Wah-hey! I’m back from my unannounced break from blogging — more about which in another post. And just in time to witness the relaunch (in glorious technicolor) of The Sharpener. This is a group blog dedicated to politics and culture with writers from a wide cross-section of the blogging spectrum. There’s a handful from the lunatic fringes to demonstrate inclusiveness… tories, economists, even me. So you never know what you’re going to get.
Hopefully what will unite the contributors will be the quality of writing. Plus integrity, fairness and honesty. There’s a whole lot of approaches to political writing. The worst kind involves deliberate partisan dishonesty; an attempt to hoodwink the reader through the manipulation and selective presentation of facts. The best kind shows the reader a glimpse of the world through the eyes of the writer… it gently takes their hand, points out of the window and calmly says “See? That’s why I feel the way I do.”
Once in a while I like to think I veer towards that “better” end of the scale. George Orwell was a master at it. As is my friend Merrick. Quite a few of the writers over at The Sharpener hit the mark too. So head on over there and bookmark the place. It’ll be good.