Glass Houses

Rebekah Wade’s none-too-subtle warning to George Osborne to keep his mouth shut appears to have arrived a skerrick too late:

Independent – Cameron, Murdoch and a Greek island freebie: Media tycoon’s son-in-law paid for Conservative leader’s flights for meeting on yacht in Santorini. The Tory leader has not revealed his talks with Mr Murdoch. In the Commons register of interests, he discloses that on 16 August, a private plane provided by the public relations guru Matthew Freud took his wife, Samantha, and two of their children from Farnborough to Istanbul. Mr Freud is married to Elisabeth Murdoch. A source in the private jet industry estimated the Camerons’ flights would have cost around £34,300 in total. One witness said that the dozen or so guests at Mr Freud’s party gathered on Mr Murdoch’s yacht for drinks before moving on to Mr Freud’s for dinner. They included the singer Billy Joel, Rebekah Wade, editor of the Murdoch-owned newspaper The Sun, and Ben Silverman, co-chairman of the American television network NBC Universal.

Now, as we wait for details of *those* conversations to emerge, here’s a musical tribute to George Osborne and his habit of saying too much, both on and off the yachts of the super-rich:

Take it away, Billy…

Well, it’s no big sin to stick your two cents in
If you know when to leave it alone
But you went over the line
You couldn’t see it was time to go home

(Billy Joel – Big Shot)

Meanwhile…

Iain Dale, the man who feigns tears like a little schoolgirl and screams “Insult! Troll! Stalkerrrrr!” if someone dares to use the comments function on his ‘blog’ to (*gasp*) submit criticism or question his version of events, has declared that the Tories should unleash the attack dogs and doesn’t appear too fussy about who takes on this role. Those of us who have watched Iain actively promoting carefully-selected works of the notorious attack dog and homophobe Paul ‘Guido Fawkes’ Staines won’t be too surprised about that.

Take it away, Billy…

You used to call me paranoid
Pressure
But even you can not avoid
Pressure
You turned the tap dance into your crusade
Now here you are with your faith
And your Peter Pan advice
You have no scars on your face
And you cannot handle pressure

(Billy Joel – Pressure)

[Yes, I know neither track is from Glass Houses, but how perfect do you expect serendipity to be?]

UPDATE – Another rough ‘comments’ day for Iain, though the most revealing exchange today took place in a previous thread; apparently, Iain ‘Ambassador’ Dale doesn’t care about any negative impact his actions may have, so long as his readership figures keep climbing. Damn, I wish I’d thought of that years ago. I could’ve been world-famous in Westminster by now.








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Happy Posters: Tower Hamlets, London E3

There is now a small but beautiful oasis of happiness in Tower Hamlets, London E3 (in a part of town that brings to mind almost every urban chase scene from The Professionals).

You can take a closer look starting here.








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Nadine Dorries seeks iron-clad ‘humanzee’ guarantee

Do take the time to read this excellent post by Unity…

Unity – The Prevention of Unicorns Act

… but not before gazing in wonder at this passage that is on the record in Hansard:

Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire, Conservative) | Hansard source

That makes my point even more coherently for me. Perhaps we need to legislate to ensure that this activity cannot happen even in pursuance of a licence. I cannot believe that anybody in this House believes that inserting human sperm into an animal would be a good thing to do, so why do we not clearly state in the Bill that it will not be allowed to happen? This argument is not a surprise to the Government, because it has been pointed out over and over again that the Bill would allow this activity to take place in the seeking of a licence. One has to ask why they have not addressed the issue.

This is a sinister matter, because of the connotations. It is impossible to discuss insemination of animals with human gametes for very long without considering the infamous Soviet hybridisation trials of the 1920s. There are a huge number of historians on the Conservative Benches–I do not know how many there are on the Labour Benches–and one of the great pleasures for me, since becoming an MP, has been listening to some of those amazing and learned historians. I am sure that they will forgive me if I get anything wrong in the following paragraph.

