Gareth Davies lets fly!

Posted by Tim Ireland at March 22, 2005

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

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Gareth Davies – Dragons, poodles and spin doctors: But of course, as quite a few people know, the expert in question is Tim Ireland, of Bloggerheads fame. Tim is no secret practitioner of the black arts in darkened rooms; he promotes himself relentlessly. Right up until, in 2005, along comes Tim and launches BackingBlair, his one man attempt to bring down the Prime Minister because Tim doesn’t like him. Now, it’s always a little dodgy when a hitherto impartial practitioner, available to the highest bidder, a latterday technological Beau du Jour, suddenly starts to claim to have high political principles. And that’s led me to wonder in recent days whether Tim really does have high political principles, or whether he’s actually engaged in the ultimate act of self promotion. ‘Look at me’ he’s shouting to the cognoscenti, I’m Tim Ireland, the cleverest man in the blogosphere, the relentless promoter of the best MP’s websites and the originator of an oh so witty and post modern campaign against the Prime Minister. It’s clever, it’s relentless, and it’s a story of one clever man using his skills and abilities to manipulate the technology to tell us what he wants us to hear. Ireland boasts of how he used his ability to ensure that Google searches for Tom Watson were more likely to produce answers related to his client than to the infinitely more famous golfer Tom Watson. I understand what people like Tim do, and why people pay them, but I feel like he’s re-arranging the global phone book, tearing out the pages he doesn’t want you to see, and adding in the pages that promote his people. And now he’s using our electoral process to promote Tim Ireland, the brand. I’m not sure I like that idea…

Ahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Gareth, you’re a world-class arse. One can only wonder why you have such ‘concerns’.

(puts on fisking gloves)

To begin with, this post starts with a suggestion that Paul Flynn MP was blogging before Tom because he published excerpts of his book on his website. The key to blogging is networking and communication. Flynn’s site does not allow comments now, and didn’t then. Case closed. Now on with the numbers…

1. Tim is no secret practitioner of the black arts in darkened rooms; he promotes himself relentlessly.
It’s called transparency, Gareth. I’m sure you’d be able to have a much bigger hissy-fit if I was a secret squirrel hiding behind a pseudonym. And I make no excuses for any level of self-promotion. The more I achieve, the more people know about me. This allows me to more I achieve more. I’m on a (temporarily paused by necessity) mission. And I’d like to think that it’s a worthy one.

2. Right up until, in 2005, along comes Tim and launches BackingBlair, his one man attempt to bring down the Prime Minister because Tim doesn’t like him.
Yes. Just because I don’t like him. This is a campaign based in hate, not reason. And one-man attempt? I could have sworn I had 3 other core team members and a few dozen bloggers onside. Perhaps they are merely voices in my head.

3. Now, it’s always a little dodgy when a hitherto impartial practitioner, available to the highest bidder, a latterday technological Beau du Jour, suddenly starts to claim to have high political principles.
*Suddenly* claims to have high political principles? Do your research, Gareth. Highest bidder? I say again: Ahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Tom came to me. His site was built on a shoe-string budget because I thought the project really needed to happen. Boris, like William Hague, was offered his blog for free (all he pays for is hosting) – again, because I thought the project really needed to happen. But you seem to suggest that I’m some kind of whore.

4. I understand what people like Tim do, and why people pay them, but I feel like he’s re-arranging the global phone book, tearing out the pages he doesn’t want you to see, and adding in the pages that promote his people.
*My* people? The only thing that sets these people apart is a willingness to communicate. They get out there and network and reap the rewards. And they have their own opinions. *And* their opinion reaches more people via Google and other search engines because it is supported by other people in a wider sense and in a specific sense (i.e. via linkage to the blog in general and/or a link to a specific post). Ooh, look! Here’s Tom’s opinion and many differing opinions on the subject of protest voting.

I don’t say this often enough, so I’ll take the opportunity to say it now…

Hello to you, fellow blogger and/or regular reader of Bloggerheads. Except for Gareth, who is an arse. It’s because of your support that I’m able to do what I do. I thank you.

PS – Did you catch that last bit? “It’s because of your support that *I’m* able to do what *I* do. *I* thank you.” See? It’s all about me! Look at me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me!

;o)








13 Comments

  1. Scaryduck says

    I am considering a cull on people who use the word “blogosphere”. Where IS Cramlington, anyhoo?

  2. Guy Gooberman says

    This chap is obsessed with you! I’d take such mindless hectoring as a compliment Tim and don’t let such people get you down or tempt you to use swear words. *Group Hug*

  3. Manic says

    I didn’t call him an arsehole, I called him an arse. Mainly because he keeps making an arse of himself. But I will take the time to hug you in a manly way if you keep your hands above my hips.:o)

  4. balders says

    Methinks Gareth is suffering from a chronic case of envy here, be it audience envy, influence envy or both. And maybe competance envy too.Don’t worry Tim, when you’re having a conversation with me, it’s definitely me and not some Joan of Arc thing.

  5. Manic says

    What? Who said that? You want me to burn *what*?!

  6. bigdaddymerk says

    who’s this Tim Ireland eveyone is talking about?

  7. Nick Barlow says

    As someone else noted elsewhere – I can’t remember who, or I’d acknowledge them – it’s a strange day when an ardent Blairite accuses someone else of having a personality cult, and acts as though that’s a bad thing.Though personally I will be popping to the shops after the elections to buy myself two Tim Irelands. Or will they be cheaper on eBay?

  8. balders says

    Nick, it’s cheaper if you bulk purchase your Tim Irelands from a wholesale outlet. I find them over-priced on Ebay.

  9. Nick Barlow says

    Yes, but it’s very hard to find the storage space for more than a couple, and if you don’t keep an eye on them, then you find they’ve rearranged your phone book, optimised your bookcase and set up blogs for every member of your family.

  10. Nosemonkey says

    He’s got a point, now I come to think about it… You really are an egotistical arsehole. I mean, what’s with all this “using your real name” business, eh? Pseudonym not good enough for you anymore?This is not what the internet is for – you should be pretending to be a 12 year old girl to lure schoolboys into your van and make snuff movies, not openly discussing your aims and identity.I have been entirely duped by your devious tactics of stating clearly who you are and what you are about. I would cancel my subscription forthwith – only you don’t even have the decency to charge me any money, you abject bastard.

  11. Manic says
  12. Wibbler says

    [this is good] for nosemonkey’s analysis…

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