I’m still on holiday in Egypt and a Labour friend of mine just sent me a text message informing me that Dizzy Thinks claims to have some sort of an exclusive linking Harriet Harman to June’s about coup against Gordon Brown – via me! What a load of complete and utter crap.
Let me set the record straight.
- I have had no contact with Harriet or her staff for many months and do not even do website work for Harriet any more, and I have never ever had any contact with David Miliband or any of his people.
- I think about 4 friends knew I had registered the domain, and for sure no-one anywhere close to any MP or leadership candidate had any clue about its existence. To be quite honest I have not even thought about it for months.
- I do own the domain name – miliband4leader.org – and there is a simple WordPress installation running there. As Dizzy well knows that represents about 1 hour of time investment. I chose to register the domain myself, just as I own dozens of domain names associated with all the major UK political parties. It looked like there might be a leadership election – why not register something? If Dizzy wants to search deeper he might find a few interesting Tory-related domain names I also own.
- A bunch of the sites I work on run on a 1&1 VPS and the Miliband domain is on that server, as is this blog, some sites for Labour people, some sites for universities. Big deal.
So it all sounds like a nice story for Dizzy, putting 2 and 2 together to get 10, but there’s not the remotest inkling of any truth to link Harman to Miliband via my website work.
(NOTE: this story also appeared in The Telegraph, although they never spoke to me before publishing it)