April 16th, 2009

Spectator Piece Spiked Poke of Telegraph

spec_coverGuido has written a recap of recent events for the Speccie.  The piece explains how Guido rolled the barrels of digital dynamite towards Westminster last week. The editor, Matthew d’ Ancona, liked the piece enough to put it on the front page with a portrait that captures Guido’s dashing good looks quite well. Strangely he said some of the text submitted would not get past the lawyers.

Can’t see why saying that the Telegraph journalist Chris Hope is a slippery bastard who broke his word to Guido and revealed that Guido was his source, could be in any way libellous.  It is absolutely true.

Never mind that the Telegraph signed a non-disclosure agreement (which it breached spectacularly) and tipped off Downing Street as to what was coming. They did everything they could to spoil the story. Did Guido forget to mention the worst thing about Chris Hope? He always seems to go missing when it is his round…


  1. 1
    Wendy says:

    Perhaps his name should be Chris Hopeless?

  2. 2

    Haven’t read the Spectator for ages. Will have to get a copy as a souvenir.

  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    The speccie took a nose-dive after Boris left, and the baleful influence of the Barclay brothers can be seen on every page. I was happy to let my subscription lapse after 20 years.

  4. 4
    JS says:

    Wait a minute Guido, are you censoring comments now? Why are they disappearing?

  5. 5
    nell says:

    I have been a Daily Telegraph reader for more than thirty years – after this I shall never buy another copy. Really well done – congrats on the article.

  6. 6
    Admiral Gnome says:

    Guido – Today’s Times says there is more dirt to come. Is there ? PLEASE put us out of our suspense.

  7. 7
    Sunonmars says:

    Bloody right, Good on you, Guido, any journalist who betrays sources deserves to be run out of the business and by exposing them will make any future sources avoid them like the piece of turd they are.

    By the way I am watching this all from afar and will be relocating back to the UK soon, I’m hoping my return welcome gift will be to see Labour out on their asses.

  8. 8
    Right down the middle says:

    Brown apologises at long last!

  9. 9
    I don't believe it says:

    Brown aplogises at long last.

  10. 10
    BrianSJ says:

    Reading your piece – very well written BTW – I did feel that you had let Christopher Hope down; did the DT turn you down? Not clear but the impression from the article is that you just forgot about them and went with Murdoch.

  11. 11

    Guido – you do have a have a face that is very suited to blogging ;-)

    After the Daily Politics ‘debate’ – I thought you had made a mistake appearing on the show with Draper. I have now clearly changed my mind. It all added to the downfall of Draper and McBride.

    Congrats once again – and keep up the good work.

  12. 12
    JKW says:

    No point in dropping all bombs at the same time. Let the story play itself out and the politicians spin themselves into a few more holes, then present the next damning bit of evidence. That’s the way to do it.

    On the other hand, don’t let us get our hopes up if there’s nothing more coming…

  13. 13
    Right Bastard says:

    You can forgive most things, but not standing your round is on par with treason. What a bastard.

  14. 14
    TC says:

    Guido, maybe Chris Hope was let down by Andrew Porter?

  15. 15
    Anonymous says:

    Proof reader not a lawyer is required: could NOT be, not could be.

  16. 16
    Anonymous says:

    Ignore 14. My apologies I can’t read and shall buy a Specie to learn.

  17. 17
    Kafka says:

    BBC puts Brown’s apology anywhere but at the top of the page. Check it out.

  18. 18
    Hercules says:

    After a year of comment[and.yes,worse]about ‘three nipples’ and the culture of smear in Labour’s South East Region maybe,just maybe,there will be some willing to commence the augean task of cleaning up that particular stable…

  19. 19
    Anonymous says:

    What’s the story with this NDA then? Surely if that twat journalist broke it there will be legal proceedings in his near future nes pas?

  20. 20
    Curse of Jonah says:

    Gordon Brown says “sorry”. Wow, first time for everything I guess.

