July 16th, 2006

So Rosie, Where is Guido’s Writ?

Tomorrow it will be two weeks since Guido named Rosie Winterton as Prescott’s long-term mistress. She had previously threatened to sue anyone who dared suggest she was Prescott’s mistress – a fact that is an open secret in Westminster. Guido calculated that the threat was a bluff.

Mrs Fawkes, a cautious lawyer, was not amused by the media maelstrom that consequently enveloped us whilst on a family holiday in France, something which was not in Guido’s calculations and for which he apologises to her.

The PMOS, Prescott’s office, Prescott’s biographer, Prescott himself, assorted dead-tree press pundits, broadcasting grande dames like Paxman and Robinson as well as other media tarts chorused altogether in pantomime horror “unsubstantiated rumour”.

Old media idiots harrumph “these bloggers think they can get away with libel”. Speaking for myself, and having had many conversations with the likes of Iain Dale and others about these issues, Guido can assure you, we don’t think that at all. We are very much more exposed to being sued. Unlike a Big Media journalist we have no mega-corporations behind us to pick up the bill.*

Prezza himself told John Humphrys during his infamous lengthy Today interview:

I told you, listen, you’re talking about a lot of people here who have in fact denied these stories. Names have been mentioned, some of them are in the process of perhaps suing about it – I’m not going to get involved in that – I’ve made my statement about making a mistake and I’ve told that I’m leaving it at that. But I notice the guy that’s making these allegations says there’s no evidence for it, so why are you justified to keep on trying to push this?

“The Guy that is making these allegations” has never said there is no evidence for it. When Paxman, Robinson et al said they could not report unsubstantiated allegations, they meant, more accurately, allegations they themselves could not substantiate. Ironically neither Paxman or Robinson can substantiate the “no evidence allegation” having still not even bothered to ask Guido – despite there being established lines of communication.

Off-the-record briefings from Prezza’s spinmeister were to the effect; “We would sue, but we don’t want to give them the publicity” – err, Guido’s blog is already the number one political website in the country and has hundreds of thousands of readers every month. They followed this up with the most pathetic Victoria Beckham defence “We are not going to dignify these allegations with any publicity”. Dignity? Prescott?

So where is Guido’s writ from the “Right Honourable” Rosie?

*Guido has a mini-corporation behind him, Global & General Nominees LLC of Nevis. If you want to sue the publishers go ahead, the office for service is properly registered in accordance with the law. The laws of the island require that the plaintiff first deposits US$25,000 with the court before commencing action. Guido will defend himself vigorously.



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Tony Blair threatens Ed:

“If you had a strong political lead that was combining the politics of aspiration with the politics of compassion, I still think that’s where you could get a substantial majority…  If I ever do an interview on [the state of the Labour Party], it will have to be at length…”



Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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