Posted by Tim Ireland at February 5, 2008

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

Well worth a look is John Hirst’s first foray into dedicated satire:

Iain’s Daily Diary

John totally nails Iain Dale on his outright hypocrisy right here. Enjoy.

(Oh, and make sure that you applaud, otherwise John might next come after you next… with an AXE*!)

[*This is satire. I’m pointing this out because certain people have trouble recognising it.]








Posted by Tim Ireland at February 5, 2008

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

A perfect example of their bullshit propaganda.

In totally unrelated news, Karl Rove has now joined Murdoch’s FOX News Channel as an election coverage contributor.








Posted by Tim Ireland at February 5, 2008

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

Lots of freshly published material to read here, but still no response from Shane Greer (who gives his reason for a delay in publishing comments here).

Mind you, Shane has published a comment from our old friend Praguetory declaring me to be obsessive and paranoid, so perhaps I should take that as my response.

[Psst! Also check the thread for a comment from someone claiming to be Gareth Davies, which should please a few oldbies. Gareth, if that really was you, I’m deeply impressed. Not just by what you said, but the fact that you said it. My hat goes off to you, sir.]








Posted by Tim Ireland at February 5, 2008

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

No response from Shane Greer yet.

No response from CCHQ yet.

No response from Paul Staines and his tax lawyer, either.

But at least Iain Dale has responded to this…. and if you have the stomach to watch him hiding behind his sock-puppets as they play the man, click here for confirmation that he *does* approve of such attacks on his site because, in his words; “[The attacks on John Hirst] are fair comment. Jailhouselawyer calls me far worse on his blog. If he can’t take it he shouldn’t dish it out.”

1. So what’s changed in the last year and a bit, Iain?

Iain Dale (Jan 7, 2007): “Verity and Jailhouselawyer, take your stupid fight elsewhere. No more of it here. All future comments attacking each other will be deleted.”

2. Fair comment? You what? (See: #4)

3. Iain will often retreat into the language of the playground. All that’s missing from my personal collection of comebacks is “I am rubber and you are glue…”

4. Iain Dale claims here that John Hirst has called him something worse than an unrepentant killer and benefit cheat with a dodgy degree. Do correct me if I’m wrong, but unless he can find something to back it up, that’s libel isn’t it?








Posted by Tim Ireland at February 4, 2008

Category: Video

You are invited to share this video with a creationist. (via)

You are invited to share this video with a Bush supporter. (via)

Actually, things being what they are (NSFW audio), in most cases you’ll be able to kill two birds with one stone.

If you crave more video goodness check out this feature on Barely Political’s productions over at Matt’s.








Posted by Tim Ireland at February 4, 2008

Category: Consume!

Sydney Morning Herald – Ads to woo British more sledge than sweet talk: Australia is to launch an aggressive campaign aimed at attracting a new generation of British immigrants. The ads for the South Australian Government include slogans such as “Sod London house prices” and “Screw working in Staines, hello Adelaide”. Bill Muirhead, an Adelaide-born partner in the M & C Saatchi ad firm in London, and agent-general for South Australia, said he was aware the campaign might create enemies. “It might appear we are being rude, but a lot of things in Britain aren’t good,” he told The Times. “We went for Staines because it sounds nasty.”

Well, I can’t argue with that last point, but otherwise they can go screw themselves; I love it here.








Posted by Tim Ireland at February 4, 2008

Category: Photoshopping

The Great Architect tells the tale of his struggle to protect his property… and also reveals something quite surprising about News International.








Posted by Tim Ireland at February 4, 2008

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

No response from Shane Greer yet.

No response from CCHQ yet.

But, thankfully, the creepy emails from a well-known right-wing blogger who shall remain nameless (for now) calling me a ‘nutter’ *and* threatening to somehow source my ex-directory number and call me at home have dried up.








Posted by Tim Ireland at February 4, 2008

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

The last time Paul Staines (aka ‘Guido Fawkes’) went charging around with threats of lawsuits, several bloggers took it upon themselves to take a closer look at his past.

Well, stuff me steadily if it’s not happening again:

Richard Bartholomew – The Libertarian Right and Southern African in the 1980s: Some Brief Notes

The Yorkshire Ranter – Mirrorball: Paul Staines and those “Liberals”

Oops.

Let’s play some more music while Paul has a little think about that…

Artists United Against Apartheid – Sun City








Posted by Tim Ireland at February 4, 2008

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

[Psst! Iain has finally fixed his comment permalinks! Hurray! And it only took the better part of a year for him to add a single letter to his design template.]

1. Iain Dale blogs about the bugging of Sadiq Khan when visiting a constituent in prison.

2. John Hirst, who has some experience and expertise relating to all sorts of laws and how they apply to prisoners, offers his input.

3. Hirst’s reward is to be taunted, maligned, and accused of benefit fraud.

4. And Iain Dale allows it. OK, so his new rules on comment moderation allow him a little leeway, but I’m seeing plenty here that “could be contrued [sic] as libellous” and – regardless – it’s a shitty way to treat a guest.

5. John Hirst has blogged about this latest Dale-hosted attack on him here, and I’ll be leaving a comment of support in 5, 4, 3, 2…








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