At that time, the Soviet authorities were struggling to rebuild Stalin’s red army after it had suffered many deaths and huge defeats. Stalin told his top scientist, Ilya lvanov, to turn his skills to breeding an ultimate soldier by crossing human beings with apes. Stalin told him to breed a soldier who would not be fussy about what he ate, who did not feel pain and who was invincible. Stalin told Ivanov to use all his scientific knowledge and know-how to cross apes with humans and breed that soldier for him.

Many people in this House might think that it is ridiculous my even mentioning what Stalin did in the 1920s, but his ideas found credence among many in the scientific community and even became quite popular among evolutionary biologists in America; as my hon. Friend Mr. Cash said, the idea that perhaps we could cross humans with apes and thus have almost a humanzee took root.

And now, because I fear that you still won’t believe me, here is video footage of Dorries in the Commons; watch as this drivel drips from her lips, down her chin and onto her bib:

Nadine Dorries isn’t your average, garden-variety idiot; she’s a danger to herself and the community at large.

(Oh, and the rigged poll conducted and published by the ‘politically neutral’ magazine Total Politics ranked her site as one of the top blogs by an MP and 34th overall when it doesn’t even qualify as a blog. Her close and personal friend Iain Dale made the rules and counted the votes, so if you have any doubts about that result, go and ask him about it instead of simply staring at your computer screen in disbelief.)








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Eclectic link dump #23

Gordon Brown gets a wee bit ahead of himself.

Iain Dale says “we must not prejudge guilt”, then makes exception for Fayed. Fails to mention his friendship with the Hamiltons. Appears to wish that a fifteen year old girl has been assaulted. Actually manages to alienate some of his more ardent supporters.

Sun uses hatchet on girl who once held knife.

Craig Murray returns.

Woman who spouts appalling nonsense encounters tabloid willing to print same. Beware the humanzee!!!!

Reporters discover making Sarah Palin look good costs money.

Voter worries Barack Obama isn’t a ‘real’ Christian. (see also: the ‘real’ America)

Voters worry Barack Obama has hotline to Satan.








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George of the Bungle

George Osborne has been urged to eat his s**t sandwich and shut the hell up. The details are worth a look.

UPDATE – New blog alert!








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George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire

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George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska.

Bloggage and news from near and far:

Justin McKeating – Mandelson to Tories: That’s the Chicago way
Nick Robinson – The Corfu story
The Times – George Osborne: I met Oleg Deripaska four times in one weekend
Quaequam Blog – Is George Osborne Cameron’s Mandy?
Iain ‘Integrity’ Dale – Why Conservatives Should Man the Barricades for Osborne

Meanwhile…
Evening Standard – Osborne failed to declare free family holiday (via)

UPDATE (22 Oct) – The Sun: Tabloid Lies – George of the Bungle urged to watch out for that treeeeeeeee

(Oh, and do check out Bob Piper’s Daily Dozen for a short guffaw. Iain was dragged on by BBC News this morning as one of the few talking heads outside the shadow cabinet willing to defend Osborne all the way, and billed as “Iain Dale, publisher of Total Politics magazine” twice; both before and after the amateur acrobatics his position required. That’s not going to do his ‘politically neutral’ magazine’s carefully crafted reputation any good, now is it? Similar mistakes were made with 18 Doughty Street, and Iain was blind to all of them.)








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Go-go Hover-McCain!

Here’s a lovely background for Republican voters. Enjoy!

In other news (aren’t you glad that you looked down here?), now there are two items that Iain Dale would like to avoid discussing on his website, and all of a sudden up go the ramparts.

You’ll notice that he doesn’t consider for one moment the simple measure of comment registration; this would allow people to comment anonymously, but greatly reduce his capacity to hide behind anonymous abuse (that he may or may not be posting himself).

(Note – It’s not all about me; there’s another debate that Iain would rather avoid having, which could very well be the main reason why he is declaring the introduction of pre-publication comment vetting in order to ‘enable’ debate. Well, one side of it, anyway.)

