I ask simply because his sole function on this forum is to leap to the defence of the Party and he does so in a manner deeply reminiscent of the outpourings from the New Labour spin machine. He has racked-up a huge number of posts countering the (apparently) prevailing view that this Government is the root of all evil - usually by pointing out similar flaws in the Conservative Party. With Sven, it was clear that he was just a bit thick, but Ashie is too smooth, too slick with his responses. His latest attempts to take the sting out of the Daniel Hannan speech in the Euro Parliament are a case in point. It strikes me that a Stalinist party, rapidly losing its grip on the electorate, spotted the unmediated comment from within one of its 'own' (but inherently distrusted) organisations, is very likely to have devoted resources to take the sting out of some of the discussion. This will have become all the more important as increasing numbers of journalists see ARRSE as a source of investigative material. So - is there an enterprising investigative journalist out there who would care to try to establish whether Ashie is a New Labour apparatchik (or, indeed, a number of New Labour apparatchiks)?