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Posted by Tim Ireland at April 6, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

Lots to do before I even *think* about blogging tomorrow. I hope that this will tide you over:

Teh Dome

I also hope that by this time next week you will be equally busy.

Life sucks when you reach the far side of an election and realise that they just wanted it more.

Prepare for action…

UPDATE – Oh, go on… have some more. Post-midday reportage soon. Video may take some time.

UPDATE – Tom, meet Truck. Truck, meet Tom.

Posted by Tim Ireland at April 4, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

Guido has his first (belated) crack at Who’s Who at Labour HQ.

PS – It’s all trucks and meetings for me tomorrow. I hope to return to you bright and breezy on Wednesday morn.

Posted by Tim Ireland at April 4, 2005

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

And just what the hell is Murdoch playing at?

Is he hedging his bets, or is he trying to bitch-slap Blair (as he has in the past) to adopt some of his favourite policies? I suspect the latter given this little ‘tell’: So, what is the alternative? We discount the Lib Dems from the start, because we believe they are unprincipled and unworthy of your vote. On taxes, at least, they are honest – they will put them up. But on every other issue, they are two-faced. This leaves us with the Tories. In many ways, the Conservatives speak our language, especially when it comes to Europe, illegal immigration and crime. We support their tough plans and believe they reflect the mood of our tolerant country. Enough is enough.

The entire editorial has been pasted ‘below the fold’ (as they say) for future reference. (You’ll love the bit about letting the readers decide.)

UPDATE – Emily Bell – Why the Sun’s wavering


Posted by Tim Ireland at April 4, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

Just a quick comment that I’d like to share with you…

Independent – Scott Ritter: Don’t let the warmonger off the hook: The American people have already shown themselves to be culpable in legitimising this tragedy by re-electing George Bush, the chief architect of this disaster, as president of the United States. In the weeks to come, the citizens of Great Britain will have a chance to carve their names in the annals of history, either slavishly repeating the same mistake of their American cousins by re-electing a man who is responsible for a massive violation of international law, or establishing the viability of British democracy as a lasting bastion of the rule of law by voting out Tony Blair. This will send a clear and lasting signal to those on the Presidential Commission and the Butler Commission that illegal wars of aggression are the responsibility of the politicians who order them, not the intelligence officials who justify them.

Of course, I (and many others) also hold the view that the Conservatives failed to act responsibly in opposition over this matter, so do not deserve a chance to return to government (if the call is made on this one issue alone).

But – as it stands – the Tories don’t stand a chance. A recent poll suggests instead that we (the electorate) will reduce Blair’s majority to 70.

That’s pretty much what’s at the guts of Backing Blair.

Labour in. Blair out.

Your protest vote can make it happen.

Posted by Tim Ireland at April 1, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

Tuesday April 5 - watch it happen!The Backing Blair truck will be on London’s streets Tuesday April 5!!!!

Thank you to everybody who made donations that made this possible.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

URGENT: We’re OK for still photography, but we’re *still* looking for someone with a digital video camera to capture the moment at Westminster. Get in touch if you can help.

UPDATE – We’re now covered for a digital video camera – but do feel free to come along and capture a few frames for yourself.

There will definitely be a second outing for the truck after this – but it may not be in London. If you’re in London on the day and want to catch us in action, we will be hitting the following locations at the following times:

11:00am – GREENWICH

We’ll begin by seeing if there’s any room for us in the (no doubt very busy) coach station adjacent to the Millennium Dome:

Journalists: If you want something that passes for a brief photo-call, this is where it’s going to happen. But if you’re feeling lazy; don’t sweat it. We plan to come and see you anyway…

12:00pm – CANARY WHARF

We’ll probably do a few laps of Canary Wharf before moving on to the News International building (we probably won’t get past some security cordons – please see updated map links):


You can expect us to do a few laps here, in an effort to catch the lunchtime crowd:


Round and round the garden, like a teddy bear… we’ll also do a few drive-bys of Downing St, Abingdon Green (where reporters stand to do their to-camera pieces from outside Parliament) and – if possible – Old Queen St (home to Labour HQ):

From here, we plan to go free-wheeling all over town (we hope to drive past the BBC and through Camden at the very least), but we will definitely finish at…

7:00pm – WATERLOO

Just in time to show off our truck to everybody who turns up on time for the next Backing Blair meeting:

Posted by Tim Ireland at April 1, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

There’s a brand new category over at the Open Directory Project specifically for the upcoming general election in the UK. If you have a relevant site, you may wish to submit it.

