September 15th, 2011

FT Editor Wants to Tax and Regulate Guido

The FT’s cerebral editor Lionel Barber gave the Fulbright Lecture last night about media matters of concern to the chatterati (The Future of News and Newspapers in the Digital Revolution). Barber joins the chorus for a Media Standards Commission, with teeth, to replace the discredited Press Complaints Commission.

Of interest to Guido was that he wants the regulator’s remit to cover blogs:

Should the new system embrace new media such as the Huffington Post UK or individual political bloggers such as Guido Fawkes?  My answer is Yes, not simply in the interests of a level playing field but also because the distinction between old and new media are rapidly becoming meaningless in the new digital eco-system.  New media is moving into reporting. Old media is blogging and tweeting, and using social media to promote and distribute news and analysis around the world.

If bloggers don’t cooperate he wants “a statutory levy on advertising revenues for non-participants, with such levies being used to fund the new body”. Good luck with that, because it will require some extra-territorial innovations in international law. It is never going to happen, you’ll have to prise the keyboard out of Guido’s cold dead hands…



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

    So the only place and people that will have freedom of speech is politicons in parliament.


    • 4
      Blah says:

      Don’t be naive – there’s no such thing as freedom of speech.


      • 10
        Stephen Kinnock says:

        Anyone else noticed how attractive William Hague is? I’d like to ram my huge throbbing… Oh shit, the Danish bint has just arrived.


        • 31
          Fairy Fawkes says:

          Now, now, Stephen is just like me – long and happily married, a glamorous wife, who’s defo not a lezza, and two lovely girls, proving beyond a shadow, he and I are not raging fags, and like nothing better planting our seed amongst the loins of beautiful young rent boys. Ah shit, I almost had it off pat


          • Fiscal Gerrymandering says:

            This is why the FT is such rubbish these days. Any hack worth his salt would already know that this blog is not hosted or domiciled in this country, so any revenue or regulatory changes would not affect Mr. Fawkes in the slightest

            Lazy, reactionary, pinko self interest promotion will not restore the FT to great institution we all loved in the last century.

            For Gods sake Pearson, press the reset button and get rid of all the whinging socialists or you’ll be calling in the administrators within 5 years.


          • MrAngry61 says:

            The Pinko Pink-Un is now a Europ e a n paper (also printed in Germany AIR). Since the majority of its readers are in Eurozone states, its electoral stance is Euro p e a n Socialist.


      • 16
      • 23
        Tony i'm on another $100m from the banksters to get the Iran thing kicked off Blair says:

        Just struck me the other day as rather queer that so many sodomists make it to the top of western ‘democratic’ institutions. Can’t be anything in it.


    • 9
      twat watch says:

      Seems to me the twat doesn’t credit the reader with the intelligence to discern between a paper and a blog.


    • 34
      Ah! Monika says:

      Don’t think his view would go down well in Egypt, Libya or Syria.


  2. 2
    Katabasis says:

    I’m glad I didn’t attend this now (it was sold out by the time I’d heard about it).

    As ever the vested and pleading interests in the dead tree press remain completely clueless.


    • 15
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      You beat me to it. However so disguised, special pleading is special pleading, and Barber’s speech must be considered as part of NI’s campaign to profit from creating an information cartel. Has Guido considered that regulating political blogs is firmly in the interests of the global political class? Regulation=control = lots of non-jobs on the taxpayers teat, and certainly the Euro- Left will be very interested in such a proposal.


    • 21
      Ed the Axeman says:

      Its got a name – rent seeking.


  3. 3
    The Stilton Eater says:

    Barber speaks for big business. He knows Pearson Group’s FT is under pressure from blogs and he wants to tax and regulate small businesses who pose a threat to him.


  4. 5
    see below says:

    What a fucking twat and that’s being generous!

    What is it with all these fuckers and their desire to control everything?



  5. 6
    Guido's mammy says:

    FFS fatboy, no one gives two fucks about a bunch of benders talking about controlling another bunch of full of shite benders. Where’s the story on the boyo bender Kinnock? Like yerself he’s ‘happily married’ to a ‘high-flyer’ – lezza, two bints produced for cover, and gay as fuck! Surely to fuck you must have bumped into the filthy queer hoor?


  6. 7
    bergen says:

    He’s a bit rattled. Things can’t be good at the FT and now everyone knows it.


  7. 8
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    The problem is the establishment(Established press) losing power and control over the message, They feel as if someone is stepping on thier turf and instead of moving with the times they will try and silence them.

    Look at the blogs, heavily moderated, It is them that dont get it.

    The silent majority may not be so silent in the future.

    If the MSM has fair and balanced reporting instead of tribal “news” then they would have a lot more credibilty than they have.


    • 19
      Ed the Axeman says:

      That’s a big part of it. You also need to couple that with the ability of people to reply and point out that they are the idiots with no clothes on.

      However, the big one is that they are losing revenue. Who is going to buy their papers for the news when they can get their own?

      You’ve also got the problem where a lot of news is just rehashed press releases. What’s going to be funny and it goes to the heart of the Hari mess, is that software is available that will show who is just turning press releases into journalism.


