Iain Dale takes me on and then thinks better of it

This entry was posted on
Monday, October 22nd, 2007
2:55 pm and is filed
under The Political Weblog Movement.

The following exchange was published under this post on Iain Dale’s website this morning and then deleted in its entirety within the past hour. Comment moderation has been switched back on, as it usually is when Iain would rather avoid certain questions regarding problematic issues such as his comment moderation policy.

Rather than rabbiting on, I’ll simply reproduce the deleted exchange here and let the content – and the fact that Iain would rather risk being caught deleting it than facing it – speak for itself:

Tim said…

How about coming up with your own ideas and material for once? You can start the process by removing my material from this collection.

Alternatively, you just just delete this comment and pretend that I’ve never asked you to stop stealing my stuff.

October 22, 2007 12:40 PM

Iain Dale said…

of coure, if you told me which were yours, I’d happily delete them. But you never do, do you? Provide me with a list and they will be deleted. With pleasure.

October 22, 2007 1:03 PM

Tim said…

Not an entirely honest line to take Iain, considering that:

a) this is the first time you’ve even acknowledged the request, first made 8 months ago.

b) my work that you’ve stolen and marked ‘copyright Iain Dale’ is clearly watermarked and/or part of the fun and games with Tim Yeo that you personally congratulated me for when you first began sucking up to me for a blogroll link.

You know which ones to delete, so stop making excuses and get on with it.

You can then get on with removing any images of mine that you’ve used on your weblog.

PS – Your ‘ban’ is equally dishonest; you have never publicly announced the reason(s) for the ban or terms of same, but they appear to be as follows:

You only allow comments of mine on your website when you think you have an answer to them or no answer is required; the rest of the time, you just delete them.

Where’s the transparency? Where’s the consistency? Where’s the accountability?

October 22, 2007 1:48 PM

PS – No, Iain still hasn’t deleted the stolen material from his Flickr collection (as he has finally promised to do)…. just the comments highlighting them.

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