[UPDATE (22 Oct) – Unity – Abortion Rights: A delay not a setback: Iain Dale seems to think that the government’s backsliding, this week, amounts to a victory for Frank Field and Nadine Dorries – its actually nothing of the sort and, as I see it, only delays the day of reckoning that’s to come. (more)]

(Note #2 – Iain also appeared to be getting some flak for publishing this ‘let him have it’ shot at Mandelson yesterday while failing to mention the not-at-all-connected Osborne story, even though most days he’ll chase any ambulance within a 5 mile radius. Bit of a perfect storm going on, then. And it makes his subsequent moan about anonymous ‘abuse’ – see: criticism – even funnier given that he went begging for actual abuse when it suited him.)








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Set your little illusions free

1. Via Daniel, I learn of a campaign to pay for atheist ads on buses. They’re currently at £5,094.66 with a target of £5,500, and Richard Dawkins pledging to match that amount:

2. Meanwhile for as little as £25, you could appear in the much-needed Chris Morris film turned down by C4 and the BBC. If you have less, feel free to pledge less.

3. Now, even though money has been proved to be an illusion of late, I can only afford one donation, and it’s going to be a small one. Perhaps a prayer to Jesus the Vampire Slayer will help me to decide between the two…

UPDATE – As I was writing this, the progress bar for the omnibus atheists jumped from £5,094.66 to £5,681.82. Thank you, Jesus the Vampire Slayer!

UPDATE (3:30pm) – Holy cow! It’s up to £22,855.81!

And, meanwhile and all that… prepare yourself for a bloody good laugh.

UPDATE – More at Media Watch Watch. “Gosh, what a lovely bus ad. It’d be a shame if something *happened* to it,” says the man who, on top of everything else, must be postively green with envy after his failure to beg his way out of the large hole he dug for himself. He was £90K in the hole a few months ago, and I don’t know exactly where he is with it at the moment, but I doubt he’d refuse the ability to raise (looks) £25,577.00!! in a day and a bit.

For another belly laugh or three, check out Stephen Green’s attempt to spin this campaign as a failure (“Richard Dawkins is so concerned that the atheist message is dying on its feet that he is to fund a humanist evangelistic campaign…”) and that ‘graffiti’ hint/threat in full:

‘I should be surprised if a quasi-religious advertising campaign like this did not attract graffiti. People don’t like being preached at. Sometimes it does them good, but they still don’t like it. The advertising space on a bendy-bus is just the right height as well. But the graffiti artists, and indeed the atheist advertisers will have to be quick or the bendy-buses will be off the road in Boris’s purge, taking the anti-God message with them. Bendy-buses, like atheism, are a danger to the public at large.

‘It occurs to me that the addition of just a few words from Psalm 14 would make the entire message Biblical: “The fool hath said in his heart …” ‘

[Ahahahahahahaha! Are you sure the ‘graffiti artists’ got all that, Stephen? Would you like to tell them where they can buy the spray paint as well?]








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Total Politics and the Totally Tory Guide To Political Blogging

Short version:

Scroll down to the picture.

Long version:

Hey, do you remember when I wrote a rather complicated (and greatly estimated) post about Iain Dale vastly overstating his popularity and Iain responded by (oops) accidentally making it very easy for me to prove and explain how he had been cheating?

Well, pretty much the same thing has just happened, only without me having write a rather complicated (and greatly estimated) post.

Joy!

After weeks of Iain’s ducking, diving over his dodgy poll of weblogs I was left with some data that might have done the job. Not only did I have to research 70+ blogs from a list that Iain could reject as definitive at any time, but there was also a lot of wriggle-room for Iain to claim that this blog wasn’t formally Conservative and that right-wing community was owned by a leftie and so on and so forth. Big headache.

Then Iain, bless him, dumped sterling silver and solid gold right in my lap.

(A link to the precise moment of discovery. For completists only.)

