The Top 10 Political Blog ranking was last updated 03/05/2017.
1. Guido Fawkes
Paul Staines, otherwise known as Guido Fawkes, maintains the top place in this year’s ranking. The aptly named Guido Fawkes uncovers the ‘’parliamentary plots, rumours and conspiracy’’ that politicians would rather you not know about. Having started off, not as a journalist or politico, but an international gaming champion and acid-house night organiser, Staines is not your typical political blogger. His aim – to uncover the hypocrisy which he believes is endemic in Westminster – has made him one of the most feared men in politics.
Editor Mike Smithson breaks down political news with informed, intelligent analysis backed by polls and stats. As the blog’s name suggests, the former journalist and ex-Liberal Democrat politician is also a betting expert, so this is the blog for the best odds on your next political bet. The quality of content is shown through the fact that Political Betting’s readership is formed largely of readers who visit for its analysis, rather than its odds.
Editor Stuart Campbell is a video-game designer and former video-game journalist who launched Wings Over Scotland in 2011, with the intention of giving a “fair and honest perspective on Scottish politics”. A pro-independence (although not SNP aligned) blog, Wings Over Scotland offers biting commentary and analysis and takes particular aim at reporting from the mainstream media. Proudly displayed on the ‘about’ page is a range of quotes from MPs and the press about the blog, ranging from the complimentary to the downright disparaging.
In at number four is LabourList, which describes itself as the ‘’leading place for news, views and debate about the centre left’’. Supportive of but not aligned to the Labour party, discussion ranges from the NHS to the EU, with contributors ranging from MPs to activists. While taking a mostly centre-left position, LabourList encompasses a broad range of progressive views, aiming to be a forum for opinion rather than taking sides on it.
Slugger O’Toole takes a critical look at politics in Ireland and Britain, bringing its readership ‘open source’ analysis from the mainstream media and the wider world of blogging. Created in 2002, founding editor Mick Fealty aims ‘’to bring readers accurate reporting combined with honest and informed analysis rather than balance’’. While Northern Ireland is the main focus on Slugger O’Toole, you can also expect intelligent conversation on politics further afield, with blog posts in both Irish and Welsh.
Founder Tim Montgomerie has been described as ‘’one of the most influential Tories outside of the cabinet’’. He created Conservative Home as a space to ‘’champion the interests of grassroots Tory members, and to argue for a broad conservatism that is as serious about social justice as it is about economic competitiveness’’. With current content focussing on winning a Conservative majority at the general election, Conservative Home delivers the insight you need from the right of the political spectrum.
Edited by Niamh Ní Mhaoileoin, Left Foot Forward is a left-leaning (but not aligned) blog and the go-to place for progressives. Providing evidence based analysis of current events and policy developments, discussion ranges from immigration and the economy to a handy ‘media watch’ page which dissects bias in the daily news. Contributors range from parliamentary aides to academics, giving a range of opinion from across the left.
Proudly run by and for Lib Dem members and activists, Liberal Democrat Voice is the most read Lib-Dem aligned blogsite. As well as keeping readers up to date with political news and developments, the site regularly polls its ‘members only’ section, giving a unique view of political events from a purely Lib-Dem perspective. It aims to encompass all views from across the party’s spectrum, and actively encourages blog posts from party members.
Bella Caledonia is a pro-independence Scottish blog, providing a counterpoint to what it sees as an increasingly Unionist media in Scotland. With contributions spanning not only politics, but also arts, culture and the media, Bella Caledonia blog posts give intelligent and often damning take downs of the status-quo. It has also recently announced a 24-page monthly magazine in partnership with the National newspaper, focusing on social, politics and cultural analysis.
Known for its tabloid style, Political Scrapbook takes a mischievous approach to political blogging and is certainly not afraid to rock the boat. Stories broken on Political Scrapbook have been broadcast across the print and broadcast media, and it is read in Westminster and newsrooms alike. Excelling in dry humour and clever commentary, this is the place to come for the latest gaffes in politics.
The fundamentals of working with bloggers are the same as with traditional journalists at traditional media outlets: respect their schedules; take time to read their material to learn their interests; and only contact them if/when they want to be contacted.
Vuelio’s blog ranking methodology takes into consideration social sharing, topic-related content and post frequency. Profiles of these political blogs and their authors can be found in the Vuelio Media Database.