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Leveson Schmeveson, it’s a waste of time and money…

The media will never change, not so long as the dual pressures of vanishing advertising revenues and 24 hour rolling news schedules to fill are in place. Leveson can invite as many ex-Prime Ministers and newspaper editors as he wants to spend an afternoon raising their profile and discussing their past ‘hurts’ at the hands […]

July 9, 2012

Wheelchair access to the Blogosphere.

Lord help me blog from day to dayIn such a tort defying wayThat even when I forget to pray,My prose will be accessible. Help me find the pluggins do,As the legislation doth accrueI know the things I write for youMust needs be heard by others And when the blind can hear my words,The dumb can […]

July 7, 2012

Too many tweets makes a twat

This weekend, a football player had a heart attack on the pitch. Twitter went mad, with people who had no connection with the club or the team grieving and paying fulsome tribute to someone they didn’t know or care about five minutes before. Of course, some idiots went the other way: A man has been […]

March 19, 2012

Somebody’s Cup of Tea

Having been … er … encouraged by a certain landlady to write what is normally called a ‘boast post’, I thought I’d post this picture which crashed my mail program when it arrived. I only received the top half and it looked like Ken Dodd in a manic moment. Anyhow, the news is that we […]

September 15, 2011

Blogger’s Handbags at Dawn: The *More Popcorn* Sagas.

One of the defining features of the comments section of political blogs is the propensity for reasoned debate to slide into hysterical abuse. Frequently the comments can be better than the original blog posts as commentators relieve their frustration that other commentators hold views equally as virulent as their own, just as entrenched, and flatly […]

September 5, 2011

Credo: contra contemtio

This week, there was a bit of a Twitterstorm when Twitter user Lord Credo, who posed as a spin doctor for the Conservative Party was revealed to be something of a charlatan. Now, it’s not exactly unusual for people to have an online persona, but it’s very rare for people to maintain the persona when […]

August 24, 2011

Total Politics Blog Awards

This is the last day of voting for the Total Politics Blog Awards. If you intend to vote, for Anna Raccoon or other sites, you have until midnight. At this time of year Total Politics Magazine are running the Total Politics Blog Awards blog awards, where you can vote for Anna Raccoon, and some of […]

August 19, 2011

Password Problem or User Problem?

Anna was all over people being silly with their passwords yesterday, in the serious context of phone hacking at the News of the World. But do you remember *this* episode? Like accidentally reformatting your hard disk, or rolling your car into a canal, it’s the sort of thing you only do once – we hope. […]

July 6, 2011

Et tu, Reuters?

Around ten years ago, an old friend of mine, an ambitious, clever and talented journalist became the news editor of, as they say, a ‘quality Sunday paper’. ‘Congratulations, you must be delighted’, said I. ‘Harrumph’, he said, ‘that’s the end of enjoying my job’. ‘What? No more Editor insisting you cover some deadly boring story […]

July 1, 2011

Bugging Bugarach.

Life as the Maire of a small French commune can be onerous. You are a self contained one-man social services department, with responsibility for the welfare of all the inhabitants. An adult literacy department, with responsibility for letter writing and communicating with Paris in the event that an inhabitant doesn’t feel like doing it himself. […]

June 18, 2011