    Now, will he say “sorry” for claiming he had brought an end to boom & bust?

  21. 21
    Plato says:

    Stephen Nolan open-mouthed on R5 – very funny :)

  22. 22
    Foyanero says:

    But not to those that were smeared!

  23. 23
    Lady Rothbury says:

    I haven’t laughed as much as I did this morning reading this! Not only do I really think that Guido should take great pleasure at this downfall (kind of in the same way Mr Cromwell did all those years ago), I’ve now completely trashed my ultra professional image at work! Oh well, all in the name of politics!

  24. 24
    fruitcake says:

    I’m sorry, I don’t believe the “dashing good looks” line. Fine about all the rest though.

  25. 25
    Oscar India says:

    This is what I enjoy about this blog, and others like it. You aren’t signed up to the media omerta, which infuriates them and, whilst no doubt you can be a nasty piece of work when the mood takes you, at least you don’t combine that with a stream of hypocritical, splutterling moral outrage whilst quiety behaving like those you accuse and hoping none of your colleagues will lift the lid on you. Keep it up.

  26. 26
    Dino says:

    Can we see the Telegraph NDA?

    Would be nice to know EXACTLY what they agreed to, and hence what they broke.

  27. 27
    View from the Solent says:

    I think the Speccie’s server has just collapsed under the load. It couldn’t deliver your 3rd page (Page 3? were tits involved?) and now I can’t get in to it at all.

  28. 28
    Anonymous says:

    “My wife is livid when I tell her about taunting McPoison. ‘These are powerful people, you have a family, why are you doing this?’ I think she meant more than just the texting. Cross my fingers that she hasn’t noticed the sniper graphic on the blog. ”

    Funny, but she has a point, though so do you.

  29. 29
    bodo says:

    What a classic from Gordon Brown;

    “I take full responsibility for what happened, that is why the person responsible went immediately”.

    But you’re still there Gordon.

  30. 30
    Martin Day says:

    Labourlist is down the pan! :lol:

  31. 31
    Old Hack says:

    Expenses claims are not so free and easy as they once were

  32. 32
    backwoodsman says:

    Knew telegraph was a wrong un the moment they stoped printing Willie Pools’ column – it was a straight two fingers to their core readers.

    On to better things … so dolly has done the dirty on his computer, has anyone put a FOI request to the soon to be ex – cabinet secrteary , stoping relevant e-mails being wiped off the govt servers ?

  33. 33
    JS says:

    Read it at http://thespectator.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx in the beauty of its hard-published edition. Much nicer than their shitty website, anyway. Page 16.

  34. 34
    JS says:

    Oh, and remember to select ‘one-page view’ so you can skip the full-page adverts.

  35. 35
    Plastic Scouser says:

    Don’t give your money to pay for rubbish by Rod Piddle and the others there supporting ZanuLiebore and criticising this site.

    Read on -line free.

  36. 36
    Alex says:


    “It’s absolutely true” and “It won’t get past the lawyers” are not incompatible. If you get sued for libel and the judge decides that there is a a prima facie cas to say that the plaintiff’s honour/reputation etc is besmirched if the statement is true, then it is up to the defndant to justify the assertion which may be difficult or expensive to prove, hence the lawyers might not want it published, and since the editor and publisher are jointly liable with the writer, they will most likely reject it because they can’t afford such hassle on every article they write.

  37. 37
    Henry Crun says:

    No, he has said “sorry for what has happened”…translation: Oh shit we were found out. It’s not an apology at all, he has shown no contrition to the parties that were to be smeared. McBride is no longer in his post, but the question remains; is McBride still in the employ of the civil service? If so, why hasn’t he been sacked?

    Brown should be saying both privately to the individuals and publicly that he is sorry that this has been allowed to happen. If he can’t keep watch over his own staff, how can we trust him to keep watch over affairs of state.

  38. 38
    Anonymous says:

    Nice article. However something I didn’t get, perhaps someone could explain:

    “Life is good — yet nagging worries remain. I decide to destroy all computer hard drives just in case, and order new ones.”

