Have just read an interesting piece by Watlington on the Social Affairs Unit blog called "The flaw of the Tory bloggers", I've been namechecked in it so I thought I would make a comment. Watlington suggests it seems that Tory bloggers like Iain Dale and ConservativeHome are in a way, too soft, with their critics, whichever direction those critics may come from.
Watlington goes on to say that the attacks they face (including attacks on me apparently) are smear campaigns, which we fail to tackle properly. Now, whilst Watlington does give some idea of how ConservativeHome could handle this, I'm not really sure what individual blogs like Iain or this one can or should do. Purely in relation to myself, I couldn't care less if I get attacked online, the flaming is half the reason I'm here, it's just a bit of fun.
However, if I, Iain, or any other political blogger for that matter was to engage in some sort of forceful rebuttal what you're going to end up with is a ping-pong match of flaming and quoting. If you take that route you end up spending your time "blogging about blogging", which, frankly, is boring. You'll also find yourself becoming obsessed with maybe one or two people who actually, in the wider scheme of things don't really matter very much.