In the Beginning there was Samizdata… British Political Blogging Pioneer 10 Years Old Today

Perry de Havilland, the British Blogfather, reminds us that the Samizdata blog today celebrates ten years existence and the creation of 13,315 articles and 226,617 comments. It was a revelation to discover easy to use software that allowed push-button publication of articles without requiring technical knowledge. There were also some good parties…

Before there was ConservativeHome, before there was Recess Monkey (R.I.P.), before even Iain Dale had an online diary, there were Samizdistas. Long before he heard of HTML Guido began taking baby blogging steps at Samizdata. In a sense Samizdata begat Order-Order.com

Tarquin Fights the System

MacBook Pro –  £1,260

Grubby hoody from gap year – £25

Free WiFi from Starbucks so you can fight the system online – Priceless, yah!

Image via Digital Politico

Jonah Strikes a Chord

This week’s Speccie has a gem of a Jonah tale:

“In his last months as prime minister, Gordon Brown sat down and wrote a fan letter to a young British singer-songwriter. ‘With the troubles that the country’s in financially,’ he told her, ‘you are a light at the end of the tunnel.’ Last weekend that light officially went out: Adele has suffered a career-threatening vocal cord injury and will not sing again this year.”

Another fine mess!

Dave Backs the Mad Marxist Moaner

Cameron told the House that Rowan Williams “speaks for the country”. A highly dubious claim..

The Mad Marxist has called on the UK to “take seriously the moral agenda of the protesters at St Paul’s”. This has been leapt on by the protesters and media, as if his backing is somehow a surprise. His silence of the last two weeks was the real shock: William’s words today fit the history of this turbulent priest.

As the Telegraph exposed not long ago, the intelligence services were so concerned with Williams that they had him on a “problem” list in the Eighties. The Prime Minister was briefed about this “subversive” and his connections to Trotskyites. He was a long standing  member of the controversial Jubilee Group of lefty clerical agitators. Are you sure about this Dave?

Chloe-sure

See: Fiona MacTaggart Apologises to Chloe Smith for BitchinessClaws out for Chloe – And It’s Not Just Her Own Side

Any Excuse to Run This Picture of Ed Balls

Balls has a favourite hand gesture to indicate growth flat-lining. When he pulled it out today Dave quipped:

“You can go on making your questionable salute…”

What did he have in mind?

Fiona MacTaggart Apologises to Chloe Smith for Bitchiness Leaves Chris Bryant Looking Silly (Again)

We remarked on the unpleasant exchange in parliament yesterday between Fiona MacTaggart and young Chloe Smith which struck Guido as rougher than naked mud wrestling. Chris Bryant tried to play it down…

Yesterday:

Today:

Apparently, on reflection, Fiona MacTaggart agreed with Guido and Neo-Guido, rather than her full-of-spin colleague Chris Bryant. Fiona has made a rather gracious apology for what she herself admits were mean and patronising remarks about Chloe Smith being fresh out of primary school: “I didn’t think at all about how that must have felt to her at her first outing at the despatch box. That was mean and I am sorry.” We won’t hold our breath for a correction from Chris…

PMQs LIVE: Acropolis Now Edition

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Poll: Is Hugh Grant a Bastard?

Guido has come to the conclusion that Hugh Grant, proselytiser for high standards in public life and privacy laws, is a bastard.

Exhibit A: fathers child. Exhibit B: breaks up with mother during pregnancy. Exhibit C: immediately after the birth goes golfing.[…] Read the rest

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It's Not Beauty!

When the missing cat belonging to John Hemming’s mistress miraculously turned up just hours after his wife was given a suspended sentence for stealing it, many thought it was too good to be true. And they were right. PA has the scoop:

“Vanessa Howie, Cats Protection’s field veterinary officer, said a study of a photograph of Beauty before her disappearance and of the stray cat showed they were not the same animal. 

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The Fink catches up:

“soon it will be mainstream to say ‘leave the EU”[…] Read the rest

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Greece Watch

As the G20 prepares to head to one of the world’s most expensive holiday destinations – Cannes – Europe is still reeling from the utterly outrageous Greek suggestion that the people should have a say in their own destiny. The French are furious, the Germans are crying and Cameron only found out from the TV news…

Late yesterday afternoon the Greek’s sacked their military top brass.[…] Read the rest

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