Posted by Tim Ireland at October 27, 2008

Category: US Presidential Election 2008

This is inspired:

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Posted by Tim Ireland at October 27, 2008

Category: Video

I’m happy to plug this video, because I’m a fan of the environment, JFK and Clutch Cargo:

;oP








Posted by Tim Ireland at October 27, 2008

Category: The Political Weblog Movement, Tories! Tories! Tories!

Skip to #5 if you’re in a hurry….

1.

Hey, do you remember that rigged poll of weblogs that Iain Dale claimed was “not meant to be scientific, and has never pretended to be”…?

Well, he’s already presenting it as scientific evidence of the natural dominance of the right.

That didn’t take long, did it?

2.

There are several lies in his list (and the list itself is a lie), but one of the biggest ones is about the Nadine Dorries ‘blog’ being the work of one person. And Iain Dale was present when Nadine Dorries declared that she has to email her articles to a member of her staff so they can upload them (because she’s too witless to manage even this by herself), so he can’t even rely on the old stand-by of claiming ignorance.

I say ‘bigger’ lie mainly because of the potential scale of consequence (Iain also appears to have forgotten how cosily his website and Total Politics have overlapped recently, and a whopper of a lie hides behind his claim that Ashcroft’s money doesn’t at least grease the wheels); the Nadine Dorries ‘blog’ that she has gone to great lengths to visibly distance from her expenses cannot function without help from staff members.

If those members of staff are paid for out of expenses… well, she’s neck deep in s**t all over again, isn’t she?

3.

Meanwhile, it’s not the first time that claims like these have been made on Iain’s site, but this fresh set is quite exceptional, and Iain has published these anonymous smears even though he (a) presently has the luxury of comment moderation, and (b) is only avoiding answering questions about his status with the PCC because he claims to be ignoring me.

You cannot claim to be ignoring someone and publish lies about them at the same time; the two positions are contradictory.

And this is a lie. A big, fat lie:

“So that’s two visits from Tim Ireland, posting anonymously, in one night Iain.”

No, it’s not. I don’t care how many IP addresses these anonymongrels ‘see’ (that are invisible to everyone but themselves and the magical interweb pixies that speak to them), and I don’t give a tuppeny stuff even if I am the only person in the world who pauses to type ‘sigh’ (and I’m pretty sure that I’m not); nobody can prove that this happened because it didn’t happen.

But Iain is going to leave that lie in place, just like he does all the others. And next time I take him to task over it, he’s probably going to scream “Liar!” in my face. Or maybe he’ll just sit back and let someone else do it for him. Anonymously.

(Of course, because I am banned from Iain’s website for complaining about anonymous abuse, the only way I can have any hope of a right of reply to these is to respond…. anonymously. Can you spot the clever trap?)

4.

Hasn’t it been fun watching Iain Dale and Paul Staines (aka ‘Guido Fawkes’ ) try to turn the Osborne and Mandy story on Mandy all week?

:o)

Paul Staines’ take on the Sunday papers is particularly revealing. Reading that run-down, you might get the impression that the only story focusing on Osborne was some old mud dug up by a mucky tabloid… but you’d be wrong. Here’s just one story that Staines ‘missed’.

You won’t get any denial here; Mandelson is a money-grubbing liar, and no revelation about his meetings with billionaires would surprise me.

But this is totally uncalled for:

Richard Littlejohn is pushing the gay=paedophile lie.

Perhaps Iain Dale would care to condemn that. Then again, perhaps he’ll just let it lie because it suits his political purposes.

5.

I’m getting nothing but an embarrassed silence from the Independent about their publication of a lie that Iain is quite fond of; that he has hundreds of thousands of monthly readers. Iain has since suggested that this must have been an innocent mistake, but this ‘mistake’ seems to follow him around an awful lot.

Even Iain’s engagement agent appears to be confused:

Specialist Speakers: Iain is Britain’s best recognised and leading political blogger with more than 300,000 regular readers a month…

And look… Iain’s friend Nadine Dorries is at it, too:

Bedford Today: Ms Dorries said: “…. according to Google I had 800,000 readers in July.”

