November 14th, 2011

Lord Hunt Reaches Out

The new chairman of the PCC, Lord Hunt, has been in touch to clarify his reported remarks in his Guardian interview with Roy Greenslade where he is quoted as responding to Roy’s suggestion that major problems occur because of the tabloids:

“No, I think the greater challenge is with the bloggers, whether it’s Guido Fawkes or whoever.”

His office says his comments

“…were a passing remark which has been amplified. He was not discussing standards in blogs, but rather the structural issue that they represent an area of free speech, which government may want to regulate, or may end up regulating. The point he was making was that work needs to be done to stave off statutory regulation for everyone, including blogs like yours. That is the challenge.”

The blog is publishing this Press Complaints Commisssion chairman’s statement, but we’re not going to make a habit of it…

In Guido’s view the first thing he should do is get rid of the Sunday Mirror editor Tina Weaver from the Commission. She has personally asked journalists to hack phones, illegally blag personal records and the evidence from the Operation Motorman investigation alone should be enough to establish that she is not a fit and proper person to sit on a self regulatory body. If he is serious about cleaning up the press, that would be a sign that the cuckoos are not welcome in the nest.

See Sunday Mirror’s Tina Weaver Isn’t “Fit and Proper” for the PCC


  1. 1
    Ha hah says:

    No Billy?


    • 4
      Selohesra says:

      There once was a noble Lord Hunt

      etc etc


      • 14
        pissed off voter says:

        who worked alongside a … criminal colleague.


        • 79

          Come on, they need a bike in the office for getting around.

          OK, OK, a bit rude – but considering her background, can anyone come up with a legitimate reason why she is there?


          • David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

            My fear is that the inquiry will do the government’s bidding and it will reduce the freedom of the press. The public need an inquiry into politics especially pay, pension, lobbying, interests, second jobs etc. Corruption pervades a every corner of Westminster. We need a free press and free blogs.

            Perhaps the EU will will impose a press secretary once they take over the UK to suppress public opinion.


          • Grumpy Old Man says:

            It’s ot just the present administration. Every politician in the country would like a muzzle on free speech.


      • 91
        Call me Infidel says:

        Is he one of the Berkshire Hunts?


    • 6
      McBride says:

      The end of the freedom of the blog is nigh.


      • 60
        Eee Uuu Dictatorship, the last evil empire says:

        I can’t see that how, do they regulate foreign servers? Guido’s blog is essential to help attack all the corruption in Parliament and the House of Crooks/Lords.


      • 96
        Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

        So, it was a ‘passing remark that the Guardian has amplified.’ Revealing their agenda.


    • 78
      The Grim Reaper says:

      The Blogosphere is the last bastion of genuine free speech in the West.

      With much of the MMS controlled by the Left or dominated by crypto-Marxist editors, researchers, presenters, journalists and line managers – blogs like yours, Guido – are an important & genuine alternative – the authentic voice of the rational right. And the truly squeezed majority.

      The Regressive Left (harking back to late 19th century ideas like Marxism, sydicalism and perpetual upheaval) now control the BBC and it’s huge publicly funded Empire, the Financial Times, the Guardian, Observer, Spectator, The Independent, the Telegraph, NYT, WP, IHT, etc etc. The Regressives control the airwaves and many programmes now contains the ingredients of politically correct propaganda. Or they simply don’t get commissioned. Even costume dramas – steeped in past values – heavily promote the Left wing ideology of today.

      The Left favour command & control because they are people haters all and believe they must impose change upon the proles. Because they know what’s best for us.

      They loathe debate and love boycotts. They want us to live in a “one world” view where only they prevail.

      Like the Iranians & the Chinese, their natural sense of autocracy, entitlement and self righteousness will drive them to try to shut us all down.


  2. 2
    PitPony says:

    How can you regulate free speach?


  3. 3
    Page 3 says:

    Hypocritical committee drone shocker


  4. 5
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    She’s a lefty journalist and therefore untouchable.

    You’re wasting your time Guido.


  5. 7
    carry on up william hague says:

    Bi Eckers like
    14 pints and Id shag that

    Bag over ead an from be inde but a define result on a friday night in barnsley


  6. 8
    Democrat says:

    Hunt is just another face of the inward-looking political elite which has helped ruin this country. He was rejected at the ballot box but let back into the legislature despite being a proven failure.


    • 25
      Anonymous says:

      Agreed. Which is worse – the tabloids taking ordinary families and dragging their lives through the dirt, often for questionable motives; or bloggers like Guido exposing corrupt politicians, occasionally getting minor details wrong?