    Worries about what, and why destroy the hard drives?

  39. 39
    No longer a reader of the telegarph says:

    In that case you won’t perhaps have read Mary Riddell in the telegraph today under a headline of “Star of his own horror show”.

    The headline however is deceptive as Riddell states that there is ‘something obnoxious in the rush to revile (McBride), and in the lambasting of Derek Draper’.

    Sympathy?…. unbelievable!

    However she concludes, ‘ the poisonous leaks which have undermined a good and loyal Chancellor and a talented Foreign Secretatary are, with luck at an end.’

    She is entitled as always to her opinion, but she may find herself very much in the minority.

  40. 40
    Peter Grimes says:

    Oi! Don’t pick on Guido on here just because he is a Fenian get!

  41. 41
    Anonymous says:

    “I alert the whistle-blower that the game is on”

    A dead-drop in a bin on a busy street I hope.

  42. 42
    Grimley Fiendish says:

    Gotta love that cover!

  43. 43
    Glyn H says:

    There are now over 60 comments on the Mary Riddell piece EVERY ONE critical of her defence of Brown, and several point out how the DT has gone to pieces under the creepy Barclay twins. Guido really has scored a double hit with this one; well done Sir!

  44. 44
    Foyanero says:

    Read it last night and left a comment, the moderater didn’t like it.

  45. 45
    Minekiller says:

    Great cover! Inspired by ‘V’ methinks and Guido parked the Obamamessiah into bottom slot….

  46. 46
    harumph says:

    As you know full well, Guido, something doesn’t have to be untrue to be libellous – under UK law, it merely has to damage your reputation, whether true or not.

    This country needs libel law reform.

    It’s turned into the libel law equivalent of an international offshore tax haven.

  47. 47
    Chris says:

    Great cover! Well done Guido.

  48. 48

    Would you rather look like him, or Wheelan?

  49. 49
    Rembrandt says:

    Compeltely right. Fucking hoon – no responsibility or backbone at all, useless thieving snivelling idiot.

  50. 50
    Andy Carpark says:

    He sounds like a bit of a dolt. He rings up to ask your age, which he could have easily looked up, and then blurts out that Downing Street are in the know.

    Still, never mind. In the dwindling time that remains to the dead trees press in general and the Daily Tattlegraph in particular, poor old Hope might as well wander around Canary Wharf sporting a pair of donkeys’ ears. And then take his plinth next to Dolly in the Pantheon of Buffoons.

  51. 51
    Anonymous says:

    So! What’s on next?

  52. 52
    Courtney Fish says:

    Yeh. I had the same prob with Page 3. Seems to be working now – had to quit and relaunch the website. Bet the Speccie’s never had so many hits before!

  53. 53
    Pugwash says:

    well done man…

  54. 54
    Anonymous says:

    Does No10 publish a “What’s on” list of their printable activities?

  55. 55
    Anonymous says:

    Can’t imagine anyone ever wanting to give any story to the Telegraph ever again. You just can’t trust them.

  56. 56
    Anonymous says:

    Actually their website is crap in general and has problems all the time. So that wasn’t necessarily a consequence of Guido’s linking to it, although of course it could have been.

  57. 57
    Mr Ned says:

    And DO NOT click on any advertisement on their site. Open another browser window and type in the web address instead. I cannot stand the thought of my surfing making those bastards at the labourgraph any money whatsoever. If ever a paper’s website deserved a DOS attack it is theirs.

  58. 58

    A round dodger? By far the worst offence. The price of a few pints of beer goes a long way…

  59. 59
    Mr Ned says:

    This shows the REAL reason for the misleading apology. (‘I am sorry this has happened’ = ‘I am sorry that our entire general election strategy is fucked’ NOT I am sorry for creating the spin operation and allowing a disgusting email campaign to originate in my inner office)

    The only reason for the misleading apology is because Brown and his remaining spinners must’ve though that him actually saying the ‘S’ word would blow the Damian Green story off the top of the news. Even the BBC have not fallen for that!

