Tim Ireland takes on Guido Fawkes

Tim Ireland, independent political activist who has done some work for the Lib Dems in the past, has written a post taking on uber-blogger Guido Fawkes with an appeal to the bloggersphere’s better nature. From what I’ve skim-read there are some good points.

If I might make a suggestion in one word, Tim: “footnotes”.  Any chance of separating the point out from some of the yards of detail? (the summary doesn’t quite cut it)

In other news, Mark Pack (Lib Dem propellor head in chief & Lib Dem Voice blogger) is on 18 Doughty St tonight.

Hat tip for Bloggerheads: Liberal England

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  • With a bit of luck, my feet will look less multicoloured than on my previous appearance…

  • I could actually boil down Tim’s arguments into three general pieces of good advice:

    1) Remember that everyone has an agenda, and most of the time they don’t go to the trouble of publishing it.

    2) Remember that, on the Internet, anyone can be no-one if they want.
    3) Remember that, on the Internet, anyone can be anyone else if they want.

    Fawkes is to blog as tabloid is to broadsheet. Adjust your credulity filters accordingly, folks.

    For what it’s worth, I don’t think Tim’s digging proves all that much. I think the critique that the blog is a political mouthpiece that offers no right of reply (read: Guido is allowed to do politics but no-one else is) is more than sufficient.

  • I’ve always been amused – actually, make that wary – of/by people who refer to themselves in the third person as Guido has just done in his response.
    It’s like Bob’s character in Ted Danson’s “Becker” series. The short-arse one with a fixation with women and a small-man power complex.

    I mean, have a look!
    “Everyone accuses Guido of being in some other camp and worse”
    “Mocking the pretensions of our governors is Guido’s hobby”

    But then there’s also “I may allow a reply, I may delete it”.

    If I was an armchair trick-cyclist I’d diagnose split or multiple-personality.
    As I’m not I would suggest either confused egotistical paranoia or a typical run of the mill, common or garden political junkie.

    Intriguing all the same… Carl likes this, Carl likes this a lot, Carl may even need to have a lie down in a dark room for a while until all this malarky between Guido and Bloggerheads blows over. Carl is not looking forward to the forthcoming elections. Carl mops Carl’s brow…

    See, it’s scary isn’t it.

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