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Posted by Tim Ireland at April 14, 2009

Category: The Political Weblog Movement, Video

This entry was posted on
Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
1:52 pm and is filed
under The Political Weblog Movement, Video.

The UK Political Blog Guide [2009]

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This video contains everything you need to know about the current state of political blogging in the UK in a smidgen over a minute, and stars all of the main players in the grubby-on-all-sides Draper/McBride ‘smeargate’ affair.

PS – Iain Dale and Paul Staines still refuse to show any evidence proving their repeated claims of a Downing Street conspiracy against either or both of them specifically, but they are dishonestly grouping this unseen email with the published email(s) and insisting that they have evidence to prove their conspiracy claim. Iain Dale has already made one false claim about this. There’s every reason to be suspicious about the personal conspiracy claim too, so… Let’s. See. The. Evidence.

UPDATE – Yeah, I noticed this, too; Iain Dale, in a typical abuse of the power that comes with added publicity, used the opportunity to press his false narrative about the right’s dominance of the blogosphere.


  1. Piers says

    The flash file doesn't seem to want to load in chrome/firefox 3/IE7.

  2. Manic says

    Sorry, Piers. Server was choking on a fresh upload, so you were trying to download an incomplete SWF file. Fixed now.

  3. Dave Cole says

    LOL.That is all.xD.

  4. Paul S says

    Dear Mr Ireland,This is great.The crude nature of your video sums up the entire situation perfectly.Good day to you, sir.

  5. Dave Cole says

    I think the headlines on the newspapers are genius.xD.

  6. AdamB says


  7. Professor Paul says

    Magnificent.Tory smears or labour smears;when it come to Dale,Staines & Draper it's like trying to decide the order of precedence between a louse,a flea & a leech.

  8. oyebilly says

    Sums the whole thing up perfectly. I failed to heed your warning and accidentally had the speakers up maximum volume.Nobody overheard though.

  9. jailhouselawyer says

    Brilliant video. As I said over at Iain Dale's Diary, "Tim Ireland is a genius".

  10. Sim-O says


  11. Guy Gooberman says

    A smashing piece of work, I particularly liked all the shit flying about.

  12. Dave Cole says

    Did you paint Staines' nose red, or did you find a photo of him one over the eight?xD.

  13. Manic says

    The red nose was enhanced for artistic purposes.:o)

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