About Chris Doidge
I’m Chris Doidge and I’m a journalist based in the East Midlands.
I was born in Bedfordshire, and since then have lived all over the place.
I first got into politics on May 1st 1997, when I was on a school trip. I listened to the radio all night and let people know what was happening. Not surprisingly – as this was in Year 7 – I was the only person interested in a landslide general election. Since then I’ve absorbed a huge amount of utterly useless information, and this blog became the receptacle for much of it.
I’ve been blogging since October 2004. In my first entry, I wrote: “I have no idea why anyone would want to read this”. Tens of thousands of people have since ignored my advice.
I’ve interviewed many British politicians and been featured by The Guardian, The Times, the London Evening Standard and the French newspaper Le Monde. In 2006 I contributed to a book on Labour Scandals. A second edition was released in 2007.
In my spare time, I maintain Tetbury Online – a local community website based in the Cotswolds. Despite being far more interesting, it gets far fewer hits than this blog. I’ve also created other websites for small businesses and organisations.
My favourite band is The Divine Comedy, my favourite book is Atonement by Ian McEwan, and my favourite films are Shooting Fish and Sideways. I’m a big fan of 24, Lost and the best TV show ever made, The West Wing.
My heroes are Gavin Hewitt, Matt Frei, Jon Sopel and Andrew Marr. Oh, and Jack Bauer.