David Taylor: well and truly rumbled

Take a look at this (spotted by Dizzy):

Domain name: johnson4leader.co.uk
Registrant: David Taylor
Registered on: 05-Sep-2006

Domain name: johnson4leader.org.uk
Registrant: David Taylor
Registered on: 05-Sep-2006

Domain name: johnson4leader.com
Registrant: David Taylor
Registered on: 05-Sep-2006

Domain name: johnson4leader.org
Registrant: David Taylor
Registered on: 05-Sep-2006

Look at the dates; before there was an alleged plot by Brownites to depose Blair, there was an actual plot by Blairites to undermine the Chancellor and push Alan Johnson as the next PM!

In the last hour, Taylor has started redirecting these domains to the home page of U.S. Senator Tim Johnson in a pathetic attempt to throw people off the scent. But he – and Blair – are totally busted. So much for calls for unity.

UPDATE – At the same as he registered these domain names, David Taylor also registered alanjohnson.info, davecameron.org.uk, gordonbrown.org (which you’re already familiar with), and thelabourparty.net, *plus* the following back-ups for an existing project, just so no-one could hijack him, I suppose: transpero.org.uk, transpero.info, transpero.org, transpero.co.uk (why, it’s almost as if David had a little bit of cash lying around and thought ‘what the hell’…)

UPDATE – Now David Taylor’s trying his puppy-dog act on Dizzy.

IMHO, David should abandon his dream of becoming the next Alastair Campbell; Ali-C doesn’t care who thinks he’s a bastard, and is just a little bit better at covering his tracks on covert operations.

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5 years

What can I say when this already says it for me? Boy, it’s a good thing that the terrists haven’t changed our way of life, isn’t it?

(Link via Scaryduck. More on New Labour charmers later today or perhaps tomorrow. A mystery virus is raging through the house right now and I have buckets to clean.)

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Tell the world what you stand for

For Queen and Country: Tonight’s example of New Labour Delusion comes from the website Keeping the Faith. This is a pro-Blair website set up to support the beleaguered Tony Blair. It has a list of 50 achievements during his time in office… Anyway, the one that has really offended me, is this gem, according to the site, one of Blair’s top achievements is – 16. Banned anti-personnel mines – If just one of those Blair supporting goons can tell me what sweet fuck all good that does when Cluster Bombs are being dropped like confetti in Iraq, Afghanistan and by the Israelis in Lebanon (thanks to our government for letting them pass through our airports), then I’ll personally vote New Labour at the next election.

And napalm, Daz. You forgot to mention napalm.

PS – Remember Gareth Davies? He’s chipped in with this little effort to help David Taylor achieve the status of hapless victim and – 18 months after our original exchange – he *still* hasn’t managed/bothered to answer this question: “Do you support detention without trial based on intelligence gained through torture?”

UPDATE (11 Sep) – Sounds like a ‘yes’ to me.

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David Taylor Vs. Clare Short

Whoops… I missed one! Let’s begin with two links for beginners…

Bloggerheads – David Taylor is a busy man (and a new media genius)
Bloggerheads – Keeping The Faith: more on David Taylor

… and the now-customary email exchange:

Tim Ireland: David, It would appear that you’ve been up to a great many dirty tricks online. During these activities, you appear to have been extremely personal, very hostile, and largely anonymous. Don’t you think it’s a bit rich accusing me of hostility for making you slightly less anonymous?

David Taylor: I have not been behind dirty tricks campaigns on the internet! If you have examples, I would like to see them.

Fair enough. He did ask, after all….

After Clare Short resigned from Blair’s cabinet (in her 2003 two-step), David Taylor purchased the domain name shortchange.org.uk and – showing that he hasn’t learned a heck of a lot in the past few years – used a framed-redirect on that domain to pages hosted at http://shortchange.smallplanet.co.uk/

You can see an archive of one of the relevant pages here.

If you poke around, you’ll notice that David continually (and ever-so-tactfully) used the word ‘confused’ instead of ‘unbalanced’ (an ongoing brief against Short that came from many Blair supporters).

On your travels, you may also notice that his name did not appear on the website and – in another familiar twist – he insisted that “SHORTCHANGE is not affiliated to any political organisation.”


