Phil Hendren has had other alter egos in the past online but settled upon Dizzy in 2006 when he decided to start yet another blog having been playing with his and others' websites for many years. Phil's earliest experiences online were with the occasional MuD and the joys of Mosaic although his first computer was a ZX Spectrum and then an Acorn. He also supports Everton FC.
In the real world of professional life, Phil is a system administrator looking after a large number of servers running either Solaris or Linux. He's also been a Network Operations engineers playing around with Cisco 10000 series and horrible frame relay switches. Prior to getting a proper full-time job, Phil worked for Sainsbury as a shelf-stacker/warehouse monkey for seven years. He also spent a massive one day doing data entry at the Bank of India. He now lives with his girlfriend outside of London in the Shires which is a Labour-free zone.
Every now and again he appears on Sky News talking about random news stories of the day and attempting to make jokes about them. This can sometimes be very hard to do. He's also managed to write a couple of pieces for the Times comment section and has been a contributer to three books, The Little Red Book of New Labour Sleaze, The Big Red Book of New Labour Sleaze, and Iain Dale's Guide to Political Blogging 2007. *
His blog is Dizzy Thinks
What made you decide to start blogging?
I've had a number of websites over the years, this latest incarnation came about really because I was hanging around on US bulletin boards and arguing over US politics, I got bored and thought I would start my own bulletin board on British politics where only I could start a thread.
What is your best blogging experience?
Getting to write some op-ed's for the Times because of it.
And your worst?
je ne regrette rien
What do you regard as your best blog entry?
Difficult question. Politically I have two categoires, news or comment. On news it would have to be the leaked email in the DWP that conceded people were putting passwords on post it notes and sticking them to discs of encrypted dat. It led Sky News for a few hours on a Friday evening. Comment wise, anything I have written about race and/or identity politics which I consider a serious intellectual failure by the Left.
Guido, Techcrunch, Dale.
What inspired you to go into politics?
I don't consider myself to be really "in" politics these days. I'm just an ordinary bloke with a website that happens to have more readers than I ever imagined and can apparently be quite influential at times.
You recently blogged about amending the smoking ban. How exactly would you go about it?
Either by allowing for specific smoking establishments, or allowing pubs to have completely closed off and separate smoking bars. You could quite easily have some sort of building regs around what would be required. Basically I want to see an end to having to stand outside.
Is it fair to blog about the blacked out expense claims of senior Labour figures when the Conservatives have had similar problems?
Yes and no. Labour is the party of Government and I am an anti-Government type person, so they will inevitably be under more scrutiny. No because ti looks partisan and thus opens you up to the accusation of bias - not that I personally care much about that.
Is there anywhere abroad which you haven't been to, that you would like to visit?
Is there anywhere abroad you have visited, that you would love to revisit?
Who, excluding the present leader, do you regard as the best Conservative Party leader, and if different, the best Prime Minister?
Thatcher, simply because she changed the country for the better. I know some people think that's not true, but the place really was in a mess in the 70s and the consensus was a failure.
Which political figure has been your greatest inspiration?
Undoubtedly Marx. Without Marx I would not have formed the view that grand pseudoscientific theories of society don't work, and are actually counterproductive to the causes they usually seek.
Favourite Bond movie?
From Russia With Love
Favourite Doctor Who?
Chocolate, vanilla, or mint?
None of the above
Which Band, past or present, would you most like to see in concert?
In terms of visiting for the weekend, Oxford, Cambridge, or Barsby, Leics..?
Favourite national newspaper?
I buy the Times usually
What would you say your hobbies were?
And what would you say were your three favourite songs and three favourite books (Bar the Bible and The Complete Works of Shakespeare)?
Songs:Refuse/Resist - Sepultura
The Vandals - My Girlfriend's Dead
Nowhere - Therapy?
Books:1984, Leviathan, Common Sense
*Edited from his blog on Phil's suggestion