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June 19, 2003

Tim Yeo (Proxy Blog)

Conservative MP for South Suffolk

Proxy blog by: Tim Ireland

Launched: June 19, 2003

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I'd been running a campaign for Tony Blair to have a publicly accessible email facility for months when - in June 2003 - Tim Yeo started in with a cheap stunt of his own. He was either too ignorant to see if a campaign was already running or too arrogant to acknowledge its existence.

Either way, I figured a quiet but firm word was needed. He ignored me.

I started producing rather fruity images of the man (you'll have to start here and read on to appreciate the irony) which soon found their way into the hands of several cheeky researchers in Westminster... but he continued to ignore me.

Was it ignorance or arrogance that led to the campaign hijack? Well, by then, I'd figured arrogance... so I started a special weblog for the MP who criticised Tony Blair for not having a publicly accessible email address but didn't even have a website of his own (or the courtesy to answer his own emails).

Within a month (by July 18 2003, to be precise) it was the top search result for 'tim yeo' in Google, and it maintains a top/high search result for 'tim yeo' in every major search engine to this day.

Now, I did try to be fair. Gentle needling was the order of the day and certain issues that most people would regard to be fair game were not exploited.

Perhaps if I'd been a little harder on the man he would have eventually caved, but I would much rather he one day see sense and accept this offer of amnesty. (Made mostly because this weblog threatened the integrity of the proxy-blogging project.)

Bloggage on the Tim Yeo weblog has slowed recently... mostly because I've had bigger fish to fry, and also because I've been waiting with bated breath for his own website to launch.

Mid-2003, it was promised for late 2003. Nothing happened until April 2004, when the domain name was secured. In November 2004, it appeared that building was in progress... but it's now August 2005, and it *still* hasn't turned up.

It's a crying shame. Two years ago he seemed to think that the internet was a pretty high priority...

Posted by timireland on June 19, 2003 12:19 PM in the category Blogs: Proxies


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