Friday, June 8, 2012

Comment Isn’t Free

The Guardian has a history of giving platforms to people with extremist views, but it sank to a new low today by running an op-ed from the terrorist leader of Hamas in Gaza. Apparently someone who advocates the persecution of women and gays as well as calling for the eradication of Israel, is just the man to write for a liberal-left newspaper.  CiF has received a barrage of angry tweets and cancelled subscriptions, whilst The Guardian is now being described as the most bigoted paper in BritainComment isn’t free, to victims of Hamas atrocities, it can cost you an arm and a leg…

Tommy’s Touch

When he gave evidence to Leveson back in May Tom Watson swore, on oath, that he had nothing to do with lefty blog Political Scrapbook. Guido was particularly interested in Tom’s denial that he had ever passed a story onto the Scrapbook team:

Watson: “I know the guy, the young guy that runs it. I have no relationship with it in terms of management or anything else.”

Jay: “Have you provided information to them for their use?”

Watson: “No.”

Guido quickly pointed out that this was nonsense. This morning Watson tweeted about a chapter that Jubilee stewarding boss Molly Prince wrote for Robin Barratt’s book Bouncers and Bodyguards, highlighting her past indiscretions:

A few minutes later Scrapbook posted quotes from the book, of which Watson clearly has a copy. Guido is sure this is nothing more than a happy coincidence…

Friday Caption Contest (Who’s the Baddy Edition)

This one came in late but it’s too good to ignore…

Michael Dugher is shocked to discover that…

“some members of the government are utterly shameless in trying to use the trappings of office for their own political purposes.”

Friday Caption Contest (Miserable Miriam Edition)

Piers Morgan Police Interview Transcripts Leaked to Newsweek

As his ratings plummet and the phone-hacking wagons circle around Piers Morgan, Guido understands that CNN’s resident star-f**ker will be the focus of a very big and very negative piece in Newsweek next week.

During a four-year investigation into the “City Slickers” share tipping scandal at the Mirror,  then editor Morgan was questioned by the police for several hours under caution.

Two of his staff ended up serving time, but Morgan was cleared in 2004, despite emptying his bank account and buying shares in Viglen, a company that his paper then tipped.

Sadly for Piers it sounds like Newsweek have got hold of the transcripts of his police interview…

Lembit Opik’s Latest Music Video

Adam and the Asbos and the Evil Emperor Lembit?

Yeah, Guido is confused too…

Leveson Lineup Out

Well next week is going to be busy:

Monday: Gordon Brown and George Osborne

Tuesday: Harman, Major and Miliband

Wednesday: Nick Clegg and Alex Salmond

Thursday: Dave

Teach the Argies a Lesson

Guido is always happy to help when it comes to sticking one on the Argies. After the increasingly loony rhetoric from De Kirchner and co over recent months, Guido is most amused at the Taxpayers’ Alliance new campaign calling on the government to stop British funding of Argentina.  It’s time to send dear old Cristina a message

With the Yanks finally taking a stand by pulling the plug on cash to Argentina, it’s time Osborne showed some backbone and did the same. The Argies are no friends of ours and they are hardly in desperate need of aid, we should not be funding their crackpot government. There is £200 million of taxpayers’ money at stake…


Seen Elsewhere

What Will Happen if Scots Leave? | David Aaronovitch
Why Are Radicals Like Carswell Leaving Tories? | BBC
Danczuk: Rotherham Abuse Imported From Pakistan | Telegraph
Ashya King Case Shows How Authorities Get it Wrong | ConHome
The Carswell Show | Jon Craig
Cops Seized Journalist’s Phone to Out Whistleblower | Press Gazette
Chuka’s £2,500 Tax Avoidance Donation | Times
Another BBC Stitch Up? | David Keighley
Divided, Pessimistic Tories Expect Defeat | Alex Wickham
Labour Suspends Rotherham Council Members | Sky
PM Used Terror Crisis to Deflect From Carswell | Rachel Sylvester


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