Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Iain Dale has decided to call a halt to blogging. Most of his readers won't be surprised by his decision, because it was quite evident in recent months that he was struggling to find time to dedicate to blog posts. Over the years his content has made me laugh or chunter away to myself in disagreement, but it was usually fair.
Iain and Guido were the pioneers of British blogging and well deserve the accolade. Without their tenacity and example many political bloggers would not exist. Not long after I started blogging I email him about something - I don't remember what - and was thrilled to receive a personal reply within hours. To be honest, I hadn't expected any response and I was struck by his courtesy and understanding in that initial - and future - correspondence.
So Mr Dale, I thank you for your inspiration. You mention you hate the 'character assassination' which is permanently present and yes, that can be very distressing, particularly when the most assassins don't even provide an email address on their own blogs and just wishes to kill you publicly. You rose above these spurious accusations and in doing so, encouraged others who found themselves in similar positions, to behave with similar dignity. For that I'm most grateful.
Tschüs Iain, bis später.