Sunday, October 4, 2009

What’s Hot on the Fringe

fringelist-buttonAt the time of blogging there are 447 Fringe events on Fringelist.com. The ten events with the most conference goers registered to receive SMS text reminders after the first day are, somewhat surprisingly, not about Europe.

The Top 10:

  1. You TWEET If You Want To: #Twinge
  2. Iain Dale’s Blog Readers’ Party
  3. Google’s Guide to Online Campaigning
  4. Tory Bear and Friends Karaoke
  5. Disinfecting Parliament
  6. Trust in Politics: How to Get it Back
  7. Save Our Pubs and Clubs Drinks Party
  8. Why is the Left so Hostile to Israel?
  9. Will the Conservatives Challenge the Bully State?
  10. Tweet for Change/Bloggers Meet Up

The registrations only just got going yesterday so disproportionately favour events promoted online by bloggers, Twitter is big.  Social events are well represented…

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Saturday Seven Up

7upIf you were not one of the 69,296 visitors viewing 520,015 blog pages over the last seven days, here are the seven most popular stories that you missed:

  1. Brown’s “Gulags for Slags” Policy Taken from BNP
    Not content with British Jobs for British Workers he nicks another BNP policy.
    1,277 Comments.
  2. Psycho Gordon
    Over 100,000 watched this video this week, which is more than have watched all of Downing Street’s YouTube output for the last three months (apart from the one with the Diversity kid falling on his head).
    727 Comments
  3. A Story You Won’t Get from the BBC, Guardian or The Times The Secret of Three of Westminster’s Media Gate-keepers
    This story is from 2008, read it to see why it was the third most popular story on the blog this week.
    Comments closed
  4. Live Blogging of the Speech
    2275 co-conspirators gave their views on Gordon’s speech in realtime
    3943 Comments
  5. The Cracking Up Will Be Televised
    The interview with Gordon on Sky that provoked more Prime Mentalist headlines.
    645 Comment
  6. Friday Caption Competition
    Another corker.
    708 Comments
  7. Marr Asks : Are You Taking Pills?
    Sunday mornings don’t get much better this… go on watch his face again.385 Comments

You’re either in front of Guido’s blog, or you’re behind…

Cameron : We Want a Referendum

Dave is trying to push a firm line on Europe post Ireland’s likely ‘Yes’ vote. The Tories have just emailed out a message from Dave giving the line:

lisbon_yes_noI want to make one thing clear: there will be no change in our policy on Europe and no new announcements at the Conference. There will be no change in Conservative policy as long as the Lisbon Treaty is still not in force. The Treaty has still not been ratified by the Czechs and the Poles. The Czech Prime Minister has said that the constitutional challenge before the Czech Constitutional Court could take 3-6 months to resolve.

I have said repeatedly that I want us to have a referendum. If the Treaty is not ratified in all Member States and not in force when the election is held, and if we are elected, then we will hold a referendum on it, we will name the date of the referendum in the election campaign, we will lead the campaign for a ‘No’ vote.

If the Treaty is ratified and in force in all Member States, we have repeatedly said we would not let matters rest there. But we have one policy at a time, and we will set out how we would proceed in those circumstances if, and only if, they happen.

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Tory policy now depends on the success of Václav Klaus, the libertarian leaning President of the Czech Republic, challenging the constitutionality of the Treaty. Guido has met Václav Klaus, and he is a clear-sighted fighter, not a quitter.  If he can hold off the EU-elite’s constitutional steam-roller until the British general election, all is not lost.

Holding a referendum is popular across party lines, if the general election becomes a referendum on Brown and Europe all the better. Ken Clarke may have a huff, but he is one of the few prominent Europhiles left in the Conservative Party…

Irish Need a Tie-Break Referendum

lisbon_yes_noWell it is looking like a bad day for Irish sovereignty. Guido feels a bit guilty about not going home to vote. The entire Irish political establishment including the formerly anti-EU Greens backed the Brussels gravy train, the state media and the press likewise. With Declan Ganley neutered the anti-Treaty forces were lacking in leadership. The likely result according to exit polls is a ‘yes’.

That makes it No 1, Yes 1, so surely we need a tie-break referendum?

The Tory Fringe Online

Looks like it will be busy this year on the Tory Fringe.  Guido is using Fringelist.com to organise his schedule online. Register for the service and it will send you free text reminders for events you add to your schedule.  The service integrates with Blackberry, iPhone and desktop calendars.  Or you can just print out the schedule on paper.

It integrates with social media networks Facebook and Twitter, tells you what the most popular event is, letting you search the Fringe to find out who is speaking where and when.  If you want to know where Hannan is, just search for his name. You will get a free text reminder telling where you are supposed to be before the event starts.  It is hangover proof.

It is very social, you can see where your mates are going : tory.fringelist.com/goers. For example you can see where Guido is going tory.fringelist.com/guido.fawkes

Friday, October 2, 2009

No Post-Conference Brown Bounce

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Let the bloodletting begin…

Friday Caption Competition

Mandy + Gordon

Routledge Menances Randy Marr

The only paper still unswervingly loyal to the Prime Mentalist is The Mirror.   This morning the paper’s Old School Labour hack, Paul Routledge, rants

marr_pillsBBC presenter Andrew Marr was out of order, demanding to know, on live TV, whether the Prime Minister is taking anti-depressants – merely on the basis of unsubstantiated internet gossip that had been officially denied.

He has refused to apologise. He should think again – or some scandalmonger might start spreading rumours about his interesting private life, which he guards with the tenacity of a Staffordshire bull terrier.

Too late Routledge, that scandal was mongered yonks ago

Via Daily Referendum

Boris on Eastenders

RAF Blonde Bombshell Mocks Gordon Brown’s Leadership

A month after Gordon Brown appeared at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (on the day Eric Joyce resigned)  he was followed yesterday by General Stanley McChrystal, the US commander in Afghanistan.

General McChrystal called for the war to be prosecuted  vigourously with more resources.  Flight Lieutenant Victoria Anderton told the general

“… can I say how much more confidence I have now in my chain of command than I had after Prime Minister Gordon Brown was here a couple of weeks ago”.

That she would say that so bluntly, and the room would dissolve into laughter, shows that Gordon Brown has become widely despised by members of the armed forces.

She is off to Kandahar, to serve Queen and country…


Seen Elsewhere

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ISIS Raising Funds Online Using Bitcoin | TechnoGuido
UKIP’s Youth Challenge | BBC
ISIS Operative: This Is How We Send Jihadis To Europe | BuzzFeed
Shapps Defends Bashir Defection | Seb Payne
Tory Leadership Contenders Jostle Over Europe | Alex Wickham
Cutting Taxes is Good For You | Art Laffer
Suspects Will Now Have to Prove Innocence | Laura Perrins
Labour Cllr: Cops Shouldn’t Stop Petrol Thieves | HandF Forum
Creeping Cultural Acceptance of Anti-Semitism | Eric Pickles
Time For Greece to Leave Eurozone | Allister Heath


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Boris on British Jihadis. Apparently based on MI5 intel:

“If you look at all the psychological profiling about bombers, they typically will look at porn. They are literally w***ers. Severe onanists. They are tortured. They will be very badly adjusted in their relations with women, and that is a symptom of their feeling of being failures and that the world is against them. They are not making it with girls, and so they turn to other forms of spiritual comfort — which of course is no comfort.”


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