Sites - (here).
  9. Exposé:  Gracie Samuels - Ayes to the Left - (here).
  10. Crusaders:  Sue Marsh - Benefit Scrounger - (here).
  11. Polling:  Anthony Wells - UK Polling Report - (here).
  12. Corruption: Tom - Social Investigations -  (here).
  13. Feminist Politics:  Rhiannon Lockley - 100 Miles from the Sea (here).
  14. Housing:  Joe Halewood - SPEye - (here).
  15. Best MP's blog - Grahame Morris MP - (here).

Above are the 15 bloggers I read most frequently in 2012, across a range of categories. I cannot recommend their work more highly, and they are all writers that I will seek out in 2013. On the NHS, Steve Walker has been unrelenting in lifting the lid on impending cuts to NHS services. Whenever the Tories latest butcher act evoked an uncontrollable anger, Pride's Purge was always on hand to make us smile about it. Seema's work on the Labour Left site made excellent inroads in 2012 in influencing the policies Labour adopted for their next manifesto including the areas of housing and energy. Sunny's site is still number one for those seeking to keep abreast of day to day political developments, and it is often my first port of call most mornings. Equally, Shamik Das at LFF kept up his excellently researched articles throughout 2012, and we will all be sad to see him leave his post next week. Shibley Rahman was one of the most prodigious writers of 2013. I admire his work for the consistent vein of ethicism that runs through it. As someone who derives my political creed from my ethics, I found it a must read. Richard Murphy's pioneering work for tax justice at Tax Research UK continues to inspire and astound me. His blog is probably the one I am most looking forward to reading in 2013. 

Kevin Meagher's political commentary throughout the year was considered, consistent and intellectually mature. I will continue to seek out his writings in 2013. His pieces are as relevant today as when he wrote them, and I thoroughly recommend you take the time out to browse some. Gracie Samuels work, especially during the passing of the NHS Bill, kept the morale of NHS campaigners high. We rely on her work for unearthing Conflicts of Interest where they appear. Sue Marsh started 2012 with a gusto that was unmatched by anyone in 2012. This was the year her arguments went mainstream and she deserves credit and recognition for that. Anthony Wells's analysis of polling data at UK Polling Report is unmatched and I sincerely hope that Ed Miliband gives it careful attention. Social Investigations provided us with the most comprehensive outlet for those wishing to survey the sheer scale of political corruption in the UK Political System. Its editor, Tom, has been a brave standard bearer for those taking the fight to Tory profiteers. Rhiannon Lockley has provided excellent analysis of the defining debates of 2012, mostly from a gender psychology perspective. Her analysis of Galloway, Assange and Breivik as well as the devastating affect of Tory cuts on women were must read pieces. Joe Halewood has done more than most in 2012 to highlight the cause of the working poor and specifically the impact Tory housing policy has had on private renters. And last but not least, I thoroughly recommend Grahame Morris's blog for an insight into the daily work our hard working MPs perform that almost always goes unnoticed. Grahame's site focuses mostly on theimpact of Tory cuts on the NHS, local services and unemployment.

Thank you to all my readers in 2012, and thank you to the excellent 15 bloggers above. I hope 2013 is a fruitful year for all. 

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