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January 29, 2005

Martin Linton (Proxy Blog)

Labour MP for Battersea

Proxy blog by: Dave Cross

Launched: January 29, 2005

Format: Movable Type

Comments: Yes
Trackback: Yes
Syndication: Yes

Aside from the domain name, this is a great little proxy blog.

So far it's the only proxy blog that has gone beyond the solution and instead built on a far superior platform (Movable Type). The author also sets an excellent example with this 'full disclosure' post:

I've been a Labour Party supporter for as long as I can remember (well, except for a brief flirtation with the Green Party in the late 1980s) but I didn't get round to actually joining the party until the disappointment of the 1992 General Election. By that time, however, the Labour Party had moved a long way from the Socialist party that I wanted it to be. When the leadership refused to listen to the membership and imposed its own candidate for the London Mayoral Election of 1999 it was the final straw and I resigned my membership. As a good friend put it "I didn't leave the Labour Party - they left me". The Labour Government continues to act in ways that appal me. Their actions in taking the British Army into the invasion of Iraq make me ashamed to admit that I voted for them.

The authors' reasons for setting up the site were also clearly explained from the outset:

My MP is Martin Linton and whilst he has his own official web site he and his staff are all too busy to keep it particularly up to date, so I've been thinking for some time about putting an unofficial site together that would be easier to keep up to date. But like many of my projects I was too busy to do anything about it. Then a couple of weeks ago, I was given a leaflet about a meeting where Martin Linton would be speaking to members of the Wandsworth Stop the War Coalition. I went to his web site to get more information, only to find that this was one of the meetings that they had been just too busy to mention. At that point I decided that this site was more important than some of my other projects so I put them to one side and set this site up.

Martin Linton operates an ePolitix profile and a website at

A review of the latter will have to wait for a bit. At the moment (August 5, 2005) the only text on the site is the following error message:

VBScript compilation error 1002 :

Syntax error

/index.asp line 149

August 11, 2005 - now carries the message: Welcome to Martin Linton's website. As you can tell, it is offline getting some radical surgery.


Posted by timireland on January 29, 2005 8:19 PM in the category Blogs: Proxies


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