+ + + 23 Year-Old Student Arrested + + +

So the news wires now have it.

Our target was arrested earlier in Cambridgeshire.

Guido would put money on our laughing boy being from Anglia Ruskin University Students Union…

UPDATE 18.00 : At this moment it is not clear which of the two  extinguisher brandishing yobs has been arrested.

Pay-Wall Silences Purnell Spurn

Labour Uncut have got a lot of attention today for revealing that Ed Miliband offered former Blairite MP James Purnell the job of his Chief of Staff. The only man brave enough to stand up to Gordon Brown, before being let down by David Miliband, seemingly refused to touch the job with a barge pole. The story has sent ripples of excitement through the Labour lot and the hacks. But was this as exclusive? No.

The Times apparently ran the story nine days ago, but because of their pay-wall no one saw it or took any notice. For their take Labour Uncut get all the credit and the traffic, leaving Wapping’s finest with nothing. Guido bets their political team are a happy bunch this afternoon given they managed to save Red Ed from humiliation.

Friday Caption Contest (Hand of History Edition)

Second Extinguisher Wielding Yob Sought

Do you know the name of this extinguisher carrying individual? He seems to be a different yob from the one pictured in the wanted poster yesterday, carrying a different extinguisher, more likely to be the one that was tossed at the police.

Your information will treated as in confidence and you do not have to give your name…

FOI Payments Get Pickled

Eric Pickles has decreed that councils can no longer charge for FoIs.  One of the most frustrating answers to truth-seekers, of which Guido counts himself amongst, is that the information is too expensive to obtain. Always taken with a pinch of salt.

So to your keyboards co-conspirators. Though this is a good move, wouldn’t it just be simpler to put all the information on-line in the first place?

Keeping a Sense of Proportion on Twitter

Two cases of humour on Twitter have brought a disproportionate response that Guido really can’t let pass without comment.

The first case is that of Paul Chambers, the 27-year-old man convicted of “menace” following a Twitter joke about blowing up an airport – “Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get your shit together otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!” He has lost his appeal.

Not a very good joke, but not one in context that deserves a full blown trial. Then we have Tory councillor Gareth Compton arrested and charged for an offence under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 for what Yasmin Alibhai-Brown says is racially motivated incitement to murder.

Not very funny, more a jest in exasperation at something ridiculous she has said on a radio show. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is exasperating, she has built her whole career as a columnist on being as exasperating as a slightly dotty outspoken aunt who you can’t get to shut-up. Guido would also bet that Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, as an outspoken high profile muslim woman,  is on the receiving end of a lot of unpleasant racial abuse to which she has probably become acutely sensitised and is fed up with. Is this tweet, in context, really of that order?

Everyone who has any public profile gets abuse and threats. Nutters, particularly online, are ten-a-penny and Twitter gives nutters a direct feedback channel for abuse (for the last few days student trots have being giving Guido the benefit of their badly spelt views). It is the price you pay for a public profile, particularly online.

Guido has only referred threats to the police when they have been of the “we know where your kids go to school” kind. Straightforward abuse on Twitter justs gets the tweeter blocked, abusive emails just get the sender added to the spam filter.  No doubt Guido could have plenty of antagonists charged under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003. Twitter, blogs and email provide easy written evidence. There is one obsessive in Guildford who occupies megabytes of hard-drive storage with abusive profane voicemails, emails and libels, another in Hull who regularly blogs about Guido’s supposed National Front past. Distressing? Actionable? Life is just too short to drag them all through the Courts Yasmin.

