It seems like politician are keen to woo gadget fans right now. Hot on the heels of David Cameron’s disturbingly hip iPod playlist – which included Radiohead and The Killers – Tony Blair has released his very first podcast.
In the five-minute podcast, Our Tone tells George Pascoe-Watson, The Sun’s political editor, how he supports the paper’s campaign to name-and-shame louts, yobs, and people who make decent people’s lives a misery. We can only presume that politicians have been exempted from the latter category.
Blair’s interview is available from The Sun's website, and marks another milestone for podcasting. Despite being less than two years old, the radio-on-your-iPod technology is already breaking through to the mainstream – and its evil twin brother video podcasting isn’t far behind.
The Sun's interview with Blair is the first podcast by a British Prime Minister, but it’s not the first by a party leader – the Daily Telegraph published David Cameron’s podcast just yesterday, while former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy released a number of podcasts in the run-up to last year’s election. Unfortunately, nobody noticed them.
Of course, none of the above are anywhere near as thrilling as Stuff magazine’s own gadget news podcast, now on its second episode, which is available from our homepage or by searching for ‘Stuff’ at the iTunes Music Store. Vote Stuff! Shop a technophobe! Etc.