Well… he’s done it! Iain Dale has finally blogged about “Dipper” Conway… and, he’s got nothing to say! Because, you see, like the Hamilton’s and Edwina Curry… Dekka is a mate, so he can be let off the hook!
I don’t suppose you could imagine the faux outrage Iain would be throwing around if Gordon Brown told the media that he wasn’t going to do anything about a Minister who had been “on the take”… because they were mates!!!
But that is not even the worst thing about this posting. Dale throws a complete hissy fit at the end about anonymous commenters saying rude things about him and his ‘mate’. It is so staggering in its hypocrisy I will reproduce it here:
If you want to post a comment calling me a hypocrite or worse, then at least have the courtesy of putting a name to your comment. Because if you don’t, it won’t get posted. I don’t mind people calling me whatever they like, but have the guts to do it publicly rather than hide behind the coward’s shield of anonymity.
For years Iain Dale has been allowing (even deliberately using, some say) anonymous commenters to slag off anyone who dares to post something contrary to the Dale line, sometimes in the most abusive and derogatory way. John Hirst and Tim Ireland in particular have come in for this treatment, with references been allowed through alleging or implying axe murdering, pedophilia, benefit fraud and much, much more. When John Hirst tried to respond by calling Dale a liar and a hypocrite (remember that bit about I don’t mind people calling me whatever they like)… he found himself banned from the comments box altogether. Tim Ireland even embarked on a crusade, pleading with Iain to ‘clean up his act’ and not allow these anonymous sock puppets. Fat lot of good it did him (he got banned too)… until now.
So… if ‘Dipper’ has done one good thing that he can reflect on during his lengthy Parliamentary
holiday ban, he can look back on his work to help clean up one of the most unpleasant features of blogging. If Iain Dale’s principles last as long as Conway’s ban, that is. I wouldn’t bet on it though.