As you can see from this Birmingham discussion board witnesses at the time watched him being unpleasantly outed on Midlands Today (15th April 2004):

There has been an online campaign to oust Clair.
Tonights Midlands Today exposed the 18 year old fat wanker behind it and confronted the lard arsed shit in his Welsh home. Typical Young Tory (in fact New Labour, but whats the difference).
I thought we should wreck his site.
But like the cowardly little turd he is he has taken the site down now he has been exposed.
Well done Mids Today!

(Oi! Now *that*, ladies and gentlemen, is personal and hostile.)

You can see the ‘removed’ version of the site archived here and you can also see David Taylor bringing a new version online here in 2005 (after the fuss had died down, natch).

11 days after the exposé by Midlands Today, this article appeared:

icNorthWales – The boy who took on Clare Short: A North Wales teenager has been revealed as the mastermind behind a controversial website set up to undermine Labour rebel Clare Short. But David Taylor from Llanfihangel, near Ruthin, stressed he never meant to cause any harm or offence to the former Minister, and said that it all started off as a bit of a joke… An intriguing list of people were blamed for setting up the site, from political opponents to an inside dirty tricks campaign… But it turned out to be the work of 18-year-old David, a New Labour supporter who was furious at Miss Short’s actions. David, who is studying politics, business and economics at Yale College in Wrexham, said the protest started off as a joke, a bit of political satire. It was not planned to achieve anything and he said that he certainly did not set out to cause any offence.

Again, we’ve hit familiar territory; denials that are plausible if viewed from a great distance, and those irresistible puppy-dog eyes.

But look at this page and tell me if you think it classifies as ‘satire’…

Read the petition and tell me that it “was not planned to achieve anything”…

It should also be pointed out that – although David Taylor claimed that the site “attracted almost 60,000 visits in four weeks and was inundated with e-mail messages from voters” – the petition attracted a grand total of 159 signatures.

Again, we’re in very familiar territory:

The Register – Galaxy of saboteurs trashes ‘Save the Blair’ petition: As of Friday morning the revived keepingthefaith.org.uk listed a scant 80 named signatories, but claimed to have more than 4,000 supporters, and, weirdly, that “we have a lot of data entry left to do.”


(I can laugh, because I know what it feels like to be the worst player on a losing team.)

So, what are we left with?

Well, even if the Clare Short attack site was just an independent audition-piece, this gifted youngster has since been employed and deployed by New Labour on a formal/regular basis… and not a lot has changed in his style, behaviour or delivery. Oh, *and* David hasn’t been entirely forthcoming with the truth.

All of that makes me very suspicious of any claim that the Keeping The Faith website is an independent venture.

OK, folks… that’s the halftime whistle. Dave has failed to win me over with earnest pleas of innocence, and he has also discovered that it is *never* a good idea to suggest to me that I’m ‘wasting my time’ looking into this or that.

Right now I’m thinking of having a much closer look at his alleged role in the Walter Wolfgang affair. Hell, if it’s true, the boy would pass into LEGEND!

I wonder if good ol’ Walter would be willing and able to ID him?

(Psst! Normally, this is the part where the wounded party seeks to soothe that hot feeling on the back of their neck by deciding to have a go at me. Or, David could amaze us all by coming clean on his wicked past and swearing to always tread the path of light in future…. erm, but he’d have to come clean on his wicked past before I’d believe him.)

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Hello to all of the little people

This is just lovely. Go, enjoy, and then waste the rest of your afternoon with the B3ta newsletter from whence it came.

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Oh, this did make me chuckle…

BBC – Clarke reignites leadership row: Former Home Secretary Charles Clarke has accused Gordon Brown of “absolutely stupid” behaviour during the furore over Tony Blair’s leadership… Mr Brown met Tony Blair on Wednesday after a day of open warfare – and a string of resignations – over Mr Blair’s refusal to name a departure date or stand aside. The meeting prompted speculation about a deal between Mr Blair and Mr Brown over Mr Blair’s exit from Number 10 – an impression reinforced, says Mr Clarke, by a picture of Mr Brown grinning as he drove away from Downing Street. Mr Clarke said: “A lot of people are very upset and cross about that. It was absolutely stupid, a stupid, stupid thing to do… He is talented and brilliant but there are these little incidences like the grin in the car that build up a terrible picture.”

