The Final Straw

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Thursday, August 24th, 2006
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Last night ‘Jonesy’ (aka Mike Chambers) made a further update to his paedo-smear weblog. The content is of little significance; what really matters here is that he obviously feels untouchable, sheltered as he is by the Tories that surround him.

So I have no choice but to take these bastards on. All of them.

Two emails appear below.

The first email was sent and directed to the following people:
Anne Milton (Conservative MP for Guildford)
Simon Hill (Parliamentary Researcher to Anne Milton MP)
Jonathan Lord (Chairman of the Guildford Conservative Association)
Councillor Andrew Hodges (Leader of Guildford Borough Council)
Sheila Kirkland (Conservative Councillor for Onslow)
Dennis Paul (Conservative campaigner for Worplesdon Borough Ward)
Mike Chambers (Conservative campaigner for Onslow)
Jeremy Hunt (Conservative MP for South West Surrey)
Paul Beresford (Conservative MP for Mole Valley)
Francis Maude (Conservative MP for Horsham)
Humfrey Malins (Conservative MP for Woking)
Michael Gove (Conservative MP for Surrey Heath)
Gerald Howarth (Conservative MP for Aldershot)
Crispin Blunt (Conservative MP for Reigate… and Anne’s MP)

A message to all local Conservative MPs, councillors and activists

WARNING: This is a public email, in that a copy of this (and the follow-up directed at Anne Milton) will shortly be published at the following URL (including details of all recipients):

http://www.bloggerheads.com/archives/2006/08/the_final_straw.asp

Hello.

My name is Tim Ireland. I run the website Bloggerheads.com, which includes a sub-site that scrutinises the antics and affairs of my MP, Anne Milton:

http://www.google.co.uk/q=anne+milton

http://uk.search.yahoo.com/search?p=anne+milton

http://search.msn.co.uk/results.aspx?q=anne+milton

I also produced the first weblog by a Labour MP (Tom Watson) and the first weblog by a Conservative MP (Boris Johnson).

Oh, and I’m not a big fan of Tony Blair:

http://www.bloggerheads.com/archives/2006/06/denial_a_messag.asp

Also, while I may not be a big fan of the Conservative Party, I’m a big believer in tolerance; no matter what your views, I’m willing to hear any debate so long as that debate is conducted in a legal, civil and fair manner (thus my ongoing interest in the proper use of weblog technology).

But since I have begun my scrutiny of Anne Milton, I have been regularly hounded by two local Tory campaigners and key contributors to her election campaign… Dennis Paul (Conservative campaigner for Worplesdon Borough Ward) and Mike Chambers (Conservative campaigner for Onslow).

Here comes the important bit…

Dennis Paul and Mike Chambers have played an equal part in the creation/promotion of a number of anonymous weblog-based smears against me and others.

Further, Mike Chambers has been proven to be directly responsible for recklessly airing unsubstantiated claims that his direct political opponent is a paedophile.

You can see those claims being aired here:

http://jonesy12.blogspot.com/

You can see proof of Dennis Paul’s and Mike Chambers’ involvement here:

http://www.bloggerheads.com/archives/2006/08/proof_mike_chambers.asp

http://www.bloggerheads.com/archives/2006/08/learning_skills_council.asp

Take a moment. You’ll need it.

Yes, it makes me sick, too.

Ready? On we go….

Despite my going public with all sorts of proof, this story has proven too ‘local’ for national press, and the key players know it. Basically, the buck has been passed to Anne Milton and it is her responsibility to deal with this affair… when it’s two of her most vocal supporters behind it!!

And how is she playing this…?

I’ll give you one single, solitary guess:

http://www.bloggerheads.com/anne_milton/2006/08/behind-smearing-wheel.html

And the result has been that – despite all of this going public on my website – Dennis Paul and Mike Chambers still feel bold enough to carry on as if nothing can touch them… because those in a position to do something about this think it best to play face-saving games instead of taking action.

I can understand the self-preservation instinct at work here… and I urge you to do the same when you read the following:

I cannot tolerate a world where a local campaigner can behave in such a disgraceful way with total impunity.

It is therefore time to change that world.

Two years ago, I called a halt to the aggressive nature of a project that urged other web users to set up websites that scrutinised their local MP:

http://www.bloggerheads.com/mps_weblogs.asp

http://www.bloggerheads.com/archives/2005/01/calling_all_pro.asp

I was foolish enough to think that people in a position such as yours would – eventually – behave responsively and responsibly.

I was wrong.

In short; I no longer believe that it’s worth waiting for MPs to engage properly with their electorate online, so I plan to stop being Mr Nice Guy and instead raise an online army against any and all MPs not worth their salt… starting with you lot.

The upshot is that – any time someone searches for your name in any search engine – one of the top search results (if not the top search result) will be a website controlled by someone who knows you for what you are; someone willing to air every dirty, hopeless or dishonest act by yourself that’s too ‘insignificant’ to make it to print. This website will draw an audience of like-minded constituents, thereby generating further content.

Anne Milton’s problem is about to become your problem.

Think about that.

Anyone who stands by Anne Milton on this affair makes themselves a primary target.

And before you get on your high horse, go with a knee-jerk “I will not be threatened!” reaction and side with Milton, let me remind you what you will be standing for if you do so:

“It is perfectly OK to anonymously and viciously smear a political opponent by claiming that he’s a paedophile, so long as that opponent doesn’t complain about it.”