    Will Brown issue an apology to Damian Green for deformation? Will he apologise to the police for his home office and the cabinet office wasting police time? Not ordinary police time, but terrorist officer’s time?

  60. 60
    Mr Ned says:

    So I wasn’t the only one to spot that cock-up? Shame the media gave him (yet another) free pass on that one eh?

  61. 61
    Plastic Scouser says:

    I just watched Brown’s interview at Govern shipyard on BBC News. He didn’t say sorry, he mumbled it. The Prime Minister of Great Britain can’t spell, can’t talk, can’t write, can’t see, and has no morals. He is autistic. Gordon is a moron. It a disgrace.

    He said ‘sorry about what happened’.

    Mugabrown is sorry Mc Poison ( age 34) got caught, because he will miss him watching his back.

    Bravo Guido.

  62. 62
    Max Clifford says:

    Guido needs to grow a goatee.

    Good only knows where you get those pointy hats from though.

  63. 63
    lexander says:

    That comment about Specci and Barclay bros plus departure of Boris is spot on. Bit like Punch when it was bought by the ARAB!

  64. 64
    Anonymous says:

    Has anyone else picked up mutterings from the Sandwell Valley?Have tried the What’s on column of the local rag without success?!

  65. 65
    Plastic Scouser says:

    Is Brown sorry for inventing a terror plot to hi-jack the new agenda?

    Wasting police time , antagonising Muslims in Britain and Pakistan and damaging colleges overseas business. This to further his personal ambitions.

  66. 66
    It all started in America you bastards! says:

    “…They did everything they could to spoil the story. Did Guido forget to mention the worst thing about Chris Hope?…”

    Is he Scottish by chance?

  67. 67
    It all started in America you bastards! says:

    Fat bastard Stephen Nolan (almost as fat as fellow BBC paddy Alan Green) was almost masturbating live in the BBC when the fat one eyed liar spouted his shite today.

    “There’s your apology” he was spouting away to the world.

    Er, no. This fat one eyed jock twat didn’t say sorry to those involved he was only sorry he got found out.

  68. 68
    2Shags Prescott says:

    Saw it in a chip shop once. Hard to read when someone is handling your saveloy.

  69. 69
    fruitcake says:

    Do I get a third option?

  70. 70
    Anonymous says:

    Is this the guy whose nickname is “NO”?

  71. 71
    Pip says:

    I suggest you check your facts and read the C. Hope articles. He clearly states that “G.F. offered to sell the e-mls to the D.T. but they declined the offer” – words to that effect. As I understand it from all that I have read – this was a lie. Anyway – read or re-read his articles and others relating to it.

  72. 72
    Libertarian says:

    Some good Guido esque blogging

    only got started there but really got his ear to the ground take a look


  73. 73
    Pip says:

    Brian SJ
    Ooops – I should take my own advice ! Am just reading the Speccie article. Please ignore my comment !

  74. 74
    swinger says:

    I agree. People who don’t buy rounds, when others do, should be strung up. It is effectively stealing.

  75. 75
    Anonymous says:

    yea thats not bad

    still needs a bit of work though
    but your getting there

  76. 76
    ragged trousered philhoontherapist says:

    In his speccie piece on McPoison et al. Liddle opines that Guido is ‘semi-literate’. Rather amusing given the laudenum-like effect of his interminable droning. Jealousy is a terrible thing, eh Rod?

  77. 77
    Sarah Brown says:

    Guido ..i love you ….. can i have your children?

  78. 78
    Piscator says:

    You good for nothing doxy..go and stand by your hoots man..

  79. 79
    TheCaptain says:

    What has Guido done to Rod Liddle to make him so disingenuous towards him? Has Guido got something on him that we don’t yet know about?…

  80. 80
    superclaud says:

    Guido first class job as to Hope’ s buying habits, probably comes from too much Broon nosing.

