Tom Coates on the rightward tilt in the punditic blogosphere

Over at, Tom wonders about the popularity of right-wing views among political bloggers, and offers a few theories:

[T]he sheer number and moral certainty of current right-wing webloggers is intimidating (occasionally terrifying). This in itself would not be a reason to avoid debate, except that (as is often the case with most organisations and affiliations of people) some of its more extreme members are not only vocal (as they should be), but are aggressive and quite prepared to demonise those that don’t disagree with them. I know several people who talked about politics only to find themselves targetted by these people and who now avoid the whole debate.