    • 41
      Mornington Crescent says:

      True, Billy.

      It’s ironic that the FT – the daily comic for tax-evading, regulation-avoiding bankers – wants to, er, tax and regulate others. Hypocritical Hunts.


  8. 12
    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    I used to read that pinko paper in the early part of the noughties, couldn’t in the end reconcile a business perspective with lefty overtones.

    Ended up only really liking Lucy Kellaway’s (spelling?) business lunches, which I think was printed on Tuesdays.


  9. 14
    ModBot says:

    I’ve added L*onel Barb*r to the list, master.


  10. 17
    Spokes'Person' for the FT (Financial Twats) says:

    We support, – and supported, – Gordon Brown and everything he did.

    And we wish to continue his fine example of regulating and taxing every f*cking thing that moves.

    There! I think that covers it. Now f*ck off!


  11. 18
    annette curton says:

    Another IT illiterate, much as their ilk would like to control all media outlets I will watch with amusement as they try to juggle soot.


  12. 22
    V says:

    This is all people like Lionel Barber know what to do. They suggest new laws, new policy, new mandate, new regulations.

    It is destroying our liberty, our economy and in-turn the very fabric of our society.

    People like him are the problem and not the solution.


  13. 25
    Rubbish says:

    Maybe if the FT didn’t charge so much for one paper it wouldn’t need to fight so viscously with competitors…


  14. 26
    Ah! Monika says:

    And he is one of Oxford’s best.


  15. 27
    George Osborne says:

    It’s painful to watch. More more.


  16. 30
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I have posted this before, maybe someone could send it to the knob that wants to regulate blogs.


  17. 32
    Cynic says:

    So I ‘base’ my blog in Lichtenstein. How does he tax me. Shows a total lack of understanding of new media


    • 54
      MrAngry61 says:

      The leftie shits in the Economist were proposing a world taxing order, ostensibly to avoid tax avoidance/evasion, but actually to promote a ‘level playing field’


      • 63
        Jabba the Cat says:

        Cash is still king….


      • 71
        The Observer says:

        They must be feeling the cold wind of change affecting their revenue streams.
        Guido should also beware of what he wishes. Hopefully keyboards will be out of date by the time any form of control is applied to grey market media.


  18. 33
    Andrew Efiong says:

    I’d levy a tax on Billy Bowden


  19. 39
    annette curton says:

    He must be one of the last surviving members of the flat earth society or a 21st century version of King Canute (sometimes referred to as Cnut the Great and very appropriately too If I may say so).


    • 66
      History lesson says:

      Please, not Canute. One of his nobles maybe? Canute was trying to show the thick hangers on that he could not in fact control the tide and that therefore he was not all-powerful.


  20. 42
    Yes But No But says:

    This all pe-supposes that anyone takes this site seriously.

    Its just a place to take the piss out of Billy and his ilk – nothing much more


  21. 43
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Guido, i would be careful mocking other peoples cartoons.

    People in glass houses etc


  22. 47
    Raving Loon says:

    The FT is the unofficial mouthpiece of the EU, I stopped reading it years ago. All the cool kids read City A.M.


  23. 49

    Trim this up later.

    I remember this advert. 1983 I think. Skip to 8.35 in.


  24. 50
    Martin Marprelate says:

    Big Brother with a vengence! Freedom of Speech on the Internet MUST be paramount! Hopefully Lionel Barber and his uttrely boring newspaper will be ignored by the world at large that are not Economists or Financial Advisors?


  25. 51
    Polly Toynbee says:

    Obey, tell pony


  26. 52
    Interlude says:

    Mongy Marbles talking to Jeremy Vine Radio 2.


    • 57

      He seemed to get into a bit of a left muddle over anarchists definition of ownership.
      All property is theft … except for private property, in some someone’s car..or their house…but not if its a big house…or an expensive car..


      • 61
        annette curton says:

        I thought the point about anarchists was that all they own is a bomb and that for a short period of time.


  27. 56
    YorkshireLad says:

    FFS where do these half-wits get their ideas from?


  28. 68
    The Cabinet Secretary says:

    The FT published an article last week in favour of banning anonymity on blogs.


  29. 69
    Cant we keep some of our earnigs says:

    This idea that if your successful, someone else in addition to income tax, IHT, CGT,Insce Tax et al, wants to invent another way of taking our dosh.Recently I stayed in a MacDonald Hotel and yes they are at it as well, a £1 contribution to some Royal supported charity from everyone who stays, automatically levied on every bill. Yes if you want an almighty fuss as you check out and hold up reception for all behind you, they will take it off. Cant I be left with some of my hard earned graft to spend as I see fit? Even more so Guido who should be knighted for the corruption he has exposed in British politics…House of Lords even and for the joy he brings to we internet addicts.


  30. 70
    Anonymous says:

    A business speaking dude does not understand business. What a great ad fro the FT.


  31. 74
    Anonymous says:

    “you’ll have to prise the keyboard out of Guido’s cold dead hands”

    They can arrange that.


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