February 9th, 2011

No2Evidence Based Blogging

Since Will Straw exited stage left, his old “Evidence Based Blog” seems to have exited the confines of reality. This morning they signalled the petty gloves were very much off in the AV war. Apparently a Yes2AV campaigner deliberately signing up to make his Facebook picture appear on the No2AV site is a major “gaffe”. Not really when you see the Yes2AV portraying No supporters in a similar way. Guido isn’t sure either side are going to get much cut-through if this is the extent of the air-war.

However it’s Left Foot Forward’s editorial judgement that really made Guido laugh. Given that the Yes campaign has in the last few months been caught pushing Nazi smears, accusing Labour MPs of being BNP supporters, seen their budget splashed in Sunday newspapers, lost a staffer for an “anti-Islamic diatribe” and can only find Nick Clegg to support them, perhaps Shamik Das should be a little more careful throwing the word “gaffe” about. But it’s hardly the first time Left Foot Forward have let the truth get in the way of a good story…


  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    What do you expect from the loony left?


    • 8
      Clegg is fucked anyway says:

      Government defeated on AV referendum turnout threshold

      The government has suffered a defeat in the Lords – by a majority of just one vote – on whether there should be a threshold on turnout at the forthcoming referendum on changing the system used to elect MPs.
      As peers began committee stage debate on the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill on 7 February 2011, peers backed by 219 votes to 218 an amendment tabled by former Labour minister Lord Rooker to make the referendum binding only if turnout was 40% or more.


    • 9
      Gordon Brown says:

      i am going to show my bum in Burton’s window


  2. 2
    *cough* says:

    “But it’s hardly the first time Left Foot Forward have let the truth get in the way of a good story…”

    Like Alan Johnson having an affair with his Spad?

    Or like the Tories biggest donor not being a banker despite owning a bank?


  3. 3
    Don Keydick says:

    O/T Look what happens when the Great Gordo leaves No. 10



  4. 5
    pp says:

    I don’t have any time for either Straw.

    But your ‘Anti-islamic diatribe’ phrase is well off beam – the ‘joke’ was irreverent like the danish mohamed cartoons maybe, but not anti-islam or islamophobic.

    I’d have thought you’d be standing up for free speech and attempts at humour regardless of offence.

    But maybe you are becoming mainstream, and losing the fire…


  5. 6
    captain short memory says:

    “accusing Labour MPs of being BNP supporters”

    Like this you mean ?



  6. 13
    Why is the No to AV campaign so shite ? says:

    Do they want to lose it ??

    For fuck’s sake! it’s hardly rocket science. All you have to do is plaster Nick Clegg’s face everywhere along with some of his golden ‘pledges’ and witterings about AV and the No vote is in the bag.

    Has Cameron told them to go easy on Clegg because he’s Dave’s best friend??


  7. 16
    Anonymous says:

    Prisoners will get the vote, Kenneth Clarke says.


    Just been over there to add my recommendation to yaosoxx’s comment, “Kenneth Clarke is a c**t.” . It’s approx. third best rated at the moment. Lets hope its top by the end of the day.


  8. 22
    Captain D says:

    This really is bollocks Guido. Get a fucking job


  9. 23
    Clamity Clarke says:

    arrrrh bless Guido…. Has Charlotte Vere being telling you what to do again !!!!


  10. 24
    Cynic says:

    It will be hard to get Lib Dem Voters out of bed to vote for this. Then there will be 10% of those who cant find the polling station and another 15% who will be put off by their carers or because they have forgotten to take their medication.


  11. 25
    you are so naieve says:

    let’s not pretend that the tories are all fun loving, humanitarians


    they still hold views that are outrageous even in the 21st century


    • 37
      Anonymous says:

      Let’s not forget that Labour sent hundreds of British soldiers to their deaths in an illegal war.


  12. 30
    John Ward says:

    Ah but, Guido dear

    The web’s only evidence-based bollocks deconstructor is alive, well, growing and digging out the facts that matter.

    For example, why BSkyB is just as crooked as the Newscorp hackers tryong to buy it….



  13. 31
    Strawman is cornered says:

    Brillo grilling Jack Straw on Megrahi. Great stuff.


  14. 38

    I’d like to complain about this piece. So what if I’m a completely illiterate Lefty Loon, at least I know what I am and what I’m not. An understanding of Economics has never been a prerequisite of blogging, just look at Labourlist.

    With best regards
    Shamprick Crass.


  15. 39
    Dick Dolby says:

    Will there actually BE a referendum ??

    I’m not holding my breath…


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