I like Iain Dale a lot, I have met him face to face only once but he puts a lot of his personality into his blog and we have corresponded on a number of issues, most recently the Little Red Book of New Labour Sleaze.
I say this because I don’t want the following to be taken the wrong way. Losing North Norfolk could have been the best thing that happened to Iain (politically).
If he had won he would have been a backbencher, I am sure he would have been good but he would have been one of many. He would have been tied down in committee work, case work and the myriad of other things that MPs do in their working lives. His blog may have been an interesting enough read but probably hamstrung by his position in the house.
The fact that Iain is not an MP has given him much more freedom in his writing and commentating. This freedom may well cost John Prescott his job. And no bad thing that.
Obviously Guido will have played a large part in this too but he is at a disadvantage because he keeps his anonymity sacred. By becoming the public face of Conservative blogging Iain is wielding more power than any Tory backbencher.
Does this mean that Iain should give up hope of being an MP? No! Iain deserves to be an MP, he has shown an ability to resonate with people and his commitment to conservatism is legion, when the time comes he should pass on the baton to another blogger and take up his well deserved place on the green benches.
And before you accuse me of trying to steal his crown remember I intend to be in the Commons with him.