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Posted by Tim Ireland at April 27, 2006

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

Or, rather, Trevor Kavanagh has an unwieldy collection of sequential entries with no comments, no trackback facilities, and no outbound links.

Jebus… don’t come down from your ivory tower on our account, Trevor.

Posted by Tim Ireland at April 22, 2006

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

Hey everyone! Dennis Paul has a brand new weblog! It contains two lovely ‘Edit Me’ links, and he still hasn’t learned to resize images, but Dennis clearly shows that he’s still got what it takes when it comes to local photo opportunities and he has recently graduated to writing in first-person. So good for him.

However, a comment under this post caught my eye; where a ‘clever’ chap with the ‘clever’ profile name LegaliseAllDrugs^Vote_LibDem cack-handedly attempts here to pass himself off as Chris Ward (a well-known local Lib Dem activist).

This is the same guy who posted here on the Anne Milton weblog… using an IP address belonging to the Learning and Skills Council.

Normally I wouldn’t ‘take it offline’ and mess with a man’s livelihood, but all bets are off when I catch someone engaging in party politics when they should be doing their taxpayer-funded job.

‘LegaliseAllDrugs^Vote_LibDem’ is the second local Tory activist that I have caught wasting taxpayers’ money in this way. The first was… Dennis Paul.

I’d love to tell you all about that, but first I want to give Dennis a chance to deny it.

Any time you’re ready, Dennis…

(PS – Folks may not be aware that there have been recent updates to my Anne Milton weblog. Cheers all.)

UPDATE – I must be getting old. It had completely slipped my mind that Dennis Paul’s partner in crime Mike Chambers works for the Learning and Skills Council (click here and scroll down to first update). Life is full of strange coincidences, isn’t it?

Posted by Tim Ireland at April 18, 2006

Category: Search Engine Optimisation, The Political Weblog Movement, Tony 'King Blair

Guardian – Ignore bloggers at your peril, say researchers: Bloggers and internet pundits are exerting a “disproportionately large influence” on society, according to a report by a technology research company. Its study suggests that although “active” web users make up only a small proportion of Europe’s online population, they are increasingly dominating public conversations and creating business trends. More than half of the internet users on the continent are passive and do not contribute to the web at all, while a further 23% only respond when prompted. But the remainder who do engage with the net – through messageboards, websites and blogs – are helping change the national conversation, say researchers.

One major reason that we have this influence can be seen below the fold.


Posted by Tim Ireland at March 22, 2006

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

Today at 12.30pm Gordon Brown will make his Budget Statement to the House of Commons.

There will then follow a rush by political journalists as they (maybe) digest and interpret the figures before writing their articles.

While all of this is going on, two key players from Tony’s team will be subjected to some rather uncomfortable questions from the Lords Constitutional Committee regarding their respective and far from respectable roles in Blair’s decision to ‘legally’ invade Iraq. Lord Falconer is due to appear at 4.15pm, Lord Goldsmith at 5.05pm (Hat-tip to Pandora).

I understand that a handful of journalists will be present, that a transcript will published by Friday at the latest and that the whole shebang will be recorded on video (and then broadcast in part or in full by the BBC).


There is nothing quite like feeling tensions in a room and/or watching a man’s face as he answers tricky questions, so I see this as a perfect opportunity for a responsible London-based blogger or two to take action and ensure that at least one comprehensive and informed report on this meeting is published.

The meeting is open to the public from around 4pm. If anybody wishes to volunteer for duty, I have the details they need right here in front of me. Drop me a line. Cheers all.

UPDATE (23 March) – One news report. One. We really should have got a blogger in there… BBC – Goldsmith defends his war secrecy

Posted by Tim Ireland at March 17, 2006

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

Now, let’s all try to be nice to the new boy.

UPDATE – Best comment so far: If you intend this to be a personal blog why are you using your Government Department’s website? How much civil service time is spent drafting/vetting your ‘personal’ comments? Doing this via a Government website is a misuse of the taxpayers money and also renders the claim of it being a genuinely personal blog suspect. If you want to run a blog why don’t you sort it out for yourself like everyone else rather than scrounging one off the taxpayer?

Posted by Tim Ireland at March 15, 2006

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

The screengrab is real; the face has been removed to protect an innocent youngster.The Policeman’s Blog – More Police Blogs: (T)hese ones won’t be appearing on the sidebar because… well have a look and decide for yourselves. See what happens when Britain’s public sector takes a viable concept (in this case a blog) and adapts it for it’s own purposes. The result is enough to make one kill oneself.

Never Trust a Hippy – They’re all at it now…: Why does this remind me of that scene when Lt Hauk takes over the broadcast in Good Morning Vietnam? “Ho ho ho Frenchy!”

An hour after reading it, I’m still laughing at that comment by Paulie. It’s spot on.

(Here’s a 715Kb MP3 reminder for those who feel they need it.)

PC Copperfield brings the following to our attention:

Official West Yorks PCSO Blogger Mark Dunkley
Official South East Kent Blog

But if you visit Mark ‘Dunker’ Dunkley’s blog, you are also invited to find out ‘what it’s like being special’ over at The Diary of Special Constable 8554 Mary-Ann Ferry.

Awww, they’ve even included her Special number. Bless.

The icing on the cake is the repeated description of the Dunker abortion as a “web blog”… complete with inverted commas.

This development follows a recent attempt to weed out or reign in any independent police bloggers, which led to the retirement of the World Weary Detective.

(I really must thank whoever scraped these monstrosities from the bottom of the bucket; I have to chat with some councillors on Thursday and this has provided me with three excellent examples of What Not To Do.)

Posted by Tim Ireland at March 8, 2006

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

World Weary Detective – This is the End: I have committed no crime. I have compromised no police operations. I have received no payment for anything published on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own. It is therefore with deep regret and great sadness that I must announce that I will no longer be submitting posts to this blog. I cannot challenge New Scotland Yard. I am weary indeed and cowardice is my bedmate. The protection of my family must take precedence. To each and every one of you – take note of what has happened here and be afraid.

(Cheers to Seamus O’Blimey for the heads-up.)

Bob Piper’s comment is worth highlighting: WWD, I think you should continue. You do not publish defamatory material, offensive or inappropriate remarks or anything which would compromise operations. You give people a valuable insight into what a bloody difficult job you have. At times ‘lefties’ like me need a reminder about some of the complex duties the police have to carry out.

… but I think that if WWD judges this development to be too great a risk (or perhaps a veiled threat) then we should respect the call.

Posted by Tim Ireland at March 8, 2006

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

Mark Pritchard – The Blog – Data Protection Act? pah: So how is this keeping my data in the strictest confidence in accordance with the DATA protection act? Because our inept MP can’t manage to stick his emails in the right Send To Box over 200 people now have my email address. This from a man who wants the government to appoint a Cyber Security Tsar

A classic beginner’s mistake. What a tool.

Posted by Tim Ireland at March 4, 2006

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

Consider this a standing ovation.

Posted by Tim Ireland at March 2, 2006

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

Ming Campbell has been elected as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.

I would like it noted for the record that – apart from some fun with Anne – that’s two party leadership elections I’ve managed to keep my big nose out of.

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