Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Getting on or off your modern soapbox

Not being sure whether this is a public event or selective gathering within the Senedd, Peter Black brings to our attention, the not-so-well-publicized interesting debate [to bloggers anyway] that is taking place on 21 October 2008.

Just a pity that we're not all invited. We could watch, listen, possibly ask questions, raise important points, and most importantly - guess which person in the audience matches their blog persona.

Could be the biggest Welsh public outing this year since the last one was cancelled.

Peter Black AM's To blog or not to blog?

The Bevan Foundation and Positif Politics is to stage a debate in the Assembly from 6pm to 7.30pm on Tuesday 21 October 2008 on the value of political blogging.

Speaking in favour are myself and BBC blogger Betsan Powys. Opposed are Eleanor Burnham AM and Annabelle Harlle from the Electoral Reform Society. In the chair is Victoria Winckler, who is Director of the Bevan Foundation.


Anonymous 7 October 2008 at 08:58  

Ironically it's not a blogworthy story in itself, although Black vs Burnham could be amusing.

Anonymous 7 October 2008 at 09:06  

Quite interesting to see the Electorial Reform Society is against blogging - surely this is politics in one of it's most purest forms

Cadno 7 October 2008 at 11:07  
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Miss Wagstaff 7 October 2008 at 11:15  

Comment removed due to the language used.

Cadno 7 October 2008 at 11:30  

Will this do?

Being Welsh and politically illiterate you probably have never heard of the great Terry A. Nelson.

Terry’s big idea was to escalate negative anti bush stories that would enthuse the core republican vote to campaign harder. His main vehicle was the anonymous blogosphere. Terry did it with a sophistication and flair that was real beautiful. This however is pathetic attempt to emulate the good man.

1.Miss Wagstaff obviously has an intimate relationship with The Fonz . Not physically of course but metaphysically. There is no way He would have an active physical relationship with Miss Wagstaff’s for a number of reasons, not least she has undergone gender realignment and the hormone treatment has not rid her of all her body hair.

2. The Fonz obviously makes love to Ms Winckler, again not physically but conceptually.

Ipso Facto – this negative but obvious advertising.

Miss Wagstaff 7 October 2008 at 12:26  

Tripe, but acceptable :)

Anonymous 7 October 2008 at 13:11  

Never tried Tripe, eaten horse, seaweed, but never tripe.

Oh... did humble pie once, left a bitter taste in the mouth.

Peter Black 7 October 2008 at 13:59  

I think that it could be an event open to those interested in blogging but I am not organising it. Suggest those who wish to attend talk to the Bevan Foundation or Positif Politics.

Miss Wagstaff 7 October 2008 at 14:04  

I'm positive that you'd also take us for coffee beforehand Peter, if you were organising it.

My post was simply a joke about anonymous blogging. Some of the above seem to have taken it further :)

Anonymous 7 October 2008 at 14:36  

Is Annabelle still Rhodri's assistant?

igloosummer 7 October 2008 at 16:07  

pip has turned into having the righteous sobriety of a police officer, removing anything that is not to her elevated taste

Miss Wagstaff 7 October 2008 at 18:40  

If removing comments that contain foul language is of an "elevated taste", then I am guilty as charged.

Cadno 7 October 2008 at 19:18  

What a load of Pony, I was only using good Saxon words. Anyone know any more?

Victoria Winckler 7 October 2008 at 20:33  

The event is open to anyone who wants to come. It was first mentioned on the Bevan Foundation blog a few weeks ago, but details were only finalised on Friday. Invitations are being emailed as I type this and the only reason it is not on the Bevan Foundation website is I have had problems uploading it. Ironically the tenor of the 'debate' here confirms my worst fears about blogging.

Miss Wagstaff 7 October 2008 at 20:45  

Victoria - Good to hear about the invitation.

Regarding your worst fear. That's the trouble with blogging, you have to take some comments with a pinch of salt. Blogs are swamped by those (shall we say, certain AM staff] that wish to put down posts rather than contribute to the conversation. It's part of their job description - attempting to cancel out the message of each others blogs :)

Morgan - she worked part-time.

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