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Posted by Tim Ireland at 26 January 2009

Category: Gordon Brown

There’s a post on my site that’s one of the top results in Google for most search queries relating to Gordon Brown’s email.

The relevant service has been down for months, I’m left wondering what the big deal is with a few emails, and I want to at least see for myself some indication of how big the daily pile can be.

So for the next 24 hours, I will be using that post to (again) accept emails on the PM’s behalf:

Bloggerheads (UK) – How to email Gordon Brown

Emails will be hand-delivered tomorrow evening, along with an executive summary.

If you’d like to send an email to Gordon Brown, this may be the only opportunity you get for a while.

UPDATE (27 Jan) – What… is that it? I could collate and summarise the emails I have so far with a stapler and a pencil. Surely Gordon Brown can’t be that much of an irrelevance already.

Offer now extended to one full week. I doubt very much if I’ll fill a foolscap folder in that time.

Meanwhile, an official statement from Downing Street about when we might expect the service to return would be more welcome than the odd anonymous word in their defence. I recognise that it’s more complicated than simply accepting email, but the last time I went into any detail about that, Downing Street rewarded my efforts in a most unusual way.








Posted by Tim Ireland at 13 October 2008

Category: Gordon Brown

Yahoo gets hopes up.

I’m sure this got a few right-wing bloggers excited before they read the fine print. Not that any of them are desperate for an excuse to drink on a Monday afternoon or anything…








Posted by Tim Ireland at 6 October 2008

Category: Christ..., Consume!, Gordon Brown, Search Engine Optimisation, Updates, US Presidential Election 2008

1. Peter Mandelson: It must be a big tent if it’s got room for this clown in it. The Sun managed to amuse by taking this corrupt individual and essentially saying with their Saturday headline (“I’m Behind You”) that your main concern should be that he might bum you when you’re not looking. For reactions to the reshuffle and other local developments in the past few days, see Septicisle.

2. Sarah Palin: Now that the VP debate is over and I have a few moments, I’d just like to say that I find it enormously comforting to know that when the chips are down and a crisis is at hand, when she is called upon to do her best, that Sarah can, when given a week of preparation, studying and coaching, bluff her way through. Boldly. (Psst! To be filed under ‘Inches, Yards & Miles’: The question “Can I call you Joe?” asked by the woman who knows she has “Say it ain’t so, Joe!” already lined up as her solid-gold zinger. You may also want to have a peek at this manifestation of the Comparing Candidates meme.)

3. Moult-Watch: The first Yahoo Image results appeared late on Friday, and MrTrilby wins a prize from the shelf! (Sorry, Ciarin. Close, but no banana. You must be heartbroken after all the effort you put into your picture.)

4. Prizes! So the following people get their choice of prize from the prize shelf and – somewhat crucially – they get to choose their prize from this selection in the following order:

– ‘Kate’ who contributes under comments here and elsewhere (and has already been notified, just in case you’re wondering if this is you) wins first pick – ever! – from the prize shelf, for her stoicism in the face of disappointment (she received an over-hyped ‘prize pack’ from Iain that was, in her words, “a massive let-down”) and for unknowingly and unjustly being the target of some rather ungentlemanly conduct from Paul ‘Guido Fawkes’ Staines.

(‘Kate’ happens to share a name with my wife, and this post is the only mention of that on this blog since… well, maybe one mention a long time before OTT right-wing idiots like Chambers, Staines and Hendren made it a good idea to keep even that basic level of information to yourself. In short, Paul revealed a creepy level of interest in my private life and a striking level of paranoia… while taking a rare break from calling me a paranoid stalker.)

Jim Barter, who scored the first relevant Julie Moult search result in Live Search

Beau Bo D’Or, who revealed under that same post that he had taken control of a top Google Images result for variations of ‘the daily mail’

– MrTrilby, who scored the first relevant Julie Moult result in Yahoo Images (see above).

Google is still distracted by the profile noise at b3ta (a href=”http://www.bloggerheads.com/archives/2008/09/moultwatch_the.asp”>more), but this delay can only make the eventual victory of true relevance that much sweeter.

With luck, we’ll be able to return to the prize shelf within a few weeks.