If you stand by that – hell, even if you’re just willing to back wayyyyy off and tolerate the hell out of it from a ‘safe’ distance – be prepared to suffer the consequences.

An email will follow that is directed to Anne Milton and her team. You will be CC’ed on that email.

By now, you know what the purpose of this action is, and I do honestly hope that you will support these aims:

1. The immediate removal of the ‘anonymous’ smears. All of them.
2. Punitive action against those responsible. All of them.

I advise you to take what action you can to further these aims or prepare yourselves for war.

As it stands, none of the MPs on my list have a web presence that can out-perform what most beginners can produce… and you are most definitely not dealing with beginners here.

Regards,

Tim Ireland
www.bloggerheads.com

PS – Before you dismiss this as an empty threat from a web-nutter, consider that I may well have carried on in a happy-slappy marketing world were it not for Downing Street’s devout belief that I would go away if ignored:

http://www.bloggerheads.com/can_weblogs/tony_blair.asp

The latter matter could have been settled quickly and quietly (and, I hope you would agree, entirely properly). But instead, I became a hardened online activist.

Now my sights are set on you. All thanks to Anne Milton and her little team of web-thugs. Whatever your decision, you may wish to take a moment someday to thank her for that.

This second email was directed to Anne Milton, but all of the listed parties were CC’ed:
Simon Hill (Parliamentary Researcher to Anne Milton MP)
Jonathan Lord (Chairman of the Guildford Conservative Association)
Councillor Andrew Hodges (Leader of Guildford Borough Council)
Sheila Kirkland (Conservative Councillor for Onslow)
Dennis Paul (Conservative campaigner for Worplesdon Borough Ward)
Mike Chambers (Conservative campaigner for Onslow)
Jeremy Hunt (Conservative MP for South West Surrey)
Paul Beresford (Conservative MP for Mole Valley)
Francis Maude (Conservative MP for Horsham)
Humfrey Malins (Conservative MP for Woking)
Michael Gove (Conservative MP for Surrey Heath)
Gerald Howarth (Conservative MP for Aldershot)
Crispin Blunt (Conservative MP for Reigate… and Anne’s MP)

Dear Anne,

You and I both know that Mike Chambers is ‘Jonesy’.

http://www.bloggerheads.com/archives/2006/08/proof_mike_chambers.asp

Last night, Mike Chambers published a fresh comment at the Jonesy12 weblog, with a further airing of paedo-smears against his political opponent. Put simply, he feels untouchable.

Given all the buck-passing that’s gone on this week, one can only wonder why:

http://www.bloggerheads.com/archives/2006/08/perhaps_now_wel.asp

Given that the buck has stopped with you (and you continue to fob me off with your ‘stall and sweep’ plan by insisting that the ‘third party’ get in touch), this leaves us with only one of three possibilities:

1. That you have spoken to Mike Chambers about this, he has lied outright to you, and you were stupid enough to buy it.

2. That you have spoken to Mike Chambers about this, but you are powerless to stop him.

3. That you have not spoken to Mike Chambers about this because of your little political games.

4. That you really don’t need to speak to Mike Chambers about this because you know all about it and are complicit in this affair.

Dennis Paul and Mike Chambers have played an equal part in the creation/promotion of this and other ‘anonymous’ weblog-based smears.

Further, Mike Chambers – one of your local party representatives and a former member of your campaign team – has been proven to be directly responsible for a site that airs claims that his direct political opponent is a paedophile.

Despite this information going public, both parties still feel confident enough to carry on without a care in the world.

How would you feel if your name and address (your real address, not your fake ‘local’ address) were published with similar claims? What if such claims and details were published about one of your children* and that claim remained live on the internet just long enough for some idiot to come along, take the claims at face value, and decide to put a brick through their window… or worse?

(*Please don’t be stupid enough to take this as a veiled threat; unlike Mike Chambers and other members of your team, I’m not a total lowlife.)

Where is your heart, woman? Where is your BRAIN?

When a local campaigner can air unsubstantiated claims of paedophilia with impunity, there is something rotten at the core of local government.

Given that your first line of defence against the weblog that I run about you has always been the Dennis Paul / Mike Chambers team, I am inclined to think that you are the source of this rot.

And – on that final point – it doesn’t matter what I can and cannot prove on this front; our relationship has now changed forever.

If you did not find yourself deselected due to your laziness, dishonesty and/or sheer incompetence beforehand, the boundary changes at the next election would have been the end of the matter for me; I wouldn’t be your constituent.

No longer.

I now plan to hound you until your political career is in ruins, because you are unfit to hold public office. I see it as my civic duty to have you removed from office and called to account.

I used to afford an undue level of courtesy to those who associated themselves with you (hey, it’s politics).

No longer.

From here on in, no bystanders will be tolerated, no quarter will be given.

Me and you (and everyone associated with you)… we’re at war.

Well done, Mike.

Well done, Dennis.

Well done, you.

*claps*

Tim Ireland
www.bloggerheads.com

Get your war-boots on folks. Shortly I’ll be looking for bloggers in the Surrey area who think that their local MP deserves a little more scrutiny than they’re used to. If you don’t live in the Surrey area, don’t sweat it… there’ll be plenty of out-of-town work to go around.

UPDATE (6:05pm) – Michael Chambers just responded to this (from the email address michael.chambers@ycge.com) with the following:

I would like to unsubscribe. Please do not send me email again.

So I suppose now if I ever send him email he’ll try to have me arrested for spamming or something. What an idiot.








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