May 28th, 2011

Saturday Seven Up

7upLast week was a monster of a week with super-injunctions, and the breaking of them, driving readers here to find out more as the papers held back for fear of Schillings. Twitter triumphed beating Schillings and the judges with a little help from transparency campaigner John Hemming MP. In a chilling legal environment we kept readers up to date with the battle and made the case against Schillings forcefully.

This blog has also been at the forefront of the Huhne hunt, pushing it along and tracking every development in a story which is now entering its fourth week. You have to admire Huhne’s limpet-like quality in the face of adversity. He spins even faster than he drives, yesterday The Telegraph fell for his line (Guido was sceptical from the outset) and it took until yesterday evening before Vicky Pryce got her rebuttal out via Michael Crick. We’re eagerly awaiting what could be the fourth Sunday of newspaper coverage tomorrow…

All this newsflow made last week the busiest week of the year so far, Monday alone saw 104,923 page views from readers keen on discovering more about super-injunctions and the latest developments in the Huhne saga. The week saw 119,737 visitors making 348,984 visits to view 582,110 pages. Thanks to you we’re Britain’s favourite blog, the one you love and they hate. The top stories last week in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or you are behind…


  1. 1
    Ed says:

    Juthtine hath made me the happietht man in the world! Now all I need to do ith make her pregnant and I’m guaranteed to become prime minithter! OK, it didn’t work for Gordon but I’m thure it’ll work for me!


  2. 3
    I says:

    Chris Huhne has a get out of prison card. It is against his human rights to be separated from his ………… ( fill in the missing word )


  3. 5
    I don't need no doctor says:

    The BBC (Today, Radio 4) and now repeated on BBC News 24 are attacking Sharon Shoesmith. A mention of Ed Balls but no critism of him by the BBC. Another example of labour bias from the BBC.
    Let the unusually quiet Ed Balls pay her compensation.


    • 83
      Shock,Awe and Total indifference says:

      That’s what you get for pandering to “Daily Mail” readership for a quick headline political win instead of following “proper procedures” under the disciplinary code…….


    • 114
      Anonymous says:

      Humphries was determined not to allow her to make her point about the utter bollocks that is Ofsted and its reports saying whatever happens to be convenient at the time. Humphries is a c’unt.


      • 171
        Selohesra says:

        and so is she so they were well matched. She made her point repeatedly but seemed to want to talk about anything other than her own responsibility.


        • 187
          Anonymous says:

          No, she repeatedly tried and he repeatedly prevented her. It’s as if the liblabcon Establishment are scared of what she might say.


  4. 6

    If Huhne worked as hard for UK debt reduction as he does to save his own skin, we would be out of trouble in no time at all.


  5. 9
    I don't need no doctor says:

    4 billion UK citizens can’t be wrong.


  6. 13
    Sharon Shoesmith says:

    I don’t give a fuck about baby p. Just give me my £1m compensation.


  7. 17
    Funny how you spend so much time travelling on your own says:


  8. 19
    Spank Sinatra says:

    Having a bit of a ‘bad hair’ day dear?


  9. 23

    I can never work out nowadays where the dissenters, who post here, come from.

    This time, last year, it was nearly all Labour apparatchiks. They now wallow in their own Slough of Despond and maybe a good many of these newer oiks are displaced LibDems who thought their party was to the left of NewLab.

    Whet they all share in common though is a combination of deep bitterness together with a complete lack of humour. What dreary lives they must lead.


    • 29

      The advertisers don’t mind ;)


      • 35
        I says:

        That’s because they’ve shed-loads of benefits to spend


      • 46

        Continued good luck to you, Guido. Like you, I have no difficulty in listening to views that are contrary to mine.

        However, Dr Johnson’s saying, ” What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure”, has never been as true. That should count for all strands of opinion. (Billy – kindly note.)


        • 66
          Polly Toynbee says:

          I think you meant slough of despond rather than Slough but never having been there you could be right!


          • Man on the Clapham Omnibus says:

            John Betjeman tells all you need to know.


          • You can read it either way, pet.


          • ‘This miry Slough is such a place as cannot be mended; it is the descent whither the scum and filth that attends conviction for sin doth continually run, and therefore is it called the Slough of Despond: for still as the sinner is awakened about his lost condition, there ariseth in his soul many fears, and doubts, and discouraging apprehensions, which all of them get together, and settle in this place; and this is the reason of the badness of this ground.’

            John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress – Harmondsworth/Penguin edition, suggest you refresh your memory, ducks.


          • 1 in 5 unskilled workers in UK now foreign says:

            Slough: twinned with a town in Latvia. Populated by people from Poland.


