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The 2008 Weblog Awards

Update: Actually, scrap that. Vote for Created in Birmingham instead. Never heard of them before, but they seem to have the best chance of preventing mad borderline racist Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips from winning. Last year the Best UK category was taken by the barking Stalinist Commie Neil Clark (him of “Iraqis who work for the British deserve to be raped and tortured to death and so do their families”* fame) – let’s not have a repeat of the most idiotic maniacs ruling the roost. There’s enough of that on this here internet already, thanks very much.

While you’re there, check out the Best European Blog poll – where this place is arguably a better fit, and consider chucking a vote to Kosmopolito or Siberian Light. And then lend your support to uber-Euroblog A Fistful of Euros, inexplicably shortlisted in the Business Blog category.

Update 2: At the request of Mr Clark, this post has been amended. He claims not to be a Stalinist and asks me to provide evidence that he has ever said nice things about Uncle Joe. Not being of a McCarthyite mindset – and not having the inclination to read any more of his dross than is necessary – I’ll take him at his word, having merely referred to him as one having seen him described as such on numerous other blogs whose opinions I respect rather more than I do his.

* Mr Clark also seems incapable of grasping the concept of the satirical paraphrase, so to be clear, he has never written the statement “Iraqis who work for the British deserve to be raped and tortured to death and so do their families”. That was instead my own short summary of this horrifically callous and smug article that he wrote in August 2007, in which he strongly hinted that he felt that reprisals against Iraqi “quislings” (that is a direct quote) were justified, and stated explicitly that “The true heroes in Iraq are those who have resisted the invasion of their country” (another direct quote), thereby explicitly giving his support to bomb-throwing murderers of women and children along with those Iraqi nationalists who have used more traditional and less abhorrent methods of armed resistance to the occupying Coalition (and subsequently UN) forces.

It is perhaps worth noting that Mr Clark did not take exception to me calling him barking or referring to him as an idiotic maniac. I think we can now see why…


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  2. BTW, have you seen this?

    THE Home Office has quietly adopted a new plan to allow police across Britain routinely to hack into people’s personal computers without a warrant.

    The move, which follows a decision by the European Union’s council of ministers in Brussels, has angered civil liberties groups and opposition MPs. They described it as a sinister extension of the surveillance state which drives “a coach and horses” through privacy laws.

  3. Why is Melanie Phillips a racist ?

  4. Guy – yep. Be glad you don’t live in the UK. They’ve been trying similar nonsense on and off for the last decade. To say that I’m not a fan of our current government’s authoritarian tendencies is to put it mildly…

    Robin – you’ll have to ask her that.

  5. Hi, it’s Chris from Created in Birmingham here, thanks very much for the plug.

    So’s you know (and in case it matters) CiB is a blog about Birmingham’s creative sector. It was originally set up by Pete Ashton (also nominated) and has been credited with raising the online profile of the city’s creative peeps by getting loads of them blogging.

    Hopefully your readers will think us worthy of a click.

    Cheers, Chris

  6. Nosemonkey,

    Why do you think Melanie Phillips is racist ?

  7. Chris – sounds like a good initiative. I’ll check it out in more detail.

    Robin – I don’t. I think she’s a borderline racist – largely thanks to her obsession with radical Islamism, which gets a bit too close to racism for my liking. (And yes, before you say anything I know you can’t be racist against a religious faith.)

  8. Dont you consider Islamic radicalism, or even more pertinent, terroism, a problem ?

  9. I’m actually more worried by the likes of Phillips and other scaremongers in the press and in politics who have spent much of the last eight years cranking up the anti-Islam rhetoric, creating a culture of paranoia, suspicion and fear. More people are killed by cars every day than terrorists have managed in the last year, so why is everyone so afraid of them?

  10. People are afraid of terroists because they kill. Cars may be involved in accidents,but most cars dont kill, and no one sets out in a car or walk thinking “I`m going to kill,or be killed “.
    I would have thought the culture of paranoia, suspicion and fear started within some of the Islamic community.First it was against Salman Rushdie, going throughto the London bombings.It doesn`t help that we`ve had this Multiculturism, and “community leaders” the Muslim Council of Britain, the Muslim Parliament, the MPAK and others, creating a different tier of ruling.
    Let`s just get back to religion being your own affair, like Methodism or Catholicism, and no special treatment.
    Perhaps Melanie Phillips, being Jewish, does have more to fear.

  11. When exactly did Neil utter those words that appear in quotes? A link would be nice, otherwise I shall just assume that you are making shit up.

  12. *sigh* See the update, foul-mouthed lickspittle.

  13. My client Mr Neil Clark would like to point out that he has never stated that he gives his support to bomb-throwing murderers of women and children. Further, he does not bark.

  14. And you seem incapable of grasping the sheer atavistic joy that folk like me feel when middle class dogshit are made to back down after getting some grief. It is not exactly Brighton Bomb levels of hilarity but it is a good laugh.

    Remember, you started with the old wank and not us.

  15. Can you even read, or are you so staunchly working class that you were forced down t’pit instead of going to school?

  16. i think Melanie Phillips is an outright racist.

    See for example her post The war against the Jews (9) where she blames a supposedly faked murder not on “terrorists” or even “Islamists” but on “the Arabs” (all of them apparently), and goes on to say that “the Arabs will sacrifice their own children”. (At the same time, she is raging about “blood libel” – ironic, huh?)

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  18. Thanks for that link, the Created in Birmingham site looks pretty good (and I’m from there, so great).

    Melanie Phillips is certainly a strange person. At least she recognises this though, compare her Spectator blog with her Daily Mail column where she at least attempts to tone it down. Either that or she has a very good sub-editor!

    Exile – what? Do you get excited by the Guardian’s Corrections and Clarifications section?

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