Rachel North – Another Elephant in the room!: Yeah, those unfortunate little incidences can be buggers can’t they? Especially when the pesky media get hold of them.

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Keeping The Faith: more on David Taylor

Let’s begin with a link or three:

To begin, a ‘read this first’ link for newcomers who will need some background on David Taylor and keepingthefaith.org.uk:
Bloggerheads – David Taylor is a busy man (and a new media genius)

Plus, an archive of the public’s actual response to keepingthefaith.org.uk that comes to us via El Reg…

The Register – Galaxy of saboteurs trashes ‘Save the Blair’ petition: As of Friday morning the revived keepingthefaith.org.uk listed a scant 80 named signatories, but claimed to have more than 4,000 supporters, and, weirdly, that “we have a lot of data entry left to do.”

OK, all done? On with the show…

David Taylor was in touch via email last night wanting to know why I was being so ‘personal’ and ‘hostile’. He looked at me with virtual puppy-dog eyes and made all sorts of assurances.

Now, what was said in confidence will remain in confidence, but what was not I’m happy to share with you… because it’s important, and the majority of it appears to be 100% bullshit.

It’s a long post, so I’ve broken it up into headed subjects:

Adrian McMenamin

Tim Ireland: So you have no professional association with Adrian McMenamin?

David Taylor: Adrian is a friend of mine. I have no professional association with him.

What, none? Is he sure? I mean, apart from him helping Adrian McMenamin build a website that is. Let’s have a look-see…

Guardian – Today Hartlepool, tomorrow…: Adrian McMenamin is the classically hostile New Labour gatekeeper. Heavy with gloom, from the outset he has guarded Labour’s candidate behind a wall of unhappy suspicion, and it would be some weeks before I was even allowed to meet Iain Wright.

So that’s Adrian McMenamin, working on the Labour campaign team, in the Hartlepool by-election of 2004.

David Taylor’s weblog disappeared a long time ago, but a record remains in the archive. On that weblog, he speaks of looking forward to going to Hartlepool on August 6, 2004 and on August 15, 2004 he states that; “I’m currently in Hartlepool for the by-election campaign.”

Further, the bio from his long-gone weblog reads as follows: Inspired by the New Labour message, that a government could be both socially progressive and economically successful, David Taylor joined the Labour Party at the age of 15 in the constituency of Clwyd West. He soon felt at home in the close knit group that made up the local party in this marginal seat in North East Wales, including local MP Gareth Thomas and Welsh Assembly Member Alun Pugh. After working on a number of campaigns, including the successful re-election of Alun Pugh AM in the knife-edge 2003 contest, David became the Secretary of his Constituency Labour Party in March 2004, shortly after his eighteenth birthday. He is to date the youngest person to have held such a position. Later in the same month David was elected to the Labour Party’s Welsh Executive Committee (WEC), as Youth Representative.

So that’s David Taylor, working on the Labour campaign team, in the Hartlepool by-election of 2004.

No professional association with Adrian McMenamin? Bite me.


Tim Ireland: So you’ve never created, instigated or contributed to a dirty tricks campaign? Ever?

David Taylor: As far as I am aware, no. At the last election, I created www.rememberredwood.com which showed the clip of John Redwood trying to sing the Welsh national anthem for Welsh Labour. That’s it.

I suspect this one was given away as a freebie because it relates to this payment from the Labour Party that I had already published. But I suspect there’s more…

My archive’s a bit skewed at the moment (.asp issues on the new server) but my memory isn’t shot to hell. I remember the Hartlepool by-election very well indeed (yes, I also remember that Tom was involved)… because I was reminded of it by every MP I talked to about blogging for well over a year afterwards (more on that in a mo).

The Hartlepool by-election was marred by Labour campaigners who took advantage of the Liberal Democrat candidate (Jody Dunn) – who had the courage to try to communicate with the electorate via a weblog. Labour’s attack squad quoted her wildly out of context and launched one of many deeply personal and extremely hostile attacks against her. Back to the Guardian

Guardian – Today Hartlepool, tomorrow…: The third assault was a devastating surprise. On August 27, Dunn had written in her blog about a dispiriting evening out canvassing with Simon Hughes. “It didn’t just rain last night, it poured,” she wrote. “In fact the evening became one of the more farcical moments of the campaign. We’d picked what appeared at first to be a fairly standard row of houses. As time went on however, we began to realise that everyone we met was either drunk, flanked by an angry dog or undressed.” The blog had continued with a joke about how Dunn looked like Worzel Gummidge in the rain. Ed Fordham had checked the copy as usual before posting it online. Nothing he read had sounded alarm bells. The Labour printing machines turned again, and this time Hartlepool woke up to the news on its doormat that Dunn had accused them all of being “either drunk, flanked by an angry dog, or undressed”.

