Iain Dale takes full advantage of Hague-Myers story

It takes a special kind of arrogance to comment on a story that has nothing to do with you directly or in passing, but manage to insert yourself in the story for the purpose of self promotion.  But judging by his latest blog post on the William Hague – Christopher Myers story, Iain Dale has significant reserves of that unwelcome commodity.  How Dale managed to make the story about him and name drop his latest media appearance talking about it is quite staggering.

Perhaps it is worth remembering Dale had few qualms about getting stuck into the lurid coverage over John Prescott and Tracey Temple.  So setting himself up as the moral conscience of the political blogosphere as part of his defence of William Hague is rather hypocritical.  It’s evident Dale also has a major absence of critical faculties given his assessment of Hague’s self indulgent and deliberately emotive statement late this afternoon.  Hague asserted that:

“Christopher Myers has demonstrated commitment and political talent over the last eighteen months. He is easily qualified for the job he holds.”

Dale seemingly accepts this claim without question, even though it is core to the whole issue.  As Guido Fawkes rightly challenges in reply in the comment thread of Dale’s post:

Is this statement true? Was he better qualified than anyone else? What are the talents that Hague considered vital to aid the Foreign Secretary?

Somehow I think we’ll be waiting a long time for a considered response from ‘in the know’ Dale to those central questions. Over time Iain Dale’s Diary has literally become that, a publicly viewable engagement diary where Dale namechecks his meetings and interviews with an impressive list of contacts and his appearances on TV and radio.  The days when Dale used to provide an outsider’s view of what was happening inside the Westminster bubble are long gone.

Now he has worked his way through the membrane to the inside, offering safe tittle-tattle of little consequence.  It’s a shame because it is a great opportunity missed.  That is what makes this a bleak day for political blogging, not Guido’s story.

2 Responses to “Iain Dale takes full advantage of Hague-Myers story”


  1. 1 Patrick Harris 02/09/2010 at 11:47 am

    The pious tw@t was pontificating on News 24 this very morning, sick making.

  2. 2 Autonomous Mind 02/09/2010 at 11:53 am

    I have no personal axe to grind with Iain Dale. He’s a nice enough guy but some of his logic is contradictory and some of his values do seem to be questionable when it comes to possible wrongdoing by those he is friendly with.


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