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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Guido stuffs ballot-stuffing attempt, misses point

Manic invites you to check out this post by Paul Staines (posting under the name 'Guido Fawkes'), where he mocks Greg Mulholland MP for campaigning for Campaigning Politician of the Year.

'Guido' then goes on to suggest that his readers should vote for Brian Haw 'instead'...

Manic already voted for Brian Haw last week, BTW.

'Guido' deleted Manic's comment that suggested he link to the relevant Channel 4 page instead of shoving his vote-preference down everyone's throats via a single-option 'mailto' link... which is a shame, because Manic was only trying to help.

All Manic wanted to do was give Guido a chance to arrive at an obvious conclusion or two all by himself:

1. 'Guido' failed to notice that the 'mailto:' link he provided had two 'mailto:' commands in it (and the error stayed in place right up until the voting deadline)

Also, if 'Guido' had returned to the relevant section at the Channel 4 website where he copied (then buggered) his 'mailto:' link, then he would have had an extra opportunity to realise:

2. Greg Mulholland MP is not competing in the same category as Brian Haw.

3. Greg Mulholland MP is not even competing in a 'public vote' category!

Manic wishes to leave to one side the issue of whether an MP who campaigns to save a local boy from execution deserves an accolade or a brickbat.

Manic knows that 'Guido' couldn't give a fuck either way.

(But in his defence, Manic will do 'Guido' the courtesy of pointing out that many newspapers found this story 'boring' as well.)

No, the important thing to remember here is that 'Guido' rarely passes up an opportunity to lay into a Lib-Dem...

... and on this occasion, 'Guido' totally failed to notice that Greg Mulholland's researcher appeared to be asking the public to vote for Mulholland in a category that had no public vote!

Manic suspects that something is putting Paul off his stride.

Manic has spoken. End communication.

[UPDATE 1:38pm] - It now emerges via an anonymous comment ('Guido' does do well out of them doesn't he?) that the email 'Guido' published was sent to MPs, who apparently do get to vote in Mulholland's category. Still, 'Guido' failed to mention this at the time (it would have provided valuable - dare we say it? - context)... and he also appeared to suggest that it was a Haw Vs. Mulholland affair, when it clearly wasn't. And he can't master simple HTML, let's not forget that...


Manic has spoken. Again. End communication. Again.


I Recognise The Irony said...

Those anonymous comments sure do come in handy sometimes, don't they?

1:59 PM, January 24, 2007  
Paul Staines said...

My name is Paul Staines and not Guido. I will appreciate if you would refrain from addressing me as the later. Many Thanks.

2:33 PM, January 24, 2007  
Guido 2.0 said...

Hello! Housekeeping here.

The comment you see above was posted anonymously. We have no way of confirming that the request came from 'Guido' (who has my email address if he wishes to make such a request).

[Question for JohnnyVoid: Should I correct that 'latter' typo? Or perhaps not mention it? Or will mentioning it bring on your mighty wrath? Is even thinking about any of these options a ThoughtCrime? Please advise.]

2:45 PM, January 24, 2007  
oh dear. said...


I do apologise. clearly I am not paul staines. although I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiments expressed.

apologises again.

3:03 PM, January 25, 2007  

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