At first Ireland was supposed to be trying to influence the future of the blogosphere and prevent it imitating Fawkes' way of doing things but with his hyper-sensitive response to perceived assaults elsewhere on the blogosphere (not deleting a comment doesn't imply endorsing it) he is widening this into a left/right divide in blogs that is a real shame. One of the best things about blogging are those rare moments of genuine engagement and debate across partisan lines, I would cite my ongoing debate about historical nationalism with Westminster Wisdom as an excellent example of this, such debate cannot take place against a backdrop of such hostility. Ireland may feel that he is the one who has been wronged but surely he can see it is within his power, after Iain made a call to end things, to stop the madness. Any offences Guido may have committed against blogging are surely better ignored than answered with this unseemly confrontation.
As this vendetta is pursued it looks more and more bizarre and is inviting some denunciations which I understand must be hurtful. What might have been an attempt to point out the flaws in the style of one prominent blogger has become close to frenzy and is creating a vicious cycle of unpleasant accusations. It should end.
Quite. However, at risk of fanning these flames, I was nosily looking over Iain's shoulder on 18DS last night (you can see your humble Devil at work here) and could see the barrage of emails from Tim Ireland coming in (including the ones that Iain did not read out) and your humble Devil—who has thus far refused to take any particular side—is going to go out on a limb and state the following:
Tim Ireland is a mad, stalking cunt who should fuck off and die rather than continue his petty and unpleasant hounding of people on the most spurious grounds possible. Anyone who listens to or in any way endorses this insane bastard is getting themselves onto the wrong side of one of the most childish fucking arguments your humble Devil has ever seen.
For fuck's sake, Ireland, GROW UP. You have totally invalidated any serious points that you may have had by acting like a spoilt, obsessive child. If you have a problem with Guido and Dale digging into the Smith Institute, go and expose the Policy Exchange: since you have a reputation as a guy who gets off his arse and does things, go and retaliate in kind and not with this pathetic monomania.
Instead, you allow your hangers-on (Chicken Yoghurt, Tygerland and Ministry Of Truth amongst others), whose motives are precisely as partisan as Iain and Guido's, to do your work for you; this is the kind of behaviour that you condemned your targets for, remember?
Your motives and methods are no purer than theirs, you hypocrite, so do us all a favour and drown yourself in a bucket of snot, OK?
And that is absolutely my last word on the subject.
UPDATE: having said that, of course, Unity has a very reasoned post which—damn his Labour-supporting hide!—I pretty much agree with, as per. As an aside, I find it interesting that I often broadly agree (and would happily have a drink) with people like ChickenYoghurt and Unity more often than some of the right-wing loons and fools that occupy the 'sphere.