So farewell then, Sunny Hundal. Liberal Conspiracy is soon to be no more. Sunny is closing it down because “there is just too much opinion out there”, he is off to lecture at Brian Cathcart’s world-renowned Kingston University. Proof that IDS’ policies are working. Welfare-to-work has succeeded in reducing Hounslow’s unemployment rate…
We’re going to miss him. So many precious memories:
There was the time he took to Twitter from his mum’s spare bedroom to stick up for Chris Huhne, at the time Guido was pushing the story:
So… right-wingers like @guidofawkes who claimed energy secretary Chris Huhne would be taken out this Sunday need to find new sources huh?
— Sunny Hundal (@sunny_hundal) May 29, 2011
There was the time he “exclusively leaked” the Coalition agreement, when it had already been published by the BBC and was officially available to download. When he celebrated the hospitalisation of someone he disagrees with. The time he dismissed the student protest violence at CCHQ, calling the Tories and police “wusses“. And when he got to the bottom of what losing the Bradford West by-election really meant for Labour:
Sunny Hundal: Bradford West result "strengthens Ed Miliband" #newsnight
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) March 30, 2012
Not to mention when he was ridiculed by the entire internet for trying to argue that all right-wingers are evil. When he set up a petition to debate in parliament something he didn’t want to be debated in parliament. And when Jim Naughtie told him to “shut up“. Finally, when he was named the 16th worst person on Twitter:
“He perfectly encapsulates the uselessness of political discussion in Britain. He isn’t even effective at the minor, inconsequential tasks he sets for himself.”
“We want to be the hub” of left-wing online collaborative politics, Sunny said grandly back in 2007. Turns out it’s just a one-man show. ‘Innit…
N.B. Feel free to add any other favourites from the Sunny back catalogue in the comments.