Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Get Your David Davis T-Shirt Now, While Stocks Last

Dave and George aren’t exactly at their most popular with the Tories this week. Why not express your dissatisfaction with a “Don’t blame me, I voted for D.D.” t-shirt?

The T-shirts are just £10 (plus £3 postage and packaging) and you can get yours by simply clicking on the size you want below:

               

There are only a few left, so order yours while stocks last…

Clegg’s Final Showdown With David “The Jews” Ward

Things are getting very serious for David Ward. Earlier this week Guido revealed how the LibDem leadership was at the end of their tether, now Nick Clegg has taken the matter out of the hands of his chief whip by demanding a meeting in person.

Could he finally be about to show a second yellow card?

Labour MP Reported Over Cash Questions Concern
Phil Wilson Goes Off the Rails

The man who succeeded Tony Blair as Labour’s MP for Sedgefield is facing some pretty searching questions over his donations today. Phil Wilson has brought up Hitachi’s new factory in the House on no less than 22 separate occasions, coincidentally receiving over £10,000 in donations from Hitachi and the site’s developer. Tory MP John Glen has now reported him to the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner:

Dear Ms Hudson,

I am writing to draw your attention to a potential breach of the Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament, with regard to the declaration of financial interests.

On the 23rd January 2013, Phil Wilson MP registered a donation of £5,700 from Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd, and on the 31st January 2013 registered a donation of £5,700 from Merchant Place Developments.

 In a Parliamentary debate on the 31st January, Mr Wilson spoke about Hitachi’s new factory in Newton Aycliffe, on a site developed by Merchant Place Developments. At no time did he draw attention to his entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests.

The Code of Conduct clearly states that, ‘a financial interest should be declared if it might reasonably be thought by others to influence the speech, representation or communication in question’. I note that Mr Wilson has mentioned Hitachi’s investment on no less than 22 separate occasions in Parliament, and lobbied Ministers in its favour. Clearly it is a matter of public interest to know whether or not there was any expectation of future financial interest when he made these speeches.

Of course it is entirely appropriate for Members to draw attention to successful businesses in their constituencies, particularly those that contribute to the decline in unemployment that the UK is experiencing under this government. However, where a Member has received significant political donation from a company, it is essential for transparency and public faith in Parliament for this to be made clear so that they may judge a Member’s remarks in that context.

Yours sincerely,

John Glen MP

One to keep an eye on…

Press Royal Charter: Maria Miller’s “Get Guido” Clause

big-sister-maria-millerYesterday Guardian journalists gleefully drew Guido’s attention to a clause in Maria Miller’s proposed legislation that attempts to bring this blog into the regulated, un-free press sector that is being created post-Leveson. Guido has highlighted the ambitious clause in red below…

SCHEDULE 4

INTERPRETATION

Key definitions

1. For the purposes of this Charter:

a) “Regulator” means an independent body formed by or on behalf of relevant publishers for the purpose of conducting regulatory activities in relation to their publications;

b) “relevant publisher” means a person (other than a broadcaster) who publishes in the United Kingdom:

a. a newspaper or magazine containing news-related material, or

b. a website containing news-related material (whether or not related to a newspaper or magazine);

c) “broadcaster” means:

a. the holder of a licence under the Broadcasting Act 1990 or 1996;

b. the British Broadcasting Corporation; or

c. Sianel Pedwar Cymru;

d) a person “publishes in the United Kingdom” if the publication takes place in the United Kingdom or is targeted primarily at an audience in the United Kingdom;

e) “news-related material” means:

i. news or information about current affairs;
ii. opinion about matters relating to the news or current affairs; or
iii. gossip about celebrities, other public figures or other persons in the news.

It is arguable – and Guido does argue – that since this blog’s server is in California the publication takes place in the US, under the protection of the First Amendment. Readers point their browsers at http://www.order-order.com and download the content from the server cache. The publishing tool is the server and it is definitely not in the United Kingdom. Which is why they introduced the second part: “or is is targeted primarily at an audience in the United Kingdom”. That is an interesting idea, which hopefully won’t catch on internationally. Imagine if the Iranian regime implemented the same law, demanding that the BBC’s Persian Service, which is broadcast from London, submitted to their regulator. Crazy.

