February 8th, 2012

About that Blogger’s Code of Conduct, Lord Hunt

Lord Hunt, Chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, was a charmer when Guido met him last November. He claimed to be a fan and said his kids printed out the profane comments from a previous Guido blog piece about him and stuck them on his fridge. The meeting followed some comments he made suggesting that blogs were a regulatory problem. This blogger thinks statutory regulations are a problem.

It was reported that Lord Hunt told the Leveson Inquiry last week that we had a “very good” discussion and Guido told him that what he writes is “always accurate”. Guido recalls, more precisely, that he said this blog always strives for accuracy.

It was also reported that Guido “promised to go away and consider” being kitemarked under the new beefed up PCC successor. It is true to say that when pressed Guido may have told Lord Hunt that he would consider it, not saying “no” there and then. It is however a very definite no to kitemarking, or any other form of self-censorship.

This blog aims to amuse, inform and entertain our readers, reporting the truth as we see it. That sentence is this blog’s entire code of conduct.


105 Comments

  1. 1
    Lord Envious of Avarice says:

    What time of the morning is this to blog?

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    • 43

      Just got up myself, Gawd, it’s 9:30am, I’m going back to bed!!!

      Guido could borrow my caption to my blog:

      I promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, or something like the truth.

      I’ve often wondered if they noticed that when stating the oath on the bible in court.

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      • 67
        meme says:

        me thinks a noose is tighening and guido’s peek-a-dildos are starting to squeek?

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      • 92
        Rage Against the Political Elite says:

        Can someone Ask him, Why the PRESS shy away from the TRUTH, and fill the media with a load of old Celebrity Fu-kwits and Politicians lie’s. Oh and some Bull-hit about how well the economy is doing.
        The saying “Truth Hurts” is something this government and Media lying machine No only too well.
        Ask Proffesor BUD.
        Dr Kelly
        Robin Cook,
        Greg Dyke,

        Sorry the middle 2 cant really ask they are dead.

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    • 54
      Up sh1t creek says:

      We are not the press and have no “privileges” of the press, so f u to the PCC. Stick your regulation up your backside.

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    • 87
      Ivor Tapeworm says:

      Any Regulation is sinister. The censorship already effected by libel laws, the Official Secrets Act, the Fraud Act, hate crime laws and various consumer legislation is more than enough to restrict what may be published.

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  2. 2
    smoggie says:

    Fancy having tat’s profanities on one’s fridge door! Yuk.

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    • 17
      Grim says:

      Lord Hunt can go and fluck himself, the silly wonker.

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      • 22
        Mosco Mike Handycock (sex Tourist on Taxpayer's money) says:

        Lord Hunt is right. This blog should be regulated, failure to do this, should lead to it being banned. Boaz.

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        • 27
          pointless observations says:

          I think there are two issues over the regulation of newspapers and blogs:

          1. Because the politicians and regulators believe what they read in the paper they think we do too. They think that the sun, for example, endorsing a certain candidate means that we all go and follow them likes sheep. Bill the plumber does not vote for the anti-plumber party because the sun says to do so.

          2. Blogging is the modern form of pamphleteering – an early 17th century that did so much to drive political change. Someone like Dr. North from EUreferendum is exactly the same person pamphleteering in 1617. Some of the establishment realise this and are fearful: you can influence a few large media organisations but you can’t influence thousands of pamphleteers.

          I continue to be delighted about your stand toward the regulators and hope that you will keep sticking to your guns.

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        • 91
          Ivor Tapeworm says:

          How about:

          ‘The Government shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.’

          Actully, I’d skip the religion bit but it’s a start.

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          • Confused Canadian troll says:

            On certain lefty forums in Canada the writers brag that we have no constitutional right to free speech. They are all in favor of what they call “hate speech”. Hmmm, seems that definition could prove rather elastic….

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    • 20
      Remember the 1970's says:

      Is that what the’re called nowadays?

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    • 32
      Lord Hunt says:

      What is a blog?

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  3. 3
    Gordon Brown says:

    i can’t sleep at night

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  4. 4
    Tony Milltard says:

    What what what??

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  5. 5

    This blog aims to amuse, inform and entertain our readers, reporting the truth as we see it.
    And long may that remain so.

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  6. 7
    Nigel S says:

    That’s all very well but what about your elfin safety policy?

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    • 12
      Council worker trying to look busy - driving people out of work says:

      And what is your policy on the hiring of ethnic minorities, women and disabled? Can we see the policy? You may be in breach of employment regulations without such a written policy being available.

