Several bloggers find way to subvert Tory party’s website and use it to organize against the Tories

paulitics-coalition-parties-logoIf this doesn’t go down as one of the great victories in Canadian blogging and web 2.0 history, then I don’t know what will.

Yesterday Erin Sikora, the savvy blogger who runs the site “Dipper Chick” wrote a post detailing how progressives can easily use one of the most powerful tools on the Tory party’s official website (Conservative.ca) to organize against the Tories.  Since her incendiary and brilliant initial post, several other bloggers have followed suit and many have in turn written their own blog posts to this effect.

In English, Marie Ève of the blog “Dawg’s Blogwrote a piece inspired by Dipper Chick’s aforementioned post.  (My apologies to Marie Ève.  I had originally attributed her work to Dr. Dawg and she kindly pointed out my error).

Et en français, le blogueur Michel Monette de le blogue “Blogueurcitoyenà aussi écrit un article.

Now, the only question for me is…. What should I write using the Tory website’s tool????

8 Responses to “Several bloggers find way to subvert Tory party’s website and use it to organize against the Tories”


  1. 1 Marie Ève 30 November, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Bonjour, I am Dr Dawg’s co-blogger and I am the one who produced: “I wrote a Letter to the Editor for the Progressive Coalition … and so can you!”

    I may not write as much at Dawg’s Blawg as he does, but it would be appreciated if you attributed correct authorship.

    Grand merci!

  2. 2 paulitics 30 November, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Salut Marie Ève,

    Je suis désolé. J’ai corriger le texte et maintenant il dit que vous avez écrit l’article.

    Merci pour la correction!

  3. 3 JJ 30 November, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    I don’t have a blog, but I posted it on my facebook page! Spread the word!

  4. 4 Julius 2 December, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    No to NDP coalition with the Liberals !
    The latest twist in the parliamentary situation, provoked by Stephen Harper’s sheer arrogance and his reactionary policies, has plunged the country into a political crisis. The Conservatives richly deserve defeat. But one way of doing it threatens to destroy the federal New Democratic Party as an independent political arm of the working class and its organizations. Generations of gains are at risk.
    Should the NDP vote against the Conservative “economic up-date”? Yes.
    Should the NDP propose a time-limited accord to implement specific initiatives, to be enacted by a Liberal minority government, which would be kept on a short, tight leash? Yes, it’s worth a try.
    But should the NDP enter a coalition government with the Liberal Party? No, never.
    Coalition with a bosses’ party (remember, the Liberals have been the main party of capitalist class rule in Canada for the past 100 years) would be a bizarre and historic reversal of the positive direction taken by the latest NDP federal campaign, which explicitly fought for an NDP government.
    Coalition with the Liberals, the wet dream of ‘strategic voting’ advocates, would spell the demise of the NDP as a political force which is accountable, to any degree, to the most conscious section of working class voters. In a coalition government, the NDP would be bound by ‘cabinet solidarity’ to defend all government policies (including the war in Afghanistan, regressive carbon taxes, etc.), not just the policies it may prefer.
    That amounts to NDP subordination to the corporate establishment, on the road to merger with the Liberals. It would be an historic regression to the dismal, cap-in-hand days of Lib-Lab local alliances that pre-dated the NDP and the CCF. It would quicken the unravelling of medicare, public education, environmental safeguards, labour rights, civil liberties and consumer protection.
    But some may ask: Why shouldn’t the NDP try to get credit for whatever good might be achieved by a coalition government with the Liberals? Is there really any difference between an ‘accord’ and a ‘coalition government’?
    Well, we can all see the bait. But we really need to see the trap, and the potential victim. In a coalition, the parties involved are responsible for the entire agenda of the government. Not only must the partner parties vote for all the legislation the government presents, they must advocate it, sell it, promote it, defend it against critics (like the unions and social movements) and they will be held accountable for it to the end.
    An accord, on the other hand, keeps the minority capitalist government on a short lease. The labour-based party (NDP) can support the elements of the accord that are fulfilled, and can speak and vote against anything contrary to the accord, and anything adverse to the interests of working people that may arise. The government stays in office only so long as it fulfills the accord.
    The operating principle of a coalition government, ‘cabinet solidarity’, would silence the critics of the regime inside the NDP parliamentary caucus and beyond. It would encourage NDP MP s to try keep the party ranks quiet and in the dark, to limit criticism of the government for which the NDP would tragically be responsible. Even an accord is dangerous. Remember what happened to the NDP after David Lewis’ accord with Trudeau; a major loss of votes and seats. It is essential to keep a distance from the treacherous Liberal machine. Credit for PetroCanada was O.K. For other things that came later, like wage controls, not so much.
    Layton and company may see a coalition today as a career opportunity. Socialists should see it as a trap to be avoided. The trap can be avoided via an accord, minus the taint of being in a class collaborationist government coalition. It worked in Ontario in the mid-1980s. Now, truly, the stakes are higher, so it will be more difficult. But it’s worth a try.
    First of all, this is the time to get behind the NDP Socialist Caucus – to do our utmost to oppose coalition with the Liberals, and work to strengthen the NDP’s independence. The clearest expression of that independence would be the fight for a Workers’ Agenda, with public ownership under workers’ control at the centre of it. The answer to the global capitalist crisis is not a labour alliance with the parties responsible for it. The answer is socialism.
    Work to defeat the Conservatives by all available means — by a non-confidence vote in the Commons, a cross-country general strike, whatever it takes.
    Negotiate a limited and specific agenda to meet the immediate needs of working people. Then hold a new minority government to it.
    Here’s what we really need: Put people before profits. Nationalize the banks. Create jobs through public investment, public ownership, democratic planning and workers’ control. Convert industry, transportation, and homes to green, energy efficiency. Make E.I. more generous and more accessible. Raise the minimum wage to $16/hour, with C.O.L.A. Shorten the work week to 35 hours without loss of pay or benefits. Abolish student debt. For free post-secondary education. No corporate bail-out. Open the books. Tax the corporations, speculators, and the rich. End the occupation of Afghanistan and Haiti. Reduce the military to a disaster relief, search and rescue force. Canada out of NATO now!

    But no coalition with the Liberal Party, nor with any capitalist party. Not now. Not ever.

  5. 5 KEM 3 December, 2008 at 3:13 am

    Haha! What is it about the internets that conservatives can’t figure out…Reminds me of this blunder the Bush-Cheney web people made all the way back in ’04: http://pressflex.dyndns.org/3473/w-all-things-to-all-people

  6. 6 Nina 3 December, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Thanks so much for the tip — I’ve sent my letters to the editor via the Conservative Party website and it was a blast!

    This is true democracy in action :)

    Go, Coalition!

    Nina

  7. 7 John Wright 27 June, 2009 at 1:16 am

    So, what’s your e-mail? What’s your phone number? What’s your address??

    What, you aren’t a coward are you???? Show us where you are…you have to have more than that “Paul Bernardo” lookalike picture, don’t you???

    C’mon, fess up…

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