5. Big prize! The winner of the SEO Seminar free ticket giveaway is…..

(drum roll)

Mat Bowles

MatGB calmly, karmicly and comprehensively ticked all the boxes by:

– Having great potential on the SEO development/use front
– Refusing to beg
– Showing not one but many useful networking connections that started with a search result. (I won’t go into details here, because there’s at least one stalker reading this, and this post goes out in the middle of a weekday afternoon, so he’s probably drunk, too.)
– Pointing out that he had already converted to my religion years ago.

It’s a busy week as I do my final prep for the seminar, but if Kate, Jim, BBD and Mat would care to check in via email, I’ll get prizes out to recipients ASAP.








Posted by Tim Ireland at 27 June 2008

Category: Gordon Brown, The Political Weblog Movement, The War on Stupid, Tories! Tories! Tories!

1. The reason there aren’t more results for the “Which right-wing ‘blogger’ are you?” quiz; the wannabes (who I’ll be kind enough not to list here) all copy the techniques used by Mummy blogger and Daddy blogger, so there’s very little difference between them. (Outsiders should take note that this quiz relates only to pseudo-bloggers from the right, not genuine bloggers from the right.)

2. The totally non-partisan and not at all right-wing magazine wad of junk mail Total Politics has a chart of the (alleged) “Greatest Speeches of All Time”. There were some red faces yesterday when it emerged that Enoch Powell’s “Rivers of Blood” speech was named one of the very greatest. Not *the* greatest, mind. Only third-greatest. The top two spots are taken by… Ronald Reagan.

(rolls eyes)

Iain’s problem (the same problem experienced with 18 Doughty Street) is going to be that he sees things like this… and doesn’t see a problem.

Another case in point; while lecturing Nelson Mandela on political/moral leadership, Iain has published an outright “Hang Mandela” comment in this discussion thread. Moderation is on (and has been on for months). This means that Iain has to read each comment before it’s cleared for publication. This comment – “Hang Nelson Mandela” – was seen and approved before publication, and not deleted, moderated or challenged by Iain Dale. I can’t wait to hear his excuse for this one. (via)

3. Onto a different but equally distorted world, I’d like to heartily endorse this item from Terence Blacker:

Terence Blacker: A teacher takes off his shirt. Cue panic: It is a simple of story of teacher-bullying, but with the unusual gloss that the child bullies were rewarded by the education authorities, who joined in the campaign of persecution. The victim became the villain. What has been more interesting has been the reaction of other teachers and from the media. While any sane adult or teenager could see that Mr Rouse had merely been a bit of chump, the response in the press has been to eroticise the incident. What the stripping teacher did, the implication has been, had some kind of murky, intimate motive…. A weird and not entirely healthy act of psychological transference seems to be taking place. By interpreting innocent acts, whether taking off a shirt or playing tennis, as erotic, the prudes and pervs of today are revealing their own sexual restiveness.

Well noted, and well said.

Ditto for the Heinz Deli Mayo ad nonsense. The only thing remotely offensive about it is that the (weak) joke relies on a common assumption that women make the sandwiches.

[For the record: (a) a woman makes most of the sandwiches in our house, (b) I have actually used this product, (c) on more than one sandwich that I made myself, and (d) the garlic variety is really quite tasty.]

Moving on…

4. The Times – Labour finish behind BNP in election humiliation: Labour came a humiliating fifth place behind the BNP and the Greens last night in the Henley by-election caused by Boris Johnson’s election as London Mayor. Gordon Brown’s first anniversary as Labour leader began with the party securing only 1,066 votes, losing its £500 deposit, and having its working majority in the House of Commons cut to 65, as John Howell, the Conservative candidate, succeeded Mr Johnson in the Oxfordshire seat.

Ouch. A terrible end to an awful first year for Gordon Brown (more).

(But don’t get me wrong… I’m still glad that this lying, torturing murdering bastard is gone.)

5. Meanwhile another disaster looms… but who will face eviction? That’s right folks, here comes the Big Brother by-election!

(Name/idea blatantly stolen from David Icke, but that’s OK… he still owes me for nicking my images.)