          • The Paragnostic says:

            At least the Poles are Christian…


      • 52
        he's shit scared of Hague says:

        touchy! touchy! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!!

        seems like someone does mind ;-) and has been told by his CCHQ paymasters that Hague is off limits

        now go do as you are told little doggy and bite huhne’s ankles some more


        • 84
          smoggie says:

          You got it wrong on Huhne, Thick as Thieves, so I see you’re back to your old tricks of throwaway sockpuppets and stealing others’ monikers.


    • 30
      Socialist Worker says:

      It’s not dreary. We smash windows and threaten minimum-wage shop assistants.


    • 91
      John Bunyan's Toe Nail says:

      Have you not realised yet who these people are who post on here or where they come from ? They are the angry “silent majority” who lurk beneath the veneer of the “Big Society”


  10. 27
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Breaking News : Gill Scott Heron Dies in America at the age of just 62
    Singer/songwriter Heron is credited by many as the inventor of rap music !
    RIP Gill


    • 31

      Clearly they don’t make ‘em there as they do in Rochdale…


    • 32
      Rap is Crap says:

      He was executed, I hope?


      • 70
        Dick the Prick says:

        Gil Scott Heron was fucking brilliant and rap hasn’t anything to do with it. Winter in America, Military and the Monetary, Angel Dust etc etc – the man was a marimba genius.


        • 124
          Quadruple the human race's IQ in 1 quick move: gas all rap fans says:

          However, he invented rap, for which the only acceptable punishment is death.


          • Dick the Prick says:

            Invent seems perjorative and Heron merely spoke to young black Americans to turn them away from guns, violence, class A drugs, misogyny and crime yet gave them a funky baseline and poetry. Did Elvis invent rock ‘n’ roll, did the Beatles destroy it?


          • The Paragnostic says:

            Up until Grandmaster Flash all was OK – it all seemed to go bad round about the time that ‘Wham Rap’ came out.

            I blame George Michael for the decline in rapping standards.

            Gil Scott Heron, however, was pure jazz with a bit of poetry on top, and a fine musician.


  11. 34
    Ed says:

    Latht night I took Juthtine up the chutney chuffer. Thhe thaid “Too fatht, too deep”.


  12. 36
    I'll have a P please Bob says:

    Bollocks Guido you aren’t at the forefront of anything, you are just saying ooh look Crick says this and oooh the sunday papers might say something else. All of which we can see for ourselves.

    Crick’s piece is a classic bit of dishonesty. He pretends to be denying a story that Vicky was “not cooperating” with the police . The story said nothing of the kind, it said that she was not confirming her claim – a completely different thing. Of course she is cooperating because she has belatedly realised what a brilliant job she has done of painting herself into a corner/sawing off the branch she is sitting on. She is between the Scylla of self-confessed perjury and the Charybdis of wasting police time. She has been so busy feeding her husband’s goolies into the mangle that she never noticed her left tit getting caught in it and in her efforts to extricate it she has now got the right one trapped too. So of course she is cooperating with the police in a yes sir no sir please don’t send me to prison sir kind of way. Cooperating doesn’t however mean confirming her story

    As to the “net closing in” suggestion, the filth were always bound to ask questions of the guests at the LSE and guess how much info they are going to get from it. How many dinners you had in 2003 can you remember in detail, or indeed at all?

    Oh and Crick’s idiot cunning list of suggestions to the police, all of which occurred to the rest of us weeks ago, omits the biggy which is mobile phone location records


  13. 49
    Mr Justice Turkeyforahat says:

    You bastards!

    I despise people who threaten our cosy earnings cartel.


  14. 51
    Mark Oaten says:

    I’ve bought a shitzu dog. Very misleading name. I’m still waiting.


  15. 56

    Do we write all the thousands of comment every week as well?


  16. 58
    Sky News getting like Fox News says:

    I find the Sky news presenter who’s on now rather biased. He was interviewing a spokesman from Amnesty Int and he asked if it wasn’t ott of them to call Guantanamo Bay a gulag. The spokesman said no but the presenter said whatever its flaws it’s not like a gulag. Keep your neocon bias to yourself buddy!


  17. 60

    ED Milliband goes to the dentist !
    Dentist : You’ve just had oral sex>
    ED :How do you know ,have i got pubes in my teeth ?
    Dentist : No you’ve got shit on your nose !



  18. 69
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Two more brave lads killed in Afghanistan !
    more to follow in Libya once we start using helecoptors


    • 118
      Dave Camoron says:

      Our boys are very brave. Under a lot of stress. I know how to take their minds off it – I’ll order a 10 percent paycut (got to find money for India’s nuclear weapons programme from somewhere, what what) and get the 70,000 civilian staff at the MoD to start writing soldiers’ P45s.

      The troops won’t worry about getting killed now!

      Toodle pip!


  19. 74
    Ann T Ancylidae says:

    Send the SBS into Eastleigh. They should be good at mining limpets.


    • 106
      Ann T Bacteria says:

      Ann, Good idea. Pop round for a cuppa later on.


