Saturday, September 20, 2008

That LabourHome poll. A comment and confession

Sorry about the lack of update yesterday, I was busy building a new ssl-enabled ftp platform and was banging my head against a brick wall trying to get TLS working. As always I forgot to set the permissions to 600 on the cert, so once I remembered it was all fluffy. After that I spent sometime writing some management tools for it as it was using Berkeley database for authentication. All good fun!

Now, onto politics, I see that there has been much excitement about the Independent's front page yesterday and the fact that it commissioned LabourHome to do the poll of the Labour grassroots. Unity got pissed off that it wasn't a proper poll and unscientific; Tom Watson was not amused with the founder of LabourHome Alex Hilton (a PPC) agreeing to it, nor was another Labour blogger, Luke Akehurt.


Meanwhile, Iain Dale thought it all very amusing, which inevitably stirred Tim Ireland to call Iain a hypocrite because of Iain's own poll where his readers, and readers of other political blogs, voted for their favourites. On this point, the really funny thing is not actually the Labour Home poll but instead what Tim Ireland wrote.

You see Tim, when he isn't engaging in one his email bombarding or phone call making campaigns, is a great titan of the blogosphere who takes newspapers like the Sun and Daily Mail to task for distorting the truth. I

t's richly ironic then that Iain Dale's post - which simply quotes some of the blogs I mentioned and says that they hold "a sentiment [about Alex Hilton] many of us can easily concur with" - has been turned into a post titled "Iain Dale slams dodgy poll. (No, seriously.)" and says
Iain Dale hahahaha frowns on hahahahaha fellow 'blogger' hahahahaha selling out hahahahahaha with unscientific poll!

Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.... *breeeeeathe*... ahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
Having read Iain's post to check a few times I don't see the slamming, and I don't see him saying that the poll was unscientific, nor does he accuse Alex of selling out. So basically, a guy that complains about distortions by bloggers and newspapers all the time has willfully distorted something. Now that really is funny.*

Anyhow, putting that aside I have a confession to make right now about the Labour Home poll. You see, I took the poll. In fact I took the poll on numerous occasions from numerous locations. I kind of figured that all I had to do was say I was a Labour member to make sure my answers would be included.

For the record, I said I thought Brown should stay. He is the best asset the Tory Party has right now.

* Please note, this attack on Tim will be be interpreted by him as coordinated by Iain Dale because is my mate, and I am apparently a thug. I do not write independently of Iain or Guido you see, I only do their bidding.

16 comments:

Lilith said...

"I was busy building a new ssl-enabled ftp platform and was banging my head against a brick wall trying to get TLS working. As always I forgot to set the permission to the 600 on the cert so once I remembered it was all fluffy"

oooh I only come here to hear you talk geek...mmmmm :-)

Mitch said...

I did that too cept i said satan should be leader.its a hobby of mine distorting surveys with stupid answers.

CROWN said...

I voted for Brown to go and Denham to be leader. Housepricecrash.co.uk linked to the survey and they really hate Brown.

Bonetired said...

Dizzy .. ny view here

bonetired.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

The ironic aspect of you post is that you spent as much time commenting on Tim's post as you did on the Labourhome poll itself. Talk about oxygen of publicity.

Looking at that bloggerheads post, I suspect there was an ulterior motive. Note how he links to the post 5 times, and look at the link phrases.

Mr Eugenides said...

I was busy building a new ssl-enabled ftp platform and was banging my head against a brick wall trying to get TLS working. As always I forgot to set the permissions to 600 on the cert, so once I remembered it was all fluffy.

I would say that this is all Greek to me, but Greek would make considerably more sense...

Conand said...

Dale is always at pains to point out that his polls aren't scientific.
Tim Ireland (when he has stopped typing psychotic laughter) should realise that there was no rightist conspiracy in this. Tim Montgomerie leapt to the defense of LabourHome's thang.

Guido Fawkes said...

I told you to do that.

Unsworth said...

In brief, Ireland is a prat.

John M Ward said...

Lilith - "oooh I only come here to hear you talk geek...mmmmm :-)"

You know what they say: beware of geeks bearing GIFs.

Mr Eugenides - "I would say that this is all Greek to me, but Greek would make considerably more sense..."

Den katalaveno. (I hope I got that right!)

Well, I dunno. A lot (though not all) of the Labour blogosphere comes across as paranoid and with nothing useful to do, only wild attacks on others not of their political persuasion. They don't do themselves any favours vis that outlook, and really need to mature a bit if they wish to become at all credible.

We here can't do that for them; but (as others have been doing) we can point out their silliness so that perhaps they might learn something.

Anonymous said...

I am apparently a thug

They don't get out much do they?

Anonymous said...

Actually, in brief Dizzy is a bigger prat as he seems to be almost as obsessed with Tim Ireland as he claims Tim is with that tedious Tory twonk Dale.

Dale lies

Guido reports it.

Phil Hendren follows the party line.

Dizzy DOES NOT THINK!

Anonymous said...

Methinks you doth protest too much Phil.

And I'm sure Dale or Gudo will remind you what the party line is m8!
After all, you can't think for too long on your own.

Dizzy thinks? Putting your obsession with Tim Ireland to one side, there's not much evidence here that you do.

Typical Metropolitan politico prat blogging.

dizzy said...

Hahaha what a load bollocks. I'm so obsessed that if you look through this blog, in three years, there have been 12 posts that mention him, and one of those was supportive. Other were addressing the bullshit he insinuated about me. As for the party line I'm not even sure what it is.

dizzy said...

"After all, you can't think for too long on your own."

Err a second ago you said I don't think, now you're saying I do, but not for long?

Note: The highlighting of this contradiction took no thinking, I was emailed what to say by my CIA paymasters in the GOP.

dizzy said...

Incidentally Mr Anonymous, why are you using a German proxy server?