Tuesday, December 19, 2006

18 Doughty St encore

I shall be on 18 Doughty St again tonight, coming in as a late substitution from the bench, and am looking forward to the usual comments on Iain's blog about ''who the hell is that lefty woman?'' from the audience. As I don't go out the house much these days apart from to Christmas bashes in the evenings, it is nice to get out and talk to people without being drunk and without banging music in the background. Someone suggested I was on the station as ''totty'' last time: perhaps I should flash a little cleavage tonight to cheer up the viewers who will be enduring my seditious views later.

At any rate I had better get out of what I am currently wearing which is a huge furry jumper covered in cat fluff, over the knee socks and furry slippers, with no make up: I have been writing all day, hence the slatternly look, and am pleased to announce that I have managed 8000 words which is a personal best, and just as well after a slow week.

Tomorrow night I will be at the final simulataneous lone mass demo of 2006, making a point about the ludicrous time-wasting SOCPA laws that prohibit demonstrations without applications near Tony's offices, and then singing carols with Father Christmas from 7pm in Parliament Square. This last is illegal, possibly, under SOCPA so cross your fingers I don't get arrested and put into the cells with a collection of elves.


Blogger jailhouselawyer said...

I will look forward to seeing you there. If I was the Manager or team captain, you would not be on the substitutions bench. You have the quality of a first team player. I recall the lefty remark. I think it is quite mild compared to some posts about me on some blogs in the last couple of days. And, I expect more of the same when I grace the 18doughtystreet.com studio myself in the New Year.

December 19, 2006 6:41 pm  
Blogger jailhouselawyer said...

I have asked Iain whether you will be on the discussion on the prisoners votes case, so far he has not responded to this enquiry. The more support the better. I know that the former prisons inspector Ramsbotham will be on. Now that the government has announced it has started the consultation process, it not being a popular cause, the more you speak out on it the more people will listen. To you, if not to me.

The worst comments have been on Guido. They don't hurt me. But, I think they are uncalled for. Its the old fear, ignorance, hate and prejudice, emotional feelings being expressed. I do not, and cannot justify my crime. If people are prepared to listen, I can offer only an explanation which they might find educational.

I suspect that you had to put up a wall of defence around yourself following the attack, to give you the mental strength to cope? If so, it is the same with me. I am not going to crawl away and hide in a hole. Those who want to keep on punishing me in society, are wrong to demand that I suffer this. I have been tried, punished with the sentence, served my time, and reformed and rehabilitated and now I believe that I am entitled to liberty without being hounded further.

Death is final. I cannot undo it. I do care about it all, even though it may not appear so with some of my comments which can be taken out of context. My Asperger Syndrome (a form of autism) is not understood by most and questions and answers do not always translate between my world and the outside world. Its a bit like pieces of the jigsaw puzzle missing, it can be frustrating. Sometimes I see and hear ok, at other times I am bewildered and people are bewildered by me and what I say.

I remain a sensitive person.

December 19, 2006 9:00 pm  
Blogger Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Popping head over parapet to congratulate you on the 8000 words. That is indeed an astonishing day's output. Well done - and write on!

December 20, 2006 8:01 am  
Blogger Rachel said...

Sorry to have missed you Rachel. I do enjoy watching 18 DS, especially when you are a guest. Am missing the internet generally at the moment...

December 20, 2006 10:45 am  
Blogger Rachel said...

I have no truck with the idea that punishment or condemnation should continue after a sentence is served and a debt paid; my belief in prison reform, prisoner rehabiliatation and the chance to change being extended as far as possible and prisoner suffrage are part of my championing in the basic rights that all should have in order to be fully human, and hence have every chance of achieving their potential,to reform and to strive to be all they can be, whatever their circumstances. To have hope in the future, however blighted it once looked, benefits us all.

Sorry you tried to post a few times. Comment moderator has had to go on, as it has been a zoo recently

December 20, 2006 11:52 am  
Blogger jailhouselawyer said...


Wednesday, December 20, 2006

This morning I posted the following on Conservative Home.

On the subject of blogs.

Tory A List candidate Iain Dale who has a blog called Iain Dale's Diary, yesterday spat his dummy out and threw it out of his pram. On his blog he operates a system called comment moderation, which allows the blog author the opportunity to read comments submitted before deciding whether to publish or not publish any comment.

Rachel North London, a survivor of the 7/7 bomb attack, also runs a blog. And she questioned Iain Dale's judgment on allowing a comment to be published on his blog which not only attacked me but was off topic. I read this comment by someone claiming to be Peter Hitchins, and posted a moderate response to this rabid attack, which Iain Dale also published.

Oddly, Iain Dale then proceeded to throw out the baby with the bath water in a tantrum one would not and should not expect from someone who wants us to elect him to become a MP. That is, he punished the innocent along with the guilty by banning me from posting further comments. I fought a case and won the right for prisoners to speak to the media. Only to face unfair censorship by Iain Dale. If he behaves like this now, what can we expect if he ever came into real power?

Iain Dale is guilty of publishing a libel on his blog. The least he should do now is apologise to the injured party, and set the record straight. He has allowed his blog to degenerate to the gutter level of that other Tory blog operated by Guido. Unless the Tory Party cleans up its act, it can forget about winning over the electorate. Sleaze is just as dirty in opposition. Perhaps, it is for the best that it is going down the drain.

Posted by: John Hirst | 20 December 2006 at 13:20

I await Iain Dale's response.

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December 20, 2006 1:31 pm  
Blogger Leighton Cooke said...

Good luck!

December 20, 2006 1:58 pm  
Blogger kris said...

oh dear, it's getting a bit heavy! And it makes a nice change that I am not at the heart of it- for a change!

I think you are moving from the subs' bench to the first team.

Quite frankly, you are one of the few "talking heads" they get on that makes any sense at all.

Hello, so who was that muppet that was having a little rant-ette about Ipswich Town FC having a minutes' silence for 5 murdered women?

To top it off, that eejeet doesn't even live in Ipswich and wasn't at the match in question. Was there a point to his moan?

Iain obviously needs the balance and some normal people!

December 20, 2006 9:14 pm  

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