March 21st, 2013

New Statesman: No Now But Not Never

What a difference a week makes. Last week they were comparing Merkel to Hitler, now the Staggers could not be any more on the fence if they tried:

“The New Statesman, which has an ever-growing website and digital presence, currently does not see its interests served by regulation designed to suit politicians, nor by a revanche regime cooked up for the comfort of newspaper barons. Until a better plan is put forward we reserve our right to continue publishing “news-related material” in print and online without deference to either of those parties.”

So that’s a no, but not on principle of being  regulated. They do want to be regulated, they just want better regulation than is on offer. As ever, on their own…


  1. 1
    hank the cat says:

    Had Cleggie on lbc this morning, On leveson stated “royal charter not backed by law” then he went onto say “just like the bbc”, Confused, if the BBC is not backed by law then why are we paying the BBC tax?


    • 3
      Pollyvision says:

      The Biased BBC is hardly a good case for having a Royal Charter.


      • 7
        Anonymous says:

        Omnishables mark II.

        1) No child benefits if you earn over £60k but £1,200 per child if you earn up to £300k.

        2) £130bn deposit for houses, no need to pay interest for 5 years on it. Interest subsidy over 5 years will be £40bn. Where is the money coming from?

        3) Osborne is saying “cheque in post”. This is how Osborne is cutting deficit.

        4) Seems departmental underspent for this year include March 2013 salaries. Is Osborne not going to pay March salary.


  2. 2
    SP4BS says:

    I’m really unsurprised.
    Its a basic human failure to want less freedom for other people and more freedom for yourself.


  3. 4
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    In other words, sure there should be rules, but let US write them, to suit our own situation. Sorta like how Parliament works– that’s where they got the idea, innit?


  4. 5
    CarryHole is a Dismal Hunt says:

    Areopagitica; A speech of Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of Unlicenc’d Printing, to the Parlament of England

    Back to the “good old days” of pre 1644… Don’t remember the 17th Century as being progressive…


  5. 6
    Don't get me fuckin started says:

    The New what? What us this ‘publication’? Does anyone read it?


    • 31
      Great Granddad:Prime Minister in Waiting, New Utopia Party says:

      I read it once or twice a year and this morning was the day. Re the mortgage affair they say:-
      “George Osborne’s new mortgage guarantee scheme (“Help to Buy”) garnered him plenty of favourable headlines from Fleet Street but is the Chancellor on top of the detail? Asked this morning on the Today programme whether the £12bn scheme, which will underwrite mortgages for buyers with deposits of between 5-20 per cent, could be used by the well-off to buy second (or third) homes worth up to £600,000, Osborne was unable to say. The Chancellor made it clear that this was not the intention but would only say that he was “working with the industry””.

      The staggers is a bright star in the firmament compared to Boy George. How do we ever put such people into office?


  6. 9
    Chuka is not a happy jungle bunny says:


    • 12
      hank the cat says:

      Chucka I do wish that someone would unravel you, you really are a tosspot.


    • 14
      Divided They Stand says:

      Although not in agreement with Osborne turning the Government into a building society. I thought the scheme was introduced to help house builders and was not a social housing thing. If this is the case then second home owners as tax payers should also have access to the scheme.

      Labour have a one nation slogan but when it comes to taxes and hand outs they are very much a DIVIDED nation party.


    • 16
      Ed Bollocks says:

      I’m sure you will be delighted then you thieving money grubbing useless fucking arsewipe, how many houses have you got? You only got to where you are because the lazy fucking neverwork scroungers who look like you voted for one of their own!


    • 21
      Chuka goes lefty populist without thinking (as usual) says:

      There was me thinking Labour wanted more homes available. What have they got against private individuals buying homes and renting them out, or would they rather t5he state bought all housing stock and allocated it?


    • 22
      Fuck it says:

      So presumably MP’s will be lining up to buy their second or third homes then Chukus ya money?


    • 23
      Polly Toynbee resident Eton Colleh says:

      Second homes and multi million pound mansions are a disgrace. For others to own that is.


    • 28
      P l e b says:

      +1M. Typical Osborne.


  7. 11
    Penfold says:

    “”we reserve our right to continue publishing “news-related material” “”

    “news-related material”

    The Staggers actually claiming to “news-related material”, my arse.

    Agit-prop is all the’re versed in, and printing paeans to their Marxist heroes.

    What a bunch of 5H1T5.


    • 13
      Tachybaptus says:

      Well, I suppose what the NS publishes is related to the news in the same way as a Tesco burger is related to a horse.


  8. 17
    St Augustine of Hippo says:

    A bit like me – “Oh Lord give me chastity but not yet.”


  9. 19
    Official Statement says:

    The BBC will not be covered by the press Royal Charter on the fact that they only publish fiction


  10. 20
    Anonymous says:

    Good for them. This is all because justice is not available in this country.

    It is a simple fact that those in this country that are seen to be outside the law (because the justice system is so incapable) have no self control. Look at the recent cases: NHS, banking fraud, Media hacking, TV personalities, MPs, minority grooming gangs. They are perceived as no go areas for the police and other control authorities.

    They are untouchable in their “jobs”. Only when they cross the line in their their normal lives are they caught.

    Fix the justice system, instead of fixing the symptom.


  11. 24
    Fuck it says:

    The left only want the right wing press to be regulated.


  12. 26
    Owin's mummy says:

    Owin, didn’t you use to scribble your drivel for the Staggers? Why aren’t you defending it dear because I know that you are not paying attention in English class?


  13. 27
    Fucking modders says:

    Master Jones, didn’t you use to scribble your drivel for the Staggers? Why aren’t you defending it dear because I know that you are not paying attention in English class?


  14. 29
    Just asking... says:

    Does being a libertarian mean you’re a closet naturist?


  15. 30
    New Statesman Executive says:

    We have no objection to suitable legislation provided that it is set to ensure that the left remains free and only the centre and right are shackled.


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