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August 25, 2005

Mark Pritchard punks out

The Mark Pritchard Proxy Blog brings to our attention the new and fabulous and not-at-all blog-like website for Conservative MP Mark Pritchard (located at

Mark Pritchard is, of course, rightly famous for publishing the most inactive weblog of all time (and when I says 'of all time', I means of ALL time).

The author of the Mark Pritchard proxy-blog has quite rightly asked why this MP continually fails to communicate with his constituents. He also asks this question of his MP:

Why didn't you use a local company to do your work?

Allow me to field that one...

The design company behind this website is Butter Mountain. They have also developed sites for the following people:

Tariq Ahmad - Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Croydon North
Geoffrey Cox - Conservative Member of Parliament for Devon West and Torridge
Philip Dunne - Conservative Member of Parliament for Ludlow
David Gauke - Conservative Member of Parliament for South West Hertfordshire
Michael Gove - Conservative Member of Parliament for Surrey Heath
Myles Hogg - Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Ellesmere Port & Neston

(Is anyone else detecting a pattern here?)

Nick Hurd - Conservative Member of Parliament for Ruislip-Northwood
Stanley Johnson - Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Teignbridge
Paul Oakley - Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for St Helens North
Mike Penning - Conservative Member of Parliament for Hemel Hempstead
Aaron Powell - Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Basildon
James Proule - Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Streatham
Shailesh Vara - Member of Parliament for North West Cambridgeshire
Charles Walker - Conservative Member of Parliament for Broxbourne
Stephen Watson - Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Caerphilly

OK, enough snarking...

Two of these websites provide a glimmer of hope. Both David Gauke and Michael Gove are running pseudo-blogs (i.e. blogs used as content-management devices with no two-way communication)... so they're *almost* understand there. Almost.

I'll be in touch with these two chaps once we have the troops and packages in order. If it's permitted, we may even be able to plug our expertise into the inner workings of Butter Mountain.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again; it doesn't matter who builds these things... all that really matters is that they get built correctly used properly.

But I wouldn't hold any great hope of Mark Pritchard coming online and communicating properly... this is a man who held his first surgery 106 days after the election.

Posted by timireland on August 25, 2005 3:18 PM in the category Fighting Ignorance


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