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!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.*
Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.... *breeeeeathe*... ahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
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.