Posted by Tim Ireland at April 1, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

Guardian – Attacks on Tory politics of fear: Michael Howard’s latest attempt to use fear of crime as an election weapon against Labour rebounded badly last night when senior police chiefs condemned a Conservative campaign advertisement on crime for its “misleading statistics”, and the Archbishop of Canterbury warned against populist campaign language. The Tory leadership was criticised by individual forces and by the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) for a series of newspaper and poster ads deployed in marginal seats to suggest that crime has been rising locally under Labour.

Compare with…

Harry’s Place – Thugs (updated): Here is a press release which talks of “the dangerous Lib Dem crime plans that would put the safety of Hartlepool people at risk”… The notes to the Labour press release give some of the details of the policies that may or may not be passed at the Lib Dem conference. You can argue about whether they are good policies or not but Labour’s campaign in Hartlepool looks little more than old-fashioned right-wing scaremongering.

PS – Keep an eye on Guido today. He’s planning on releasing a “Who’s who at Labour HQ.”

Posted by Tim Ireland at March 30, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

A heads-up via

Independent – Labour MPs to fight on anti-war ticket: Labour MPs who opposed the Iraq war are to defy Tony Blair by making it a key “issue of trust” at the general election expected on 5 May. In a setback for the Prime Minister’s attempt to “move on” from Iraq two years after the military action, 17 rebel MPs have signed a declaration saying: “I was and remain totally opposed to the war on Iraq. If elected as your parliamentary representative in the forthcoming general election, I will do everything in my power to bring the occupation of Iraq to an end.” The MPs fear a backlash from voters over the war and will try to insulate themselves against one by including the statement in their election leaflets. The rebels’ decision to make Iraq “an issue of trust” is a coded attack on Mr Blair.

The following is anecdotal evidence only, but I keep hearing the same thing from different sources (caveat: but I’ve also been hearing the term ‘self publicist’ repeated a few times lately, too)…

Iraq is a *big* issue on doorsteps. Far bigger than you may suspect. Many constituents who raise this issue with Labour peeps who knock on their door have been told ‘off the record’ by candidates/canvassers that Blair will ‘definitely’ go after the election and be replaced by Brown, so they should just relax and vote Labour (or else the Tories will get in etc. etc. etc.).

UPDATE – Ohh, lookie! Is this them? (Gah! Frames! Frames are death!)

UPDATE – Guido says: The second story, originally told to me by a Labour PPC, is that Labour HQ is giving candidates free licence to drop Tony Blair from their propaganda or even send out anti-Blair signals without fear of censure. Hence the Blair-free ready-made leaflets available from Labour HQ and the 17 anti-War Labour MPs stridently coming out of the closet.

Posted by Tim Ireland at March 30, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

I was going to a do a linkish round-up of all the Tory Fear articles and opinions, but Robin beat me to it: – Labour In. Blair Out.

Well, all that leaves me to do is throw an extra link or two into the mix:
Emotional Blackmail from John O’Farrell
Hobson’s Choice

Here’s a couple of extras: and (Next time, Russell, just send an email, OK? There’s no need for comment spam.)

And this, of course…

Guardian – Rise in postal votes fuels fear of fraud: Record numbers of electors are applying for postal votes for the general election, raising fears that it will be open to widespread fraud. A survey by the Guardian of 55 councils covering 135 constituencies reveals applications to vote by post have risen in all cases, tripling in some places, particularly in inner cities. The increase comes as demand grows for urgent changes in the postal-voting system, last week labelled by a judge as “an open invitation to fraud”. There is an ongoing court case, and police are investigating fraud in six areas of the country.

UPDATE – More on this from Nick Barlow.

Posted by Tim Ireland at March 29, 2005

Category: Flash Music Video, Games and Objects, UK General Election 2005

Labour in - Blair outVideo III isn’t ready yet. Well, the Video III that I describe here isn’t ready yet.

This is:

Backing Blair III – Political Debate
(Flash – 1Mb – NSFW audio)

If you’ve ever watched Blair and Howard bitch and snipe at each other in the House, then you’ll know how entirely fitting this treatment is… but apart from that and a swift reference to right-wing tabloids, that’s about it for the political message in this one. (As you may or may not be aware, Video I and Video II carry a little more weight.)

So… “What is it with this?”, I hear you ask…

Well – and let’s be perfectly frank here – this is bait. It’s meant to have broad appeal and that magic ‘must-share’ factor. I’m hoping to reach a million unique visitors inside a month, and confidence is high (London Underground reached a quarter of a million visitors in a fortnight, and it was pretty London-centric).

You may also note the closing message, which will come to life as a poster (that doesn’t eat up black ink) later today.

The irony is that it may well be this video that makes Labour HQ take Backing Blair seriously.

UPDATE – Yup, thar she blows. New poster design is ready to roll.

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