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Posted by Tim Ireland at April 11, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

Craig Murray’s weblog is now open for business.

Two items:

1) Please link to the site or the weblog today to give Google a necessary wake-up call.

2) The campaign now has a theme song.

3) The campaign needs volunteers. Blackburn is an important seat where those who believe that torture is no laughing matter can really make a difference by calling Jack Straw to account. Click here to volunteer.








Posted by Tim Ireland at April 11, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

I need your feedback, people!

Start here:

Backing Blair – Here are our terms: Replace Blair with whomever you choose before the election, and we’ll withdraw from the field

Please make a comment in the thread linked above and then take it one step further by getting in touch with Peter Hain directly.

After yet another warning for us petulant protest voters (you can read an earlier one here), Peter Hain clearly needs to know that the problem isn’t us, it’s his leader. And that if he’s really concerned about the prospect of a significant protest vote, then he should address the problem itself, not the protestors.

You can get in touch with Peter Hain’s office by calling 01639 630152 or by emailing: neathoffice AT peterhain DOT org

UPDATE – More at Chicken Yoghurt.








Posted by Tim Ireland at April 11, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

Existing Actually makes an interesting comment here on the following article. I’ve highlighted the same passage…

New Statesman – How to give Blair a bloody nose: All that said, the only sure way to keep the Tories out is to vote Labour. The NS offers this guide in a spirit of public service. We do not recommend anti-Blair tactical voting – but it is better than staying at home and not voting at all.

Jesus H Christ… it’d be nice to see a little nerve, wouldn’t it? How are these people going to feel when Blair skates home and he assures us all that the election result amounts to a ringing endorsement of his policies regarding Iraq and the ‘war’ on terror?

Three plugs:

UKelect.co.uk – they have some forecasts they wish to share with you

Vote2005forum.org.uk – they invite you to discuss matter relating to the election

Ringverse.co.uk – is dedicating their time to watching Blair

And here’s someone else keeping an eye on Blair…

Independent – ‘Rent-a-crowds’ ensure nothing is left to chance on campaign trail: When Tony Blair and Gordon Brown launched an election campaign poster this week in front of an enthusiastic crowd, some members of their audience may have felt they had heard it all before. The politicians’ words may have been familiar, and so were some of the faces of the background crowd.

Sunday Times – Focus: Blair goes wooing with DVDs and rent-a-crowd after being warned it’s no walkover: The meetings with “ordinary” people have been staged to give the right impression. Some people have turned out to be Labour’s “rent a crowd”, with the same photogenic families appearing at different events. As one party insider privately admitted: “It doesn’t matter if Tony only meets a handful of people on a particular day; the TV pictures will get to millions of voters.”

Also, there’s this…

Guardian – There’s no avoiding Blair on opposition pamphlets but for Labour, not a sign: Try as they might, there is one word that Labour MPs can’t bring themselves to mention on election bumph now thudding on to doormats. T-O-N-Y. You know, the prime minister, the leader of the Labour party – that charismatic young barrister who got many of them elected in the first place eight years ago.

And, finally – a little self-publicising to get the blood up…

Sunday Herald – Bloggers ready for general election debut: With the British general election now officially announced will blogging come of age here? Blogs like Harry’s Place, SamizData and the Adam Smith Institute have been steadily building audiences over the past couple of years, and there are signs of fresh activity in the run-up to the election. Sites such as backingblair.co.uk and strategicvoter.co.uk have recently been launched to raise funds and encourage disillusioned Labour voters to vote tactically to damage the government. These efforts are being driven by sites in the political centre such as bloggerheads.com

I object to the use of ‘political centre’ – it should be ‘chewy political centre’…

UPDATE – DailyKos finally got wind of us, but there’s still no mention of Zach Exley.

UPDATE – Oh, and in case you missed Friday’s linkage, Spinon is back.








Posted by Tim Ireland at April 8, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

Craig Murray’s new website is now live and we expect to open the weblog to comments on Monday (we have some last-minute TypeKey issues to sort out).

See you all then.








