Stand back, kids…. the Tories have gone ‘street’ with a new video via Asabailey [*no they haven’t]. In fact, they’re so with-it that they’re down with their own YouTube profile; ‘smokedbadger’. (Tch. Someone really should have warned them that made-up names on YouTube, no matter how cool they may be, are not all that cool right now.)
What’s with the ‘hotniss.com watermark? Hotniss
is was a short-lived ‘viral’ video-sharing site. Is this a borrowed item? Some strange yet authentic public-domain item? Left-overs?
UPDATE – [*Heh. I should have remembered that name… it’s an ‘unofficial’ offering. File it under ‘meh’.]
UPDATE (17 Aug) – Well, someone’s had a word… the original video has been removed and replaced with a new version that does not include the Conservatives’ logo. All I can add to this right now is that Asa, the creator, has denied picking a YouTube fight with himself.
The Times – This is the story of two brothers who worked for the British: one is dead, the other fears for his life: Mohammad’s body was found dumped in wasteland on the outskirts of Basra. His killers had burnt cigarettes into his back, broken one of his hands and legs and shot him three times in the head and twice in the chest. His crime: to have worked as an interpreter for the British in Iraq…
Via Justin, who also reminds me to say:
Rachel North – Legal Challenge to Government as Pressure Grows for Independent 7/7 Inquiry: Today I will go to the Home Office at noon with a small but representative group of bereaved families and survivors of 7/7 and serve the Home Secretary a legal letter. It is a letter before action. It outlines the legal case for an inquiry under the European Human Rights Act article 2, and states that we are prepared to go to a Judicial Review to challenge the Government on their continuing failure to hold an inquiry.
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I’m glad to see the back of him. Like Alastair Campbell, he’s nothing more than a media-savvy sociopath.
(To paraphrase Banksy; why work hard to excel at any one thing when you can simply excel at cheating?)
An excellent and useful article from Richard Engel:
The LA Times – Wars within wars in Iraq: Despite what you may have heard, there is no “war” in Iraq. Rather, there are many wars raging through the Shiite, Kurdish and Sunni territories. These wars are complicated and deep-seated, with roots that, in some cases, go back centuries. But this is not what Americans are often led to believe…