The 2008 Shiraz Socialist Tinfoil Hat!

December 27, 2008 at 9:57 am (crap, funny, voltairespriest)

Special Hat!Well here we go! Technical difficulties having now been sorted, we’ve decided to throw the 2008 Hat over to you. You’ve already nominated your choices, so now please cast your votes and choose them wisely. Remember, you are looking for a figure who inspires mirth, rage and affection in equal measure, a Don Quixote de nos jours, an anti-hero of the blogosphere. This can of course be a blogger, commenter, or just a figure who is spoken of widely in our medium. If you don’t agree with the selection on offer, then please add your own choice via the “other” option at the bottom. Enjoy.

Results to be announced on New Year’s Day!


  1. KB Player said,

    Vote early, vote often! Are there any checks of IP addresses or is this going to be a travesty of democracy? Hanging chards? Postal voting?

  2. Voltaire's Priest said,

    It is entirely undemocratic and unrepresentative as (other than the physical Hat obviously, if the winner should so desire it) there is no prize as such beyond the honour of the award.

  3. modernityblog said,

    I heard the SWP are discussing whether or not they can pack the meeting/voting to get their candidate?

    Update: Now, the SWP realize it was the Internet, they looked confused at the very concept and eventually gave up the idea of a standard SWP bloc vote 🙂

  4. Voltaire's Priest said,

    I’ve heard that John Rees is about to bombard Jim and I with 5000-word missives as to why it’s a travesty that he’s been left off the list whilst minor functionaries Game and Seymour have been allowed on it.

    Further I’ve heard that the pro-war left may be about to denounce me as an SWP fellow-traveller!

  5. Voltaire's Priest said,

    Further, was that just then Mr David Lindsay voting for himself?

  6. Aaron said,

    I voted for Kaschke. But it took all my will-power not to vote for Kamm, too.

  7. resistor said,

    Can I nominate Max Dunbar for describing the ethnically cleansed Israeli state as a ‘liberal democracy’ in the same week they massacred more than 200 Palestinians.

  8. Voltaire's Priest said,

    Some bastard’s voted for me!

  9. maxdunbar said,

    Merry Christmas Resistor.

  10. Voltaire's Priest said,

    Close run thing between Oliver “Reds under the bed” Kamm and Kaschke at the mo…

  11. Nathan Rothschild said,

    Some bastard’s voted for me!

    Don’t you overpaid incompetents know anything about fixing an election? A 100% turn out for the chosen candidate looks suspicious. Better 98.5%.

    I drew the short straw when the other Elders gave me your strings to pull.

  12. Ophelia Benson said,

    Mirth, rage and *affection*? That makes voting very difficult. Couldn’t it be mirth, rage and boredom? No, mirth, boredom and irritation? Yeah that’s more like it.

  13. Voltaire's Priest said,

    If you like, Ophelia. All reasoning is welcome when choosing the Hat…

  14. Darren said,

    Oliver Kamm is so tiny and perfectly formed that you could make him a three piece tinfoil suit to go with the tinfoil hat and still have tinfoil left over for a New Year’s Eve turkey.

  15. KB Player said,

    Someone’s done a party political broadcast on behalf of Oliver Kamm. There should be equal time allotted to each candidate. Vote for John Game, I tell you. You know he doesn’t make sense.

  16. Jules said,

    Well, it looks like the best man won – where’s the promised announced results post VP?

  17. Jules said,


  18. modernityblog said,

    re-count! Dave Ellis’s votes are too low 🙂

  19. Janine said,

    Despite my best efforts.

  20. Darren said,

    i think Volty and Jim D are still in shock from the result.

    Looks like we’ll get the result in from Minnesota before we get the presentation of the tinfoil hat to the eminent Mr. Kamm.

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