It is always as well to introduce oneself, besides being courteous, so:
My name is David Phipps and I blog as witteringsfromwitney and appear on Twitter as @WitteringWitney. As the blog name intimates, I live in David Cameron’s parliamentary constituency, in a small village approximately 5 miles south of Witney. I was, until May last year, Chairman of the Witney branch of the UK Independence Party. The strap-line to my blog – “The musings of a freeborn Englishman who is totally disenchanted with the dictatorial attitude that poses as democracy” – encapsulates my political views.
Anyway, in view of the Administrator’s request to post something, I thought I would briefly write about the Adam Smith Institute’s “Bloggers Bash” that took place last Thursday. The speakers were Douglas Carswell MP, Tim Montgomerie (Conservative Home) and Harry Cole (News Editor, Guido Fawkes). The speakers were – and it is only my opinion – disappointing and appeared to be determined to do nothing but congratulate each other on seemingly having changed politics. Tim Montgomerie and Harry Cole tried to be witty and failed miserably and nothing of any importance was mentioned, ie the EU, political standards, etc. Approximately 5 minute speeches from each speaker were followed by a Q & A session and the one question about political principles in blogging was studiously ignored by the Chairman and Panel.
However, whilst the speeches were disappointing, prior to and afterwards great fun and good conversation was had. It was a pleasure to meet up with Mark Wadsworth and Dick Puddlecote (again) and to meet for the first time Misanthrope Girl, Katabasis and Trooper Thompson, amongst others. It should also be said that, at the Bar to which we adjourned, great hilarity was caused by my repeated attempts to sit down on a raised flower bed – but that is another story!