Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Tut! David Cameron fails to buy up his internet domain names!

Sparklingly on-trend our new Prime Minister may like us to think he is - so it is distressing to discover that David Cameron has failed to buy up his .com domain name. The result of this oversight is that http://www.davidcameron.com/ - which at first glance looks like a Cameron blog - is now in the hands of a non-fan of the PM, one Reza Sorbati (of north London).

The opening two lines of the site's most recent post are representative of the hostile tone: "Ashcroft and Clegg help Cameron hobble to power. The electorate get a LibCon Coalition which is jeered into Downing Street on a sad day for democracy."

Nor can I be certain that davidcameron.co.uk is owned by the PM. The site claims to be a "gateway to sites on the Internet for [sic] david cameron!" But it appears to be a gateway to unrelated sites, such as those for cheap international calls or a new political party called... New Party. Davidcameronprimeminister.co.uk, too, is just another gateway.

It's astonishing that our Old Etonian leader ignored the internet while flourishing his fountain pen over self-tributes to his savviness and YouTube-ness. You'd think an online reputational presence de rigueur these days. I'd have expected at least his Tory spin doctor Andy Coulson to have mopped up the domain names for his boss, y'know, just in case. But perhaps this confirmed workplace bully and somewhat absent former editor of the News of the World was distracted by all those Guardian pieces calling for his resignation.

Still, Nick Clegg is not much better. Nickclegg.net is owned by ... Joker.com.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why am I reading this here and not on Guido?

Anonymous said...

I see the Indy's Pandora has picked up your story!

angelneptunestar said...

Madame Arcati, I thought you might be interested to read a bit about the famous ancestor of SamCam, Nell Gwynn. If David Cameron's wife is as witty and charming as her ancestor, no wonder he often has a big smile on his face!

Madame Arcati said...

I didn't know of the connection with afamous tart: I shall read with interest. Cam's perma-smile I put down to a good Eton rogering never forgot.

Anonymous said...

Andy thinks your pants

Anonymous said...

Fuck me. What a story. Call the cops. Amazed you didn't try and flog this elswhere before posting

Madame Arcati said...

No, don't call the cops. I did flog it - to the Independent.

Anonymous said...

Excellent observational story. Why waste it on a blog?

Anonymous said...

My suspicions were first raised during Cameron's campaign for Tory leader when, plugging some online forum outside the House of Commons, he instructed us all with a posho grin to 'Get your mouse and click on'.

'GET YOUR MOUSE AND CLICK ON'??

This was the first time it occurred to me that the Tories' young fresh hope might actually not know how to operate a computer.

Has he learnt in the meantime we wonder...

Madame Arcati said...

There is a photo (the Guardian I think) of him seated at a computer, gazing at the screen as an Egyptologist might at a hieroglyph. We must be satisfied that at least he got the right kind of rodent if not the verb.