    • 159
      tell it like it really is says:

      Send the SAS into Oldham, Bradford, Tower Hamlets…………… for you all to add the rest.


  20. 85
    angelnstar says:

    Boris is the bookies’ choice to thrash Ken, but what is not so well known is that he is now garnering support from other dimensions. EVEN ANGELS WILL FALL.


  21. 92
    Carol Caplin says:

    I did not have sexy relations with Chris Huhne or Ryan, but I would have if the Pryce was right.


  22. 100
    Anonymous says:

    Why is it that virtually no-one can spell John Hemming’s name right? Remember: there’s only one John Hemming!


    • 108
      Bar C Loner says:

      We shall be singing that at Wembley later: One Johnny Hemming, there’s only one Johnny Hemming – one Johnny Hemming, there’s only one Johnny Hemming.

      Whomsoever it was who wrote the Guantanamera song should sue them all for copyright abuse.


      • 116
        Dave "Orphan Works" Camoron says:

        I believe anyone should be able to freely steal use any copyrighted material in any way they like.


        • 148
          The Paragnostic says:

          I believe that copyright should be granted only on the same terms as patents – if you haven’t made money in the first 17 years, then it’s into the public domain with it. That’s pretty much how it worked when introduced – and it has been perverted by legislators ever since.

          Exceptions to be made for exceptionally fine music, such as Hurry On Sundown or Masters of the Universe, of course.


          • On the other hand, “Money’s Too Tight (To Mention)” speaks for itself…


          • Оn thе оthеr hаnd, “Mоnеy’s Tоо Tіght (Tо Mеntіоn)” spеаks fоr іtsеlf…


          • One of the many people threatened by Dave's meddling with copyright law says:

            The Internet muddies the waters somewhat.

            If you find a photo on the web and you wish to use it on your own website or in a magazine without paying royalties, how would you know if the photographer hadn’t made any money from it for the first 17 years of its existence?

            As it stands, you cannot legally use the photo. Dave is looking to change this (the last Labour government originally suggested the change, and the Tories opposed it, until they took over and did a u-turn).

            “I looked for the copyright holder but I couldn’t find the origin of the photo” is now to be a legitimate excuse reason for not paying royalties.


          • The Paragnostic says:

            Oi Cat – you promised not to mention that – luckily I dug out the Dusty Springfield as a mindbleach :-)


          • The Paragnostic says:

            Didn’t realise the proposal was to be able to use stuff willy nilly – I bet that doesn’t apply to stuff owned by friends of Mandy and Treasonmann who put the proposals together under the wise counsel of lawyers for Sony, Disney et al.

            I’m dead against that bit of it then – if people can’t be arsed to go out and take their own photos, then they should be forced to have a text-only website (caption competitions excluded, of course).

            My objection to copyright is the abuse of it at the behest of the music and film cartels, not to the creators being properly acknowledged and compensated.


          • How Long to the Point of No Return?


          • Or: How long to the Point of Know Return, even.

            I used to be able to post these vids properly. Senility does have its drawbacks.


          • what if you just hot link to the photo in question, rather than just steal? If you want to use a photo on your website.


    • 129
      girlie football fan says:

      will he be marking Dwayne Looney ?


      • 150
        The Paragnostic says:

        Rooney does not need marking – Barca fans are reported to have brought lots of shiny things which they will wave to distract the pie key as he looks for more stuff for Colander’s charm bracelet.


  23. 109
    This is what Mrs Bercow wears when she goes out says:


  24. 119
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    If only Huhne had given those 3 points to Blackpool, they’d still be in the Premiership.


  25. 128
    MIKE HANCOCK Perv Letch Stalker MP and part time SPY says:

    To save on my escalating travel costs
    i propose we open three Romanian orphanages in Portsmouth


  26. 142

    me and Tony always tackled the big tissues


  27. 152
    Ferguson says:

    Looks like Ryan Giggs may have played away from home before. This is from 2005:

    “The star’s womanising is legendary. His smouldering good looks and millionaire lifestyle have attracted TV presenters, models, air hostesses, strippers and actresses. ”


    • 155
      Saying it like it is says:

      “His smouldering good looks and millionaire lifestyle have attracted TV presenters, models, air hostesses, strippers and actresses gold-diggers. ”


  28. 153
    Rip van Winkle says:

    Daisy! Daisy!


  29. 168
    The King's Schilling says:

    That’s my new yacht down the shitter.


  30. 186
    Traffic Expert says:

    Mail on Sunday just repeats information already reported this week, no new killer evidence to support the allegations.

    The really silly bit of this week’s story is an attempt to show that its unlikely Vicky Pryce could have reached Stansted in time based on an asseration that she might not have left until 10pm and based on journey times calculated by satnavs which of course assume that she stuck to the speed limit.


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Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!

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