Guido would be interested to hear what the many m’learned friends who read this blog think of this bit of the legislation. Who will the regulator pursue? Individual bloggers personally when they are in the jurisdiction? A foreign citizen, uploading to a foreign-hosted website, published by a foreign domiciled company – seems to Guido that this legal extra-territoriality has dubious legal foundations. Perhaps Maria Miller is planning to send Royal Navy gunboats to Wexford and California?

PMQs Proves Dave and Ed Never Miss Guido

This week’s PMQs was enjoyed greatly in the Guy Newsroom, with both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition referencing our stories. Ed revealed himself as an avid reader of Guido’s new Sun column, bashing the PM for auctioning a portrait of himself for £100,000 at a Tory fundraiser. Here is how Guido revealed it on Sunday:

“When Cameron gave his tough European referendum speech Tory HQ treasurers were delighted to see a flood of donations come into the coffers. The tough EU stance goes down well with true blue donors, this week one of them bid £100,000 at a fundraiser for a portrait of the PM.”

Then Dave hit back by mocking Ed’s “major speech” tomorrow, noting that it will contain no new policy announcements. Yesterday Guido was leaked Labour foghorn Christine Quigley’s email admitting that “It won’t have any new policies in it”, despite being dutifully trailed by the Staggers as one to watch. It all got too much for one Page 3-lover, as the green-eyed monster struck:

The Guidoisation of politics continues…

UPDATE: An actual attribution from Nick Robinson. Truly a red letter day:

Vid via @liarpoliticians

PMQs LIVE: Guido Fawkes Edition

Who Blew Up Eastleigh Speed Camera?

Shocking scenes in Eastleigh back in 2009 as police hunted a “terrorist” who blew up a speed camera with a bomb:

spee“A LOUD explosion shocked a sleeping Hampshire neighbourhood when a speed camera was blown up in the middle of the night. Weary-eyed residents in Eastleigh rushed to their windows at 2.30 a.m. to find the camera in Bishopstoke Road surrounded by a cloud of smoke Police and firefighters raced to the scene fearing that the explosion had come from the nearby Jet petrol station, but on arrival they found the fixed camera had been blown to pieces.”

As far as Guido can tell cops never caught the culprit. Here is one clue though: the speed camera in question was on the very same road as the house belonging to a certain criminal MP with the motivation…

Ashcroft Cash Funds Labour Candidate

Lord Ashcroft’s cash is finding its way to some unlikely beneficiaries. Owen Jones wouldn’t accept the £3,000 prize from the disaffected Tory donor when he won the Ashcroft sponsored ‘Young Writer of the Year’ award last week, instead he split the money between a donation to a left-wing campaign and gave the other half of the money to Labour’s Peterborough candidate Lisa Forbes. She is fighting to oust sitting Tory MP Stewart Jackson, who has had £15,000 from the billionaire peer as well. Meaning Ashcroft is in the unusual position of funding both the Labour and Tory candidates’ campaigns…

Six More Hacks Nicked By Weeting Cops

Some significant developments in the Operation Weeting phone-hacking investigation: six journalists have been arrested for conspiracy to intercept voicemails at the Screws. A 33 year old woman from Chesire, as well as 46 year old man from Wandsworth, 39 year old man from Greenwich, 45 year old man from Wandsworth, 33 year old woman Islington and a 40 year old woman from Lambeth have been nicked. Two now work for The Sun. The arrests relate to a newly uncovered alleged conspiracy from 2005-6. Weeting, Elveden and Tuleta have now arrested a total of 106 people…


Seen Elsewhere

Comply or Die at Grauniad | MediaGuido
Labour Beats UKIP in South Yorkshire | LabourList
Mock the Week’s Weak Comedy | Nigel Farage
Can Jim Murphy Save Scottish Labour? | Guardian
There is Still Appetite for the Westminster Lunch | Jon Craig
Labour Turn Their Backs on Jewish Community | Dan Hodges
Chivalry is Not Dead | Laura Perrins
Jonathan Jones is a Tw*t | Iain Dale
Second Scotland Poll Suggests Labour Wipeout | Times
Paedo Probe Boss Urged to Quit | Sun
Keynesian Tories Won’t Eliminate Deficit | Tim Montgomerie


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