      • 62
        Eee Uuu Dictatorship, the last evil empire says:

        Has anyone been lucky enough to slap Ed Balls with a heavy wet fish yet?


  7. 8
    pissed off voter says:

    no crosshairs on Weaver suggests you don’t have too much confidence that the new broom will sweep clean. It is pretty amazing that she is still there. Then again, I look at the front benches of all parties, the financial institututions, the EU ‘leadership’ ….


  8. 10
    D L George says:

    Second time today that people have been hammering freedom of the press. The first was someone high up in the Police saying TV news was responsible for the recent riots, ie Don’t broadcast it and it won’t spread.

    It’s been said on here before, the only way to find out what’s happening in this country is to read the foreign press, watch foreign news. Looks like it’s going to get worse.


    • 37
      Engineer says:

      The Police are still smarting from the fact (made obvious to all by television reporting) that when the riots kicked off, they did practically sod all about it. It wasn’t until about three days later (and a possible rocket up their collective fundaments from the politicians) that they actually got some bobbies out from behind their desks.


      • 44

        “Not fit for purpose.”

        Now where have I heard that before?


      • 64
        D Wing says:

        Not quite true. They had a few small successes. Their response in Walthamstow on the Sunday was swift, intelligent and generally effective: some looting, some clearly organised criminality tagetted at bank machines but no serious fires. The gangs (yes, theere were gangs) were driven out of the Mall and High Street area fairly effectively. The Police got no credit or national headlines for it, because by then half the rest of London was also suffering the results of their general failure to handle the Tottenham incidents properly.


  9. 12
    Silvio says:

    She looks pretty fit to me, so I hope she isn’t proper.


  10. 13
    Mirror Mirror on the Wall says:

    Nah Im sure if she had been involved in phone hacking then Tom Watson would be gunning for her as well as NI. Otherwise Mr Watson would be seen as biased and selective as to whom he chooses to expose which would be very naughty.


    • 104
      Paul Waverley says:

      This article about a British journalist is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.

      Anyone got sdome reliable information for the online encyclopedia?


  11. 15
    Jess The Dog says:

    It is definitely coming. Blogs will be regulated. It’s like the radio thing in the 1960s.

    All it will mean is that the bigger blogs (Guido) will move offshore, if they aren’t there already, and the more technologically savvy will come up with solutions which can’t be tracked cost-effectively. The biggest casualties will be the tens of thousands of blogs which talk occasionally about current affairs but mainly about a whole range of other subjects (sports, arts, local issues) as the high watermark of widespread political blogging was the tail-end of the Brown government. Oh, and the very occasional ‘nail which sticks up’ who decides to flaunt the regulations and ends up in court.

    So, it will fail completely at considerable cost.


  12. 16
    Ordinary Bloke says:

    Comment deleted by the press complains commission.


  13. 17
    Gonk says:

    They want to make it an offence to be rude
    about socialist politicians. It’s ok for them to
    bankrupt the nation, murder, spy, socially engineer,
    control and manipulate citizens. But for them to be
    made figures of fun and laughed at, unforgivable.


    • 69
      Limerick Commission says:

      Sorry this does not scan at all and nothing rhymes .


      • 99
        Cleaner who scrapes bogies from off the benches says:

        Big crooks think forthright blogs are very rude,
        for revealing Party crimes and their crude
        corrupt misuse of power,
        and their squeeze by the hour
        of vast sums from the public that they’ve screwed.


      • 100
        Cleaner who scrapes bogies from off the benches says:

        “You don’t need to know the truth”, our ‘betters’ say,
        “We profit from the laws, you just pay.
        So we’ll not let the Demos chat,
        what good for us can come from that?
        We have the guns so you’ll do things our way.”


    • 80
      The Golem says:

      It’s possible that China’s blueprint for dealing with the “problem” of the internet and bloggers will eventually appear in disguise. I doubt the servile msm would make much fuss.


  14. 18
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Who is Alan Keen MP ?

    Anyway he’s dead !


  15. 21
    Edward. says:

    The truth hurts, it always does.

    Regulating blogs, wouldn’t they just love that?!

    The conventional MSM is totally stitched-up, the final ‘bastion’ of free speech is the blogosphere and how desperately they want to ‘regulate’ these, us upstarts. Telling the truth and speaking out is just what Hunt and his ilk hate.

    Guido, you are the purge and a much needed one at that.

    EU, be damned.


