Point of Order-Order

Nick Robinson says you have to filter what Guido says, that you have to watch “the agenda” and that Guido gets things wrong.

Of course mistakes can be made by anyone in pursuit of the truth.

Can you remind Guido which unfiltered, agenda-free broadcaster confidently predicted with a knowing, worldly-wise smirk to camera, that ‘the police will simply go through the motions of investigating allegations of “cash for peerages’? in March 2006?

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Demos Calls in Two-Brains

Propeller-Head Wonk Watch: The new director of Demos, Catherine Fieschi, seems to be steadying the ship and pointing it in a new direction after the short-lived captaincy of Madelaine Bunting produced a mutiny of the wonks.
Catherine Fieschi is respected as a real academic wonk who hails from the soft liberal school (she is on the editorial board of Prospect, the bible of Hampstead liberals). Essentially, unlike Bunting, she has a Phd and knows how to use it.

So it is interesting to see that Demos have arranged a Valentine’s day lunchtime love-in with David Willets on the New Tory buzzwords social responsibility. Not sure who is wooing who here – the brand decontaminating Tories, or Demos who want to distance themselves from their Blairite New Labour heritage. The important thing is not so much what they are saying, as who is saying what to whom as the tectonic plates shift.

Dave the Rave?

What a shocker! The man who before he became leader described himself as an “instinctive libertarian”, said he had “a normal university experience” and backed drug liberalisation for medicinal purposes, has confirmed that he had more than a few spliffs in his youth. But does he pass the hypocrisy test?

Yes. He has said the UN should consider legalising drugs and that the legal classification of ecstasy should be downgraded. He has never lied about his past either as far as we know.

According to the Mail on Sunday he also had a few worries when he was a SpAd at the Home Office and they were clamping down on Acid House parties, parties to which he and Samantha were not strangers. Can’t recall seeing him, mind you, if you can remember anything…

So Much for Anonymity

UPDATE : Not being a fan of navel-gazing, or blogging about blogging, Guido will keep this short. The anonymity which Guido sought to maintain was actually broken by the Guardian in February 2005 after a tip-off from a Labour party employee. A phone number used by Guido was reversed traced and the name of the alter ego was passed to Ros Taylor. She published it in an amusing little piece highlighting a psychedelic youth. So the name of the person channelling the ghost of Guido Fawkes onto the internet has only been a secret to those who were lacking in the wit to Google Who is Guido Fawkes?

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Quote of the Day

David Cowling, the BBC’s head of political research, in an internal memo…

“It seems to me that the London bubble has to burst if there is to be any prospect of addressing the issues that have brought us to our current situation. There are many millions of people in the UK who do not enthuse about diversity and do not embrace metropolitan values yet do not consider themselves lesser human beings for all that. Until their values and opinions are acknowledged and respected, rather than ignored and despised, our present discord will persist. Because these discontents run very wide and very deep and the metropolitan political class, confronted by them, seems completely bewildered and at a loss about how to respond (“who are these ghastly people and where do they come from?” doesn’t really hack it). The 2016 EU referendum has witnessed the cashing in of some very bitter bankable grudges but I believe that, throughout this 2016 campaign, Europe has been the shadow not the substance.”

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