      And your third party insurance. Is there a written copy on display in the workplace.

      And the Health and Safety regulations at work. Show me the poster that must be displayed.

      You are also due a workplace food hygiene inspection since I notice you are serving dr*i*nks on the premises. Do you have the necessary li*c*en*ce and food-handling certification? I shall be checking with my colleague.

      You can expect a letter.

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    • 14

      No elves are ever harmed during the construction of this blog (although we might take the piss out of them now and then).

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    • 21
      Hang The Bastards says:

      Never mind your health and safety policy. Do you have

      1) An Environmental Policy
      2) A sexual Discrimination Policy
      3) A workplace that caters for the disabled
      4) An equal opportunities policy
      5) A how to maximise your expenses and trough of the taxpayer policy
      6) A how to be a lying bastard in front of the TV policy
      7) An employee guide on how to be a self serving hypocritical treacherous tvvat policy.

      If not, templates for all the above are available at the HoC library, with the exception of number 7 which you can get from the lib Dems or Labour Prty HQ

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      • 59
        Confused Canadian dropping by says:

        You left out CO2 emissions policy. Speaking “hot air” may contribute to global warming. Emissions tax, please!

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      • 72
        The Direktor of PolitiKlee Krect and Konvenient Troof at Al Ja Beeeba, the Brown Bullshit Corpse says:

        And in addition to the excellent guidance given above, take this on board!

        So we don’t call people what they are actually are eh! We hide behind words like ‘Extreemist’ – huh!

        Well I’ll lay it on the line again for you. WE DO NOT BOTHER OURSELVES WITH LITTLE PEOPLE LIKE YOU! – we follow the PC lead of the Grouniad and Comrade Brownstainovich, for whose return we earnestly wait.

        Manwhile, – get to work if you have any, – or, if your on bennys, – relax.

        AND PAY YOUR TELLY TAX!!!

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        • 102
          Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

          For the sake of clarity, all you need to know is that the liberal, metropolitan, PC media elite here at Television Centre WHO KNOW WHAT’S GOOD FOR YOU are determined to pursue our own political agenda at any cost (mainly because you are forking out the cost) and we couldn’t care less what you plebs out in the sticks think.

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  7. 8
    Jane Birkin from Paris says:

    This is very sad. I feel sorry for Lord Hunt’s kids if that is what they have to do for a bit of fun.

    Perhaps they should be taken into care.

    As for giving Fawkes a kite I do not think this is a very sensible idea. Wasn’t there a character in Dickens who used to fly a kite and he was completely mad.

    I rest my case

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  8. 9
    Anonymous says:

    A proper Hunt.

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  9. 11
    Robert Peston's speech therapist says:

    Has Guido had the time to choose the curtains for his riverside view appartment in the Tower?

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  10. 15
    Here for the lulz says:

    It amuses alright, as do the commenters.

    But rarely intentionally.

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  11. 16
    Flashman says:

    State approved blogs?

    No thanks mi Lord.

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  12. 18
    Rh- says:

    control control control … thats all these feckers want. The peasants should know their place and never inconweenience the great and good of our political ‘elite’.

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  13. 23
    Popeye says:

    Ignore the selective idiot, perhaps he’ll go away.

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  14. 24
    the beast of the eloizee palace says:

    any truth in the rumours that his lordship intercts in a way with goats that cant be mentiioned on a family blog?

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  15. 25
    who why what where when says:

    Any politician or member of the establishment that believes in any form of press or blog regulation is to be viewed with the highest suspicion.

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  16. 26
    simps innit says:

    Dear Today programme,
    If people can’t afford childcare, a simple solution would be for them not to have children.

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  17. 28
    Surrey ABC says:

    It is the Comics Code Authority all over again!

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  18. 29
    R. Slicker says:

    Is this Lord Unt any relation to the one what climbed that mountain all them years ago?

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  19. 30
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    “self censorship” well of course you do that.

    Otherwise you’d post all sorts of bollocks and plain rubbish.

    Like that Romney photo.

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  20. 31
    nellnewman says:

    Well of course they want to silence blogs like this.

    How else do you stop the public knowing that dishonest folk like uddin claim £100000s from taxpayers for mythical properties, folk like prezza use government credit cards for luxury goods and 5star restaurant food or folk like the militwit brothers have multi£million houses and protect their money from taxes by using loopholes whilst lambasting others for doing the same.

    And I thought cleggie promised us a reform of the HoL. What happened to it?

