A bit rushed this one, but it’s from the heart. Don’t forget to vote, folks!
Warning: this video may contain language that “the majority of people in this country find a bit strong*”
(*According to the chap that Iain Dale has hired as his lawyer, who is slightly xenophobic and/or having himself on a bit.)
You may recall, before Draper was foolish enough to hand the moral high ground to blog-cheats and smear-merchants Iain Dale and Paul Staines, that he made a show of accepting videos from anonymous members of the public, when he was almost certainly making them himself or getting a cross-eyed, tone-deaf monkey on work experience to do it for him (and examples of this fine work can be seen here and here).
Derek persisted with the line that he would be accepting anonymously-contributed campaign material, and I wasn’t getting through to him with words about how unwise this was, so…
The following video took about an hour to make and was submitted to Draper anonymously on 25 January 2009 (the same day this private test version was uploaded). I suspect that Draper smelled a rat, which is why it wasn’t published, but it had the desired effect regardless; no further ‘anonymous’ animations were produced/accepted/released by LabourList after this video was submitted.
Obviously I planned on revealing my little secret at some stage, and today seems to be the last appropriate day available to us:
So… see if you can spot what makes this video special… but (NSFW warning) while the video itself is totally work-safe, you should take my advice and avoid conducting any Easter Egg investigation in a professional* workplace.
(*So if you work for MessageSpace, go for it.)
[Psst! If you would like a hint, the file name I gave my attachment when sending was 'calm.avi']
I am hoping that you will like my new video very much. It’s all about a little incident involving Andrew Gilligan and sock-puppets, and I was right in the middle of the spectacular James Bond fantasy finale when I tripped over a little man with his own James Bond fantasy finale on the horizon.
Anyway, it’s finally finished, and ready for your viewing pleasure:
There are a few things that make this new video special, but one of the neatest bits is that all major threads relevant to the Andrew Gilligan sock-puppeting event (and external to bloggerheads.com) have been preserved in this video with some 350+ screen captures forming the 14-second ‘rush’ sequence. No matter what happens to these websites in the future, the relevant bloggage will be locked up inside this animation like a little time capsule… so future generations may know the greatness of Andrew Gilligan and his works.
(A moment of amusement for you; mid-production, I left a message to that effect in one of those since-abandoned threads, only to provoke a gloriously typical if not entirely self-aware response from the sad sock-puppeting bastard who constantly trolls the Liberal Conspiracy site under the name ‘cjcjc’.)
All credits etc. are also in the video, but here I’d like to send a special message of thanks to comment regular Scotch, who was most helpful during the creative process and the long dry spells.
This video contains everything you need to know about the current state of political blogging in the UK in a smidgen over a minute, and stars all of the main players in the grubby-on-all-sides Draper/McBride ‘smeargate’ affair.
PS – Iain Dale and Paul Staines still refuse to show any evidence proving their repeated claims of a Downing Street conspiracy against either or both of them specifically, but they are dishonestly grouping this unseen email with the published email(s) and insisting that they have evidence to prove their conspiracy claim. Iain Dale has already made one false claim about this. There’s every reason to be suspicious about the personal conspiracy claim too, so… Let’s. See. The. Evidence.
UPDATE – Yeah, I noticed this, too; Iain Dale, in a typical abuse of the power that comes with added publicity, used the opportunity to press his false narrative about the right’s dominance of the blogosphere.
[Geeks only: After watching this, I looked up an old friend ; Overdrawn at the Memory Bank. Joy of joys, I discovered treasure! The movie they made about it was so very special that it was MST3Ked. Have a little taster here, if you fancy; I'm saving the whole thing for later.]
Mr Jenvey is busy elsewhere early today, but he has promised to share a statement with us later.
I’m happy waiting for that, but here are a few extras for those of you who have looked through the old magazines and fiddled with the empty play-table and are now getting fidgety:
Ignore the link if you like, and just love the headline; Arrest in Mandelson custard probe
And finally, as if some strange hand of fate were at work, I arrived at (pfft!) the Jack Straw weblog this morning to discover that is was updated yesterday with the following message:
With regret blog comment moderation has been turned on. Political argument is welcome (see posts below), but name-calling and general abuse is not and won’t be published.
So good luck bringing up any of that torture nonsense there and seeing anything substantial published; even thinking for a moment that the sainted Jack Straw would allow torture on his watch constitutes ‘abuse’. How very dare you.
UPDATE – You’re *still* bored? Tch. OK, I’ll have the nurse put some cartoons on:
UPDATE – Tut. Me and my memory. Sir Paul Judge would like a quiet word with you about the party system.
Some kind (and really quite true) words from Ian Appleby leading into the antics of the Indy and their bad habit of pretending to accept comments when they’d really rather you shut up and went away. It could be a simple case of poor housekeeping, but I’ve watched entire comment threads disappear from the Independent website; they’re as bad as many of the tabloids on most fronts. More newspapers have been willing to try the comments-lite solution since the public face of blogging was taken over by a bunch of comment cheats. Funny how that works, isn’t it?
The new and renewed Daily Mail Watch is about to loom on your horizon. You have been warned.
Via Carl comes news from (and of) another jolly useful site from the good people at mysociety.org:
FOI Request re: Mark Thompson’s trip to Israel for talks with Ariel Sharon
The Sun didn’t really discover Atlantis via Google Earth. I can tell by that look on your face that you’re totally shocked by that.
(So is The Sun spending most their budget on watching Jade Goody die and filling in any blank spots with stuff they found on Google Earth? It certainly seems like it. And if you don’t mind me saying so, it’s this kind of clever newspapering that makes Rebekah Wade long overdue for a promotion.)
Iain Dale’s somewhat misinformed view on Star Wars reminded me of Starcrash, the world’s greatest space adventure movie ever, ever, ever. It’s even got a hairy-chested Hoff. Watch the whole thing here, if you like.
And finally, some good news from the land of we-don’t-do-torture:
AP Newsbreak: CIA destroyed 92 interrogation tapes
The Times – Britain admits rendition of terror suspects
Guardian – UN attacks Britain over torture claims
Septicisle – Rendition flashback
Justin McKeating – David Miliband and Jaqui Smith: something to hide, something to fear
Guardian – Labour MP suspended from Commons over Heathrow protest: A Labour MP was suspended from the Commons for five days today after grabbing the Speaker’s mace in protest at the government’s decision to allow a third runway at Heathrow.
BBC – MP suspended after mace protest: John McDonnell was sanctioned after he picked up the mace, the ornamental club which represents the royal authority of Parliament, in a breach of protocol… Anyone manhandling the mace is considered in contempt of Parliament… During a statement by Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon on Heathrow Mr McDonnell left his seat, grabbed the mace – which dates from the reign of Charles II – and put it down on an empty bench on the Labour side of the House. While doing so, he shouted: “It’s a disgrace to the democracy of this country.”
2. Tch. I had Geoff Hoon figured all wrong. I thought in a situation like that he would theatrically scream “Look out! He’s got a weapon!” while moving to shield nearby infants with his body. Perhaps none were available at the time. Maybe he will wake up at 3am and realise that he should have at least taken a dive or something. Oh well.
3. The BBC footage clearly shows the mace-wielding component of proceedings and, as you can see, it was not waved or brandished in a threatening manner, merely handled in a deliberately disrespectful manner and dumped on a bench… but look out for spin that suggests otherwise. There’s more than one way to shift a troublesome MP.
(Heads-up via Carl and the slightly over-excited folk over at OH.)