Harry at Harry’s Place has some interesting observations about the British blogosphere:
…in political terms, the interesting thing about the way the British scene has developed is that it has given a space to political views that don’t get much representation in the mainstream media. On the left, many of the most popular sites come from the pro-liberation left which has been largely ignored by the liberal media, while on the right it is radical free-market libertarians such as Samizdata who get the serious traffic as such views are hard to find in the conservative press.
This gives some nuance to my cruder suggestion earlier that the British blogosphere is underdeveloped because of the partisan mainstream media in Britain.
However, it’s also important to note that these two minority strands of British politics have something very important in common: They are both hold views that are attractive to American conservatives and can therefore expect a large transatlantic readership via heavyweight blogs.