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  21. 33
    Taxfodder says:

    Once upon a time…we could ban dissent y’kno

    Plebs knew their place under the heel of the establishment, they were happy to be fodder for pointless wars and social experiments, we allowed them to sing and dance along the way and eat rotten meat…sometimes.

    They knew no better you see we told them to trust us….and they did!

    those were the days…all in the public interest together.

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    • 34
      Lord Hunt says:

      Damned Irishman! no sense of position or breeding you see.

      Won’t see sense

      Even turned down a few bob and a knighthood to tone it down a bit.

      Country has gone to the dogs.

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  22. 35
    Lord Hunt is a cock says:

    Whilst a member of my university Conservative Students society (the student society with the best totty) we were “treated” to a ministerial visit from Lord Hunt.

    On arrival he was briefed that he was “amongst friends” and we all sat down to a chat over tea and biscuits.

    We asked Lord Hunt a typical student question – would he raise the limit on newly introduced student loans, so that people could borrow more and back themselves to pay it off when they start work?

    Lord Hunt ignored the question and spoke about prosperity in Wales (he was Minister for Wales) – it was pointed out to him that he hadn’t answered the question. He chose to continue to ignore the question and spoke about Welsh prosperity again and then he left.

    Those off us that were only there for the birds laughed, however, the people who believed in the Conservative Party found their faith immediately died and they more or less gave up on student politics there and then.

    From what I saw of him, Lord Hunt is a bit of a cock.

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    • 48
      the beast of the eloizee palace says:

      NO!
      H isnt a c cock
      He is a bit of what his name rhymes with

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    • 52
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      For a teenager to say “we should spend what we like right now because we’ll be earning loads and loads later” sounds …. well typical but … the kind of Hubris that got the banking sector into the shit.

      Its also one of the greatest indicators of success in later life, that one can spot even with 5 year olds – whether one can accept short term sacrifices for longer term gain.

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      • 68
        Defered gratification is the real source of prosperity says:

        Sockpuppet, I believe you may be refering to the great m&m experiment where a group of children where given a bag of m&m s and informed that if they brought the sweets back the next day without having eaten any then thay would get a bag twice the size.
        The next day no one brought any back.
        Kinda sums things up.

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    • 55
      Here for the lulz says:

      ‘Whilst a member of my university Conservative Students society (the student society with the best totty’

      Yeah, right.

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      • 86
        AC1 says:

        I’m pretty sure the Scandinavian Society I joined (luckily you don’t have to be Scandinavian) had the best totty.

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    • 56
      Hannibal from Carthage says:

      I was went with a mate to a YC bash looking for what you like calling ‘totty’.

      I have to tell you I soon concluded I had made a big mistake. The Merlot was absolutely terrible but was far from the worst part of the evening

      To paraphrase the good old Duke of Wellington I would have been better off in the stables.

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      • 60
        Gonk says:

        Brings new meaning to ” I’ll have a Pony please ”
        For the old gits here.

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        • 76
          A woman says:

          In the interests of balance I would like to point out that male members of student political societies are usually gormless ugly c*nts too.

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      • 62
        the beast of peckham says:

        Mr Hannibal if you want to find top top totty council estaes are the best places to look
        Most of the women are hideous but for some reason they tend to pump out the best , they dont mind being slapped or cheated on, are grateful for every kindness, will dress like a slut for you when needed and chances are her relatives have a trade other than burglary so you get the house fixed on the cheap
        This has been my experience

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    • 74
      Lord Stansted says:

      Politicians only answer their own questions. They’d never pass a viva.

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  23. 41
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Reeves and Umunna were both working in the banking sector before joining the labour party to play at socialism. It makes me wonder if their hatred for the banks is borne out of jealousy because they didn’t make the grade. Also, is it this pair that are winding Miliband up to act against the banks and business? What fools labour are!

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    • 45
      Glyn H says:

      Seems like a reasonable diagnosis!

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    • 49
      Jo Bloggs says:

      Spear Chukka’s CV suggests that he was an ambulance chasing employment lawyer.
      Foghorn Reeves’s CV says that she was a “business planner” at HBOS and she claims that she turned down a job at Goldman Sachs–she says.

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    • 64
      The danger inherent in jumping on band-wagons...you sometimes fall off and seriously damage yourself says:

      The UK will pay a price come the recovery…why would any multi-national want to do business in the UK given the hysteria and politically motivated witch hunt going on ?. Who do Labour think is going to get us out the mess…? the UK is heavily reliant on the Financial Services Sector for any chance of recovery. Plenty of countries lining up to woo Banks and Businesses away from the City of London with the resultant loss of jobs and Corporation Tax

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  24. 42
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Do people like Hunt get their Lordships out of cereal packs?

