A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

BCC and its uses

Congratulations to the web team at the Harriet Harman campaign, who forgot to use the Blind Copy function when emailing every Labour Councillor in the UK that they had an address for. This enabled Cllr Linda Smith of the London Borough of Hackney to hit reply all and send several thousand people this message (I'm not the only person in my household who's nuts about Hazel):

"Dear fellow Labour councillors

As Harriet Harman's campaign seem to be unaware of the blind copy function and have allowed us to communicate with each other in this way, I am writing to urge you to cast your first preference vote in the deputy leadership election for Hazel Blears and to use your second preference vote for Alan Johnson.

I believe that both these candidates have acted in a principled way during this campaign and have not postured to the left or tried to distance themselves from the government that they have been part of and that has won us three general elections.

They understand that the policies which will appeal to the broad electoral coalition needed to win a fourth term Labour Government are not necessarily those that are called for in the letters page of the Guardian and around the dinner party tables of the chattering classes.

I am particularly supporting Hazel because she is an excellent campaigner who has a real commitment to rejuvenating our party from the grass roots up. We need a Deputy Leader who you can imagine rallying our activists from the steps of the campaign battle bus, a Deputy Leader who is proud to shout about our achievements, not someone who's election strategy is to apologise for the Labour government they were part of.

Yours sincerely,
Cllr Linda Smith
London Borough of Hackney"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is not the first time that HH has done this either. Considering that a drunk mangled whelk with the computer skills of a flatulent red kidney bean could work out how to use BCC it does not bode well for the party if she wins.

10:27 pm, June 03, 2007

Anonymous adrian said...

Cannot agree about Alan Johnson, though Harriet's opportunism is reaching new and self-confessed heights - as this nonsense shows.

10:34 pm, June 03, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How mature of Linda!

10:35 pm, June 03, 2007

Anonymous hazelisroastednuts said...

If I saw Hazel onthe top of a bus I would run a mile.....rally activists. ???? She's toast. Get over it.

11:58 pm, June 03, 2007

Anonymous Linda said...


You obviously know sweet fanny adams about campaigning. Battle Buses as frequented by the Rt. Hon. John Prescott MP don't have an upper deck!

12:03 am, June 04, 2007

Anonymous Linda said...

PS. Would you like to see my John Prescott Express badge collection?

12:05 am, June 04, 2007

Anonymous observer's friend said...

Luke, let me tell you a little secret ... it doesn't matter whether the sender uses CC or BCC, one can still trace and respond to fellow recipients - just by pressing the "reply all" button. So, I guess, Cllr Linda Smith (or her sidekick) knows sweet fanny adams about email protocol too!

Not that I believe that Linda wrote the outgoing response email anyhow. Linda has a reasonable command of the English language. You, on the other hand, had an inferior education and are far more likely to make crude grammatical mistakes such as the use of who's rather than whose. As in: "not someone who's election strategy is to apologise for the Labour government they were part of".

Me thinks that, when it comes to counting the drunk mangled whelks with the computer skills of a flatulent red kidney bean, there is definitely more than in the basket!

1:38 am, June 04, 2007

Blogger Benjamin said...

Doesn't seem very mature behaviour - there's enough email spam already without this Deputy Leadership contest generating even more.

3:32 am, June 04, 2007

Blogger Quink said...

Ha ha - how funny.

Incidentally, observer's friend doesn't know anything about how bcc works. It is impossible to respond to recipients who have been bcc'd into an email one has also received. There's a hint in the phrase 'blind carbon copy'.

Even I, with my inferior education, knew that.

7:58 am, June 04, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luke, let me tell you a little secret ... it doesn't matter whether the sender uses CC or BCC, one can still trace and respond to fellow recipients - just by pressing the "reply all"

Errr. No.

8:00 am, June 04, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Observer's friend has made a bit of an idiot of out of him/herself with that shockingly stupid comment about doing a Reply All on BCC! Particularly given they patronised Luke about it.

Observer's friend, you've made such an embarrassment out of yorself I'd consider never showing myself in public again.

8:39 am, June 04, 2007

Anonymous Anti-Harperson said...

Taking into consideration her dramatic and blatantly cynical u-turn over Trident plus the godawful spelling on the Harriet Harman site I just can't see how anyone can possibly take her seriously as a candidate for deputy leader.

1:32 pm, June 04, 2007

Anonymous observer said...

Quink and Anonymous (#3) quite rightly point out that Observer's Friend was just plain wrong. You can't just click Reply All to find out who was in the Bcc. It seems it is a lot more complicated than that. Apparently you can inspect the SMTP email transfer record at any mail server on the email's route to reveal all blind copied addresses (if you care and you know how to do it). But then - as OF is so fond of saying "What would I know!" She has been sent to the corner of the class with a dunce's hat on for the rest of the day. But I feel she made a good point about the poor standard of English in the email. Well done to Linda for being so enterprising - even if using the list might have been a bit dodgy!

2:03 pm, June 04, 2007


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