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10 best political websites

PCA readers recommend the best sites for political news

Politics.co.uk

Recommended by: QuizMan

Politics.co.uk

Politics.co.uk, as QuizMan points out, is overseen by a three-man editorial board. Each represents one of the main political parties, thus ensuring that articles adhere to a code of political neutrality.

The site is therefore able to deliver an admirable blend of news and political sketches without having to continually take sides or push an agenda. Writers will generally attempt to consider both sides in a dispute, but it rarely feels like they’re tiptoeing around the subject; the rule of objectivity forces contributors to work harder to draw conclusions, rather than encouraging them to play it safe.

The Vibe

Recommended by: David Gold

The Vibe

David Gold pointed us to The Vibe, a ‘youth political website’ to which he himself contributes. While the tone can feel a little patronising (as often seems to be the way with youth-oriented endeavours) and some of the debates are redolent of the sixth-form common room, it’s a decent enough resource for political analysis delivered in a tone that’s simultaneously informal and very, very earnest.

Guardian Politics

Recommended by: David A

Guardian Politics

David A recommended The Guardian’s political blogs for their “spot-on tone and content, witty, informed writing and army of impassioned commenters”.

The prevailing political position is a slightly left of centre one, but you won’t find too much sloganeering – and there are plenty of dissenting voices among commenting readers.

ePolitix

Recommended by: MAT

ePolitix

“I usually head to ePolitix for the latest news about parliament and legislative affairs,” writes MAT. “It’s not the liveliest of sites, but that’s fine with me – I don’t want writers to preach to me, and this site keeps to the facts. The page design’s nice and clean, too.”

Bagehot’s Notebook

Recommended by: Treebeard

Bagehot's Notebook

The Bagehot column, written by a range of authors under a single anonymous byline (named in honour of a 19th-century Economist editor), reflects dispassionately upon the progress of British politics.

While The Economist itself is often thought of as somewhat conservative, Bagehot criticises the Tory party as much as Gordon Brown’s incumbents – and does so with carefully phrased authority.

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