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  25. 44
    Raving Loon says:

    Politicians won’t be happy until we have a ministry of truth. Every step they take is towards that goal.

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  26. 46
    Gonk says:

    Let’s face it Fawkes, you were outsmarmed by the Lord chief druid
    of smarm himself. He epitomises effortless style over zero substance.

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  27. 47
    nightwatch says:

    Well done – stick to it and up them if possible.

    Leveson and crew impress less, by the day as …………

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    • 80
      Well it's a thought says:

      Hadn’t realised that expense to the taxpayer is still pretending it cares about the public.

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  28. 50
    Ken Bruce says:

    All ‘sell by’ dates on packets of crisps fall on a saturday

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  29. 51
    Cyril Lord (free underlay & fitting) says:

    One of the Lords that should be a-leaping. Unelected twat unable to even quote properly and check their facts.

    Chuck him out.

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  30. 53
    Gordon Brown says:

    When will you amuse, inform and entertain me? Wibble.

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  31. 57
    Fabians are Evil says:

    “This blog aims to amuse, inform and entertain our readers, reporting the truth as we see it. That sentence is this blog’s entire code of conduct.”

    Seems fair enough to me – if you do not like it or it does not “amuse, inform and entertain” you then do not log on!

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  32. 63
    Jazz (ALL MINE) Halibut Brhoon says:

    I’ve got a feeling you’re all turning socialist!

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  33. 66
    Daveyone says:

    Freedom of speech is the key and as an honest blogger I challenge any one of the 600+ MPs to show that not to be the case which for me is sacrosancted as truth is my strongest weapon against anything that comes out of Westminster!

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  34. 69
    the beast of old london town says:

    Is it true that if the NOTW hadnt been shut that Lord Hunt would have been exposed as having starred in a japanese rape video?
    I make no allegations, merely expressing an interest and clarification
    I am pretty sure that it isnt true

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  35. 75
    Well it's a thought says:

    Jeez is that old twit still nosing around, thought the knackers yard had him years ago, old politicians never fade away, they just bed block and create problems that had long been solved.

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  36. 78
    Mad Nads at it again. says:

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    • 89
      Boudicca says:

      Stop wasting police time with all this crap.
      If those in the public eye don’t like reading abusive tweets, there is a very simple solution.

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    • 90
      the beast of old london town says:

      She will be making a massive pair of tits of herself ……… hOLD ON

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  37. 79
    smoggie san says:

    As any politician will tell you: no taxation without regulation. The proposed control is merely a stepping stone towards exacting revenue.

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  38. 81
    woodward and bernstein says:

    BBC journalists have been ordered not to call Abu Fatada an extremist or show pictures of him looking fat!

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  39. 82
    Fuck a kitemark says:

    The readers shall hold bloggers to account, not some state regulated body.

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  40. 83
    Anonymous says:

    “Amuse” – don’t think you two fatties are very funny

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  41. 93
    Lizard King says:

    Run the blog from Moscow. Just never mention Litvinenko.

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  42. 100
    Jimmy says:

    “This blog aims to amuse, inform and entertain our readers, reporting the truth as we see it.”

    And by God one day you will.

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  43. 101
    Kered Ybretsae says:

    Whatever the outcome of Leveson tribunal, one can only hope we will still have free speech and a free press, in a years time. Having been subject to censorship as a cartoonist, from on one occasion my employer was not happy with a cartoon which appeared in the press, another a cartoon was published by a magazine out of context
    which offended some politicians. In the first case I was told in a roundabout way to be careful in future, the second the magazine was raided by police, no trouble from them. But I must have been on a naughty boy list, 6 months none of my works were published anywhere. So let us hope for free speech…free press and freedom to blog now and in the future.

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  44. 103
    Brown is a genetically fucked up useless turd says:

    The truth is truth!

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  45. 104
    Anonymous says:

    Self-policing has NEVER worked in any of the so-called ‘professions’
    Didn’t work for solicitors, police or the medical lot
    Can’t see that it would works for journalists either – too many vested interests onlt too willing to meddle behind the scenes

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  46. 105
    Paul Marks says:

    Guido your stand will, hopefully, be an inspiration to many others.

    Let this government “code of conduct” and “kitemarking” (and all the rest of it) burn in Hell.

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