  81. 81
    harmston says:

    The criticisms of the Spectator and the Telegraph are justified. The Speccie used to be a terrific read, but now only Rod Liddle( in spite of this weeks effort) and Fraser Nelson are worth reading. Liddle is hugely entertaining when he writes on Islam (the most important issue in European politics). I now no longer buy the magazine but read some of it in the library. Another thing is that at nearly three quid, its not value for money these days, often running to only 52 pages; Boris used to regularly make 80 pages.
    The Telegraph is also in a bad way–the contributors, freelance and staff, who’ve left in the last year or two. These Barclay brothers sound distinctly sinister.

  82. 82
    Bath plugs for the many, not the few says:

    If you want to complain about semi-literacy, try to spell laudanum correctly.

  83. 83
    Bath plugs for the many, not the few says:

    Er, sorry, it was Liddle who was making the allegation of semi-literacy. Apologies.

  84. 84
    sconzey says:

    Guido, I think this is the first time I’ve commented.

    1. You are a bona fide hero. Were I in possession of a womb, I would offer it’s use for your procreation.
    2. Contract law, along with protection of private property, is the foundation of civilised society. If the Torygraph signed a valid NDA and then breached it then you are morally obliged to press charges. ;) I’ll donate to a legal fund, even if it means prosecuting my favourite newspaper.

  85. 85
    Rudy says:

    What a shit. Knew a chap like that once, forever dodging his round. He was beaten to death with a shoe. Judge threw the case out, mitigating circumstances.

  86. 86
    Rudy says:

    Fuck I hate that fat gobshite Nolan. Another candidate for a shoe beating.

  87. 87
    Rudy says:

    Oi. My post above has been inserted in the wrong place. Makes no fucking sense here.

  88. 88
    City of Vice says:

    Should not the police be called back in to arrest the top Civil Servants who were both wasting police time and our money with their bogus allegations of ‘risks to National Security’?

    This is notwithstanding the disgraceful conduct of ministers, presumably briefed by the same Civil Servants, in misleading the public about immigration issues.

    At minimum, the responsible Sir Humphreys’ should be sacked forthwith and without ceremony. After all, as a result of the disinformation of these people an innocent MP was arrested in Parliament, his home and constituency premises ransacked, and his confidential papers seized by anti- terrorism police.

    I am aghast at the lack of press and public outrage over this episode. Have our expectations of public servants become so debased?

  89. 89

    Gudio, I’ll publish it at http://thatsnews.blogspot.com not as interesting as the Spectator, but, I’d feel honoured to do it. :)

  90. 90
    Nic says:

    I shall a loo seat warmed for me and my glasses ready for when the Speccie comes through the letter box on Friday morning.

    Until then I shall restrain myself from comment. After then……

  91. 91
    MG says:

    Look, just stop buying the Browngraph as more and more are doing.

  92. 92
    Silenced By The Lambs says:

    Nothing that The Tossergraph does these days surprises me.

  93. 93
    The Last Bastion of Sanity says:

    Let’s go with Chris Hapless ;-)

  94. 94
    ragged trousered philhoontherapist says:

    no problem Mr Plugs, I winged it without a spellchecker and failed, mea culpa. PS lend us 88p would you?

  95. 95
    Anonymous says:

    A front cover showing a terrorist blowing up parliament? Isn’t that illegal?

    What’s the betting ZaNuLabour will send their Anti-terrorist Squad to raid the Spectator offices for producing a magazine cover inciting terrorism?

  96. 96
    Anonymous says:

    If you’re “pretty angry about the way the political system over here works” why not get off your fat arse and do something about it like a man rather than hiding behind your computer screen and making snide little digs and comments about politicians all day you whiney little bitsch. opinionated bystanders arn’t at all what anybody needs. keep your mouth shut unless you’re prepared to get your hands dirty. bet you fancy yourself as a bit of a vigilante. bet you’re up to your eyeballs in girls too, going ooooh isn’t that that internet blogger who spends all day moaning about politics, what an attractive quality. grow a pair.

