A disgrace to the democratic norms of the left blogging movement

May 25, 2007 at 6:42 pm (blogging, blogosphere, cyberspace, geeks, socialism, Socialist Party, trotskyism, voltairespriest)

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketOn what is a sad day for their dozens of readers worldwide, it would seem that this blog’s erstwhile comrades at Militant Blog (a Militant Blog, comrades) have declared theirs to be a members-only enterprise. Click on this link to their site and, unless presumably you are Taaffeite cadre, you will be greeted by a message saying that Militant Blog is for the eyes of invited members only.  They won’t even let you look at the site (still less comment) unless you’ve been pre-approved and thoroughly screened. I don’t know much about the process but I’ve heard rumours that it includes being read tracts from “The Rise of Militant” whilst your eyes are propped open with cocktail sticks.

Well, I’ve heard of censorious blog-owners but that really takes the cake. Even Lenny Lenin and the saddo Beavis-and-Buttheadalikes at Through the Scary Door at least allow universal readership of their sites, even if they are occasionally rather censorious of commentary. Lenny, Beavis, Butthead, my apologies. One may not particularly wish to read your writings, but at least you’re good enough to offer the public a choice.

I hope very much to dispatch a taxi with immediate effect to the homes of each contributor to Militant Blog in order to hand them a personal redundancy notice. Shocking behaviour, comrades. Simply shocking.

Imagine what Ted would have said. Well actually don’t, but consider yourselves admonished nevertheless. You’re all very naughty boys.

78 Comments

  1. John Angliss said,

    They’re burrowing.

  2. Will said,

  3. Red Squirrel said,

    I noticed this a few days ago and thought they were restructuring the website or some such.

  4. Will said,

    Or maybe they are incomeptent fuckwits?

    Or maybe they … ohh fuck it …who cares.

  5. Will said,

    What you think of your Palestinian heroes now Volty?

    http://drinksoakedtrotsforwar.blogspot.com/2007/05/we-pray-israel-will-rule-us-again.html

    Isreal to blame again?

    Get to fuck wi yi.

    Am Y’israel Chai!

  6. Karlmarxstrasse said,

    I don’t know much about the process but I’ve heard rumours that it includes being read tracts from “The Rise of Militant” whilst your eyes are propped open with cocktail sticks.

    Did you go through the “Socialist Appeal recruitment-attempt process” then too, volty?

  7. modernityblog said,

    I assume that the militant blog thinks that invitation only his some method of securing their discussions?

    a bit silly really, as the administrators of the servers at blogspot (and presumably any security services, if they so desired) will be able to read the blog without any petty impediment, as administrators are given full privileges and access to all data on their own servers

    you’d think that the militant bloggers would know that?

    very strange

  8. voltaires_priest said,

    Will;

    Your video has nothing at all to do with the justness or unjustness of the Israeli occupation, unless that is you’ve come up with some latter day version of the White Man’s Burden whereby the benevolent Israelis simply have to rule Palestine lest the poor saps all kill each other as they’re incapable of doing anything else.

    I think therefore that you’re going to have to admit that your politics on that region are absurdly skewed. And maybe re-think your stance thereafter.

    Incidentally I can already hear the laughter in certain circles at your inference that I’m too anti-Zionist.

  9. voltaires_priest said,

    Also Will, I’ve just seen your note at the bottom of the post. So what is your actual stance on the occupation by Israel of Palestinian land then? And what do you think mine is?

  10. splinteredsunrise said,

    Dear Militant Blog, As an old age pensioner sorely oppressed by this so-called Labour government, I cannot afford the donation I would like to send you. However, I have sold my budgie and so I enclose a fiver. Keep up the good work!

  11. susan calder valley CLP said,

    Speaking as someone recruited to Militant very briefly in 1977 I doubt you are missing much. Does not surprise me. They are a complete irrelevance anyway. Who gives a toss what Peter Taaffe thinks.

  12. Paul Hunt said,

    Dear comrades,

    Provisional statement of the Militant blog (marxist blog for workers and youth) editorial board.

