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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.

Posted by Tim Ireland at March 2, 2006

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

Go. Do.

(Busy today. Can you tell?)

Posted by Tim Ireland at February 20, 2006

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

Not Little England – Getting New Labour out of office
CuriousHamster – Coalition of the Militant Liberals
Chicken Yoghurt – Chain of command
Europhobia – The delights of the British constitution
Talk Politics – Where liberty is, there is my country
BlairWatch – The Tipping Point – Moving on
Nick Barlow – And if we don’t do it, who else will? – The tipping point?

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Posted by Tim Ireland at January 25, 2006

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

You know, there have been plenty of times that I have reached a point where I have been sorely – fucking *sorely* – tempted to abandon the idea of carefully nurturing MPs who may or may not wish to blog (and then may or may not wish to do it properly) and instead go to the mattresses until they learn that we’ve had enough of bystanders.

But to do this – in the way that I have in mind – means abandoning something that we currently have and the U.S. does not. (Yes, I still actually hold some hope that one day there will be enough MPs networking properly so we can start forming, and they – and we – can start enjoying a fully-fledged online community that includes the bulk of our elected representatives.)

I even have a detailed ‘to the mattresses’ plan in mind. But the results would be as follows:

– MPs would freak. I mean *totally* freak.
– MPs would (finally… maybe) pay attention.
– MPs would – by and large – totally miss the point and forever-more be wary of communicating openly online lest we turn on them again (for not listening to us in the first place).

Also, I would have to abandon The Political Weblog Project and formally cut ties with every MP and Councillor that I know.

MPs may even freak to the point where they start insisting on stiffer regulation of something that – by and large – they never bothered to understand (i.e Teh Interwebs).

(Irritant, I have been listening.)

Is this a price worth paying for finally settling the Blair/Iraq matter?

Answers on a postcard, please.

PS – You know, I think it may just be potential proclivities that ensure that I don’t get invited to certain political weblog events.

(author waves to Kathryn)

UPDATE – I hate to mix mafia metaphors, but we’re talking buckwheats here, people.

Posted by Tim Ireland at January 23, 2006

Category: The Political Weblog Movement, Tolerance

Guido – Its The Pod What Did It: Wednesday night, a few drinks, a digital recorder, Guido and a drunken Monkey. A beta podcast for a select few emailed on Thursday. Those of you who heard the podcast will know why Guido is smirking. Did it hint enough? We posted the feedback responses over at GuidoandtheMonkey.Com Thursday and Friday. Popbitch (the home of webmongs, gayers and unemployed freelance journos) referred to the libellous nature of the podcast. Anyway it was in the public domain Thursday, “bloggers are making jokes about it”, and coincidentally the News of the Screws swoops…

Recess Monkey – A good job he likes a bit of humiliation: To all those that counselled me a few days ago that I would be sued by Mark Oaten; please feel free to eat your hats.

Europhobia – Oaten outing follow-up: Still can’t quite get my head around what the point of this whole outing thing was… Guido claims the scoop, anyway. Not much to be proud of, I’d have thought, destroying the life of a minor politician and doubtless his family to boot… Still, Guido’s commentors seem to be having fun – latent homophobia or just the repression of wishing they had the guts to hire some arse themselves?

CuriousHamster – Joining the Dots: Oaten’s role in Blair’s blackest day might have already been forgotten by most people in the country. That he was once high on the Sun’s list of traitors may also be forgotten. I tell you what though. I bet I can name at least two other people in this country who do remember. Can you guess? OK, here’s a clue. Their initials are TB and RW.

Chicken Yoghurt – Oaten: What a bloody disgrace. Does this kind of thing really still sell newspapers? In the 21st century? Are people really that lacking in their own lives? What the hell has this got to do with anyone except Oaten and his family (including two daughters who have to go to school tomorrow)? What Oaten did was wrong, yes. But within the confines of his marriage. To say he’s been politically naive is an understatement but that’s not a hanging offence yet either. It seems Oaten has enough problems without the moral adjudicators of a Murdoch newspaper stirring the pot… None other than Guido Fawkes himself is claiming Oaten’s corpse. He says he outed Oaten in a drunken podcast that made its way as far as that august journal of public morality, Popbitch. He also gives some self-serving, arse-covering excuse about Oaten having been hypocritical over the Government’s plans for prostitution. If this is the kind of thing bloggers need to do to get noticed then I for one want no part of it. And if this turns out to be the first stripe British bloggers earn (“British bloggers claim first scalp”), it will have been scrawled with a turd.

DoctorVee – Who said blogging was an antidote to the MSM?: I like Guido’s and Recess Monkey’s blogs. But I wish they would stick with the jokes and jibes rather than this privacy-invading sub-tabloid tittle-tattle.

Jarndyce – Piggy-backing on Oaten, but he was drunk, mind: Look, look at me everybody. Go on, look. LOOK. It’s another one of my scoops that I break fucking ages after it’s broken somewhere else. And look, mummy, I caught one of those nasty bummers this time. Yes, mummy, a horrid, sordid little homo. But I nailed him. I really gave it to him. Roasted the little bastard. Skewered him. His daughters, too. So, pleeeease look. Pleeease. Puh-leeeease.

I’m equally depressed and disappointed by this… and I agree that Guido and Recess Monkey don’t have a lot to be proud of.

