Alex Massie


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First, I was a guest on the most recent House of Comments podcast, talking about the Big Society, the future of the BBc and various other stories. Also appearing was the lovely Claire Spencer of Noonday Thoughts and, of course, Mark Thompson and Stuart Sharpe who host the podcast each week. You can listen to it here or you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here.

Second, Iain Dale wants everyone to vote for their favourite British blogs in his annual Total Politics poll. If this is the sort of thing you like doing then these are the rules:

1. You must vote for your ten favourite blogs and ranks them from 1 (your favourite) to 10 (your tenth favourite).

2. Your votes must be ranked from 1 to 10. Any votes which do not have rankings will not be counted.

3. You MUST include at least FIVE blogs in your list, but please list ten if you can. If you include fewer than five, your vote will not count.

4. Email your vote to

5. Only vote once.

6. Only blogs based in the UK, run by UK residents or based on UK politics are eligible. No blog will be excluded from voting.

7. Anonymous votes left in the comments will not count. You must give a name

8. All votes must be received by midnight on 31 July 2010. Any votes received after that date will not count.

Obviously, if you decide to take part, I think you should endorse the Spectator's blogs but it is, of course up to you.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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