This same by-election involved police warnings given to Labour campaigners assaulting the local Lib Dem HQ, but what really got up my nose was the series of anonymous attacks made via comments on Jody Dunn’s weblog and on external weblogs like this one (see this entry for an especially stupid and xenophobic attack).

Some of the most offensive comments on Dunn’s weblog were – obviously – removed pretty quickly, but here you can see the cleverly-named ‘Quaker Watch’ being chided by a witness to these attacks. Other sock-puppets included ‘Not from Darlo’, ‘Mingballed Campbell’. There was a Fathers4Justice tool on the loose, too… but almost every comment that launched (misleading) attacks on Lib Dem policy and/or pushed Labour policy was from one or more anonymous douche-bags using a variety of sock-puppets. These same douche-bags attacked Jody Dunn over everything from her love of poetry to her appearance, to her Not Being Local. They even accused her of being a former member of the Conservative Party!

Now, I’ve highlighted similar issues myself since then. I’ve even used a mocking tone and – when called for – I’ve gone for the throat.


1. While it may be OK to bring up a salient question anonymously on a weblog, it is far from OK to pose as an ordinary member of the public if you’re an active campaigner.

2. If you want to make a serious allegation about a local representative or candidate, you should have the courage to put your fucking name to it…. and if there’s any kind of conflict of interest that might undermine your position you should have the honesty to fucking declare it!

Now, what we’re supposed to believe is that two active campaigners from the Labour team – web ‘expert’ David Taylor and known user of sock-puppets Adrian McMenamin – were inside Hartlepool Labour HQ, involved in this campaign, but had nothing to do with the attacks on Jody Dunn’s weblog, or the disgraceful misrepresentation of what was published on it.

I say again: Bite me.

This was not only a dishonest and disgraceful way to behave, it scared off almost every MP who – at that time – was seriously considered communicating with the electorate via a weblog. This was a major setback in a project that sought to reconnect people with politics – a killing blow (and I’m still just a little bit upset about that, as you may have guessed).

David Taylor: Anyway, although I don’t like your politics (and what you write about me!). I still like your blogs and your effort to get more MPs to engage in blogging is commendable. keep up the good work.

Yeah, thanks for that. It’s appreciated.

Nat Watch

Tim Ireland: David, you questioned a lot of items in my article, but you did not deny being Leighton Andrew’s researcher or a member of Labour’s Rapid Rebuttal Unit. Can you clarify these points for me, please?

David Taylor: I am part-time Research Assistant to Leighton Andrews AM. I am not, and never have been, a member of Labour’s Rapid Rebuttal Unit. There were rumours that circulated last year that I was behind the Nat Watch website, these allegations were fairly distressing at the time. People assumed I was behind the site becuase I was a) New Labour and b) into website.

In July 2005, a grubby (and anonymous) attack weblog launched at natwatch.co.uk, pledging to “expose the failure, mendacity and xenophobia of nationalists in Scotland and Wales.”

The website Nat Watch Watch was launched to counter it, as the Nat Watch site did not allow comments. (Obviously, the creator of the Nat Watch website knew how a comments system might be abused.)

Unfortunately, a WHOIS history on natwatch.co.uk (created 1 July 2005) only reveals ‘Nat Watch’ as the creator of this domain, but – eventually – natwatch.co.uk was knocked down, to be replaced by natwatch.org (which is still live).

