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August 4, 2004

David Lepper (Proxy Blog)

Labour MP for Brighton, Pavilion

Proxy blog by: Ivor

Launched: August 04, 2004

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David Lepper wins the award for the best hissy-fit in response to being proxy-blogged. The proxy author did initially make the mistake of writing - mockingly - in first-person, but the following disclaimer appears at the top of every page:

I'm NOT David Lepper, the MP for Brighton Pavilion... I believe MPs should blog. If David Lepper, MP, did blog, it might look something like this.

So there seemed little justification for this heavy-handed response that appeared in the local newspaper only five days after the proxy blog was launched:

The Pavilion MP has become the latest victim of a national campaign to 'blackmail' politicians into starting web log (blog) online diaries. Some of the "proxy-blogs" are openly hostile to the targeted MP and Mr Lepper will now consider legal action to get the site removed... Dr Nick Palmer, secretary of the all-party Parliamentary internet group, said: "Blackmailing MPs into creating blogs is not the best way. If they want the MP to blog, they should get in touch and ask."

It's handbags at dawn, folks!

I got in touch with Dr Nick Palmer following the publication of this article, and I think I'm being kind to the 'journalist' involved (Brendan Montague) by saying that the quote attributed to Dr Nick was used rather selectively.

David Lepper continues to limp forward on Teh Interwebs with a simple profile page at

Posted by timireland on August 4, 2004 9:28 AM in the category Blogs: Proxies


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