Bull. Dust.








Posted by Tim Ireland at October 25, 2008

Category: George W. Bush, US Presidential Election 2008

Wassup 2008 (via)

I may be up for a little recycling myself, soon… we’ll see.








Posted by Tim Ireland at October 24, 2008

Category: Tories! Tories! Tories!

Rebekah Wade’s none-too-subtle warning to George Osborne to keep his mouth shut appears to have arrived a skerrick too late:

Independent – Cameron, Murdoch and a Greek island freebie: Media tycoon’s son-in-law paid for Conservative leader’s flights for meeting on yacht in Santorini. The Tory leader has not revealed his talks with Mr Murdoch. In the Commons register of interests, he discloses that on 16 August, a private plane provided by the public relations guru Matthew Freud took his wife, Samantha, and two of their children from Farnborough to Istanbul. Mr Freud is married to Elisabeth Murdoch. A source in the private jet industry estimated the Camerons’ flights would have cost around £34,300 in total. One witness said that the dozen or so guests at Mr Freud’s party gathered on Mr Murdoch’s yacht for drinks before moving on to Mr Freud’s for dinner. They included the singer Billy Joel, Rebekah Wade, editor of the Murdoch-owned newspaper The Sun, and Ben Silverman, co-chairman of the American television network NBC Universal.

Now, as we wait for details of *those* conversations to emerge, here’s a musical tribute to George Osborne and his habit of saying too much, both on and off the yachts of the super-rich:

Take it away, Billy…

Well, it’s no big sin to stick your two cents in
If you know when to leave it alone
But you went over the line
You couldn’t see it was time to go home

(Billy Joel – Big Shot)

Meanwhile…

Iain Dale, the man who feigns tears like a little schoolgirl and screams “Insult! Troll! Stalkerrrrr!” if someone dares to use the comments function on his ‘blog’ to (*gasp*) submit criticism or question his version of events, has declared that the Tories should unleash the attack dogs and doesn’t appear too fussy about who takes on this role. Those of us who have watched Iain actively promoting carefully-selected works of the notorious attack dog and homophobe Paul ‘Guido Fawkes’ Staines won’t be too surprised about that.

Take it away, Billy…

You used to call me paranoid
Pressure
But even you can not avoid
Pressure
You turned the tap dance into your crusade
Now here you are with your faith
And your Peter Pan advice
You have no scars on your face
And you cannot handle pressure

(Billy Joel – Pressure)

[Yes, I know neither track is from Glass Houses, but how perfect do you expect serendipity to be?]

UPDATE – Another rough ‘comments’ day for Iain, though the most revealing exchange today took place in a previous thread; apparently, Iain ‘Ambassador’ Dale doesn’t care about any negative impact his actions may have, so long as his readership figures keep climbing. Damn, I wish I’d thought of that years ago. I could’ve been world-famous in Westminster by now.








Posted by Tim Ireland at October 23, 2008

Category: Photoshopping

There is now a small but beautiful oasis of happiness in Tower Hamlets, London E3 (in a part of town that brings to mind almost every urban chase scene from The Professionals).

You can take a closer look starting here.








Posted by Tim Ireland at October 23, 2008

Category: Christ...

Do take the time to read this excellent post by Unity…

Unity – The Prevention of Unicorns Act

… but not before gazing in wonder at this passage that is on the record in Hansard:

Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire, Conservative) | Hansard source

That makes my point even more coherently for me. Perhaps we need to legislate to ensure that this activity cannot happen even in pursuance of a licence. I cannot believe that anybody in this House believes that inserting human sperm into an animal would be a good thing to do, so why do we not clearly state in the Bill that it will not be allowed to happen? This argument is not a surprise to the Government, because it has been pointed out over and over again that the Bill would allow this activity to take place in the seeking of a licence. One has to ask why they have not addressed the issue.

