My hapless friends at the Darlington Referendum campaign suffered a further embarassing setback when their website crashed today, apparently permanently.
After spending a year - yes a whole year - trying to cobble together just 4000 names on their petition, they seem to have lost the only consistent vehicle for their propoganda.
I'm guessing here, but I think this is what's happened;
(1) the domain name darlingtonreferendum.org expired yesterday. It had been registered by Tory Harrowgate Hill hopeful Mike Cartwright.
(2) This wasn't a problem in itself, but unfortunately the main server for the site had suffered a catastrophic failure a week or so ago. The entire site therefore was lost.
(3) The site was re-registered early on Thursday morning, but without back-up, all that visitors to the site get is a nice picture of a poppy field and adverts for real estate in Arlington, USA.
The Referendum Campaign cabal have spent 2006 lecturing the Council, via their website, that "Darlington isn't getting the organisation or the leadership it deserves". This would be stinging criticism if it didn't come from a tin-pot group who couldn't, ahem, provide the retail support for a whelk stall.
Of course if I've got this wrong, I'd be happy for someone from the campaign to provide a correction.