Iain Dale and the establishment
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Iain Dale tells us he's a blogger, an Essex Boy, West Ham season ticket holder, Audi lover, golfer, iPod addict and so on.
But he's also a signed-up member of the establishment.
Strange then that his new internet TV station, 18 doughty street, should pretend not to be. It's 'anti-establishment TV' all about 'empowering the little people,' says Dale.
Recent guests include David Trimble, Ann Widdecombe (twice) and David Davis. Little people, if they are there, must be so small they aren't showing up on the screen.
But last week, Dale admitted what we knew all along. 'Guido and I have joined the media Establishment according to the Press Gazette's LIST of the 50 People Shaping Online Journalism,' he writes on November 10th.
So why deny it? Dale could soon be a Tory MP, and he's already getting irate at suggestions from certain Welsh bloggers that he perhaps isn't being as frank as he'd like to be.
There's a pub around the corner from 18DS. Here's a map. Iain, if you're reading, get down there, talk to people and start taking the establishment less seriously.
It may be fun talking to big names, but that won't empower any little people.
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