Oh, what a tangled web we weave
When first we practise to deceive!
Sir Walter Scott, from his poem Marmion.
Almost as soon as Yvonne Ridley’s candidacy for the Respect Party in the Rotherham by-election was announced, she found herself under attack on twitter, from a huge number of recently created accounts! Later, some of these same trolls turned their attention on Rotherham Politics by attempting to leave comments that were less than complimentary or sometimes grossly defamatory. This attack did not stop with the by-election, but continues to this day and at the current count of these rejected attempts, stands at 138.
We all made the assumption back in November, that this was a Labour Party ‘dirty tricks’ campaign. Deniable, but nevertheless a party operation, all the same.
Recent experience has revealed a different explanation. We were wrong, it was not a Labour operation, but a much smaller group entirely dedicated to defending the reputations of just a few, senior members of RMBC.
This web ‘dirty tricks’ operation was inspired by Cllr ‘Moofy’ Hussain and Jahangir ‘ASBO’ Akhtar and a small cohort of supporters, nephews and others. They have been joined recently, by no less a person, than Don Buxton.
The attention seems to have moved from twitter to WordPress blogging. The first iteration of which, lasted less than a week before being taken down. It was hilarious! Especially when someone took the figure of speech ‘fall on their sword’ literally, and actually accused Yvonne Ridley of wanting to ‘impale’ someone on a real sword! As I said it was hilarious, it’s basic motivations were nevertheless clearly apparent for all to see.
The second iteration, is at the same web address as was used for the first, namely http://www.rothbradpolitics.wordpress.com, apparently now being run by a Johnathan (sic) Simmons? It appears to be a more modest operation thus far, with only 9 followers and even using multiple identities, few commenters. It is not the intention of Rotherham Politics to engage in some kind of dialogue with this website as it is built on deception and lies and therefore cannot be relied upon.
Confirmation of the involvement of one of Moofy’s nephews, came this morning with a comment that purported to be from an ordinary person, but came from a source previously only ever used, by Vakas Hussain, Moofys nephew! Additionally someone calling themselves A Patel, has just left a comment, the source again relates one that has previously only been used for trolling purposes. I have approved these comments on Why did Labour overlook Mahroof Hussain – Further Speculation? for your enlightenment.