Posted by Tim Ireland at March 7, 2007

Category: Flash Music Video, Games and Objects

Bullingdon Club: Matching Pairs

Posted by Tim Ireland at March 6, 2007

Category: The War on Stupid

Morning, all.

I wasted most of my day yesterday trying to reach the relevant department down at Vauxhall about this, but they seem to be incapable of answering their phone.

So, email it is then…

From: Tim Ireland
Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2007 9:32 AM
Subject: Possible SOCPA violation

Dear Sirs,

It has come to my attention that an ongoing demonstration is taking place within a designated area, and I suspect that:

1) it may be unauthorised
2) it may have escaped your attention

As you are no doubt aware, it is an offence under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 to organise a demonstration within the designated area if, when the demonstration starts, authorisation for the demonstration has not been given.

I suspect authorisation has not been given in this case, as there is no indication of the usual restrictions.

For instance, you often stipulate a tight timeframe and you have recently restricted long-time protestor Brian Haw to a 3m x 1m area.

The demonstration I speak of has run all day for many days and is even illuminated at night. Also, it is 135m high and 121m wide, which some might regard to be a bit excessive.

I have enclosed some picture links for your reference:

If permission has been sought and granted, please do let me know.

Also, if for some reason an exception has been made in this case, I would very much like to hear the reason(s) why.


Tim Ireland

[For those who came in late: Red Nose Day 2007: Some Legal Advice]

UPDATE (10:00AM) – Email received and forwarded to the Public Order Branch.


Posted by Tim Ireland at March 5, 2007

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

Damn it, Chris!

1. We were supposed to spend more facetime together.

2. I was supposed to pay you back for the many times you offered your help, support, advice and expertise.

3. You were supposed to be acknowledged as a legend in this field long before your untimely death. (For this alone, you deserve a bloody statue.)

I’m going to miss you, and I’m always going to be grateful for what you gave to me individually, and this country as a whole.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to indulge myself with a few tears before channelling this sense of loss into something positive.

Cheers mate.


Chris Lightfoot 1978-2007 | mySociety | NO2ID | Devil’s Kitchen | Chicken Yoghurt | Backword | Blood & Treasure | Freesteel | The UK Today | Flourish | Tom Watson

UPDATE – For those seeking something to make them slightly less depressed, watch Chris on the loose here, here and here.

More for you:

18 August, 2004: Everything you read in the newspapers is true
11 March, 2005: Look! Over there! TERRORISTS!
7 April, 2005: It doesn’t matter how you vote; either way your planet is doomed
15 April, 2005: My country, Right or Left (under the bonnet of Political Survey 2005)
30 April, 2005: Vote Labour! (regulars will know why I picked this one)
2 May, 2005: Nice election you’ve got here; be a shame if anything happened to it

UPDATE – Heh. I forgot about this.

UPDATE (6 Mar) – More reactions:

Mat Bowles | Pewari’s Prattle | The Lusercop | What You Can Get Away With | The ARCH Blog | Owen Blacker | Spy Blog | Bobbie Johnson | doctorvee | LukePDQ | Richard Allan

Posted by Tim Ireland at March 5, 2007

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

You’ll like this… it’s chock-full of meaty chunks and rich in marrowbone jelly:

Guido Fawkes: The Early Years

Posted by Tim Ireland at March 5, 2007

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

Cocaine is bad, kids!

The Scum – See the hell you inflict, Kate: Cocaine fiends Kate Moss and Pete Doherty have been invited to Colombia by the country’s government to see the bloody mayhem caused by the drug. Vice President Francisco Santos exclusively told The Sun: “I wish they’d come to see what cocaine is doing to my country. They’d be ashamed.” The invitation comes as The Sun launches a major probe into the scourge of cocaine, here and in South America. Here on Day One, our Chief Feature Writer reports from the drugs front line in Colombia’s rainforest.

The Scum Says – Blood money: All over Britain, from posh dinner parties to dingy pubs, hundreds of thousands of people snorted cocaine at the weekend. For many it becomes an addiction that ruins their lives. Most will think they are immune so long as they stick to “recreational” use of the drug. But every one of the estimated 1.75million who have snorted coke – and who think it is all a harmless bit of fun – should read our chilling report. And they should think again. It is an horrific description of the devastation being wreaked on the people of Colombia, the country that supplies 80 per cent of our cocaine. It shows how the drugs money is financing a terror movement with links to al-Qaeda, creating gangs that murder without a thought and destroying the tropical rain forests, adding to the threat of global warming. As Britain’s top policeman Sir Ian Blair says, people “think the price of a wrap is fifty quid, but someone has died bringing it to the dinner table”. While otherwise law-abiding middle-class users are on a high, ruthless drugs barons cannot stoop low enough to protect the hundreds of millions of pounds flowing from Britain 5,000 miles across the Atlantic. It is nothing short of blood money, donated by people who foolishly regard themselves as respectable.

A major probe, huh? I look forward to Day Two. Perhaps it will contain a special ‘confession’ feature from a regular gakhead such as [obscured on legal advice] entitled “My Cocaine Hell”…


UPDATE (Fri 9 Mar) – Tch. What a let-down. The Scum bailed out after this single follow-up on Tuesday.

Posted by Tim Ireland at March 5, 2007

Category: Christ...

Via The People’s Republic Of Newport comes a link that I know you’re going to have a lot of fun with… GodTube.

Busy. Back soon.

Posted by Tim Ireland at March 3, 2007

Category: The War on Stupid

I demand the immediate arrest of Earth’s moon.

Posted by Tim Ireland at March 1, 2007

Category: The War on Stupid

WARNING: Wearing a red nose in Westminster could get you arrested.

(Please share this important news with your friends.)

Posted by Tim Ireland at February 28, 2007

Category: The Political Weblog Movement


Iain Dale is a slow learner.

Iain aired a report on The Smith Institute without declaring an interest in a very similar outfit (Policy Exchange) and he could not understand what the fuss was about.

His TV station aired an anti-Livingston ad and no mention was made of Iain’s relationship with potential mayoral candidate Nick Boles (via Policy Exchange), and still he could not understand what the fuss was about.

Then this happened.

The main issue is – and always has been – a general lack of honesty and transparency.

But Iain appears to be under the impression that the solution is *less* honesty and transparency.

PeteBlogging has discovered that a cleansing is underway on the 18 Doughty Street website.

Of particular interest is a key passage on this page, which has been changed from this:

18 Doughty Street is much more than a fine Georgian residence that has been renovated to the highest standards. It truly is a home and not just an office or studio. It is the home of the conservative movement.

To this:

18 Doughty Street is much more than a fine Georgian residence that has been renovated to the highest standards. It truly is a home and not just an office or studio. It is the home of an anti-establishment movement.

(Psst! Google and Yahoo have since indexed the new page, but if you’re quick you can still catch the MSN cache. A side-by-side screen capture has been included below for those who miss it.)

screen capture

You are instructed to be encouraged by the sudden introduction of modesty. That is all.

Posted by Tim Ireland at February 26, 2007

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

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