Thursday, May 25, 2006

Kremlinology

Remember when people used to discuss the significance of who was standing next to whom as the missiles trundled by outside Lenin's mausoleum on Mayday? Well the Wikipedia entry on the Euston Manifesto now incorporates a pic of the launch event (click and click again for larger versions). Alan Not The Minister is at one end with Norm at the other and Nick in the centre (looking surprisingly portly and balding compared to his usual publicity photos). Filling in the gaps are Eve Garrard and Shalom Lappin. There's definitely a Mel P lite flavour to those selected for the high table. I liked the gothic background!

12 Comments:

Blogger Sonic said...

That page has had a bit of an edit since I last looked at it, was there not a section called criticism?

Thats the decent left for you I suppose.

5/25/2006 11:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Backword Dave said...

Two rather sad thoughts. Poor Eve Garrard's mic is so perfectly placed in front of her eye, that I can't resist (and I tried, really) being reminded of this.

Worse, I can't see bottled water now without thinking of Nikkay.

Good to see that they've adopted to Cameron approach to ties (apart from Garrard, obviously, the Collective never bothered with such trivialities) and Nick their leader. The seating is quite clever too. I wondered why Norm was off to one side, but I realised that they've got Alan "not the minister" who is follicly challenged, round of face and bespectacled, Nick Cohen, who is, er, follicly challenged, round of face and bespectacled, and Norm Geras, ...

If DD had borrowed my face furniture, he'd have been like Zelig.

5/25/2006 11:31:00 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Blimey, that Alan Not the Minister Johnson chap is not the Cabinet Minister and Labour MP, is he?

5/26/2006 07:20:00 AM  
Blogger Captain Cabernet said...

As of 8.15 am there isn't a single post-launch report on Google News. Still, I expect some intrepid reporter will avoid the diktak of his or her anti-semitic, Islamofascist appeasing news editor by posting on Comment is Free.

5/26/2006 07:22:00 AM  
Anonymous dsquared said...

As of 0909, there aren't any stories in the CiF ready-to-post queue either. Come on lads! Perhaps it was a big night; all back to Nick Cohen's (which would presumably be not far from the venue as he is always going on about living in Islington).

5/26/2006 08:14:00 AM  
Blogger Bruschetta Boy said...

twenty to eleven and still nothing (and not much on technorati or google blog searches either). C'mon guys, take an Alkaseltzer and get cracking!

5/26/2006 09:44:00 AM  
Blogger Matthew said...

There has been a surge in people signing it though. My model based on the past month's data forecast 1608 signatures by this time today, but in fact there are 1613.

5/26/2006 10:16:00 AM  
Blogger Captain Cabernet said...

Projecting forward Matthew, will the number of signatures of the Euston Manifesto eventually be sufficient to offset the demographic timebomb that is Islamofascism (cf Mark Steyn passim). I'm sure you could do a neat graph thing, with the curves intersecting or not (depending on various assumptions ... how many babies born to signatories, what proportion of signatories children become Islamofascists in an act of teenage rebellion etc)

5/26/2006 10:35:00 AM  
Blogger Bruschetta Boy said...

still nothing on the guardian website and nothing in the story queue!

5/26/2006 11:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Cian said...

How does 1608 signees compare to other left leaning groups, such as the SWP? Just as a comparison...

5/26/2006 01:27:00 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

And of course Aaro who apparently was at neither. I think this might be wrt Euston because him and Nick Cohen don't get on (and he got stitched over Neil Berry), and wrt Hitchens because he probably isn't aware where Brighton is.

5/26/2006 01:50:00 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Whoops, I've got my comments threads mixed-up. Oh well they don't make a lot of sense anyway.

5/26/2006 01:51:00 PM  

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