Friday, September 01, 2006

I am Tony Parrish

Liverpool Evil Cabal blog closed (temporarily)

The City of Liverpool's Council has been under close scrutiny for the last few month's in the Liverpool-Evil-Cabal Blog. It's readership was reaching 80,000 per day up until last week. The Lib-Dem council's Chief Executive Colin Hilton banned council staff from reading the blog, and banned the blog from being displayed on computers in public libraries. This silly action led to the explosion in the blog's readership and the local press campaigns to follow up the tough questions and challenges posed by the mystery blogger signing himself Tony Parrish (now referred to as the Liverpool Pimpernel).

Hilton, in a fit of exasperation, called in Merseyside Police to investigate the allegtions in the blog, but they informed him that no laws had been broken, nevertheless Mr. Hilton started out on a journey to have the blog removed from cyberspace. Unfortunately he does not know the real name of Tony Parrish, and his stance has angered the public, press, and the Leader of the Council in Liverpool.

As things stand at the moment, official investigations are taking place into the allegations made by the blogger, and he in turn has removed all of the posts from his site (whilst the investigation continues, and whilst he faces the possibility of a civil lawsuit).

I'm sorry that this post bears little significance to the people of South Shields, other than to illustrate the point that freedom of speech, under the law, is a right worth fighting for, and that big government or big local government is not good for anyone at all.

If it helps the people of Liverpool and their battle for open government and democracy, then I declare that I am Tony Parrish.


Liverpool Daily Post, inquiry call.
Liverpool Daily Post, was the Council right?
YoLiverpool Forum
BBC News
The Artfinder Blog
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