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Posted by Tim Ireland at March 22, 2005

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

Gareth Davies – Dragons, poodles and spin doctors: But of course, as quite a few people know, the expert in question is Tim Ireland, of Bloggerheads fame. Tim is no secret practitioner of the black arts in darkened rooms; he promotes himself relentlessly. Right up until, in 2005, along comes Tim and launches BackingBlair, his one man attempt to bring down the Prime Minister because Tim doesn’t like him. Now, it’s always a little dodgy when a hitherto impartial practitioner, available to the highest bidder, a latterday technological Beau du Jour, suddenly starts to claim to have high political principles. And that’s led me to wonder in recent days whether Tim really does have high political principles, or whether he’s actually engaged in the ultimate act of self promotion. ‘Look at me’ he’s shouting to the cognoscenti, I’m Tim Ireland, the cleverest man in the blogosphere, the relentless promoter of the best MP’s websites and the originator of an oh so witty and post modern campaign against the Prime Minister. It’s clever, it’s relentless, and it’s a story of one clever man using his skills and abilities to manipulate the technology to tell us what he wants us to hear. Ireland boasts of how he used his ability to ensure that Google searches for Tom Watson were more likely to produce answers related to his client than to the infinitely more famous golfer Tom Watson. I understand what people like Tim do, and why people pay them, but I feel like he’s re-arranging the global phone book, tearing out the pages he doesn’t want you to see, and adding in the pages that promote his people. And now he’s using our electoral process to promote Tim Ireland, the brand. I’m not sure I like that idea…

Ahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Gareth, you’re a world-class arse. One can only wonder why you have such ‘concerns’.

(puts on fisking gloves)

To begin with, this post starts with a suggestion that Paul Flynn MP was blogging before Tom because he published excerpts of his book on his website. The key to blogging is networking and communication. Flynn’s site does not allow comments now, and didn’t then. Case closed. Now on with the numbers…

1. Tim is no secret practitioner of the black arts in darkened rooms; he promotes himself relentlessly.
It’s called transparency, Gareth. I’m sure you’d be able to have a much bigger hissy-fit if I was a secret squirrel hiding behind a pseudonym. And I make no excuses for any level of self-promotion. The more I achieve, the more people know about me. This allows me to more I achieve more. I’m on a (temporarily paused by necessity) mission. And I’d like to think that it’s a worthy one.

2. Right up until, in 2005, along comes Tim and launches BackingBlair, his one man attempt to bring down the Prime Minister because Tim doesn’t like him.
Yes. Just because I don’t like him. This is a campaign based in hate, not reason. And one-man attempt? I could have sworn I had 3 other core team members and a few dozen bloggers onside. Perhaps they are merely voices in my head.

3. Now, it’s always a little dodgy when a hitherto impartial practitioner, available to the highest bidder, a latterday technological Beau du Jour, suddenly starts to claim to have high political principles.
*Suddenly* claims to have high political principles? Do your research, Gareth. Highest bidder? I say again: Ahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Tom came to me. His site was built on a shoe-string budget because I thought the project really needed to happen. Boris, like William Hague, was offered his blog for free (all he pays for is hosting) – again, because I thought the project really needed to happen. But you seem to suggest that I’m some kind of whore.

4. I understand what people like Tim do, and why people pay them, but I feel like he’s re-arranging the global phone book, tearing out the pages he doesn’t want you to see, and adding in the pages that promote his people.
*My* people? The only thing that sets these people apart is a willingness to communicate. They get out there and network and reap the rewards. And they have their own opinions. *And* their opinion reaches more people via Google and other search engines because it is supported by other people in a wider sense and in a specific sense (i.e. via linkage to the blog in general and/or a link to a specific post). Ooh, look! Here’s Tom’s opinion and many differing opinions on the subject of protest voting.

I don’t say this often enough, so I’ll take the opportunity to say it now…

Hello to you, fellow blogger and/or regular reader of Bloggerheads. Except for Gareth, who is an arse. It’s because of your support that I’m able to do what I do. I thank you.

PS – Did you catch that last bit? “It’s because of your support that *I’m* able to do what *I* do. *I* thank you.” See? It’s all about me! Look at me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me!

;o)








Posted by Tim Ireland at March 14, 2005

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

Simon Jenkins – Under my keyboard the desk shakes. The bloggers are on the march

Europhobia – The more time people spend online, the more interested in politics they become








Posted by Tim Ireland at March 10, 2005

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

This link requires subscription, so I’m going to repeat the meat here in order to get the word out further…

Stewart Kirkpatrick – skirkpatrick AT scotsman DOT com – needs your help: I’ve been wracking my brain to think of compelling features for the (Scotsman election coverage) site but the simple fact is that there’s nothing interesting to say about the election.

You may want to drop him a line.

:o)








Posted by Tim Ireland at March 4, 2005

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

What can I say but; “Bring it on!”








Posted by Tim Ireland at March 2, 2005

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

Not Louise Ellman MP: This is not the offical blog for Louise Ellman MP, it’s a blog about Louise Ellman MP.








Posted by Tim Ireland at March 1, 2005

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

Via Abnu and this fabbo post at gawker.com, we find this article at FOXNews, belittling bloggers. (Well, leftist bloggers. Right-wing bloggers are pyjama-clad champions of the oppressed.)

The former link contains the following quote, which I’d like to share with you: Bloggers also can operate outside the “rules” and standards – in terms of attribution, verification of sources, objectivity and concerns for libel and lawsuits – that are supposed to govern traditional journalism.

Did you catch that? FOXNews seems to suggest that they have to play by the rules. Well, not quite. FOXNews seems to suggest that they have to play by the “rules”…








Posted by Tim Ireland at February 28, 2005

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

Political apathy? Not any more, chum.

:o)

Alan Milburn Blog in the national press. Again.

What a lovely little heart-starter. Well done, Mike.








Posted by Tim Ireland at February 24, 2005

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

OK, I see the problem. I also think that we can fix it.

If more MPs had websites that were more interactive (and by that, I mean open, two-way and communicative) then we might just stand a chance of breaking the “I keep my constituents at a distance because they tend to yell at me” and “I give my MP a right bollocking when I can because I so rarely get the chance to talk to them and/or I only ever bother to do so when I’m angry” cycle.

Following the election, this door will re-open. In the meantime, I would offer this free piece of advice…

If you are an MP or a candidate, now is the worst possible time to begin a weblog. Because it’s too late. It’s too damn close to the election, and the assumption will be that this is the only time/reason you’re going to be bothered with such things. I’m not saying this assumption is correct, I’m just pointing out that it is there and that it will be near to overwhelming in most cases.

UPDATE – Bob Piper has now been blogging for an entire year.








Posted by Tim Ireland at February 21, 2005

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

BritBlog Roundup proposed. Kind of like a semi-manual UK-specific Blogdex, perhaps? Test-run of sorts here.

TheyWorkForYou.com has a bunch of new features as well. Go see.








Posted by Tim Ireland at February 15, 2005

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

The Times – British bloggers grow bolder: A study of British political blogs carried out by the Hansard Society last year criticised the UK’s main sites for pandering to “internet connoisseurs rather than ordinary members of the public”… Political blogging in the UK is much more embryonic and exclusive than in the US,” said Ross Ferguson, the new media manager at the Hansard Society. “UK bloggers have yet to decide whether blogging is a means to promote transparency in politics or another tool for party campaigning.”

I think you already know which I would prefer. Oh, this article goes on to mention some agressive chap with a weblog.








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