Thursday, December 08, 2005

Is Carleton U.'s Jeremy Hunt the CPC Energy Flogger?

Since, like his older compadre, the CPC Energy Flogger refuses to identify himself, it looks like someone else will have to do it for him. Fortunately, in his latest flog entry, he gives us a big clue:
Coming from across the country to study at Carleton University has been great. In fact, it has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. But I’ll tell ya’…when the time comes to buy a textbook there... run: otherwise there’s a good chance that you’ll lose an arm and a leg ...

During my time as a student representative on our student government, I’ve come to realize that student organizations are always railing for lower tuition fees, but rarely do they consider other solutions that also work to lower the cost of living for students. Tax credits that lower the cost of textbooks, apply to scholarships and bus passes, all add up – and that means more money in students’ pocket, which of course, is always a good thing ...
We now have two very big clues: first, that he's a student at Carleton, and second, that he's sat as a student representative. This is enough to do a Google ID Search.

Step one: check if there's a Young Conservative club at Carleton U. Result: Yes -- and it has its own website. Complete with a list of senior executives.

Now let's assume that our flogger is one of these executives, since only a senior member of the youth wing can be entrusted to write a national corporate flog. Step Two: find out if these exeuctive profiles list student council positions, as described by our soon-to-be-not-so-anonymous flogger. Result: yes. The president himself:
Entering into his fourth year of Political Science at Carleton; Jeremy is 21 years old, and calls Calgary, Alberta home.

He is currently serving in his second term as a Public Affairs and Management representative on CUSA Council, and was the proud head of the Lassoes this year for orientation week. He has been involved with Conservative politics for nearly three years now, and has been very fortunate to experience as much as he has in Ottawa during his short time here.
It fits -- even the Calgary origin (across the country, right?). The odds are extremely good that this Jeremy Hunt is, indeed, the guy who writes the CPC Energy flog.

Is there a picture of him? Yes, from this profile of student candidates for Carleton U's board of governors. It's a bit small, but that's only to be expected from a profile page meant for fast loading.

But the Carleton page is also extremely valuable for those Tories dissatisfied with the CPCEnergy Flog's lack of a feedback mechanism (i.e. commentary page).

Why? Because this page puts, in the public domain, our suspect's e-mail address.

It is, of course, quite possible that I could be wrong about this, and that someone else is the Flogger. But somehow I don't think so.

What I don't understand, and what I think is worthy of explanation, is why the CPC Energy Flogger feels he doesn't need to sign his name to his entries, if he's so eager to talk about his life with the Tories.