    We have been under sustained witchunt attack from the right wing in the blogosphere (we have to say even those who claim to be on the ‘left’ have used this as a cover for an attack on the Marxists). All we can say is this ;

    They will never separate the ideas of Marxism from the blogosphere. It is impossible. We will be back. This question will come up time and time again. In every internet forum, every yahoo group, and every chatroom and every blog, this question will come up and we will be back (thunderous applause).
    ;-)

    Paul

  13. Jim Denham said,

    Paul: what the fuck does that mean? You don’t agree?

  14. stroppybird said,

    Jim

    I’m hoping it is parody :-) Isn’t it ?

  15. Duncan Money said,

    As someone else who was a contributor to what the Militant Tendency blog, you’ve got the wrong end of the stick.

    We decided to take down the blog for a while following concerns from party members, (who are throughly confused by this new internet thing…), that people were mistaking the blog for an official party thing as we resurrected the old Militant logo when it was simply a forum for individual members to put forward their own opinions in a personal capacity.

    Hopefully it should return once this has been cleared up.

    So, the reason that the blog has been made private, only available for people who contribute to it, is not so we can have private discussions but the only option, among the limited ones given by blogger, that allow us to take the website down without deleting it and losing all the articles.

  16. Will said,

    Volty; You are such an easy wind up it’s unreal. You are a dick at times beyond compare. I’m tempted to say you are a Gameboy-lite ignoramous but will withold that insult for another occasion (probably not far off).

    You know fine well what ‘my position’ is seeing as you’ve already demanded it of me on a number of occasions (when I should have ignored you for being the stupid little robot ‘netleftist’ that you are)… That is, I’m a two stater (like anybody else who is sane).

    For the record, I’m a communist influenced by the history of critical theory and anti-fascism.

    The extreme state of counter-revolution in the middle east demands that, while maintaining a critical position vis-a-vis nation states everywhere, I stand in solidarity with Israel, the founding of which is inextricably linked to the climax of European counter-revolution and the defense of which is made necessary by the continuing reactionary nature of Middle Eastern regimes.

    So…up yours you thicko! You, with your ‘absurdley skewed’ bullshit. The difference between me and you is that I know WTF I’m on about, whereas you quite clearly don’t.

    This blog should sack you and have Jim as it’s only contributor!

    Am Y’israel Chai!

    errr comrades…

  17. voltaires_priest said,

    LOL and I should kick you the fuck off here for being the misanthropic, up yourself wanker (with an over-inflated opinion of himself) that you are. If I didn’t find you such a chuckle, I would too. :lol:

  18. voltaires_priest said,

    So…up yours you thicko! You, with your ‘absurdley skewed’ bullshit. The difference between me and you is that I know WTF I’m on about, whereas you quite clearly don’t.

    “Oh, ok Uncle Will. You carry on defending Israel against the nasty Palestinians, Uncle WIll” :D

  19. voltaires_priest said,

    You know fine well what ‘my position’ is seeing as you’ve already demanded it of me on a number of occasions (when I should have ignored you for being the stupid little robot ‘netleftist’ that you are)… That is, I’m a two stater (like anybody else who is sane).

    I don’t particularly remember that I have asked your position on this before (although I’m willing to stand corrected). However, as to the “netleftist” stuff… glass houses and stones, much?!

  20. Will said,

    Fuck off.

  21. voltaires_priest said,

    You fuck off. Miserable, misanthropic fucker. :P

  22. Will said,

    three

  23. Will said,

    Comments

  24. Will said,

    To

  25. voltaires_priest said,

    To…

  26. Will said,

    Make one point.

    Dickhead.

  27. voltaires_priest said,

    Off topic for the thread, picking fights about Israel with a two-stater, still going on about it now…

    Twat. ;)

  28. Will said,

    Misanthropic!!!

    Do you even know what the word means!

    Jim!!! Send for the men in white coats for your stupid mate!

  29. voltaires_priest said,

    It would seem that I’m staring at its meaning given human form on my screen right now – if the white coats are a comin, then it ain’t for me…

  30. Will said,

    Dickhead. [insert stupid emotican here for effect].

