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Posted by Tim Ireland at April 15, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

This pretty much fell out of my head today and – like Political Debate – it is not part of the scheduled range of videos. But it had to be said:

Backing Blair IV – Drawing The Line

Posted by Tim Ireland at April 15, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

All of the photos submitted to the gallery have so far come from team members or kind people who want us to keep the cameras, so there are still two digital cameras up for grabs.

Take a walk from Westminster to Traflagar Square and across to Piccadilly Circus and you might get lucky. If no-one wins the comp (or claims the prizes) by 5pm today, we’ll carry those prizes over for a new competition next week.

Posted by Tim Ireland at April 15, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

Naughty, naughty, Anne Milton. Lies make baby Jesus cry.

Posted by Tim Ireland at April 14, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

First they claimed we were so small in number as to be insignificant. Then they told us we were so great in number that we risked bringing the Tories back.

Earlier this week, they tried insulting us. Now they extend the hand of friendship. But I know a reach-around when I feel one, and I draw no comfort from Robin Cook’s prediction of an early withdrawal.

In short; I’d like the reaming to stop now, please.

No! No! No! Why are you going harder and faster? Did I say “harder and faster”…?

It’s Showtime: There is a “big vision” for a society where everybody “plays by the rules” announces Mr Blair, flanked by Gordon Brown, Patricia Hewitt, John Reid, John Prescott, Charles Clarke and Ruth Kelly.

Yes, let’s all play by the rules. Rules are there to protect the innocent and maintain a safe and just society.


I don’t know about you, but I am in no doubt that – after months of dodging the issue and playing it down before the election – Blair will have no hesitation in presenting it as a referendum on Iraq as little as a day or week after. And at that time he will claim that the people have spoken and absolved him. Then it’ll be ‘boots on’ for continued manipulation of our fears of terrorism and more smiling faces pasted onto Tory policies.

A lot of Labour-led fear campaigns have asked us what we want to wake up to on May 6th. What I’ve just outlined above is what I expect. What I want is to avoid it.

Labour In. Blair out.

Now, more than ever, I stand by these words and believe in this mission.

There is nothing Tony Blair can say that will sway me from this course. There is only one thing he can do…. and that’s resign. Immediately.

There is nothing anyone from the Labour Party can threaten or promise that will sway me from this course. It’s mostly their fault that Blair is still where he is now. They had their chance to oust Blair last summer and approach the next election with a new leader and an established cabinet, but they chose the risk. They thought that we would not dare to turn away from Labour.

They were wrong. And they have no right to bitch at us about the ‘risk‘ that they chose to take.

But there is hope for them, and it lies in these words:

Labour In. Blair out.

Remove ‘Blair out.’ and what are you left with?

Labour In.

This, people, is a call for you to show the Labour Party what you are made of and how much you desire change.

This is a call for you to show them that you will not settle for promises of change. This is a call for you to show them that you expect nothing less than immediate change. Things have been too wrong for too long for any kind of promise of action to hold water.

We’ve seen a number of approaches to the ‘small’ problem of protest voting over the past few weeks, but we have yet to see any real action.

Achieving actual change will require a great show of will.

My question to you is this: What are you willing to do?

The Labour Party needs to know that you are determined. The Labour Party needs to know that you are vocal.

The Labour Party needs to know that they face you as a foe while Blair is in charge, and can only hope to embrace you as a friend after he is gone.

And if they’re genuinely worried about a return of a Tory government, they will heed these words:

Dear Labour Peeps,

It should concern you greatly that your leader is so unpopular as to make Labour voters think seriously about voting Tory. We didn’t cause this movement, we just saw it coming and gave it a home.

Labour In. Blair out.

Or, if you prefer, we can play it the safe way:

Blair out. Labour In.

Get rid of him. Now.

Posted by Tim Ireland at April 14, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

Busy one today. Lots to write and organise. Have some Lego, Tony’s pesky digits of truth (via Jez) and The official Hitchhikers movie site (which requires IE to operate properly, but has a 3rd trailer for the movie that will please you no end).

If you want something serious to do, visit Craig Murray’s weblog and make a comment or two. Craig has yet to really plug into the blog, which I think is the main reason why there haven’t been any comments yet (there’s no personal connection). But until you make comments, Craig won’t see the value/potential of these personal connections. Click, visit, and comment and I think we’ll be in business.

PS – Check out this little nugget from Austin Mitchell: Jack Straw is so worried by the threat to his seat in Blackburn that he’s giving every appearance of going barmy.

UPDATE – Things are getting interesting over at the Anne Milton weblog.

Posted by Tim Ireland at April 13, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

Today, all of the action is over at the Backing Blair weblog:

Click here if you live or work in London and would like to win a digital camera.


UPDATE: Two good reads for you. Prepare to set your jaw:
The time for words is over.
Going the distance.

Posted by Tim Ireland at April 12, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

The website is down, but tonight’s London meeting is ON (at the usual location). We start at 7pm, but if you make it there before 8pm, you’ll still be able to join the fun.

We’re going on a top-secret mission, yes we are…

UPDATE – If this entry bores you, perhaps you’d care instead for some jokes with realistic endings.

Posted by Tim Ireland at April 12, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

Election blogging roundup #1: Monday 11th April

Nick promises that this is the first of many. This first one has already come in handy… it didn’t even occur to me to check Tom’s XML feed.

(UPDATE – This has now been fixed. The anomaly resulted from my failure to update the Description under General Settings.)

Robin has been playing with Blogpulse and turning up some interesting results.

The SNP have come in with 4 late-starting campaign weblogs.

Some spirited discussion here: Don’t mention the war!

Finally, you may want to take a peek at these two minor poster adjustments.

UPDATE – I couldn’t let the Tory manifesto cover pass without comment. Oh, and when posting this, I happened across what may be the best song (ever ever ever) about the royals.

Posted by Tim Ireland at April 11, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

… well, those with satellite, anyway.

At least someone knew what they were doing when they credited this to Campbell:

Posted by Tim Ireland at April 11, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

The Lib-Dems appear to be the only party with a fully-functional battle-bush and campaign weblog. And the bloggage comes to us directly from the battle-bus. One day we will learn to fear their ruthless efficiency…

UPDATE – It turns out that ‘Honest’ John Prescott has his own battle-bus and baby-blog (when it grows up, it hopes to have a comments feature).

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