Saturday, 12 April 2008

A mild form of state control

Interesting comment made today by an anonymous person. Pippa is away for a few days, so I'm sure she wouldn't mind me bringing it to the forefront of the blog on her behalf.

Did you know that your blog has been banned in the Welsh Assembly Government? When staff there try to access your site the Internet security software automatically denies access! What are they afraid of?
If Wales was a state, would this be state control?


Louis 12 April 2008 at 16:09  

We have a local radio presenter who often says "Don't put down to malice what you can put down to incompetance".

I had a similar problem with access of the support city hospital blog being restricted at the NHS Trust in question. I assumed it was because they blocked all blogspot addressed but could never tell; the access rights seemed to change on a daily basis.

Anonymous 12 April 2008 at 18:32  

Banned from the WAG? What a compliment! You must be doing something right :)

eric 12 April 2008 at 21:03  

so is facebook, and most e mail accounts, and if such things weren't wouldn't the assembly get slated for letting staff waste time?

Anonymous 12 April 2008 at 22:34  

Eric, doesn't it depend on how much time is wasted on tea and coffee breaks? Why have a meetimg when you can call it a coffee break? ;) You know who you are!

Anonymous 12 April 2008 at 23:08  

Has Waggy gone for good?

Anonymous 13 April 2008 at 17:37  

Christ, if the assembly let people sped time looking at blogs and facebook these same people would be up in arms!

Bloody hypocrites.

Anonymous 14 April 2008 at 07:41  

wonder how many more of us are banned

Miss Wagstaff 14 April 2008 at 16:00  

My guess is that you're also banned, Valleys Mam. That will teach us for talking about WAG in a certain way. Expect the thought police to knock on your door in the middle of the night ;)

My understanding is that Facebook was already banned, and now they've turned on the blogs. Watch this space for the cutting of phone lines and gagging of mouths.

Anonymous 14 April 2008 at 16:40  

yes, it fascinating that the real debate in Wales is going on online, I bet there are people in WAG most displeased with what has been appearing on the blogs of late, let see if the main stream media have the guts to follow some of it up shall we.

have to say Miss W banning you from WAG online is hilarious after all you work for them :)

Miss Wagstaff 14 April 2008 at 17:23  

"have to say Miss W banning you from WAG online is hilarious after all you work for them :)"

Cheeky monkey! They couldn't afford me.

Anonymous 15 April 2008 at 09:34  

what a scoop. a comment made by an anonymous person! Miss Wagstaff you've got them again! Seriously get some sources or don't bother painting it as an exclusive!

Miss Wagstaff 15 April 2008 at 09:51  

Anonymous 09:34

Who's painting anything as an exclusive, or even a scoop? An anonymous person commented on the blog, which was picked up by Senedd Whip, who decided to turn it into a post. Simple as that.

Sounds like something has got under your skin. If you didn't post under 'anonymous' we could possibly work out what! ;)

Anonymous 15 April 2008 at 23:14  

I'm the nonny who started this off. Why I'm anonymous should be fairly obvious but I'll spell it out - I'd be sacked if I gave my name.

No it's just Miss Wagstaff. Other Blogs are still accessible. What's more, I can tell you it's not a vagary of the software - it's specifically aimed at this blog - other blogs remain accesible. Why don't you put in an FOI request asking why?

what the??? 16 April 2008 at 00:14  

What's the point banning one blog? There are many that point out the shortcomings of the One Wales government.

Think Miss W was having a go at the other anonymous, not you Mister insider.

Miss Wagstaff 16 April 2008 at 08:53  

The previous comment is correct. I was only having a go at 'Anonymous 09:34' and not the original anonymous comment that brought this to our attention.

Anonymous comments are always welcome and their reasons for being anonymous understood. They also keep most blogs alive and kicking.

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