  31. voltaires_priest said,

    Wanker. And it’s emoticon not emotican. :P

  32. Will said,

    So fucking what.

    ‘a’ instead of ‘o’ — are you Lynne Fucking Truss all of a sudden?

    Fucking middle class tosser.

  33. voltaires_priest said,

    Yeah cos being able to spell makes you middle class.

    Prolier than thou twat.

    And who the fuck is Lynne Truss?

  34. marshajane said,

    ;) I do like you 2’s little spats – cheers you’ve made me giggle on an otherwise boring sunday.

  35. Louise said,

    “And who the fuck is Lynne Truss”?

    Ah, Priest One, Ms Truss is the author that “grammatically correct” bk, “Eats, Shoots and Leaves”..

    Though I much prefer and recommend wholeheartedly the “grammatically incorrect” bk, “Eats, Shites and Leaves”…

  36. hakmao said,

    In Australia it would be ‘Eats, Roots and Leaves’.

  37. voltaires_priest said,

    Marsha;

    I think it’s some kind of weird mating ritual…

  38. stroppybird said,

    “I think it’s some kind of weird mating ritual…”

    if thats the case Will must want to shag Gameboy, Lenny, Grayham…

    ewwww

  39. stroppybird said,

    Some Tory over at Stroppyblog is going on about ‘cage fighting’. Another option for leftie bloggers to resolve their differences perhaps?

    Though I favour mud wrestling myself (well not me , but some of the weird leftie men). Denham ??

  40. Mike said,

    I surely cannot be alone in finding that last comment quite disturbing. ;-)

  41. voltaires_priest said,

    First one to google “Jim Denham mud wrestling” and come up with a result gets a prize?

  42. stroppybird said,

    “I surely cannot be alone in finding that last comment quite disturbing.”

    I take that as a compliment, managing to ‘disturb’ you lot ;-)

    Actually I just did the google but this post hasn’t come up.

  43. stroppybird said,

    http://stroppyblog.blogspot.com/2006/12/joe-strummer.html

    Actually Mike, I posted a while back about a post on DSTFW about Will and Wardytron mudwrestling in thongs…

    I think you may now have nightmares…

  44. hakmao said,

    Thought your predilections were for ‘weird leftie men’, not thick Tory twats, ie Andrew Ward.

  45. MarshaJane said,

    Marsha;

    I think it’s some kind of weird mating ritual…

    whatever floats your boat mate :)

  46. stroppybird said,

    Hakmao

    Me and my ‘predilections’ ;-)

    Nope, not at all interested in thick Tory twats .

    Perhaps I should do a post on who people would like to see mud wrestle in thongs …Denham, Will, Volty ??

  47. MarshaJane said,

    yeah but you have to add Kit and John A to the list – dont leave off da yoof :)

  48. voltaires_priest said,

    I have no intention of mud wrestling, Stroppy dear.

  49. stroppybird said,

    Marsha

    Oh there are a few more I could add and some I would not want ever ever ever to see doing that.

    Volty

    Spoilsport. Think Denham could be persuaded after a few shandies ;-)

  50. voltaires_priest said,

    Oh there are a few more I could add and some I would not want ever ever ever to see doing that.

    For instance, in terms of the latter?

  51. stroppybird said,

    I think i’m gonna post on this :-) A poll perhaps.

    Oh I suppose even the ones I would rather not see could be amusing. How about Paddy mudwrestling in a thong with Punchie , or Mike P and Andy N ;-)

    Will and Paddy . Denham and Gameboy .

    I am sober btw !!

  52. voltaires_priest said,

    With Gameboy there’s always the danger that Will would simply nuke him rather than wrestle :D

  53. stroppybird said,

    Where is Denham anyway ??

    Does he know we are talking about him (again:-))

  54. voltaires_priest said,

    Last time I saw Denham he was speeding away from me in a taxi, yesterday after we’d been and gotten pissed at a jazz gig – as is our occasional wont. Assuming he made it back in one piece, I daresay we’ll be hearing from him ;)

  55. stroppybird said,

    he may be a bit disturbed to hear talk of him mudwrestling in a thong with John Game ;-)

  56. hakmao said,

    Forget mud-wrestling — how about Marxist Chef™?