PA – Davis to face 25 rivals in election: David Davis will face 25 other candidates in the Haltemprice and Howden by-election, the acting returning officer has confirmed. The Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats have already said they will not take part in the contest. But a range of individuals and smaller parties had officially thrown their hats into the ring by the time nominations closed. These include the well-known conspiracy theorist David Icke, Official Monster Raving Loony Party candidate Mad Cow-Girl and Miss Great Britain, Gemma Garrett. Among the other parties that will be on the ballot paper is the Church of Militant Elvis Party and a representative of Make Politicians History. Nominations for poll closed on Thursday afternoon and voting will be on July 10. (via)

26 housemates and one big eviction night, how can the punters possibly resiszzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..snrk*.

Wha? Where? Oh, sorry, dropped off for a bit there.

6. To close, here are some links relating to the Blog Nation event:

Liberal Conspiracy – Pictures from Blog Nation <--- includes links to many more Charlie Beckett – The UK Left Blogosphere: staring defeat in the face
Dave Cole – Blog Nation part 2: qu’est-que c’est le blog?

Don’t expect much from me just yet. I’m a busy beaver for the next few days and I need a leisurely walk or two before I can really think things out.








Posted by Tim Ireland at 12 June 2008

Category: Gordon Brown, Page 3 - News in Briefs

Page 3Brown can’t honestly expect 42 days to pass through the Lords. This was a bloody dangerous attempt at a show of power, with a pathetic result.

There’s bound to be plenty of talk about the support from Northern Ireland that helped Gordon to squeak by, but this morning my eyes are drawn a little further south…

Today, in the Downing Street Echo, Page 3 lovely Claire Tully (24, from Dublin, who has a First Class Honours in Biochemistry, thank you very much) gets her cha-chas out to deliver this message on behalf of the editor, Rebekah Wade her own personal take on matters:

Claire thinks the 42 days detention measure means the authorities will have to strike a delicate balance between preserving civil liberties and protecting the British public from terrorists. She says it shouldn’t be used “without strong and valid reasons”.

What, like this whole issue was?

This cynical manipulation of the terrorist threat for political gain makes me sick to my stomach…. and I’d love to dwell on how happy it makes me that we have yet another PM who thinks he can play pissy power games with it, but there’s plenty of dissatisfaction here for you to chew on and right now at Bloggerheads it’s time to point, laugh and get a wee bit frightened about what happens when they do try to take the issue seriously:

BBC – Secret terror files left on train: Police are investigating a “serious” security breach after a civil servant lost top-secret documents containing the latest intelligence on al-Qaeda. The unnamed Cabinet Office employee apparently breached strict security rules when he left the papers on the seat of a train. A fellow passenger spotted the envelope containing the files and gave it to the BBC, who handed them to the police.

BBC – Terror files official suspended: The Cabinet Office has suspended the civil servant at the centre of an inquiry into the loss of top-secret documents on al-Qaeda and Iraq.

Five quid says the opening paragraph on the top-secret Iraq documents reads; “The place is still in a right mess, but we and our chums over the pond are f**king coining it in.”

Related bloggage:
Liberal Conspiracy – What a farce
Septicisle – I love a free country
Devil’s Kitchen – 42 days later
Mr Eugenides – 42 days
Sim-O – Lost intelligence?








1. Joseph Obi is on the warpath.

The attack on Louise Redvers is particularly appalling… and actionable. Sadly, The Obi One has yet to reveal what he’s really angry about (i.e. what triggered this greatly delayed outburst).

2. Thank you, Gordon.

(That is what you’re fishing for, yes? Next time, try to take the lead before you’re backed into a corner, eh?)

3. Independent – Clive Stafford Smith: Why has the Government forsaken Binyam Mohamed?: Why would the British Government refuse to disclose this kind of critical information? Here, we are left to speculate, since they won’t give an explanation. Sadly, the most likely reason is that there is much more evidence that they would rather remained hidden – such as proof of systematic British co-operation in the US rendition process.

If you’d like a hint as to the most likely outcome, here it is; Jack Straw still holds a cabinet position.