REMAIN TAKES PROJECT FEAR TO CHURCH REMAIN TAKES PROJECT FEAR TO CHURCH
SOUBRY’S BIG NISSAN-DERSTANDING SOUBRY’S BIG NISSAN-DERSTANDING
JIM SHANNON ORDERED TO REPAY £14,000 EXPENSES JIM SHANNON ORDERED TO REPAY £14,000 EXPENSES
PAY “ONLY REAL RED LINE” FOR BMA JUNIOR DOCTOR LEADERSHIP PAY “ONLY REAL RED LINE” FOR BMA JUNIOR DOCTOR LEADERSHIP
NET MIGRATION UP 20,000 TO 333,000 NET MIGRATION UP 20,000 TO 333,000
POLICE INVESTIGATING TESSA MUNT ELECTION EXPENSES POLICE INVESTIGATING TESSA MUNT ELECTION EXPENSES
LEAVE.EU ON HOOK FOR £500,000 BREXIT GIG LEAVE.EU ON HOOK FOR £500,000 BREXIT GIG
TRUMP SINGS “WE’RE GONNA BUILD A WALL” TRUMP SINGS “WE’RE GONNA BUILD A WALL”
OZBOT VERSUS ANDROGENOID OZBOT VERSUS ANDROGENOID
EDDIE IZZARD’S HOTEL BILLS NOT LAWFULLY DECLARED EDDIE IZZARD’S HOTEL BILLS NOT LAWFULLY DECLARED
POLITICAL PARTY RICHLIST POLITICAL PARTY RICHLIST
EU PLOTS TAX ID NUMBERS FOR EVERY EUROPEAN CITIZEN EU PLOTS TAX ID NUMBERS FOR EVERY EUROPEAN CITIZEN
MUNT ADMITS SHE DIDN’T DECLARE LOCAL CAMPAIGN TRANSPORT MUNT ADMITS SHE DIDN’T DECLARE LOCAL CAMPAIGN TRANSPORT
OZBOT VERSUS ANDROGENOID OZBOT VERSUS ANDROGENOID
“Fat Cats For EU” “Fat Cats For EU”
“CHEATED” LIBDEM PICTURED CAMPAIGNING ON BATTLE BUS “CHEATED” LIBDEM PICTURED CAMPAIGNING ON BATTLE BUS
CHRISTINE HAMILTON HIRED ON THE PUBLIC PAYROLL CHRISTINE HAMILTON HIRED ON THE PUBLIC PAYROLL
CONSERVATIVES IN: SPOT THE DIFFERENCE CONSERVATIVES IN: SPOT THE DIFFERENCE
HULL UNIVERSITY THIRD TO DISAFFILIATE FROM NUS HULL UNIVERSITY THIRD TO DISAFFILIATE FROM NUS
CAMERON’S AIRFARE FABLE CAMERON’S AIRFARE FABLE
TELEGRAPH BLOODBATH: NEW JOBS CULL UNDERWAY TELEGRAPH BLOODBATH: NEW JOBS CULL UNDERWAY
CCHQ FREEZE MPS AND ASSOCIATIONS OUT OF VOTE SOURCE CCHQ FREEZE MPS AND ASSOCIATIONS OUT OF VOTE SOURCE
OSBORNE MISSED BORROWING TARGET BY EVEN MORE THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT OSBORNE MISSED BORROWING TARGET BY EVEN MORE THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT
POLICE INVESTIGATING SHADOW MINISTER OVER ELECTION EXPENSES POLICE INVESTIGATING SHADOW MINISTER OVER ELECTION EXPENSES
TOOTING BY-ELECTION CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF IN BATTERSEA TOOTING BY-ELECTION CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF IN BATTERSEA
ELECTORAL COMMISSION ON JOCK-‘COPTER CAMPAIGN ELECTORAL COMMISSION ON JOCK-‘COPTER CAMPAIGN
STURGEON DUCKS CHOPPER QUESTION STURGEON DUCKS CHOPPER QUESTION
NUS CHIEF EXECUTIVE PAID FIVE TIMES AVERAGE GRADUATE NUS CHIEF EXECUTIVE PAID FIVE TIMES AVERAGE GRADUATE
CORBYN CLAPPED COMMIE LEADER FOR REFUSING TO TOAST THE QUEEN CORBYN CLAPPED COMMIE LEADER FOR REFUSING TO TOAST THE QUEEN
SNP CHOPPER NOT DECLARED PROPERLY SNP CHOPPER NOT DECLARED PROPERLY