I had read in the Daily Mail on Monday 12th January that the Labour Party had planned to enter Second Life as part of an ‘attempt to step up preparations for a General Election’ (as stated in the Mail). There was to be a Peter Mandleson avatar and there would be other contributors, including Alastair Campbell, Hazel Blears, Ed Milliband and former newspaper editor Piers Morgan. I must admit I had had a look in ‘search’ after I had read this, but found nothing of the Labour Party in SL. Although I try not to discuss politics in SL, I am definitely not a supporter of Labour if I’m asked. In fact there isn't a lot to choose from any of the parties.
Well last night I teleported over to SL Knightsbridge and stood talking to a few friends when I noticed an avatar next to me. His name was Peter Mascarenhas and he not only looked unusual, he had ‘Peter Mandleson’ as a group name above his head. I scanned his profile quicky and spotted a link to the Daily Mail, but I didn’t have time to study it. I honestly thought at first it was someone who had read the press coverage about Mandleson and co. coming into SL and had made an avatar as a spoof.
Mr Mascarenhas said ‘Hello there everyone. Lovely to be here’ and thinking this avatar was a spoof, I asked if he was kidding. To he honest the avatar looked awful, with dark shadows under his eyes and he looked corpselike, quite badly done, so I had no idea this was a real Labour Party Aid. I began to tell him my views on how Labour has ruined the country when SL London Manager Seany sent me a message asking if I knew this person was really a Labour Party representative.
I am not a bigot and I continued to tell him what I thought, and what my views were, and still are, including asking him if he was spending taxpayers money by coming into Second Life. Apparently I was the first person he approached, and the last, as he made his excuses and left. I stand by my opinions about the Labour Party and the state of the country. I consider that if politicians choose to come into Second Life and question people regarding their political slant, they should be ready to hear from any opposition as well as people who support them, but they seemed clearly unready for this.
Whilst I apologies for my remarks about the appearance of the Peter Mandleson avatar, whilst thinking he was a fake, I totally stand by my remarks regarding my opinion of the way the Party has run the country during their terms in government. I am entitled to my opinion, even if they are trying to stop freedom of speech.
I would like to point out to Mr Mandleson, however, that I am totally independent of Debs Regent and the London sims. My presence in SL London is to report neutrally on daily events and happenings within the sims. Therefore, my personal views would have no bearing on Debs or the London Team.