On Sunday night the LibDems are having a fringe meeting on blogging, where they will be awarding a prize for the LibDem Blog of the Year. There are actually some quite good LibDem blogs, so I thought it might be rather fun to take a Tv camera down to interview some of the bloggers or record some stuff for my Channel 4 News Podcast. So I asked if it would be Ok to turn up. Er, no, came the reply. Er, why, I asked? Well the room's a bit small, they said. Hmmm. I persisted and said that I'd like to go anyway, sans camera or recording device, just to meet some fellow bloggers. Nein. Niet. Non, came the response. Control freakery rules OK!
I can't really be bothered to make a big deal out of it, but it's a shame that the powers that be who decide these things don't seem to get that there is a community of bloggers who might actually gain from talking to each other. I think I do more than my fair share on this blog to link to and promote LibDem blogs - probably to the irritation of my fellow Tories. Indeed, not only that but I suggsted to my colleagues at MessageSpace that they should include LibDem Blogs to make it truly cross-party, even though their traffic doesn't really warrant it.
I was going to take down a load of my Guide to UK Political Blogging to distribute at the meeting, but I'm certainly not about to drive down to Brighton just to drop them off and drive home again!
Anyway, if any LibDem bloggers would like to have a chat on Tuesday, I'll be at the conference all day (with a cameraman!), so just send me an email. I'll also be discussing blogging with Lynne Featherstone on the Daily Politics on Tuesday at midday.