This is a sinister matter, because of the connotations. It is impossible to discuss insemination of animals with human gametes for very long without considering the infamous Soviet hybridisation trials of the 1920s. There are a huge number of historians on the Conservative Benches–I do not know how many there are on the Labour Benches–and one of the great pleasures for me, since becoming an MP, has been listening to some of those amazing and learned historians. I am sure that they will forgive me if I get anything wrong in the following paragraph.

At that time, the Soviet authorities were struggling to rebuild Stalin’s red army after it had suffered many deaths and huge defeats. Stalin told his top scientist, Ilya lvanov, to turn his skills to breeding an ultimate soldier by crossing human beings with apes. Stalin told him to breed a soldier who would not be fussy about what he ate, who did not feel pain and who was invincible. Stalin told Ivanov to use all his scientific knowledge and know-how to cross apes with humans and breed that soldier for him.

Many people in this House might think that it is ridiculous my even mentioning what Stalin did in the 1920s, but his ideas found credence among many in the scientific community and even became quite popular among evolutionary biologists in America; as my hon. Friend Mr. Cash said, the idea that perhaps we could cross humans with apes and thus have almost a humanzee took root.

And now, because I fear that you still won’t believe me, here is video footage of Dorries in the Commons; watch as this drivel drips from her lips, down her chin and onto her bib:

Nadine Dorries isn’t your average, garden-variety idiot; she’s a danger to herself and the community at large.

(Oh, and the rigged poll conducted and published by the ‘politically neutral’ magazine Total Politics ranked her site as one of the top blogs by an MP and 34th overall when it doesn’t even qualify as a blog. Her close and personal friend Iain Dale made the rules and counted the votes, so if you have any doubts about that result, go and ask him about it instead of simply staring at your computer screen in disbelief.)








Posted by Tim Ireland at October 23, 2008

Category: Updates, US Presidential Election 2008

Gordon Brown gets a wee bit ahead of himself.

Iain Dale says “we must not prejudge guilt”, then makes exception for Fayed. Fails to mention his friendship with the Hamiltons. Appears to wish that a fifteen year old girl has been assaulted. Actually manages to alienate some of his more ardent supporters.

Sun uses hatchet on girl who once held knife.

Craig Murray returns.

Woman who spouts appalling nonsense encounters tabloid willing to print same. Beware the humanzee!!!!

Reporters discover making Sarah Palin look good costs money.

Voter worries Barack Obama isn’t a ‘real’ Christian. (see also: the ‘real’ America)

Voters worry Barack Obama has hotline to Satan.








Posted by Tim Ireland at October 22, 2008

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

George Osborne has been urged to eat his s**t sandwich and shut the hell up. The details are worth a look.

UPDATE – New blog alert!








Posted by Tim Ireland at October 21, 2008

Category: Tories! Tories! Tories!

George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska.

George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. George Osborne did not have monetary relations with that Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska.

Bloggage and news from near and far:

Justin McKeating – Mandelson to Tories: That’s the Chicago way
Nick Robinson – The Corfu story
The Times – George Osborne: I met Oleg Deripaska four times in one weekend
Quaequam Blog – Is George Osborne Cameron’s Mandy?
Iain ‘Integrity’ Dale – Why Conservatives Should Man the Barricades for Osborne

Meanwhile…
Evening Standard – Osborne failed to declare free family holiday (via)

UPDATE (22 Oct) – The Sun: Tabloid Lies – George of the Bungle urged to watch out for that treeeeeeeee

(Oh, and do check out Bob Piper’s Daily Dozen for a short guffaw. Iain was dragged on by BBC News this morning as one of the few talking heads outside the shadow cabinet willing to defend Osborne all the way, and billed as “Iain Dale, publisher of Total Politics magazine” twice; both before and after the amateur acrobatics his position required. That’s not going to do his ‘politically neutral’ magazine’s carefully crafted reputation any good, now is it? Similar mistakes were made with 18 Doughty Street, and Iain was blind to all of them.)








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