EXCLUSIVE: Iain Dale’s new design revealed!

Here’s a hint for all developers of weblogs; turn off your pings during the dev process if you don’t want to start turning up in Technorati:

Iain's new 'top secret' design

(Actually, checking Technorati for responses to the dev address itself, I notice that this isn’t quite an exclusive… but, hey, that never stopped Iain before.)

As you can see from this screenshot (the original can be seen for a limited time here), Iain plans to introduce and/or display a prominent set of rules (that Iain may or may not follow himself).

Also, last night Iain said the following regarding his status as an ‘expert’:

“I do not portray myself as an expert on blogging. If others think I know a lot about it and invite me to speak to them, it’s hardly a crime is it.”

And yet the new design clearly shows that a primary page is planned to tout his services as a speaker. Presumably so punters may be aided in their accidental arrival at the conclusion that he knows what he’s talking about.

Finally, just before I get back to my SOCPA submission, I’d like to suggest that if Iain Dale is going to continue to enforce a ‘no links to Bloggerheads’ rule, then this rule should be listed along with all the others. Perhaps under the heading ‘Double Secret Probation’…

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The SOCPA consultation

A useful page for anyone who wishes to respond to the Government’s consultation document on Sections 132 to 138 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (which bans unauthorised protest in the vicinity of Parliament).

The deadline for responses is Thursday (17 January).

See you then.

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Imagine a red light blinking

Uzbekistan’s non-election (via) almost tempted me out into the open… almost.

I’m enjoying my little recharge, and – after a day of catching up on email – I’m going straight back into my cave for a post-hibernation lie-in.

Cheers all.

PS – The thought police are on the loose. Watch your step.

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Terminated… with extreme prejudice

BBC – Benazir Bhutto killed in attack: The attack occurred close to an entrance gate of the park in Rawalpindi where Ms Bhutto had been speaking. Police confirmed reports Ms Bhutto had been shot in the neck and chest before the gunman blew himself up.

Meanwhile, a fiery ray of hope reaches us via the two (currently) top-rated comments at the relevant ‘Have Your Say’ thread:

That’s the way politics works with The Religion of Peace.

[murph73], London, United Kingdom

(Recommended by 214 people)

Religion of Peace strikes agaiin.

Isar G

(Recommended by 173 people)

UPDATE – Well said.

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Tony Blair to ‘do God’ in a new (and totally unexpected) manner

Guardian – After 30 years as a closet Catholic, Blair finally puts faith before politics

Justin McKeating – BREAKING NEWS: Blair anointed Left Footer: It’s official: Tony Blair has converted to Catholicism in time for Christmas… Apparently Blair, when giving his first confession as a Catholic, took with him a crib sheet of his sins to help him remember them. It took six Hercules military transport planes to deliver it.

You may as well add this to the current list of theories:

I reckon the sneaky bugger was waiting until Cherie reached menopause. He is, after all, a five-times-a-night man.

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Decrease the surplus population!

I’m sorry, but contrary to what many right-wing tosspots are fond of claiming at this time of year, there is no massive conspiracy against Christmas… only a small and rather dedicated one.


Many thanks to Garry, Justin, Gareth, Davide, Mat and especially John, who kindly brought his sax along and kept us together on most songs, not including this glorious shambles:


Including song-sheet downloads, £36 was raised and will be going straight to Medical Aid for Iraqi Children… and I now have some excellent core material for my upcoming submission to the Home Office.

Below the fold: the complete lyrics for three of the more popular songs from the evening.

Bah humbug to one and all.

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Make an elf of yourself (and tell Santa where to get off)

Lots of viral mechanisms crop up at this time of year (in fact, it was the promotion of Crackermatic that kicked things off at Bloggerheads back in the day).

Most of them are rubbish, but I did laugh at Elf Yourself.

In fact, I even used it to send a special Winterval greeting to the two biggest clowns in the blogosphere.

(Watch your step… the result is just a little bit creepy.)

And now, with the festive fare out of the way, here’s a message that’s more in keeping with this year’s mission:

Bob Noxious: F**k Off, Santa (Warning: Totally NSFW)

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Dean Godson: would you like to know more?

BSSC – Dean Godson: “Research Director”

Just a little bit of light reading for folks who would like to know more about this extraordinary man.

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Anti-Christmas carols: we have a verdict from the police

Section 132 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 makes it illegal to demonstrate anywhere near Parliament without official police permission. Under this act, it is an offence to organise or take part in a demonstration within the ‘designated area’ (up to 1 km around Parliament) if authorisation has not been applied for and granted by the Metropolitan Police Commissioner.

Unless of course you believe in Santa Claus, in which case an exception will probably be made.

In 2005, I organised and staged a pro-Christmas demonstration in the form of a carol service in Parliament Square.

Traditional songs were sung in support of varying aspects of Christmas, a minute’s silence was held, and money was collected for Medical Aid for Iraqi Children.

No singers were arrested. In fact, Police said they treated it as a carol service, not a demonstration:

The event was repeated in 2006 and again the Police chose not to classify the event as a demonstration.

It also needs to be noted that – in cases where permission is applied for and Police do not regard a proposed event to be a demonstration – they will issue a statement to the applicant saying so instead of approving the application.

Following an epiphany inside the main lobby of Parliament, this year I decided that the time had come to take a stand against Christmas.

On 12 December 2007, I submitted an application to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner for a carol service that would be exactly the same as previous events, with one primary difference; carols would be sung condemning varying aspects of Christmas, instead of supporting them.

On 17 December 2007, notice was given that this application was approved.

In other words, staging an event in support of Christmas is legal within a designated area without police permission, and staging an event against Christmas is not.

The implications of this should be clear. Press releases just went out. Cheers all.

Click here for details of the anti-Christmas carol service in Parliament Square at 6:30pm on Thursday the 20th of December 2007

UPDATE – The full press release appears below the fold. For those who haven’t worked out the obvious implications yet (well done, Parliament Protest) the police are guilty of religious discrimination.

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Policy Exchange drops the ball and plays the man


I’m currently shaking off my share of the winter vomiting virus and waiting for the police to make up their minds (according to Royal Mail, my form arrived yesterday).

Meanwhile, a great story about Policy Exchange is developing, with follow-ups over at Obsolete, Rolled-up Trousers, Big Sticks and Small Carrots, Rhetorically Speaking, Harry’s Place, Ministry of Truth and Bartholomew’s Notes on Religion.

UPDATE – I invite you to watch and decide for yourself; report and interview.

UPDATE (16 Dec) – It’s Sunday, and I’m still laughing about this pathetic comeback:

Jeremy Paxman: It didn’t strike you as the slightest bit odd that there should have been at least 5 of these receipts produced on inkjet printers rather than the sort of receipts you would expect to find?

Dean Godson: Since when is there anything in Sharia law about receipts not being produced on inkjet printers by mosques?

(Psst! BBC! Can we please have regular transcripts from Newsnight? Ta.)

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