4. BBC – Blair ‘to devote life to faith’: Former prime minister Tony Blair has promised to “spend the rest of my life” uniting the world’s religions

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Oh, do excuse me. That’s unforgivably rude. I should kn*…. Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

5. Emptywheel – George Bush Authorized the Leak of Valerie Wilson’s Identity: Scottie McC doesn’t know it yet. But that’s basically what he revealed this morning on the Today Show…

See also: Scott McClellan on Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Oh, and Matthew Norman’s description of Bush as an “an arrogant, self-deceiving fantasist” reminded me of this little item.

6. LayScience and Septicisle on the recent Standpoint nonsense.

(Speaking of right-wing magazines, someone has a tough job ahead of them.)

7. I had four beers last night, and I’m seriously considering breaking my curfew on Saturday night so I can see a movie with the missus.

I’m a bad boy…. but you ain’t seen nothing yet:

8. Manticore. Monday.

SPECIAL BONUS LINK: An incredible timesaver for 98% of the remaining* regular contributors to Iain Dale’s website. (*Most of the sensible people have grown tried of being ignored, censored, abused by anonymous cowards or told to “piss off” by the great man himself.)








Page 3 editorial10 Downing Street – PM marks International Women’s Day: The Prime Minister has marked International Women’s Day 2008 by asking women’s business leaders for advice on how to support the “next generation” of successful women. The PM and his wife were joined for a lunch reception at Number 10 by a range of guests including Oxfam CEO Barbara Stocking, Sun editor Rebekah Wade an*WAIT! WHAT? WTF!? Rebekah Wade???

If I read this article right, Gordon Brown is asking Rebekah Wade of all people to “adopt and mentor” British teenagers and young girls in order to empower them.

And yet in today’s super soaraway Sun, there’s yet another perfect example of Wade’s ongoing efforts to exploit young women by using their semi-naked bodies to feed her readers either (a) right-wing propaganda (b) Downing Street propaganda, or (c) a clever mix of both.

(If you’re new to Bloggerheads, plenty of examples can be found here and here.)

Putting Rebekah Wade in charge of a young women with aspirations is like putting Fagin in charge of a child-entrepreneur scheme; the majority of ‘graduates’ will be victims used to victimise people, with one lucky pup (maybe) getting lessons on how to form and control their own gang.

I’m guessing *that* lesson starts with a special contract for nudie shots, that states in complicated legalese that the editor has the right to assign opinions to any/all models in a clear attempt to exploit them and everyone who likes staring at their boobies.

Yet another Big Lie, courtesy of the ‘new and improved’ Downing Street, ladies and gentlemen.

(Oh, and speaking of big lies, there’s a right-wing editor on the loose in Wikipedia who likes to censor his own Talk page, and one of the many favours he’s done for the British gang of right-wing pseudo-bloggers is the big lie – first entered here – that Paul Staines ended up independently wealthy after his years in the field of finance. Two trails for you to follow if have the time and inclination to join me.)








Posted by Tim Ireland at 26 February 2008

Category: Gordon Brown, It's War! It's Legal! It's Lovely!

As you’re probably aware from watching the latest WMD and torture developments, the Brown government is becoming increasingly convinced of its ability to sweep some outstanding matters under the rug after a perfunctory dusting.

In fact, they appear to think that they can also let the small matter of Iraqi employees slip by without anyone at home making too much fuss…

Dan Hardie – Iraqi Employees: Fine words, shabby deeds: A small number of Iraqis – fewer than a dozen, according to people close to the operation who are in contact with me- were removed from Iraq in the early autumn of 2007. Since the Prime Minister’s admirable declaration of October, how many Iraqi ex-employees have been evacuated from Iraq? According to all the Iraqis that I am in contact with: none.

I’ve tried to get something more than words out of my MP, with little luck.

You may do better:
Please try. Then please share.

Cheers all.








Posted by Tim Ireland at 13 February 2008

Category: Gordon Brown, It's War! It's Legal! It's Lovely!

David Miliband: “There’s absolutely no question about the UK Government’s commitments in respect of torture, which is illegal, and our definition of what torture is.”

Liar.
Liar.
Pants on fire.