It is and always has been my position that the Total Politics poll of political weblogs was skewed way, way waaaaay over to the right (and heavily in favour of Iain and his mates way, way waaaaay over to the right).

And here’s the proof:

Compare the top 10 ‘most popular’ blogs from that poll (1,140 participants) to the top ten that resulted from Iain’s recent reader survey (“more than 1,100*” participants).

They are almost identical.

Further, Iain asked those taking his survey specifically about their voting habits; 70% of them are Conservative voters.

Here is a nifty image that explains it all. Feel free to borrow it.

The Total Politics poll is a sham

(Psst! I should have spotted this before I wrote the fine print for my picture, but Iain did ask who reads him daily in a different queston, and even though he neglected to include himself, he officially tops his survey chart, with 83% of his readers reading him at least once a day.)

Now, lately the Tories are doing well in general polls conducted by reputable professionals, and the departure of Prime Methadone Tony Blair did bring a lot of them out of the woodwork and into the blogosphere, but there’s no way in hell that Iain is going to find a poll showing that 70% of blog readers are Conservative voters, unless he conducts that poll in his own backyard.

And in his backyard is exactly where his Total Politics poll was conducted, attracting maybe a dozen or so more participants than his reader survey, and producing almost exactly the same ‘top ten’ result.

Iain can carry on saying the poll “wasn’t meant to be scientific and never pretended to be” if it makes him feel better and perhaps he can even mockingly feign surprise that the majority of his readers are Conservative voters if it brings him joy, but such disingenuous nonsense falls apart the moment he involves a major sponsor (for the third scam running) and slaps a ‘Total Politics’ label on this latest round of self-promoting, Tory-serving bullshit.

Total Politics brands itself as ‘politically neutral’, and this poll of blogs is anything but.

This poll is, essentially, a poll of Conservative voters.

My thanks to Iain for finally confirming that, even if (oops) he didn’t mean to.

(Note – All of this leaves aside Dale’s childish refusal to honour my boycott of the poll, the stupidity of a wannabe politician being the sole counter and auditor of votes in a poll where he is in the running, and the absurdity of a man play-acting as a champion of bloggers when he is in fact an old-fashioned broadcaster with no taste or regard for accountability.)








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Moult-Watch: the first relevant Google Images results are in

For those who came in late:
Bloggerheads – Julie Moult is an idiot
Bloggerheads – The Daily Mail: let’s kick arse and take names

1. Finally!

2. It’s too early to start awarding prizes, as these fresh results are still in flux.

3. But, for the record…

a) The folks from thespoof.com have, since the earliest stages, nipped in and out of the front-page results with the classic belm from this article. There is no questioning their status as the first relevant front-page result.

b) Justin was the first relevant *top* Google Images search result (17th Oct), then he slipped into second place behind Check My Inevitables (19th Oct), and this morning he is back in first place (20th Oct).

c) Special mentions go to The Daily Quail for nicking my image (Oi!) then taking a top-row spot that’s rightfully mine (Oi!!), and to Chicken Madras for putting some thought into thumbnail appearance and using BIG werds.

Meanwhile, check this out…

Both the Daily Mail and The Sun have sought to make their readers laugh about the credit crunch by STEALING FROM ARTISTS!

B3ta thread about The Mail nicking images.
B3ta thread about The Sun nicking images.

Something something handbasket, something something couldn’t make it up.

The Daily Mail in particular outdid themselves by responding to this thread by stealing even more images and adding them to their online article. This was after they initially took credit for inspiring the artists (!!!) and slapped a meaningless and misleading copyright notice on all of the images, giving the impression that copyright rests with the owners of the site (it doesn’t) and they had done a deal with those owners (they haven’t).

In other words, they know who they’re stealing from, they know that those artists are unhappy, and They. Just. Don’t. Care.

The new incarnation of Daily Mail Watch will appear shortly. Then you’ll see some serious bloodletting on both fronts.








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