Here’s your first interesting tit-bit:

The domain natwatch.org was registered 30 May 2006 via DomainsByProxy.com, who provide a service that allows you to register a .org, .com, .etc without publishing any revealing WHOIS information. David Taylor’s (current) main website is hosted at newmediacouncil.com – and this domain was registered using the same service (on 23 January 2006). But don’t get too excited yet, because this provider services roughly one million customers…

And so we head to the second interesting tit-bit:

BritNat WATCH – Natwatch & Leighton’s Blog: Leighton Andrews was one of the first people to blog about the NatWatch website back on the 8th of July, weeks before most people had even heard of its existence. We agree that the NatWatch website is a waste of time, but why is Leighton trying to distance himself from the vile website all of a sudden? Could it have anything to do with the rumours circulating on the net that a certain researcher, who works for a certain AM, actually runs the website?

(Psst! More from this blog here.)

FACT – David Taylor is “part-time Research Assistant to Leighton Andrews”

FACT – Leighton Andrews was the first person to ‘discover’ and promote natwatch.co.uk on the 8th of July 2005

FACT – The domain natwatch.co.uk was only created 7 days earlier (1 July 2005)

Now, there’s a man with his finger on the pulse!

OK, here’s your third and final tit-bit (for now):

This was posted to David Taylor’s now-defunct weblog on July 29, 2004:

I hate Liberal Democrats more and more every day.

I used to be slightly sympathetic towards them. I used to think they meant well and that the Tories where the real enemy.

But their recent campaign tactics, materminded by “wizz kid” Lord Rennard means I now hate them just as much as the Tories, which as almost as much as the Nationalists.

Hmm, it think this is what those in the business of de-tec-shun call ‘motive’… in fact, it concerns me that a campaigner could be so ‘personal’ and ‘hostile’.

You want to campaign online? Fine. Here’s the quick and easy guide:

1. Reveal your name.
2. State your agenda.
3. Reveal your interests
4. Don’t try to get around (1), (2) or (3) if you really suck at covering your tracks.

UPDATE – Bloggerheads – David Taylor Vs. Clare Short

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Quintin Kynaston teachers ‘on duty’

Kudos to the lovely teacher who busied herself curtailing her students’ democratic right to protest yesterday (see video).

Sweetums, if you ever read this, there are two things that you need to know:

1. This post has been edited since its creation. I initially sought to publicise this event and your role in it widely. If you read the comments below, you’ll understand why I changed my mind.

2. If you were muscled into this position, you really should ask yourself if you would do the same thing all over again… and keep a very close eye on the dirtbag(s) who muscled you into it.

UPDATE – Even after the update of post and change of mind, I feel that Jo Shuter deserves a mention.

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Finally, Tony Blair backs a ceasefire!

The Death MarkWell, there are no dead bodies this time around, but I’m sure you see my point.

I must say; it was a very good show of humility that Blair put on yesterday… I haven’t seen a performance quite like it since he furrowed his brow after the hammering he got at the 2005 General Election when his majority was halved and he assured us (or, rather, many angry Labour MPs) that lessons had been learned*.

(*You do remember that election don’t you? It was the same one that Blair’s team were this week busy assuring us amounted to “a popular mandate for a full term”…)

Speaking of furrowed brows, I wasn’t the only one to notice that – with every clench – the worry lines on his forehead formed the letter ‘W’, like an indelible death-mark.

For me, watching at home, the statement (which you can read in full here) went something like this:

“The first thing I’d like to do is to apologise actually [*IRAQ*], on behalf of the Labour party for the last week, which, with everything that’s been going on back here and in the world [*IRAQ*], has not been our finest hour [*IRAQ*], to be frank. But I think what is important now [*IRAQ*] is that we understand that it’s the interests of the country that come first [*IRAQ*] and we move on [*IRAQ*].”

You’re probably expecting some focus on Blair’s use of the words ‘party leader’ instead of ‘Prime Minister’ here, but I’ll leave that to others. What I want to focus on is this:

“I think it’s important for the Labour party to understand, and I think the majority of people in the party do understand, that it’s the public that comes first and it’s the country that matters, and we can’t treat the public as irrelevant bystanders in a subject as important as who is their prime minister.”

Click here. Read this. Watch the videos. Share the link.

The electorate deserves to see Blair’s brownshirts treating the public as irrelevant bystanders as he spoke these words. People need to understand that the ‘right’ to protest is an illusion; that any visible criticism of our Great Leader is forbidden and that the ‘overwhelming public support’ for him is a tissue of lies:

Bloggerheads – Popular support costs money
Justin McKeating – Masters of the Universe
Bloggerheads – David Taylor is a busy man (and a new media genius)

And speaking of tissues… this is a ceasefire that will not and cannot hold.