  57. MarshaJane said,

    Stroppy
    ‘he may be a bit disturbed to hear talk of him mudwrestling in a thong with John Game ‘

    Something that would disturb Jim D well now youve really excelled yourself strops :)

  58. stroppybird said,

    “Forget mud-wrestling — how about Marxist Chef™?”

    Weird leftie men in aprons…

  59. stroppybird said,

    “Something that would disturb Jim D well now youve really excelled yourself strops ”

    Gotta have a hobby ;-)

  60. MarshaJane said,

    Weird lefty men in aprons – what naked?
    Nakey lefty chefs? – conjures up a whole new load of images (slightly more appealing than the mud wrestling!)

  61. stroppybird said,

    “Weird lefty men in aprons – what naked?
    Nakey lefty chefs? – conjures up a whole new load of images (slightly more appealing than the mud wrestling!)”

    Hakmao started this !!

    Have to be careful of burning oil ;-)

  62. stroppybird said,

    So can Will or Denham cook ??

  63. MarshaJane said,

    Dont forget Volty!
    Come on VP can you cook?

  64. stroppybird said,

    I think Denham is maintaining a dignified silence while we talk crap on this post ;-)

  65. marshajane said,

    Looks like Volty’s joined him!
    Perhaps he was scared we’d ask him to cook for us (naked in an apron of course) and put the photos on his blog :)

  66. Will said,

    I can cook.

    Bean on crumb.

    My speciality.

    Yum yum…

  67. John Angliss said,

    “yeah but you have to add Kit and John A to the list – dont leave off da yoof :)”

    I have to say on behalf of the brothers Osler that we’re flattered. Absolutely flattered. :D

  68. stroppybird said,

    I want to know where Denham is hiding ?

    Thought he liked being tormented ;-)

  69. marshajane said,

    I have to say on behalf of the brothers Osler that we’re flattered. Absolutely flattered.
    :) Wheres the other bro? he aint been around much now he’s got a proper job!

    Nice to see you flatter easily :)

    Whose turn is it to host the next piss up then? (or we all going round your dads for a party – im sure he’d be well pleased- as long as we avoided talk of slippers dont wanna b thrown out by the stroppy1 ;p )

  70. voltaires_priest said,

    It’s yours, our kid. We’re all coming to your house. Be ready. ;)

  71. stroppybird said,

    Marsha Jane

    Whose turn is it to host the next piss up then? (or we all going round your dads for a party – im sure he’d be well pleased- as long as we avoided talk of slippers dont wanna b thrown out by the stroppy1 ;p )

    Osler is still recovering from the last visit from the bloggies , and said a resounding no when I suggested all round to his again;-)

    We must though organise another piss up, and you turn up this time !!

    And their really is no excuse EVER for wearing or talking about slippers .

  72. voltaires_priest said,

    No one actually did anything to Osler’s flat before though, as I remember it?

  73. stroppybird said,

    I think it was more the near misses with his guitars , pics on the wall being removed , cupboards explored and the eating of tomatoes whilst wearing a sheet over the head . He likes a quiet life, these aspies are weird you know :-)

    Me, i’d be happy to have the lot of you around at his place again . I did suggest he could let you lot stay over after the AWL day school, Mike, denham, Kit , you …
    Somehow he wasn’t that keen.

  74. Marshajane said,

    MIne?? No chace my husband would hit the roof!
    I reckon we should all com to yours Volty :)

    Or take a day trip to brighton…….

    I promise I will be at the next one, I need a good ollefty b piss up :)

  75. voltaires_priest said,

    the eating of tomatoes whilst wearing a sheet over the head

    Eh? Who did that?

  76. stroppybird said,

    Well perhaps the two things did not coincide, but the two things did happen. Mike :-)

  77. stroppybird said,

    Marsha

    All round to Denhams…

  78. voltaires_priest said,

    I thought he just passed out, before I did in fact… obviously was not at my most observant :D

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