Posted by Tim Ireland at 1 February 2008

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

Do you remember Shane Greer, who filled in for Iain Dale on his blog for a while?

Well, he’s decided to post this objective piece.

And just when I thought this afternoon was going to be a wash-out*.

(*I’ve not received any email from Staines or Blaney at all today. Not a whisper. How jolly it is of them to want to leave this hanging over the weekend.)

UPDATE (2 Feb) – Link to Shane Greer article corrected/updated. Shane Greer migrated to WordPress over the past day, and the location of this article changed as a result. This migration may also be the reason why Shane Greer has yet to publish my response under comments on his website.

UPDATE (2 Feb) – Yes, it was migration complications to blame. I missed whatever period the original attempts were live for on the old format. Mike Rouse explains here and the thread under Shane Greer’s article is now accepting comments.

Posted by Tim Ireland at 1 February 2008

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

OK, I’ve been making some calls to people like the Legal Complaints Service and the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and it’s all terribly complicated, but here’s the situation in a nutshell:

If I wish to complain about a solicitor who, when no actual legal proceedings are taking place, harasses me for data he has no right to, or essentially compels me to hire a lawyer when he knows/thinks that I can’t easily afford one, then first I need to build a case by… hiring a lawyer.

Chewy, huh?

UPDATE – Sorry. Forgot again. Music…

I’m a victim, me:

Moving Pictures – What About Me?

UPDATE – Well said, Unity:

Ministry of Truth – Cry libel! And let slip the dogs of wingnuttery

Posted by Tim Ireland at 1 February 2008

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

When in contact with Paul Staines’ lawyer, I highlighted this entry on Staines’ own ‘Guido Fawkes’ website as proof of my claim that he’s an image thief (and that he publishes lies about me on his website):

Recently, Paul deleted that post from his website with no notice, no indication, and no explanation.

What a shame for Paul that it’s stored in the Web Archive, and he’ll have to block *all* archiving of his site to get rid of it.


UPDATE – Just as I post this, it magically appears again. Oh well.

UPDATE – I’ll happily and voluntarily withdraw the scrubbed content above.’s whole system was up-and-down and on-and-off a few days ago, and there’s no proof that Paul Staines’ finger so much as paused over the ‘delete’ button in this case. But he does steal images and bandwidth and publish vicious lies about me on his website without proof or apology.

And now, back to the music…

Australian Crawl – Reckless

[Psst! Sorry about the earlier database glitch. Now fixed.]

Posted by Tim Ireland at 1 February 2008

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

If you are on the list below the fold, I would like to bring the following to your attention:

Recently, I wrote an article about Paul Staines (you know him better as ‘Guido Fawkes’) stealing images and bandwidth. Now I’m getting threatening emails from his lawyer, Donal Blaney (you can’t see those, but you can see my replies).

To put it bluntly, I suspect that I am being targeted not because of what I said, but because of who I am.

Blaney appears to be very closely aligned to Staines personally, professionally and politically. He also appears to be an odd choice of lawyer for a libel case (if indeed one is truly in the offing), as his specialty/background is tax law.

Via Donal Blaney, Paul Staines has been badgering me to reveal my home address or retain the services of a lawyer in an effort to bully me into silence without true recourse to law.

It’s The Alisher Usmanov Affair all over again…. and I’d appreciate your support. Again.

After all, if some jumped-up blogger with a lawyer for a mate came after you, I’d be in your corner and slugging it out without hesitation.

Thank you.

Tim Ireland

PS – I’ve been doing work in the background and have a statement to make on the current UK libel laws and where we stand against moneyed tosspots (i.e. pretty much alone). Please allow me to sort this timewasting dipstick first. Ta.

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Posted by Tim Ireland at 1 February 2008

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

You might recall that, quite some time ago, Paul Staines introduced a silly bit of code to his HTML that ensured that all links to his site from Bloggerheads would redirect to his t-shirt shop (in most browsers).

At the time, I didn’t make any concerted attempt to bypass this, not least because it made him look stupid for as long as it was in effect (over 9 months now) and it would have led to a silly level of escalation. But TinyURL recently introduced a neat little gadget that allowed uses to choose a ‘preview’ version of their service.

Lately, because referring to specific areas of Staines’ website has been made necessary by his bullshit, I’ve been using this to direct my readers (and his lawyer) to evidence hosted on his pseudo-blog.

I didn’t think for a minute that Staines would go so far as to redirect any traffic from TinyURL, thereby rendering the many other links of this (very common) type to his website useless… but that’s what he’s just done:

And, you can clearly see by its placement in the head (of every single page on his website), that pissing me about and avoiding scrutiny is his top priority.

How very grown up and not at all desperate.

And now, some more music…

Tim Finn – Fraction Too Much Friction

Posted by Tim Ireland at 1 February 2008

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

Donal Blaney: Got in touch last night after I put it to him that he had not yet commenced proceedings, and informed me that he was awaiting instructions from the client. Read my reply (1 Feb, 8:40am) here. Can he say that he intends to proceed or that proceedings have already begun? Clearly, at this stage, he can’t.

Paul Staines (‘Guido Fawkes’): Still hasn’t mentioned this on his ‘Guido Fawkes’ weblog, and he’s normally quite up-front and bold about such things. I’m sure he’d love to bully me into submission without looking like a total hypocrite, but he can’t.

Iain Dale: Has launched a new web design that includes a new set of rules for his weblog (please remember that I have been banned from his website for complaining that he did not follow his old set of rules). His new rules state that – rather than deleting any anonymous abuse outright – he instead “reserves the right” not to allow anonymous abuse as and when he sees fit. I’m sure he would love to conduct ‘debates’ on his site without the aid of a bunch of anonymous thugs, but he can’t.

Phil Hendren (‘Dizzy’): Got in touch at 6:30am to try and start a fight with me. No doubt as a ‘chip in’ effort to further waste my time (he has past form of doing this and admitting to it). I’m sure he’d love to deny that, but he can’t.

CCHQ: Haven’t got back to me in a timely manner with satisfactory answers to any of these questions. Because they can’t.

In short, what you are looking at here is a shower of can’ts.

UPDATE – How silly of me. I forgot to include music:

Mental As Anything – Brain Brain

Posted by Tim Ireland at 31 January 2008

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

Tom Watson – Just a bit tired but can you help me?: I have some responsibility for technology projects and want to use the blog to ask for some advice and ideas… All ideas welcome and who knows, you might actually make a difference.

Not often a chance like this comes along.

Go. Do.

Posted by Tim Ireland at 31 January 2008

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

Right here.

(And now, yet another musical number.)

Posted by Tim Ireland at 31 January 2008

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

Richard Bartholomew comments on the BBC point I skipped over, and much more besides. You’ll love the closer.

Richard, this one’s for you:

Supergroove: You Gotta Know

Posted by Tim Ireland at 31 January 2008

Category: Australian Music, The Political Weblog Movement

1. If you scroll down to a previous entry, you will note that it has been updated with the latest email sent to Donal Blaney.

2. I didn’t want to spark anything uncontrolled under that, but the subject of Donal Blaney has popped up in this alternative thread. This will be permitted, so long as everyone remains sensible.

3. Yes, I have noticed that – while his lawyer is passing top-secret threats in red crayon – Paul Staines is remaining awfully quiet about this on his ‘Guido Fawkes’ blog. He can’t let his readers know that someone has managed to dent his cool, Fonz-like exterior.

4. Another song* for Paul, it’s called “Greg! The Stop Sign!!”:

TISM: Greg! The Stop Sign!!

(*Sorry, but I couldn’t find a decent version of “You’re Not Singing Anymore!”)

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