Some News/Current Affairs News: this blog has been nominated for Best News/Current Affairs Blog at the Irish Blog Awards. My thanks to whoever is responsible for the beau geste: I can only admire the breadth of your understanding of the meaning of News/Current Affairs Blog. I would rate my chances of winning at somewhere between zero and zero, but that does not matter. It is nice to be appreciated. Had there been a Best Use of Green Rubber Gloves In A Blog, or Best Reference To Randy Gameshow Host In A Blog Title, I may have picked up a couple of gongs. Perhaps this injustice will be redressed in future years. I may also float the idea of Most Obnoxious Use of Gallicisms In a Blog, and plan for victory accordingly.
Reading through the list of blogs, there is some good stuff there, but there are a couple of conspicuous omissions. Thinking in conventional terms about News/Current Affairs, I am surprised not to see Best of Both Worlds there. And the absence of Michael Taft’s Notes on The Front suggests that political economy is not high on the priorities of readers of Irish blog award nominators. For what it’s worth, I think his Recession Diaries series is easily the best writing in Ireland on the main question de nos jours.