Anyone who reads Iain Dale's blog, will know that he has been subject to sustained attacks recently in the wake of his and Guido Fawkes exposure of the Smith Institute.
It appears that the government and some high profile Labour bloggers have decided that Labour being "exposed" was some sort of declaration of war, with threats, insults and solicitors letters all part of the equation.
Whilst I have little sympathy for Guido Fawkes (Paul ) who, in my opinion, takes credit for stories that others have led on, does not link properly in a way that gives credit and, in my opinion, generally lowers the level of debate, he and Iain have been targeted in a way in recent weeks which, if the accusation are true, would speak volumes about how the Labour Party is now using all its powers to even stamp on freedom of speech on the web. The question is, is it all true ?
Is it now Labour bloggers simply trying to exert as much influence on the blog as the Tories already do ? Is it just a Labour attempt to re-assert themselves in a sphere dominated by Guido and Iain Dale ?
Whatever the answer, I think what Iain Dale has said in his piece about ending the blog wars makes complete sense. However, I am even more delighted that in all the mud slinging, Lib Dem bloggers have kept almost completely out of it.