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New Labour's web site, labour.org.uk, has been downed by Sunday's explosion at the Buncefield oil depot in Hemel Hempstead. Like audio discount store Richer Sounds, the site was hosted by Northgate Information Solutions' data centre next to the explosion site; unlike Richer Sounds, which has now pretty much returned, at time of writing labour.org.uk was still operating a sad little temporary page.

Which possibly provides us with some kind of lesson in disaster recovery. If there's a terrorist attack, nuclear war, avian flu pandemic or whatever, who are you going to turn to to sort things out, the people running the country or the hi fi box shifters?

Quite. One can perhaps get a measure of the kind of disaster recovery procedures New Labour had in place prior to the appearance of the black mushroom cloud over Hemel Hempstead by considering the nature of the temporary site's hosting. When it's not evangelising ASBOs, it appears that the IP address minds its own business looking after six pictures of an NUJ picket line outside the Rochdale Observer in 2002 (if we have the strike right, this involved an attempt at union derecognition by a company owned by - ooh er - Guardian Media Group).

We've no idea whether or not the snapper who took the Rochdale pictures knows about the company they're now keeping, nor do we have the faintest idea how all this came about (apart, that is, from the bit that starts 'there was this huge explosion...'). Frankly, we find the surrealism sufficiently pleasing for us not to want to enquire further. (thanks to Mark of Spy Blog, who notices everything, and therefore noticed this). ®

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