  97. 97
    Mr Christopher says:

    Note that Riddell says that it is the leaks that are ‘poisonous,’ not their content!

  98. 98
    Anonymous says:

    i may have missed it in the comments but libel has fuck all to do with truth. Libel is about character not truth so the speccie was probably correct in its corrections – interestingly it is owned by the same tax dodging twins as the telelabour but seems to have more freedom. Adivice – tommies and mrs milburn if that thug makes a play after gordo

  99. 99
    Mr Christopher says:

    Ah no! It is our words here on Guido Fawkes that are at this very being collated by some night-shift goon in MI5, with ‘risk’ points being awarded to each contributor using re-manufactured credit scoring software.

    So many points for so many inflammatory remarks, and onto the ‘watch list’ you go!

  100. 100
    Peter B says:

    Michael White is an awful Labour Luvvie swivel-eyed,lefty bastard.I watched that episode from Newsnight and I seriously wanted to grab him by the bollocks and twist them really hard when he exposed your identity in that self-righteous,lefty way that they all seem to have.If you also notice,lefties talk and talk and talk – anything to shut down debate and stop the other person from getting a word in edgeways.His approach is,and always is,that the mere thought that Labour could be involved in any sort of conspiracy is completely impossible.You may have gathered I don’t like him! I do,however,love your blog and last week’s revelation was a real winner!Never let them stop you.

  101. 101
    Rush-is-Right says:

    Yes, I lapsed my subscription after Mark Steyn was forced out. He was the best thing in it.

  102. 102
    City of Vice says:

    Rod Liddle is a paid up member of Metropolitan MSM class who earn a good living writing fuck all about fuck all. Liddle is sticking up for his drinking mates whose shameful shady government brown-nosing dealings Guido has exposed. Just think about it. What Guido has achieved in the last few days through his work eclipses all that the MSM peddlars of tittle tattle like Liddle have achieved in their entire journalistic careers. With this is mind, who really gives a toss about what Liddle thinks.

  103. 103
    TheArachnid says:

    I liked your revelations ,about Lobby “parasite” journalists,in todays “online”Times.But,surely it’s the actual newspapers that employ these “people” who are in the wrong.They know ,you know,but “we”,the hoi-polloi,don’t know,what machinations are going on.The newspapers Editors are the ones that are culpable of “churning” out this political spin,and censoring any letters sent to them ,with contradictory views.Never mind,with websites like yours,the “fourth estate” will be jolted out of it’s ubiquitous lethargy.Welcome to the 21st century,newspaper proprietors.
    Thanks again for going ,where Editors fear to tread.I now refuse to buy British newspapers because of “we know what’s right for you *******” attitude.

  104. 104
    Mack the Knife says:

    Your surname isn’t Whelan by any chance? It’s easy to indulge in the puerile invective that characterises your “contributions” (I use the term advisedly), but whether you like it or not, the blogosphere will continue to highlight the terminal incompetence and moral corruption of this shower who are supposed to be running the country.
    May I suggest you attend an “anger management” course. Mr D Draper may be able to point you in the right direction.

  105. 105
    Solopolis says:

    The Express and Star published a piece about Watson on April 15th.


    “But was he not both physically and politically close to McBride in the No 10 office?

    “I didn’t share an office. I didn’t sit by him. That is another lie.”

    Hmmm. Oh really. Where’s that photo gone of the Drowning Street Press Orifice?

  106. 106
    Dr Brian Stephens says:

    Morning, Mr McPoison!

  107. 107
    Anonymous says:

    Exactly right. Liddle may fart around with this and that but he knows who butters his bread, and that he’d be lucky to ever get so much of it anywhere else.

  108. 108
    Aethelred says:

    “rather than hiding behind your computer screen”

    That would be irony then, Anonymous.

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