Posted by Tim Ireland at April 8, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

All the action will be over at the Anne Milton weblog and Backing Blair today, folks.

UPDATE – Here you go, this will make you happy: London Calling








Posted by Tim Ireland at April 7, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

Europhobia – General Election to be delayed?

(Oi! Steady on with the alarmist headlines, or I’ll report you to Daily Mail Watch!)

Nick Barlow has a fabulous post about Blunkett using this as an argument for ID cards, but Honourable Fiend is far more succinct.

UPDATE – Unrelated, but worth checking out.








Posted by Tim Ireland at April 7, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

Busy one this morning. Have a link-dump:

The Guardian Election Blog plugs the genius that is The Blair Watch Project. So far, it’s been used mainly to dump subversive images, but I’ll be much happier once some genuine images come through. And if the determined individuals armed with cameraphones also keep Operation Henman in mind.

Radio 4 have selected their ‘election watch’ weblogs. Despite the lack of any monetary motivation, I submitted my Anne Milton weblog, which made the shortlist, but not the final list. Despite being “one of – if not the – most original (entries) received”, it was shunted to the sidelines because it lacked political balance. Fair enough. One more reason to believe in the BBC.

Murky does an excellent run-down of online campaigns.

FT.com have an election-watch thingie, and have ingeniously stashed the weblog behind a subscription wall. Way to engage, FT.

Nick Barlow – never let the facts… This is a good read. Have a look (and also check out some thoughts from Chicken Yoghurt) before playing with Peter Snow’s swingometer yourself. The Tories don’t stand a chance.

Which is bad news for Stefan Kerner, Parliamentary Candidate for Doncaster Central. In the interests of transparency, I feel I should point out that Stefan (as co-proprietor of DesignerCity Ltd) used to be one of my bosses in the glorious but short-lived dotcom era.

Backing Blair backs him, but this can to attributed to a simple (yet massive) conspiracy.

We now pause to hold hands and sing today’s hymn.

Some further links may follow. Stand by.

UPDATE – Anne Milton has a new pamphlet.








Posted by Tim Ireland at April 6, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

I say! What a spiffing idea!

Space Hijackers – Mayday Cricket Match against the Government!

I do love the Space Hijackers. They do excellent and inspiring work.








Posted by Tim Ireland at April 6, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

We started – as planned – at The Dome.

No we didn’t. We expected Blair (and the press) to be at Buckingham Palace at 10am, so we made an unannounced start there. The only problem was Blair shifted this time to 11am, by which time we were at The Dome and not expecting to see any journalists given certain priorities. So we missed the press at Buck House and they were all too busy to come and see us at The Dome.

(more…)








Posted by Tim Ireland at April 6, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

More trucking images coming soon. In the meantime, here are two links to ponder…

Scotsman – And the winners are … the tactical voters: Tactical voting will perhaps be more appealing in this election than any other because, once you cut through the spin, there has seldom been less difference between the two contenders for 10 Downing Street.

Guardian – Hold your nose, vote Blair and Brown will be the victor: Iraq stands as Labour’s gigantic error, fighting George Bush’s war on his terms for his reasons. It is blood that cannot be expunged, expiated or “parked”, as some crasser Labour campaign organisers say. The cabinet and MPs were complicit, but this was Blair’s war and he is immeasurably damaged by it: now it symbolises a host of other discontents. But there is not much Blair can do about it. He can’t apologise for a war he thought right. I am not among those who think he lied. All he can do is keep acknowledging the widespread anger. So at this point the question falls back on the Labour voter. What are you going to do about it? To make Blair suffer by chasing Labour from power would be an odd revenge – cutting off Blair’s nose to spite everyone else’s face. Imagine election night as Labour seat after Labour seat comes tumbling down to the Tories – Portillo night in reverse. (And it would be Tory wins since the Lib Dems can only expect five or six gains from Labour.) The individual voter can’t fine- tune their vote to give Blair a satisfying slap in the face without risking Howard in Downing Street. As ever, revenge is disappointingly elusive.








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