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Wednesday 16 December 2015

The Real Donal Blaney

While the bullying scandal engulfing the Tory Party has been playing out, one figure has been putting himself before the media, protesting that he was merely a private person, and that his organisation was doing no more than mentoring and training young Conservative activists. That meek and mild individual was Donal Blaney, founder of the Young Britons’ Foundation, a group that appears to be at the heart of the scandal.
Donal Blaney

Blaney, as I observed at the time, was given a relatively friendly reception by Iain Dale on his LBC show, which was not a surprise to all those who knew that Dale and Blaney are friends who go back some years - although this was not declared to those listening. But those of us who have been on the receiving end of threats from him, and his legal practice (see HERE and HERE) may find the act less than totally convincing.
His Twitter observations also fail to do him any favours: as he travelled First Class into London yesterday, he observed “Yet again @Se_Railway fail to police first class: 8 passengers get on at Bromley Sth on 0950 to Victoria”. How did he know they didn’t have valid tickets? The ridicule was swift and comprehensive. “Did you check their tickets yourself?” asked one responder. And there was more.
Disgusting people ..... HOW DARE THEY DECIDE TO SIT IN THE SAME CARRIAGE AS YOU, THE INHUMANITY OF IT ALL … Assumed they look ‘poor’? Wouldn't expect anything less from a Thatcher fan … I travel first class and I wear tracksuit bottoms. What you gonna do?” And, guess what? He has form for this kind of thing.
Only two months ago, he ranted “Lots of 1st class folks on @Se_Railway from Blackfriars to W Malling. Or freeloading thieves. Yep. The latter & no conductor”. Train operator Southeastern asked him for more detail: “1747 front carriage: I'll wager all bar two of the packed carriage aren't 1st class ticket holders”. Did he ask any of them? Or was this some mean-spirited rush to judgment on the basis of no evidence at all?
It was the same in January: “Why does @Se_Railway not have ticket inspectors on trains? I paid £48 for my 1st class ticket. At least 5 passengers here haven't, I bet”. Southeastern were again on the case immediately, telling him there should have been a conductor on board. “There wasn't; I boarded the 0847 at Tonbridge, Dodgers boarded at Orpington”. Again, judgmental and instantly mean-spirited behaviour.
And there was worse in April 2012: “Sponging woman who's in 1st Class with no ticket: no guard. Why do the rest of us fucking bother to obey the rules?”. The female passenger was clearly identified in a photo accompanying the Tweet (of which I have taken a copy). This is the same man who is coming over all contrite over the Elliott Johnson tragedy. One of those personas is the real Donal Blaney. And one, I would suggest, is not.

Which of those is real I will leave to others to decide. I know which one my Occam’s Razor is indicating right now. What a pleasant chap he is.


Prince Philip said...

Donal has deep status-insecurity issues ( I'll 'wager')!

rob said...

#plebgate no 2?

Andy McDonald said...

I don't know about 'sponging woman', but I generally keep my train tickets in my pocket or wallet until the guard comes round. How does Blaney know that this woman doesn't have a ticket? Because it's not hung round her neck on a bit of string?

I've got to say though, there's always something deeply funny and satisfying about fat entitled Tories whinging about minor annoyances as if they're the end of the world.

Stephen said...

How do we know he's paid?

Anonymous said...

ah but you missed the big Blaney story of the day - his failure to secure the Thatcher family silver sell-off, for his Margaret Thatcher Centre for the self-centred, self-righteous and sociopathic.



Perhaps he was unable to persuade Ben Elliot, fellow Cherish Freedom Trust trustee, Old Etonian and co-founder of Quintessentially, the exclusive provisioner of all things (presumably legal) to the uber-rich, to part with any of his hard-earned cash.

Anonymous said...

Don't know what the knob head's complaining about.

Suppose all the people he hates WERE fare-dodging, so what? They're obviously applying the neocon dictum of making as much profit as possible with least outlay. You know, like the money launderers and crooks who infest the high rise slum that is Canary Wharf and London. And like the "principles" of the YBF junior fascists.

Blaney constitutes a tenth rate neocon soap opera. He wouldn't know fairness and honesty if he tripped over them as he exited the latest meeting of the Gordon Gekko Society.

What a sociopathic gimp.

anubeon said...

I'd wager the odious curmudgeon would be the first to bemoan the trade unions taking strike action in response to staff level cuts. £45 for an entire train carriage to oneself (clearly what the berk wants) doesn't pay for many conductors (are they allowed in first class or must they politely and deferentially wait at the door?). Economies must be made.