Even if we take his statement as the position of a new administration, one has to consider that Jack Straw is a senior member of Brown’s cabinet (unless of course they ask him to leave the room whenever torture policy is discussed) and the best we’ve seen out of them so far is this pissweak effort.

UPDATE – And now, a musical number especially for Jack Straw:








Posted by Tim Ireland at 6 February 2008

Category: Gordon Brown

———————- | SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT – JANUARY 2009 |———————-

Gordon Brown’s Downing Street team is no longer accepting email for the Prime Minister. This service has been down since August 2008, and some of us have been left wondering out just how hard it can be to accept, store and process a few emails.

So I’ve decided to find out.

For the next 24 hours 7 days, I will be accepting email for Gordon Brown via the following address, and hand-delivering these emails to 10 Downing Street:

This is a strictly limited offer, and is available at this stage only for the following 24 hour 7-day period:

12:00 midday 26 January 2009 – 12:00 midday, 2 February 2009

Please note that if you use this service, you must be willing to share; your email will be read/scanned by me and used for statistical purposes.

Besides, people who want to write letters privately to Gordon Brown need looking at.

24 hour A one-week window, folks. Then I’ll collate, run an executive summary up and drop it by Downing St. Just to see how hard it can be.

UPDATE (5 Feb) – I’ve been reliably informed that an ’email the PM’ facility should be back in service by the end of February.

And now back to our regular programming…

———————- | SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT ENDS |———————-

[archived post continues below]

Sending an email to Gordon Brown couldn’t be simpler… and I should know, because I wrote the specs for the system. Of course, I haven’t been paid for that yet, but I live in hope.

Option #1

All you have to do to send an email to the PM is visit the page linked below, choose a category or write your own, and take it from there:

10 Downing Street – Email the PM

Please be aware that the e-mail system involves your email being read by a series of staff members and grouped into a monthly report. If your message is important, sensitive and/or confidential in nature, you’ll be better off sending a letter to 10 Downing Street, London SW1 2AA (which will, at least, result in your message being read by fewer staff members).

Option #2

You could try sending an email via Gordon Brown’s parliamentary address – browng@parliament.uk – but during Blair’s time as PM, all emails to his version of this address went into a deep, dark hole without so much as a ‘bounce’ message, so I’d wager that it might be more effective to scream into a pillow in a sound-proofed room.

Option #3

If you have the public on your side and you wish to rattle Gordon’s cage electronically, you may wish to instead reach out to the PM via a petition, and you can now do so online:

10 Downing Street – E-petitions

If you get enough people behind you, you might (eventually) receive a satisfactory reply. I say ‘might’, because 5,098 people signed my petition and neither Brown nor Blair have seen fit to respond to it. So far.

Option #4

The fourth option is a little more difficult and time-consuming, but deeply satisfying; simply run a blog for a few years and subject the PM and/or his government so much trouble or embarrassment that you rate regular visits from Downing Street’s web-watch team.

Then all you have to do is go public with your email. This system allows for the use of HTML (as opposed to plain text), which is a far more elegant way to communicate, in my view.

Below is my latest public email of this type, and my first to Gordon Brown (not counting this little intervention to mark the long-overdue departure of Tony Blair):

To: Gordon Brown

From: Tim Ireland

Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2008 9:15 AM

Subject: I’m feeling frisky

1. Gordon. I can fix this little problem for you:

Get in touch when you have a mo. (Oh, and you’re using a system that I wrote the specs for and your predecessor has yet to pay for. We might have to settle that matter before I start on any new projects for Downing St. Sorry to be so obsessive persistent.)

2. Iraqi employees. This issue will fuck you in all sorts of unexpected ways if you’re not a lot more careful (and a hell of a lot faster) than you have been in the past. It doesn’t help that your boy Miliband is widely regarded as a joke. I’ve faced the guy down myself, and he’s lucky to be regarded as bush-league.

3. When are you going to sack that S.O.B. Jack Straw? He’s a walking roadblock. If you want my trust, he needs to be out on his arse. And I’m not alone.

Cheers

Tim Ireland

PS – SOCPA: I’d like to bring it to your attention without the usual rigmarole of having to stalk your wife. Ta.

So, there are your current options for electronic communication with the Prime Minister. Use them wisely.








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