Now lets take a look at this list,
Bloggingportal.eu is an independent group of bloggers from across Europe, specialising in EU politics. We'd like to invite you to our EU/UK blogging event on 10 December 2010. This event, to be held at Europe House and supported by the European Commission, will bring together key figures from the EU and UK blogging scene to share information, experiences and ideas on writing about Europe for a UK audience.
Attending will be David Rennie, The Economist magazine's current Westminster columnist and formerly the author of the regular "Charlemagne" column on EU politics; Jon Worth, prominent EU blogger and one of the people behind 2008's Atheist Bus Campaign; the award-winning and long-running EU blogger J Clive Matthews (A.K.A Nosemonkey); Sunny Hundal from Liberal Conspiracy (the UK's most popular left-of-centre politics blog) and Mary Honeyball MEP. Also attending will be representatives of the Left Foot Forward, LibDem Voice and LabourList blogs.
The event will take place at Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU from 1 to 6 o'clock pm on 10 December. There will be a combination of panels, discussion and networking sessions. A light lunch will be provided. There will be wifi provision and a charging station for laptops/mobile phones etc. Entry is free, but participants will need to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.
If you would like more information about the event, please contact email@example.com
Jon Worth - A fine fellow, fine blogger utterly pro European, pro Labour
J Clive Matthews -Another fine fellow and EU cheerleader (though questions the odd thing or two)
Sunny Hundal - Again a fine fellow, again hardly an opponent of UK membership of the EU - Pro Labour
Mary Honeyball - Pro EU Labour MEP
The other representatives are
Left Foot Forward - Errr Pro EU, pro Labour
LibDem Voice - Errr Pro EU, I guess pro Lib/Dem
and LabourList blogs - Guess what? Pro EU.
David Rennie is coming in from the Economist, he is a libertarian of sorts and is a critical friend of the EU.
I think that we can all see a theme here. The event isn't about bringing "together key figures from the EU and UK blogging scene to share information, experiences and ideas on writing about Europe for a UK audience" now is it?
Maybe more honest would be to get the European Commission to fund a conference so that pro EU bloggers can get together and think about ways of writing in favour of the EU.
Yes, yes they have invited me to be in the audience (and I shall go, after all all I have to do is take a lift), and I do not for a moment believe that I should be on the various panels, too lowgrade I fear, but you know there are others out there who might just be regarded as worth listening to. Tim perhaps or Helen or Richard, or Matts or somone... Anyone?
After all they have a bigger audience and reflect the opinion of the country