November 2nd, 2011

In the Beginning there was Samizdata…
British Political Blogging Pioneer 10 Years Old Today

Perry de Havilland, the British Blogfather, reminds us that the Samizdata blog today celebrates ten years existence and the creation of 13,315 articles and 226,617 comments. It was a revelation to discover easy to use software that allowed push-button publication of articles without requiring technical knowledge. There were also some good parties…

Before there was ConservativeHome, before there was Recess Monkey (R.I.P.), before even Iain Dale had an online diary, there were Samizdistas. Long before he heard of HTML Guido began taking baby blogging steps at Samizdata. In a sense Samizdata begat Order-Order.com


73 Comments

  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Well done.

    You and Neo keep up the good work on the Guidosation of politics.

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  2. 2
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Whoever in charge tonight guido/Neo any chance of a wave and a shameless plug for a some brave girls and a cause supported by No 10, and could i ask for retweet of the web address please? :-)

    http://www.Rowforfreedom.com

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    • 58
      an english cunt - and proud of it says:

      a boat named after the Guardian and 6 posh totty – it doesn’t get much better than that.

      I’d anal any of them

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      • 73
        Uncle Monty says:

        That is one of most offensive and gratuitously unnecessary comments I have ever seen.

        You should be ashamed of yourself.

        Nos 3 & 6 are utter Munters

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  3. 3
    East India Company wallah says:

    Credit where it is due,never heard of that esteemed tone though

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  4. 4
    Jimmy says:

    Well if that doesn’t get you sued, nothing will.

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  5. 5

    Samizdata begat Dodgeblogium as well. I started blogging for Samizdata in Nov. 2001 and got my own blog in December of 2001.

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  6. 7
    I Dig Slavery says:

    Julia Immonen is trying to get a gig on SkySportsNews. If I ever get another message from her asking me to sponsor her I will drill holes in her boat

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  7. 11
    Blinky Balls says:

    I’m not a nazi.

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  8. 12
    Lets Celebrate says:

    When is Guido going to celebrate Billy’s 10 trillionth post? Billy do you have OCD?

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    • 72
      Handycock No1 Trougher in Parliament says:

      All political blogs, especially this one, should be banned, for humiliating good, hard working politicians, like me.

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  9. 14
    Anonymous says:

    Merkel is trying to dictate the terms of a Greek referendum.
    She’s insisting the Greeks be asked Yes or No to being inside the Eurozone rather than Yes or No to the bailout.

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    • 17
      just saying says:

      Papendreou just made statement intimating Greece would stay within the Eurozone

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    • 21
      The Paragnostic says:

      That’s the same thing, isn’t it? It’s taken several unlikely contortions of reality to come up with a bailout that ends with Greece still within the Eurozone, and for Greece to reject the bailout would be much the same as rejecting the Euro.

      Merkel’s just spelling out what ought to be obvious, in case anyone’s missed the point.

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      • 25
        Anonymous says:

        Perversely the Greeks would vote No in a referendum on the bailout/austerity package but probably Yes to remaining within the Eurozone.
        Merkel and Sarkosy will insist the referendum be on the latter question, the bailout will go ahead and then the shit will hit the fan.

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        • 29
          The Paragnostic says:

          Maybe, for a change, the fan is one that needs to be hit by shit. It was obvious at the time of Maastricht that including Greece and Italy in the Eurozone was going to require some very creative accounting on behalf of their treasuries, yet everyone went ahead as though the road was paved with unicorn pelts.

          I’m not convinced that continuing to deny the obvious is the best course of action. Whichever way the Greeks choose, there will be an accounting some time in the future – all that a Greek “No” vote would do is to lance the boil before the dressings are prepared.

          Maybe a few banks will have to go the way of the Icelandic dreamers – or perhaps the cracks will be papered over and the problems left for our children to solve. I’m for letting it happen now – accepting losses when the markets are low is more attractive than having to take the losses in an improving market.

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          • AC1 says:

            France is next…

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          • The Paragnostic says:

            I’ll have a tenner with you on Spain before France – Santander is looking very tottery, to put it mildly.

            Either way, we’re better off out of it, and the further out the better.

            I’ll just listen to Flanders and Swann and pretend it’s the 1950s…

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  10. 16
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Someone had to do it.

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  11. 23
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Guido

    The looney left have a new website.

    at no time do they ask for Londons taxpayers view, but claim that a busload of students from up north represent the 99%

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  12. 26
    Blinky is such a cunt says:

    Catching up with today’s PMQs. I wish someone would cave in Balls’ head. He really has got a face you’d never tire of punching.

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  13. 28
    Lets Celebrate says:

    @blinky is a Hunt. Did you see the white haired evil looking nazi Sheila Gilmore sitting behind Ed Militwit. That is my MP but I have disowned the bitch. Labour is full of nazis.

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    The Paragnostic says:

    Wordpress, dear boy – need I say more?

    The automodding is still crap too, despite my repeated offers to delete one line of Wordpress’s awful PHP and allow regular expressions for modded terms…

    Still – Guido’s blog, Guido’s rules (mod evasion userscripts excepted, of course…).

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

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    • 35
      The Paragnostic says:

      Should tax the Church of England – those feudalist cunts own land all over the place.

      Imagine how much social good it could do if unlocked and didn’t have to pay for antisocial arse-bandits preying on the children of the parish.

      Answer that, Rowan fucking Williams!

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      • 37
        Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:
      • 38
        AC1 says:

        Land Value tax (and citizens dividend) it’s what REAL CAPITALISTs demand.

