January 16th, 2013

“Useless” Eustice’s Campaign Against the Media Grows

George Eustice, seemingly one of the few people who has ever defected from UKIP to the Tories and the PM’s former Press Secretary, has upped his war against the media.  The man who wants the state to regulate/gag hacks now says that journalists should trust politicians more and he’s coming for the broadcasters:

eustice-devil“The truth is that no democracy can work without political parties, making their case, having robust arguments with one another. The current broadcasting rules meant that broadcasters had too much power. That has led to, I think, an over-emphasis on process, on political strategy, rather than actually giving politicians the credit for doing what they do do most of the time, which is to say what it is that they actually believe.”

If politicians didn’t spend so much time committing horrendous process foul-ups, let alone failing to devise any coherent political strategy whatsoever, perhaps the press would not be so scathing. Political parties have their own websites from which to broadcast in unedited form. As Eustice’s own colleague Douglas Carswell put it last night: “The law should be changed to allow political parties to communicate directly with voters? Really?! Try blogging or twitter instead…” If the Tories want more airtime on their own terms then they should deregulate political advertising on TV… 


  1. 1
    Owen Jones says:

    The World Bank has cut its 2013 global growth outlook, blaming a slower-than-expected recovery in The United Kingdom.

    In its twice-yearly Global Economic Prospects report, the bank said it expected world growth to be 2.4% this year, down on the 3% forecast in June.

    The bank also warned of the damage being done to confidence by the “half baked”economic policies of the Conservative led coalition .

  2. 2
    Nothing Better To Do says:

    What a brave new world he wants. A world where everything we hear is approved by him and his mates. A world where they can lie and steal without worrying that they’ll be found out.
    I think a better world than his would be one without politicians at all.

  3. 3
    Last time Oliver tried horse, he was shagging 'is misses says:

    Eustace hot air. Can’t turn back the tide, butts.

  4. 4
    restore the monasteries says:

    Any person,whatever their station in life,who wants to mess with OUR
    hard won freedoms, i.e… shackle the media in some way,is,in my eyes, a
    TRAITOR,a treasonous,anti British piece of………..who completely fails to
    understand the British people and its’ history.
    If you want a cowed press,,live somewhere else,but do not play with our press.
    Have you something to hide Eustace???

  5. 5
    restore the monasteries says:

    Think it should have been “their” history.(sorry)

  6. 6
    Grumpy Old Man says:


  7. 7
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    “…rather than actually giving politicians the credit for doing what they do do most of the time, which is to say what it is that they actually believe.”

    Afraid he lost me there.

  8. 8
    John Prescott says:

    Man walks into bar and the barman says: “Why the long face?” And the man says: “Maybe because I had a burger yesterday..

  9. 9
    Gordon Brown says:

    Labour can offer full baked economic policies of free muney for everyone unless you go to work

  10. 10
    Tom Watson's Brighton fun says:

    What an utter scoundrel this man is. Politicians NEVER say what they believe unless they have a surname called Thatcher or Churchill.

  11. 11
    Dave - balls of steel - Cameron says:

    Trust me, I’m a politician.

  12. 12
    attenshun! says:

    wish there was a like button below such comments

  13. 13
    1948 says:

    “…say what it is that they actually believe.”

    As opposed to what?
    (what they think we want to hear perhaps?)

  14. 14
    mike says:

    helicopter crash in london – national emergency – would it be too much to hope iain duncan smith was in it?

  15. 15
    Helicopter Pilot says:

    I should have gone to Specksavers

  16. 16
    Ed 'judge led' Miliprick says:

    Me too!! I feel a bandwagon coming on.

  17. 17
    Chris The Leatherman says:

    He looks the spitting image of Major Ingram, the coughing cheat on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, and is probably about as trustworthy.

  18. 18
    A dyslexic nycic says:

    Or maybe what they think we might believe?

  19. 19
    Owen Jones says:

    The construction industry in the UK will not recover its pre-recession peak level of output until 2022, says a study by an industry lobby group.

    The bleak outlook follows “one of the most difficult periods since World War II”, the Construction Skills Network report said.

    The sector lost 60,000 jobs in 2012, while output fell 9%, in large part because of public spending cuts.

    Construction employment is expected to continue to fall every year until 2016.

    “Construction found itself at the heart of a perfect storm in 2012,with David Cameron far too busy putting the finishing touches to his same sex marriage proposals” said Judy Lowe, deputy director of CITB-ConstructionSkills, the industry training body that put the report together.

    The sector had been “hit hard by a combination of public sector spending cuts and the worst Government in living memory,who are cutting too far and too fast.To have a flagship policy of same sex marriage above that of the economy is lunacy.However we have a total idiot for a Prime Minister” she added.

  20. 20
    Ever hopeful says:

    Wasn’t big enough to have the Cabinet and the Shadow Cabinet in it was it?

  21. 21
    George Gideon Oliver Osborne says:


    Dump all stocks now.
    The FTSE is starting to tank badly.



    FTSE 100 6092.20
    -25.11 -0.41%

  22. 22
    usual suspects says:

    Credit rating agencies now threatening USA with downgrade because they refused to adequately tackle debt and deficit automatically requires the World Bank to search for available scapegoats.
    Why just the UK.?
    No other countries [Europe’s?] pathetic recovery affecting the mix.?

  23. 23
    Vote UKIP says:

    Fatty Pickles is refusing to give the estimated figures for the expected Romanian and Bulgarian immigration to the UK.
    500,000 at least?
    So we can trust the politicians can we Eustice?
    You and Pickles are typical of the devious Cnuts.

  24. 24
    Anonymous says:

    “…rather than actually giving politicians the credit for doing what they do do most of the time, which is to say what it is that they actually believe”

    Or more accurately say why they believe their opponents are wrong. Journos can trust politicians AFTER they start trusting each other.

  25. 25
    Albert Pierrepoint. says:

    I’m looking for a job mate?
    When do I…………….. start!

  26. 26
    Economist says:

    Real culprit is austerity across Europe, but they probably do not want to say that as it will shine the light fully on the IMF.

    The only partial case against UK specifically for global economy slow down is the LIBOR rigging. However, LIBOR is only one part of the global interest rate markets (the others were rigged as well, but maybe with less central bank collusion) : If they wish to make a case based on slow down due to reduced sentiment and trust then that is sound. If they want an economic argument it is all about fiscal multipliers, Basel III concerns and IMF actions in EuroZone.

  27. 27
    We'llKip if we want to says:

    This is why the tories are doomed.

  28. 28
    inside- out says:

    You have got 650 to get rid of .Best get started.You can use redundant windmills,at least they will be of some use.

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