Blair crippled himself on Wednesday when he accused Gordon brown of a coup attempt and failed to sack him.

What little authority he has left is going to be challenged during conference season and from the first significant vote in Parliament onwards. He also has little hope of riding the storm that’s still brewing over party donations ‘loans’.

Those who are right now busy spitting venom and/or spreading black propaganda on Blair’s behalf will want to consider their positions. Carefully.

Ditto for those who are sitting on the sidelines, waiting to see who they should cheer for when the game is over. There are far too many bystanders in the media and in Parliament. The stakes are too high for their role to be forgotten…. and there’s a lot that’s going to be very difficult to forgive.

UPDATE – BBC – Blair jeered by college students

UPDATE – Telegraph – Beyond the barricades, irrelevant bystanders find reality: Mr Blair gave the briefest glance at the crowd before turning his back and greeting some of the dignitaries and better behaved pupils who were lined up to receive him… The event was organised along the same lines as the last general election: any member of the public who might ask Mr Blair an awkward question was kept well away from him, and so was the press… To hear Mr Blair’s words, it was necessary to rush away and find a television, which in due course played a tape of his vital announcement about his own future. This included the words: “I think it’s important for the Labour Party to understand, and I think the majority of people in the party do understand, that it’s the public that comes first and it’s the country that matters, and we can’t treat the public as irrelevant bystanders in a subject as important as who is their prime minister.” It was odd to hear these words having just been treated by Mr Blair as an irrelevant bystander. (via)

UPDATE – Guardian – Sorrow and sophistry as the war ends (for now)

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David Taylor is a busy man (and a new media genius)

[LATE UPDATE – It’s the morning after and a lot of the evidence has been erased. As a result, some of these links (below) will be broken. This, to me, seems like odd behaviour from someone who insists that he has nothing to hide (see comments), but I can afford to let it go for now… because I have plenty of screengrabs (already published) and many pages saved to disk.]

The brand new site Keeping The Faith was brought to my attention this morning. It claims to represent “Labour members, activists, and voters backing Tony Blair against a minority of MPs who want to bring him down.”

My curiosity was piqued when it became clear that – like many supporters of Tony Blair these days – the person behind this bold initiative chose to remain anonymous.

Well, sort of anonymous; the domain name keepingthefaith.org.uk was registered under the name David Taylor, but that’s not how I found all the really fun stuff.

(Stick with me… I promise you excitement and adventure… and a few laughs along the way.)

When visiting the list of Tony Blair’s achievements (which, for some strange reason, doesn’t include ‘Bringing democracy to Iraq’) I noticed that the site was using frames and all of the relevant web pages were hosted via http://backdoor.taylord.fastmail.co.uk/…. which – apart from confirming the owner via the username ‘taylord’ – also provided a very revealing unrestricted directory:

1. The frame-redirects and poor directory security suggest that we are dealing with a new media genius here.

2. The presence of a portrait of Alastair Campbell *and* an MP3 of Things Can Only Get Better in the core directory tells us that we are also dealing with a True Believer.

I clicked on ‘index.htm’ and was informed that the core presence part of something called the ‘New Media Council’ and this organisation offers “Your own website, built for you!”

The email address gave me the domain I should be looking for – newmediacouncil.com – and this directed me to the following site/message (contained in the folder ‘nmc’):

“Hands-on strategic targeting helping hundreds of individuals and organizations in getting their message across!” Pretty impressive, huh? But wait… it’s about to get better. Just look at some of the fine work done by NMC:


The folder ‘transpero’ led me to what appears to be an early incarnation of transpero.net, which is billed as “a site devoted to developing internet based resources for Labour Party members and supporters.” The site is credited here as the work of Adrian McMenamin and the primary not-a-manifesto on the website is hosted at Adrian’s weblog. Adrian McMenamin has been described by the Guardian as; “the classically hostile New Labour gatekeeper.” He worked on a certain Hartlepool by-election that many of you will be familiar with, but the most fascinating aspect of his character is revealed in this article. Sock-puppets, anyone?


The folder ‘tim’ led me to timcarter.org, the home of Tim Carter, “a former Labour Party media and communications manager” who – amusingly – offers ‘web design’ as one of his services.


