Do webcams break when Tony Blair walks by?
Readers may or may not be interested in a minor addition to the lore of webcams inoperative for operational reasons. While vast numbers of anti-war demonstrators weren't visible (not to you laddie, anyway) on London's webcam network, Mr Tony himself was up in Glasgow, delivering a speech including an eccentric arithmetical conceit,* and not being visible on webcams there either.
The webcam in question is at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, and was mysteriously ailing over the weekend. We're glad to see it's better now, although our (we concede, not terribly detailed) investigations lead us to believe its Java problems may be somewhat more extensive than those declared on its homepage.
It's probably now the case that self-important politicians' minders will have webcams darkened as a matter of course when their masters are passing by, which is odd really, considering how keen they are to have TV cameras trained on them during these very same events. And from what we can see, the minders don't give a stuff about what Tone did up in Glasgow, either.
His speech, alongside the others, has been sitting here happily since Saturday with a prominent "--- CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY ---" tag at the top. Given that the delivery happened some days ago, we can only conclude that nobody from Labour Party Spin Central ever actually reads the site. Come on people, finger out, fix it. ®
* i.e. more people voted for Hitler than were at the demo on Saturday. So we should invade Poland, then?