Topical as they may have been, the paedo jokes in the podcast that formed the bulk of the ‘obvious’ hints send an insidious message. You should also note that Guido and Recess Monkey make a point of revisiting the same joke/message twice:


“Can you imagine if you were sitting at home watching Big Brother or something and Mark Oaten rings you up, saying ‘Please, can I have your support?’. It’s like… ‘Yeah, just fuck off, and stay away from my kids.'”

“Is he the creepiest Lib-Dem candidate?”

“Yeah, I think he is. Yeah, he’s definitely gay*.”

“Wouldn’t want him near school playground.”

(jokes about pallid complexions and comb-overs, then a change of subject)

“Anyway… Leo.”

“I don’t think Mark Oaten has touched Leo.”

[*This word is talked over… but it was formed of one syllable, began with a strong ‘g’ and rhymed with ‘hey’. Perhaps they said he was definitely ‘grey’? As in pallid? Works for me Your Honour.]

[UPDATE – Here you go; judge for yourself (23kb WMA). Back to the show… seven minutes later… same gag all over again.]


“Do you know what? I would be quite concerned if I saw him hanging around outside a playground.”

“He does have the look of a paedo about him.”

(laughter, then, in a put-on voice…)

“Our legal advice is that Mark Oaten is not a paedophile.”

(change of subject)

“Ah, Leo Blair…”

“No, I don’t think Mark Oaten’s ever been touching Leo…”

Message: If you are a homosexual, you are a pervert. Therefore, no perversion is beneath you. Ipso facto (conspectus procto) if you are a homosexual, you are also a kiddie-fiddler. (Also, there is no such thing as a bisexual. A bisexual is simply a homosexual who hasn’t made his or her mind up yet… between men, women and children, that is.)

It’s a compelling argument (made even more compelling by use of the word ‘rent-boy’ to describe a 23-year-old man), and it’s one echoed by many of those who claim to be our moral guardians, but Guido & Recess Monkey should be warned that it is unlikely to stand up in court.

UPDATE – Before making the script for the podcast, this view was aired by Guido on Jan 9th: “Oaten? A slaphead who most mothers would feel uneasy seeing near a playground.”

Posted by Tim Ireland at November 29, 2005

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

1. Have you emailed your MP about the Dec 13 weblog seminar? (I’ll be emailing all new MPs – bar one – about this today.)

UPDATE – I’ve pulled up short on this for now, to see how far I can get by contacting the head offices of the main parties first (so they can then put relevant members onto this). The call to Labour should be interesting… but, hell, I’m trying to teach their MPs how to do what I do. Can’t be a bad thing, now can it?

2. Take a fresh look at the ‘Bomb Al-Jazeera memo’ post, which now includes two important updates.

UPDATE – You will bow before my God-like powers:

In Google today

Posted by Tim Ireland at November 25, 2005

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

Special Event – MPs and Weblogs Seminar: Room P (Portcullis House) – Tuesday 13th December 2005, 6-8pm

This a special seminar designed to show MPs the potential benefits and pitfalls of engaging with the community using weblog technology. It is suitable for MPs with little-to-no technology experience, and even MPs that already have their own websites.

We have room for 18 MPs and 18 MPs only. Click here for more details on attending this seminar or letting your MP know about it.


Cheers all.

Posted by Tim Ireland at November 17, 2005

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

Back to Iraq – Abusive comments khaalas: Anyway, what I’m getting at is that you will no longer be allowed to comment unless you’ve registered with TypeKey. I tried this once before and it really cut down on the people leaving comments. I didn’t like it. But I feel the barrage of threats of death and violence against me and my family is too much. No one should have to put up with that. I’ve had friends die and be kidnapped; I’ve been shot at by all sides in this conflict. I frankly don’t need juvenile ranting cluttering my site and intruding on my thoughts. You folks who do this are finished. (Which is what khaalas means: “enough, finished, ended, done.”) It should also cut down on comment spam which is still a scourge that is difficult to combat.

Posted by Tim Ireland at November 17, 2005

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

A nice piece; one to add to the collection… but I’m still short one hatchet-job from the Sun. (Speaking of which, our little Ginger-Ninja G-bomb is about to mature. Go to Google and see if you can find a traitor. Rebekah is at No. 6 this morning.)

Guardian – The new commentariat: But on the subject of motivation, the near-physical urge all the bloggers I spoke to felt – to join the debate, to make waves – seems to have been surprisingly uniform. “I got sick of breaking televisions by throwing things at them,” is how De Havilland puts it. “If we lived in a world where actual facts could be discussed rationally, I’d happily disappear back into my cage and sell tat for a living,” says Tim Ireland. But the drive that he feels, he says, “will not allow me to shut down until Blair is held accountable”.

Posted by Tim Ireland at November 10, 2005

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch, The Political Weblog Movement, The War on Stupid, Tony 'King Blair

My deep tracking just went live. Visitors to this website that I can track directly back to the Houses of Parliament are as follows:

Yesterday, the tally for the month of November (to date) for the IP address was 285 hits and 89 individual page-views.

Today, the tally is 368 hits and 125 individual page-views

That’s 36 page-views. From within the Houses of Parliament. Today.

It may not seem like a large number to you, but what matters here is focus… and the focus in this case is this page (viewed, as a specific page, a grand total of 569 times today):

Those are the actual numbers. Make of them what you will.

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