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April 05, 2006 || 8:24 am
Blair on pledgebank

I saw this come through and thought it was a hoax. But apparently the pledgebank staff have confirmed with Downing Street that it is not. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you didn't hear it first on the Today programme, you heard it here: Tony Blair is a pledgebank user (the same website as I used against George 'catlover' Galloway) and has pledged:

"I will become the patron of a London community sports club. I will work with the club over the years as the Olympics approaches in 2012 to support their development and raise their profile but only if 100 other public figures in London will join me in supporting other clubs."

There's something really weird about this, especially as he hasn't publicised it at all (or as far as I've heard - correct me if I'm wrong) so it almost seems destined to fail. Has the man who famously doesn't really have a grasp on email written (on paper or via the interweb) to all his 'public figure' friends to ask them to sign up? Is he trying to undermine pledgbank's street cred (as diamond geezer says the most successful pledge on the site is against ID cards)? What do people think about this?



Tony is probably publicising this in different circles to those you move in :-)

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:25 am  

But he evidently doesn't think its worthy of a regular press release for the mainstream media - yet what a golden opportunity to show himself a man of the people!

By Blogger HL, at 11:22 am  

There's coverage of it on the BBC here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4877598.stm Evidently it's partly a publicity boost for MySociety.org

By Anonymous Jim, at 2:56 pm  

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