4 Quick Fire Questions: John Redwood

4 Quick Fire Questions returns with a new mini series looking at the importance of political blogging. As mentioned in my previous post The Political Power of Blogging, I’ve contacted four highly respected Politicians who are engaging with the blogosphere, for their views on just where we are going.

You can read more of John’s views on his blog, and I’d like to thank for him taking the time to put together his answers and share them with us.

John Redwood

The Rt Hon John Redwood MP

John Redwood is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Wokingham, and has held many posts over the course of his career including Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, Shadow Secretary of State for Deregulation as well as being the Minister for Local Government and Inner Cities after the 1992 General Election.

Why do you blog?

Because I disagree with much of the spin from the main sources that inform the media in our country, and tire of the trite rubbish that substitutes for political debate under this government. I want to help inform, amuse and encourage debate.

What makes a good blog?

There are many ways of doing it. My approach is to write about events, facts and interpretations that are ignored or considered differently elsewhere, to try to shed light on where we are, where we have come from and what might happen next. I like to expose the folly and falsehoods behind many common interpretations of events. I also enjoy writing some satire and parody, although real life is so absurd these days that parody gets difficult!

How often do you blog?

I write between one and three stories a day so it is worthwhile regular readers coming on every day to catch up and to make their own contribution by blogging back.

Do you want more audience participation, or does that become a chore?

Yes, I do welcome more feedback, comment and disagreement. I will post things that argue a different point of view, though I will remove anything which attacks a person or institution without proper evidence.

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