Interesting development today – a leaflet was dropped through the door from an organisation called ‘Say No To AV’.Â There is no identification anywhere on it apart from a link to a website, predictably called ‘www.no2av.org’, but the bullet points listing why we should ‘say no to AV’ were uncannily similar to those in the junk mail I blogged about yesterday.
So I thought I would go to the site and see who these people were.
No ‘About Us’ page.Â No ‘Who We Are’ link.Â No name, no party, no ownership.
So then I was intrigued and I tried using various ‘Who is’ tools to try to find out just who owns the site.Â The first TEN turned nothing up. Not a bean.Â They told me when it had been created, when it expires, where the server is, when it was last updated, who it was registered with, and a whole slew of traffic information, but no name.Â So I asked OH, who looked it up for me and came back with the information after a short period of mumbling to himself in the conservatory.
No – go on, guess!!
It’s owned by the Conservatives!Â What a surprise!
Well, to be fair and strictly accurate, it’s owned by one Conservative: Charlotte Vere.Â But you can bet your bottom dol .. uh .. British pound sterling … that it’s funded with Tory money.
The only good thing is that there is also a ‘www.yestofairervotes.org’, which is very similar to its counterpart with the rather noticeable difference that there is an ‘About Us’ link where you can read exactly who runs it and in what capacity, and the posts on the associated blog have a by-line telling you who wrote them.Â Â If either of these things exist on the ‘no2av’ site, I can’t find them.
Why can’t the ‘no’ politicians be straightforward?Â And you know what?Â Not ONLY are the Conservatives in power as part of a coalition government because of the very ‘backroom deals’ they are now denigrating in their campaign literature, but when David Cameron came into that power he promised a more open and cleaner style of politics with less of the dirty tricks and back-biting.
So what price their complaints about broken promises and backroom deals now?
Oh, it’s not as if the opposition is squeaky clean, by any means, but … there you go.Â As I said in yesterdays blog, I am so sick of the whole damn shooting match.
OK.Â Calm down, dear.