Who are you?
I stopped asking myself that after Twitter took over my life. These days its easier to just ask myself: "what do you think?" I'm also a party animal and have been known to drunk-tweet around Christmas and New years eve.
Where do you blog?
When and why did you start blogging?
September 2005 I think. It was not long after the 7 July terrorist attacks and I felt I had to get involved in that conversation. A group of us started Pickled Politics to offer up a more 'progressive' voice on debates around racism and terrorism. I was deeply shaken by the terrorist attacks and felt blogs offered a way to get heard to a very politicised and interesting audience.
I started Liberal Conspiracy in November 2007 after I felt that there was a need for a group-blog on the left that combined lots of interesting voices, along with news and campaigning. It was the start of the 'professionalisation' of the left blogosphere.
How would you describe your blogging style?
Succinct, focused on making one point and very conversational. It also has to fit into a broader narrative about ongoing issues. I rarely write long, thoughtful blog posts.
What has been your biggest scoop?
I was leaked the coalition agreement between the Conservatives and Lib Dems, and published it before anyone else did. Our site went down within two minutes because of the weight of the traffic and, frustratingly, took ages to recover.
We also managed to help take down the News of the World by focusing on the advertiser boycott. That was a proud moment too.
And your biggest row on Twitter?
Jeez - too many to name! I'm constantly having rows on Twitter (though less now than before).
Do you recognise any difference between “blogger” and “journalist”? Do different standards apply?
I suppose a blogger is more comfortable with being openly partisan. Though if you write a blogpost or story that doesn't stand up you'll get ripped to shreds in the comments anyway. I think the main difference is bloggers have fewer resources.
You describe yourself as an activist. What do you mean? Do you see a tension between your activism and your journalism?
An activist takes action to try and get things done, in aid of issues they feel strongly about. For me, that's mean running campaigns on issues from abortion rights and events around the world (fund raising for disaster stricken areas) to stopping Rod Liddle becoming editor of the Independent newspaper .
Is there a tension? I don't think so - I'm simply being more overt about my political sympathies and doing something about them. In one sense, journalism is also a form of activism - especially if people focus on exposing specific issues or people. I just try and get others involved too.
At the last election, Liberal Conspiracy endorsed the Liberal Democrats. Were there an election tomorrow, who would you endorse and why?
The website didn't endorse anyone and I'd never claim to speak for other writers. I said I'd vote for the Lib Dems because I couldn't bring myself to vote for that Labour Party. I joined Labour during the Labour leadership election to support Ed Miliband because I felt he was taking the party in the right direction, and would vote for him.
What, in your view, is the single biggest problem Britain faces today?
That the economic system and the political system is infected with narrow, vested interests and doesn't work for most people in the country.
Your favourite bloggers?
I love reading a range of people, from Glenn Greenwald and Mehdi Hasan at the New Statesman to Emma Burnell (LabourList) and Sue Marsh (Diary of a Benefit Scrounger). Also, shout out to Hopi Sen, who I sometimes disagree with but is always thoughtful.
And a favourite MP?
Sadiq Khan. He's got a good sense of humour, works hard and is very down to earth.