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        • 39
          Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

          If i buy something i own it (land) , why should i pay a tax on top?

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          • The Paragnostic says:

            Land is the only real source of capital – anything else is just perceived value, and subject to fluctuations.

            Land is the one thing we can be sure of as a finite resource – its value can vary according to usage, but (absent another Ice Age and the disappearance of the North Sea) the amount of land available remains more or less constant.

            It’s a great target for tax, especially since most of us don’t own much of it.

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          • Johann Hari says:

            @The Para

            Hang on, if i own a car i am resposnable for the up keep of it.

            Why should the sate take money of me for taking responabily and taking care of myself?

            tax on owning a house and the land is wrong, the owner is responsable for the upkeep, not the state, however if you hace council flat/house/land…..

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          • Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

            That was me, Hari etc.

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          • The Paragnostic says:

            If you own a car you are responsible for operating it in a safe and generally acceptable manner in the communal space.

            If you own land, your ownership denies the use of that land to others. It isn’t about your responsible use of the land – it is all about the land being a finite and therefore valuable (in the sense of being rationally assigned a value).

            Those who own no land will have to pay through rent for the land that they use – or at least that’s what I understand AC1’s proposition to mean. I can’t say that I am totally convinced, but then again the more activities you assign value to, the more the state will demand a share of that value, and restricting it to land seems as arbitrarily fair as any other measure.

            Worth thinking about, anyway.

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          • The Paragnostic says:

            Think I left out the word “commodity” in there – as in a finite and therefore valuable commodity.

            That’ll teach me to preview (OK – it won’t, but I do like to pretend to good intentions now and again).

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        • 40
          Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

          Ps not expecting any repy as not popular.

          He-ho

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  17. 41
    Rowen says:

    What the fook is Samizdata?

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      The Paragnostic says:

      Read and absorbed – it’s nearly as absorbent as Jeyes paper.

      May I request an unbanning of “European”, “appears” and any other word that contains small green non-Brussels vegetables?

      Email is logged, I presume – I’ll happily sort it out for you.

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      • 57
        fear of a twat planet says:

        And now the end is near
        And so I face the final curtain
        My friend I’ll say it clear
        I’ll state my case of which I’m certain

        I’ve lived a life that’s full
        I traveled each and every highway
        And more, much more than this
        I did it my way

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  19. 44
    Johann Hari says:

    Perry de Havilland, the British Blogfather, reminds us that the Samizdata blog today celebrates ten years existence and the creation of 13,315 articles and 226,617 comments. It was a revelation to discover easy to use software that allowed push-button publication of articles without requiring technical knowledge. There were also some good parties…

    Before there was ConservativeHome, before there was Recess Monkey (R.I.P.), before even Iain Dale had an online diary, there were Samizdistas. Long before he heard of HTML Guido began taking baby blogging steps at Samizdata. In a sense Samizdata begat Order-Order.com…

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  20. 53
    Spartacus says:

    And what of wikileaks?

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  21. 54
    Billy Bowden is the world's greatest umpire! says:

    Guido Fawkes says he can still blog at the highest level and that he will know when it is time to quit bloggingl.

    “People have been saying [I am too old] for the last 10 or 15 years and I’ve still continued to blog for my country,” he told the BBC.

    “Right now, I feel pissed and still love blogging, so I’m not finishing yet.”

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  22. 55
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Those figures look like what Guido gets every month !

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  23. 56
    fear of a twat planet says:

    And now the end is near
    And so I face the final curtain
    My friend I’ll say it clear
    I’ll state my case of which I’m certain

    I’ve lived a life that’s full
    I traveled each and every highway
    And more, much more than this
    I did it my way

    end of blogging

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  24. 60
    Ba-dum tish! says:

    I’m amazed they’ve actually made a film about one of the regular posters on this site. Everywhere I go I see adverts for Anonymous.

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  25. 63
    Cynic says:

    Well, that’s next years holiday sorted. A fortnight in Greece 5 star, gourmet dining with wine and a women every night. £30 to you squire

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  26. 64
    albacore says:

    When I was a kid, the story went that, in the much-derided next village, they caught the youngsters when they reached the age of 21 and put shoes on them.
    Now, about half of us seem to think that today’s kids are beyond help.
    Anybody know what the average age of Fawkes’ readers is?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15568442

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  27. 66
    Billy Bowden is the world's greatest umpire! says:

    Welcome to “Black Thursday”

    FTSE 100 5445.06 – -39.04

    Anyone else thinking of taking the refund and fucking off ??

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  28. 69
    B.S. Slinger, official spokesperson for all things Politician says:

    We need a vital exchange of ideas in the blogosphere to shake up the politicians and people of this land. Accordingly, we will be developing our own blog in which we will detail how blogs affect those at whom it is aimed. Expect this blog to appear as soon as funding can be arranged. Initially we intend to post as often as the politicians acknowledge they are affected by a public outpouring on a given topic. Hence we cannot guarantee a particular frequency at first.

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“Oddly, the person I feel sorriest for isn’t Brand himself – although he certainly comes across as a rather pitiable figure, projecting his own brokenness on to the world around him – but Johann Hari. Drummed out of Fleet Street for plagiarism, the former Independent columnist has washed up as “my mate Johann, who’s been doing research for this book”. For a genuinely talented polemicist, it would have been a humbling experience to have to treat this sub-undergraduate dross as the scintillating wisdom of a philosopher-king.”



Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!


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