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Posted by Tim Ireland at November 3, 2008

Category: UK General Election 2005

1. On election night, I’ll be hanging around over at Liberal Conspiracy and chatting/live-blogging as time allows.

2. Early in the evening, I plan to kill time by watching Blazing Saddles instead of coverage. I doubt I’ll need to change gears on the resulting commentary.

3. The fight always gets dirtiest on the eve of an election (example), so watch your step and be careful what you give precious oxygen to.

4. At some stage, you’ll be needing this. Keep a link handy.

Cheers all.

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 23, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

Guardian – How Labour used its election troops to fake popular support: In America, they call it ‘astroturfing’: the faking of grassroots support for a politician or a product whose popularity is on the slide. Now it emerges that a tactic invented by US pharmaceutical firms to promote drugs – and promptly adopted by the Republicans to shore up George Bush after 9/11 – was imported to Britain to help get Tony Blair re-elected. A documentary to be screened on Channel 4, filmed by an undercover journalist who got a job in Labour’s war room, reveals how party members and supporters were systematically used to create the impression of ‘real people’ passionately backing the government.

The Guardian is displaying the wrong broadcast date. This broadcast goes out tonight:

Dispatches – Mon May 23 – 8pm on Channel 4

Two extra items via the NuLabour Dirty Tricks Archives

Meet Ben Virgo.

Something to keep in mind if Labour play the victim and/or come out hitting from the moral high ground following broadcast:

Scotsman – Campbell spins Blair into dirty tricks row (May 1): Labour was propelled into a fresh “dirty tricks” row last night after Alastair Campbell unveiled a new dossier detailing the secrets of the Tory strategy for regaining power. Senior Labour sources later admitted that the bulk of the documents had been passed to the party by a sympathiser “embedded” in the Tory campaign operation.

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 9, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

It ain’t over yet.

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 9, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

So, more than a few questions to address about Backing Blair, the main one being; “What’s next?!”

Well, what do you think?

Labour in. Blair out.

Looks like a job that’s half-done to me. I’ll tell you more shortly and give out the goodies for use of the forbidden word. In the meantime, here’s a timetable that’s about 17 months too long for my liking…

Independent – Blair set 18-month deadline to quit as cabinet ministers round on him: Even normally loyal ministers want him to resign by the time the party holds its conference in September 2006 – two years earlier than Mr Blair wishes. Left-wing MPs will demand this week that Mr Blair drops controversial plans for identity cards and are threatening to mount a leadership challenge against him this autumn. But insiders believe a much bigger threat to Mr Blair is posed by his own Cabinet, saying it will turn against him if he tries to hang on for longer than 18 months. Yesterday, ministers publicly rallied round Mr Blair, condemning as “self-indulgent” calls by Labour backbenchers for him to quit sooner rather than later.

There’s that self-indulgence line again. Is this Blunkett’s way of calling us wankers?

UPDATE – Tony Blair: ‘I won’t quit’: Tony Blair is expected to reveal the final shape of his ministerial team, amid growing calls for him to quit. The Prime Minister will tell Labour MPs he will not walk when they meet later this week for the first time since the General Election. Mr Blair has come under fierce attack from his backbenchers since his majority was slashed from 161 to 67. Former Cabinet ministers Frank Dobson and Robin Cook have joined the roll-call of MPs calling for him to stand down. But David Blunkett, newly restored to the Cabinet, led a counterattack branding critics “self indulgent”. The new Work and Pensions Secretary said those saying the PM should go are trying to “snatch defeat from the jaws of victory”.


RawStory – Eighty-eight members of Congress call on Bush for answers on secret Iraq plan: Eighty-eight members of Congress have signed a letter authored by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) calling on President Bush to answer questions about a secret U.S.-UK agreement to attack Iraq


Tony Blair is a lame duck. Pass it on.

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 6, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

Howard to stand down as leader. (More from the BBC.)

I’d like to take this opportunity to also send a farewell message to Lynton Crosby: Thanks for all the good work you did for the BNP. Don’t let the door hit your arse on the way out.

PS – Boris for Tory leader!

UPDATE – Guardian – Tory leadership: the runners and riders

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 6, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

I have been advised that the catchphrase of the day for all surviving Labour MPs is: “an historic third term”…

A clear case of; “Never mind the majority; feel the width!”

Blair is – right now – more vulnerable than he was last summer. If you want to be rid of the wolf, then you must not allow yourselves to be herded like sheep.

You need to survey the pack and sense who is ready to go in for the kill. Then pounce.

You need to *be* the wolf.

And – above all – you need to appreciate the irony of your prey being so because he cried; “Wolf!”

PS – Happy Birthday, Tony.

UPDATE – He still just doesn’t get it, does he?

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 6, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

Fear. Works.

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 5, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

Lib-Dem across the board. I can’t help feel a little bad about living in a constituency that has Labour as a distant third, and my thoughts go out to everybody who has to consider voting Tory in protest.

Chin up, folks. Your vote for the right will help to move Labour back to the left.

Stay focused, and stay on target.

Labour in. Blair out.

UPDATE – Labour persists with The Big Lie.

UPDATE – Click here for live blogging of results. I’m not sure what I plan on doing myself. Probably a lot on unlaxing until about midnight.

UPDATE – More live-blogging goodness here.

UPDATE – The Uncredibles! A late arrival, but it’s bloody excellent stuff.

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 5, 2005

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch, UK General Election 2005

Well, the boogeymen have bottled it. The big threat to Blair Murdoch is the rise of the Lib-Dems. And you can just smell the fear in today’s Sun:

The Scum – The chance you mustn’t waste: You only get to vote in a General Election about 15 times in your life. That’s what a precious commodity you have in your hands today. It is vital that you use it… Make sure you vote today. Vote for anyone (well, not the extremist Lib Dems) because contrary to what the moaners claim, your vote DOES count. Vote for whoever you believe will do the best for you and for the country (that rules out the Lib Dems straight away).

Heh. Lib-Dem extremists. And here was me thinking that the Tories were terrorists.

Please excuse me for a bit. I have to go out and vote. For the Lib-Dems.

UPDATE – Wait a mo. I just got a last-minute email from ‘honest’ John Prescott, who assures me that: “Today you must choose between Labour, under Tony Blair, or the Tories under Michael Howard. A vote for the Lib Dems will effectively be a vote for the Tories.”

Well John, I’ve heard this argument before… but now I hear it from someone with your working-class credentials, I certainly must say that it gives me pause for thought.

PS – You were equally convincing when you were wheeled out to defend Iraq and ID cards and detention without trial because Blair didn’t have the guts to appear on Radio 4 himself.

(goes out at votes Lib-Dem anyway)

Get out there and VOTE today, folks!

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 4, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

Here’s some stuff you really should read before you vote. Hell, why not print one or two of these and leave a copies on the train on the way home so some offliners can enjoy them too?

The Sharp Side – 35 Reasons for Not Voting Labour

Blood & Treasure – fuck your misgivings

Nick Barlow – It’s only freedom if you use it

UPDATE – One more from the Guardian:

Roy Greenslade – No vote for a criminal

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