Iain Dale: a poser

Posted by Tim Ireland at March 13, 2008

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

This entry was posted on
Thursday, March 13th, 2008
12:31 pm and is filed
under The Political Weblog Movement.

I’ll provide details later, but for now all you need to know is that Iain Dale needed me to trust him yesterday, and seemed quite put out when I pointed out that he had given me very little reason to do so in the past.

Some emails were exchanged and some points were (eventually) addressed, but during our discussion on the subject of trust, Iain had trouble answering this primary question… and is still refusing to answer it:

“Have I ever lied to you or about you?”

Iain often complains about the number of times that I blog about his antics, but I’m given very little choice when he bans me from comments, deletes comments when a conversation isn’t going his way, and refuses to correspond via email until he needs something from me.

So here we are again.

I’m busy for the rest of today and tomorrow, so that should give Iain plenty of time to formulate an answer.

[Over to you, Iain. Please remember that I also requested evidence, not just your say-so. We both know what your word is worth.]

UPDATE (17 Mar) – Iain has (eventually) answered by claiming that I’ve lied about him in this very post. Unfortunately, he won’t give me permission to publish his answer and the correspondence I refer to in this post. Hooray for secret evidence!

What I can tell you is that, initially, Iain responded by using the ‘bovvered’ catchphrase and by implying that I was some sort of stalker targeting feminine Tories (though why he regards himself to be part that group is anyone’s guess).

I’ll have more to say about the ‘stalking’ charge shortly. In the meantime, Iain forces me to repeat myself:

When Catherine Tate’s character Lauren Cooper insists that she ‘ain’t bovvered’, she actually reveals how bothered she really is (and/or, in some cases, presents a clear example of a rather reckless dismissal). Please try to use this catchphrase correctly in future.


  1. cheeks says

    Oh, you meant ‘a poser’ as in a difficult question…

  2. Manic says

    Of course.:o)

  3. Sim-O says

    Oh, I hate these teasers, c'mon, spill the beans!

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