In the ‘tim’ folder I found this tasty little GIF, which led me to shutthebackdoor.co.uk (a domain also registered in the name of David Taylor) which – even more amusingly – bills itself as “a non-party political group”…


The folder ‘mewies’ led me to the doubled-framed presence of “Delyn’s local Assembly Member” Sandy Mewies at sandymewies.com


OK, OK… you got me; I was going through these backwards for a reason.

The folder ‘gb’ led me to the lovely name-hijacking venture gordonbrown.org

Registered by Dave Taylor, hosted by Dave Taylor and no doubt run by Dave Taylor, this charming little effort seeks to publicise articles like this:

Gordon Brown’s cronies stage coup against Tony Blair
Gordon Brown: Homophobic or too busy?

So, what we have here is:

1. David Taylor organising this positive website urging faith and hope (and presumably unity)… without having the balls to put his name to it.

2. David Taylor organising this negative website designed to slag off Gordon Brown… without having the balls to put his name to it.

(Note – This article about the poor design of his petition names David Taylor as the creator, but the writer of this piece had to dig it out of WHOIS, just like I did. Oh and it’s also likely that gordonbrown.org is designed to be a fair and balanced website, and David is simply hedging his bets.)

So… a few familiar names and some interesting leads have popped up in this little excavation, but there are still a couple of things that I need to know:

– Who is this David Taylor joker?
– Does he have a connection to Team Blair, or is he just a dedicated wallower with passion?

I think we can be pretty sure that this David Taylor is in the clear and – though we are dealing with a new media expert here – I’m pretty sure we can rule out this David Taylor.

Oh, and I’ve been nice enough not to publish his address, but because I know that he’s based in Wales and just happen to have a copy of the Labour Party 2005 Election Campaign Return on my desk, I know that he’s probably the same David Taylor who was paid £182 for ‘website enlargement’ (as recorded under spending return for Wales).

OK, folks… over to you. A project as bold as keepingthefaith.org.uk deserves context.

Seek! Fetch!


UPDATE – Oh, I almost forgot… the website at gordonbrown.org carries the following important message; “The owner may consider selling this cash-generating domain name.”

Opportunity knocks.

UPDATE (5:00pm) – Well, he’s quick… I’ll give him that. If you try to visit any of the previously open directories, you get the message; “nothing to see here” – and the Things Can Only Get Better MP3 has been removed.

UPDATE (5:29pm) – Adrian McMenamin has a past connection to Iain Wright (who resigned as PPS yesterday)… this we know. But it looks like David Taylor has a past connection to Mark Tami (who also resigned as PPS yesterday). Mark Tami’s website is “Designed and maintained by David Taylor” (the relevant text links to this profile page at this website). The next shared pint is bound to be… interesting.

But wait… it gets better… it looks like David Taylor has a connection to me!

Here’s the message from the Contact page on Tom Watson’s website (that I produced) using my bog-standard spamblock method:

And here’s the message on David Taylor’s profile page:

Ahahahahahahahaha! Well, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery after all… and one should not be surprised to find these kinds of connections, because – when you’re a member of the Wales chapter of the New Labour’s Rapid Rebuttal Unit (aka The Dirty Tricks Team) – you tend to get around.

Yes, folks… David Taylor and Adrian McMenamin are like two peas in an alien pod – and they are firmly in Blair’s camp. So much for a spontaneous outpouring of support for Tony Blair.

UPDATE (5:52pm) – Via Blair Watch

Brit Nat AM’s Researcher – David Taylor – orders the removal of Walter Wolfgang: We’ve received reports, that David Taylor – Labour AM Leighton Andrews’ researcher – was the Labour party official who instructed the stewards to remove 88 year old Walter Wolfgang from the British Nationalist Labour Party conference. Apparently Taylor was watching the speech live on Sky News outside the conference hall, and shouted in to his radio: “You can hear the f***ing heckling on Sky News. Shut them up, or take them out.”

Ahahahahaha! Please let it be the same David Taylor.

UPDATE (5:59pm) – Damn and blast it, this is all happening faster than I can type and update. David Taylor has just left a comment saying; “I am not attempting to conceal my identity, nor do I claim to be a “new media genius”!

Into comments we go…

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