  16. 23
    bergen says:

    I had to think hard to remember who he was- Sos for Wales after Peter Walker, I think.

    Very much an insider as far as Westminster is concerned.


  17. 24
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    If Tina Weaver is on the panel then so should Rebekah Brooks


  18. 27
    SP 30 says:

    Talking about Hunts, why hasn’t the Huhne been charged yet?


  19. 30
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    So much bullshit.

    Thats diverting attention away from the newspapers, and making out that the newspapers are fine and going to be nice forever. Was this the same bloke on radio4 this morning saying “there are no examples of bad behaviour any more because newspapers don’t do anything wrong. … and never will do”.

    Blogs have the ability to be irresponsible and do what they like, but they run the risk of just looking crazed if they get things too wrong too often.

    When bloggers fish through people’s bins, stand about outside peoples houses in huge numbers, fuck up police investigations and court cases, and genuinely sway opinion in ridiculous ways, then “sorting out” bloggers might approach the “sorting out” that newspapers still need.

    I’m glad to say I’ve forgotten the name of Joanna Yeates’ landlord.


  20. 33
    Democrat says:

    Hunt sits in the House of Lards and demands the righ to waffle on, unelected and unaccountable, at taxpayers’ expense, scrutiny and recourse for the public hidden behind Parliamentary privilege.

    Guido is held to account every day by the markets and his readers, who can tell him instantly what they think about his opinions. He does not impose his opinions on the public by passing laws. He taxes no-one. People are free to accept or reject Guido’s ideas as they wish and they can directly discuss these and argue back where anyone can read and join in the debate.

    Which one is more of an asset in a democracy?


  21. 35
    mark oaten says:

    Speaking of shitting in your own nest – hello! I’m still here, people.


  22. 36
    Botch Chew Liz Em says:

    I’m glad I didn’t by that Loyd Grossman curry that was being discounted in the supermarket last week.


  23. 42
    Engineer says:

    So the guardian may possibly have slightly misrepresented Hunt’s words to imply something negative about a right-leaning blog?

    I’m shocked, I tell you. Shocked.


    • 53
      Investigative Journalist says:

      It’s quite a mystery. I wonder if we will ever get to the bottom of it without hacking anyone’s phone.


    • 83
      kleegish says:

      Never ascribe to malice what stupidity adequately explains. This goes for the Guardian and His Lordship both.


  24. 47
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Catch you later cat off to work now !


  25. 65
    Mission creep says:

    This is why the banning of Anjem Choudray’s website/blog was a bad thing. People think so what, he’s a nutter and causes offence. But the practice of banning blogs will creep and it will not be long before order order which is a thorn in the flesh of the establishment will also be banned or at least regulated.


    • 68
      False Flag says:

      I thought that he was merely a victim of the cuts and the Americans’ refusal to pay their share of Choudhary’s UK based operation’s expenses. I expect he will soon be re-openned for business using a call-centre in Bangalore.


    • 71
      socialism has murdered 150 million human beings pride says:

      They can’t ban his website–if the idiot had any tech competence instead of being full of twaddle he would easily have his website set up far beyond the reach of uk dickheads.

      No sympathy for the blokes obnoxious views but I like wannabe censoring political pigs even less.


  26. 73
    Gordon says:

    I would like to wish Alan Keen all the best in his fight against cancer…oh bugger


  27. 77
    albacore says:

    “Although they were arrested in September last year, the news could not be reported until May for legal reasons.”
    “Sorry we are unable to accept comments for legal reasons.”


    • 90
      The Cabinet Secretary says:

      Is this the third time Gary Dobson has been tried for this? I’m losing count. Double jeopardy? Not any more, they just keep retrying you until a guilty verdict is delivered.


  28. 81
    TRT says:

    ‘area of free speech, which government may want to regulate’ – are these people for real , or is it a quote from The Stasi Instruction Manual -


  29. 87
    HappyUK says:

    Great post Guido. There is nothing the leftist-dominated press would like better than to shut blogs like these down. As for regulating blogs he’s got two hops no hope and Bob Hope.

    Keep sticking it to them, in their faces and up their nostrils.


    • 89
      HappyUK says:

      LOL “two hopes” I meant. This blog desperately needs some kind of undo/edit/delete button to stop me looking a complete cnut…


    • 95
      Maximus says:

      And the most egregious stupidity is that the buff huhne hasn’t a clue that he hasn’t a hope. These people just do not get the internet.


  30. 103
    PC clitoris says:

    Lord Hunt I knew his brother warwick.


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