She Blogs

Labour Party

I’m always pleased to discover new feminist blogs, but Kathryn Perera’s She Blogs is a particularly welcome find. Bringing together a diverse selection of opinion pieces, news stories and events listings, She Blogs provides a useful resource for those looking to share ideas on the issues confronting women and what we can do to effectively tackle them. Having worked as a feminist activist, Labour candidate, historian and barrister, Kathryn is clearly in possession of a wealth of knowledge, and this shines through in her writing. As a history enthusiast myself, I’ve particularly enjoyed reading her colourful biographies of inspirational women from Labour’s history, many of whom have achieved little recognition despite impressive achievements. Kathryn’s critique of recently espoused proposals for reform of school history teaching is another good read, with its articulate and incisive challenge to the contention that we must restore our past focus on high politics, nation-building and (inevitably) the Big Men of history.

There’s much more to enthuse about in addition to this, so I suggest you click here.

Blogging for Labour

Labour Party

Some first quick thoughts on tonight’s “Blogging for Labour” fringe meeting. I was delighted almost 100 people attended even without the prospect of a free meal! Many thanks to all the panel members. John Gray for giving an insight into the perils of libel actions and the need for more guidance on legal issues.

Jessica Asato talked about how Twitter had brought more activists and importantly advocates to David Miliband’s campaign for Labour Leader. With many present tweeting (note the heads down in the photo) a hashtag would have brought everybody on Twitter together online. Next time!

Mark Ferguson talked about how many people had sat through less than riveting General Committee meetings, and highlighted how some Labour supporters found more interesting debate on sites like Labour List which he edits.

Kerry McCarthy turns to twitter first thing in the morning (I still go for Radio 4). She explained how she could debate with and at times advise members of the public on Parliamentary procedure through tweeting. As the photo shows she won the award for most demonstrative hand movements!

In the audience were bloggers Political Scrapbook, Cllr. Stephen (Cowan report), Jon Worth (Euroblog), Tracey Cheetham (A View from the Public Gallery), Mark Nottingham (From One End of Kent), Colin Ellar (Mayor of Hounslow) and several more bloggers.

I will write some more thoughts tomorrow when I have more time. Thank you to everybody who came and to Cllr. John Paschoud from Lewisham for his technical support.