I have removed the last post, which I have been unable to verify after nearly two hours. For those who didn't see it, you'll have to keep wondering what it was. For those that did, I should have waited until I could get it confirmed. It came from two separate parliamentary sources, both of whom are usually extremely reliable. Apologies.
An insensitive post regardless of whether true or not.
There is more to life than politics.
The post is still in my Google reader. Will Recess Monkey be inviting you onto the telly to explain yourself?
Are you sure it was untrue, or just not sure that it was true?
I think they call that "doing a Hilton". lol
A very creditable approach Iain.
These things need to be accurate and I think you made the right choice to retract if you weren't 100% sure.
Regardless of the rosette I'd not want that to be true for anyone.
Good call on your part.
..Damn your black heart Dale , how annoying ...Balls Balls that must be a clue .Balls in leadership bid ? Balls discovered in delicto flagrante with Barbary ape .....
If I guess can you supply the warmer and colder-s ?
Don't want to spoil the fun, but Iain, you must know by now that Google is voracious and caches all your pages, more or less instantly, making the originals available to those who know how. (It's the way we know how the BBC stealth edits its news stories when it gets criticised.)
Anyway, if the story is true it is just another nail in the Labour coffin North of the Border. (Sorry about the pun, it was totally unintentional).
REPORTS OF MY DEATH HAVE BEEN GREATLY EXAGGERATED
From anonymous Scottish Labour MP
Was it about the rumoured death of a Labour MP by any chance? There but for the grace of God .....
It may well have been...
Awe...I was hoping it was my old, good-for-nothing MP, Nigel Griffiths.
Make it true!
Well, don't throw the story away, Iain. I'm fairly sure that a Scottish Labour MP will die within the next ... oooh ... 25 years or so. Even if they have all concluded individual pacts with Mephistopheles, their IOUs will be called in eventually. What a shame that there are, as yet and despite the Government's best endeavours, no CCTV cameras in Hell, and we can't see the scoundrels roast in penitent agony for eternity.
There's a Conservative feeding frenzy in the Westminster Village as Labour watches itself being eaten alive.
It's Harriet Harman's life expectancy that I'm worried about
Bugger! I laways miss the good bits.
wrinkled weasel said...
"Google ... making the originals available to those who know how."
I was trying to find out how earlier this week but couldn't find an explanation. You wouldn't care to help, would you?
Some of the comments on here are nothing short of disgraceful, frankly. Good to see who the real Nasty Party still is, though.
The fact of the matter is that a blog went up claiming someone had died who hadn't. Surely it would have been better to verify it was true before posting, rather than posting and then taking it down after finding out it wasn't true.
If you wait a bit longer it will be true. Another one of them is bound to keel over soon.
Never mind, he may die in the next day or two, and then you can post it again.
Benedict Brogan trailed such a sad day approaching around four or five weeks ago. Would have been better not to put it up at all but taking it down is next best.
There are a hatful of serious leads about Boris' ex Ray Lewis that I'm not blogging at the moment. Best to be sure ... particularly in matters of life and death, crime and punishment, war and peace.
You should put blogs up like that more often Iain- especially during slow days!!
If the post was about what some here have asserted, your first duty of apology should surely not be to readers of this blog. I'm sure you'll have the decency to make the appropriate personal apology as soon as is proper.
Some of the comments on here are nothing short of disgraceful, frankly. Good to see who the real Nasty Party still is
and nice to have it confirmed that Labour have no sense of humour whatsoever, and wouldn't know gallows humour if it leapt up and bit them on the a**e singing "tasteless jokes are here again".
Good to see who the party of sanctimony still is.
I can almost hear the LibDem by-election placards thudding off the printing press.
As I said when the post appeared, it was a disgusting reaction to the possible death of an MP. To your best knowledge someone had died and you're reaction was to gleefully predict a political disaster for Brown. Seriously lacking in taste.
Why apologise, Iain? It's not as if anybody really died.
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