Monday, February 13, 2006
Another Load of Crap from Tom Baldwin
Tom Baldwin is Washington Correspondent for The Times. He used to work in the lobby and was considered to be Alastair Campbell's chief missionary on earth. If he wrote a story you could be sure that Big Al had tipped him the wink. He also had another mission. To do down the Conservative Party at every opportunity. Hardly a week would go by where he didn't find, or would be given, some little snippet of information which he would sensationalise beyond all recognition. He had a few other unsavoury habits, which I won't go into here. Baldwin was one political journalist I tried to make sure I avoided. Today he has written an article accusing the Conservatives of plotting to emulate the Republican Party's use of dirty tricks on the internet. He cites as evidence Tim Montgomerie's five week sojourn in Washington (lucky guy!) to learn more about the use of the internet in political campaigns. Tim's going to submit a full report to Tory Party chairman Francis Maude. He happened to run into Baldwin at a conference and today's article was the result. You can read it HERE. Many of you will know that Tim runs ConservativeHome.com and is a devout Christian. I can think of few people less likely to promote the kind of dirty tricks suggested by Baldwin. Tim gives his version of events HERE. If you really want to know what Baldwin is capable of, read Michael Ashcroft's book, Dirty Politics, Dirty Times. I'd love to repeat it here, but Michael Ashcroft has deeper pockets than I have! Personally, I'm delighted that the Tory Party has had the foreight to use the experience of someone like Tim to learn about new campaigning techniques. We're light years behind America in using technology in political campaigns and we should take every opportunity to catch up. And that doesn't mean I'm promoting the use of negative campaigning, before anyone takes a pot-shot at me. Not that it'll stop them!