March 22nd, 2013

Tom Watson Backs Blog Off

There is now cross-party unity condemning the Hacked Off drafted attempt to regulate the blogosphere, as Tom Watson backs the Blog Off campaign against control of the internet:

“It is clear to all but the very stupid that the new system should only apply to big media -with print operations that might also have a digital presence. Maria Miller should urgently clarify how this will be achieved.”

As one of the guilty men leading the charge against the free press, it’s better late than never.

Good to have a “propa blogger” on board…


  1. 1
    Gary says:



    • 8
      Erm... says:

      When does Small media become Big media?


      • 18
        Lord Stansted says:

        Exactly. There’s no principle in law if it’s split like this. Brilliant!


        • 33
          Erm... II says:

          CiF has a smaller readership than Guido, but it and not Guido should be regulated because a newspaper happens to be produced in the same buidling.

          OK lads – print that law, and then stand back and watch it collapse.


      • 19
        V1le, vicious Labour ruined my Country says:

        So this disgusting cockroach has finally woken up to the fact that Hitler would have been proud of the new press clampdown.


        • 50
          Tory Clusterfuck says:

          No, Hitler would be proud of Guido. If this was WW3, I am sure Guido would keep hammering his anti-Government horse-poo, regardless of what effect it has on morale, cohesion and unity.

          I suppose it will make things easier to round up the twats, when the time is right.


      • 24

        Big media becomes small media when it gets to around The Independent weekly sales levels.


        • 30
          Gordon Brown says:

          Don’t think I’ve forgotten all the horrible things you’ve said about me, Bill. You make me want to Nokia a woman.


          • Grrr says:

            Like Hitler and Stalin.

            Two Socialist fighting each other for control – one is a ‘disgusting cockroach’ the other a bunch of rich Socialists who want to muzzle the press.

            Can’t we just be like Venezuela and shut down anyone who doesn’t say what the Socialists want?


          • Gordon, you are always in my thoughts.
            How’s things? I saw you in cash converters in Fife. Shame the bloke wouldn’t take that Ipad you were trying to sell.
            But It was just a mousemat that Alistair Campbell had given you and told you was an ipad.


    • 9
      Popeye says:

      Fat, ignorant, bullying slob and it shows.
      Must be the subsidised beer.


      • 22
        M102 says:

        ….all but the very stupid. Well that’s the labour voting public. Nice one Tom.


        • 26
          yeah, right... says:

          Excellent. Will Tom now join my campaign to stop MPs stealing my money and spending it on food?


      • 31
        SP4BS says:

        Err. sorry to say, and this is genuine:
        I did think “Guido looks pleased” for a second or two when i first saw it.


    • 29
      Air Sea Rescue? says:

      With the big lad on board how can it fail?


    • 48
      Engineer says:

      You mean Watson has suddenly realised that his blog might be regulated too? So he couldn’t just say anything that suits him, and might have to back up his assertions with facts and evidence?

      Well, well…


  2. 2
    Ranter says:

    He really is one useless fat ugly c*unt of a trougher.


  3. 3
    Tom Watson says:

    Can I have a 20 foot long sub with everything and lots of Chipotle sauce and double cheese please? And a diet coke.


  4. 4
    Sir Dando Tweakeshafte says:

    Who regulated all the Pies?


  5. 6
    Jack the Ripper says:

    Will this mean more pizzas?


  6. 10
    Erm... says:

    So, online criticism and possible libel read by 100,000 is ok, but printed criticism and possible libel read by 100,000 isn’t.

    How does that work, then?


    • 17
      Erm... II says:

      So, a newspaper’s blog should be regulated because they happen to be published by a company which also puts ink on paper; but a purely online blog with a higher readership shouldn’t be regulated.

      Have you thought this through properly?


      • 35
        SP4BS says:

        Ink is truth.


        • 40
          Erm... II says:

          Unfortunately, and laughably, the blog-off campaign is arguing exactly that.


          • SP4BS says:

            My favourite news site says today:
            “THE Duchess of Cambridge gets through tedious public engagements with a cocktail of illegal drugs, it has emerged.”

            I trust the accuracy of Guido’s blog more than that one.


          • Engineer says:

            Well, we can’t have people saying anything they like, can we? They might tell the truth, and that would never do….


    • 20
      SP4BS says:

      Because everyone should know that anything on the internet is bollocks.

      And if they don’t, everyone who knows them points and laughs behind their backs.


      • 62
        Keep Our Press Free says:

        So I can read what I want on a blog but my daily newspaper will be censored by the state.
        Hacked Off and it’s Lib/Lab gofers have really lost the plot.


  7. 11
    Huge Rant says:

    Fuck off, LardArse 1


  8. 12
    Residing in 96.97% white Merseyside says:

    Talking of blogs does anyone know what has happened to the Hurry Up Harry blogspot? It’s been unavailable for a few days now.


  9. 13
    Residing in 96.96% white Merseyside says:

    Talking of blogs does anyone know what has happened to the H*urry Up H*arry blogspot? It’s been unavailable for a few days now.


  10. 14
    Kevin T says:

    I’m confused about big and small media. Will the regulations apply to The Independent?


  11. 16
    Hugh Grant says:

    Well blow me!


  12. 21
    Nogbad the Bad says:

    This is just a smokescreen. They need to get the Newspapers completely nailed first.

    Once investigative journalism is dead, a new pressure group (order-disorder, blog standards, twatter ye not, facecrook, troll reversal or whatever) will be formed, fronted by slebs and funded by shadowy figures, with online freedom firmly in its sights.


  13. 23
    The Gadget Inspector says:

    Lay off Tom Watson I say because if it had not been for him Rupert Murdoch would not have had a custard pie in his face .

    Whatever happened to that bloke who threw the pie ?

    He said he was a comedian but I have never heard anything of him since .


    • 39

      Jonnie Marbles was his name…well, his anarchist-comics against world name.

      Real name Jonathan May-Bowles. Which sounds like he should be either secretary of the golf club or the socialist workers party.


  14. 25
    John Page says:

    Tom Watson’s leader and deputy leader will be so pleased by this intervention!

    Will Oliver Letwin understand it? Has Maria Miller ever read a blog?

    But that would still leave the press under a statutory cosh. So this shouldn’t be over by a long chalk.


  15. 26
    Benner Fits says:


  16. 32
    Anonymous says:

    This is obviously to cover his own blogs. Isn’t it amazing how he is happy to make sure the proper press is regulated, but at the same time keeping himself free to produce all his own self important propaganda.


  17. 34
    Simon says:

    Pies anyone?


    • 68
      Traffic control says:

      You are going the wrong way. It was Simple Simon who met the pie man going to the fair / fayre.


  18. 37
    Lying Politicians says:

    Were his lips moving when he said this?


  19. 41
    Roper says:

    I would only want him on my side in a Tug of War.


  20. 43
    Anonymous says:

    So basically the only people that he wants to regulate is Murdoch.


  21. 44
    Dial B for Bastard says:

    Quelle surprise!


  22. 45
    Max Mosley S&MP says:

    I support the Hacked-Off campaign, if you’re interested we’re having a whip-round at my place tonight


  23. 47
    Fat Bastard says:

    Of course, the fact is that I can’t be arsed (how apposite IS that expression in my case, innit?) to worry about the regulating of bloggers, since it would just end up being a game of whack-a-mole. It’s not that I fear I would look foolish as the one doing the regulating, as the Fat Controller of Blogging a/k/a Media Czar under the Labour Government (which, through my efforts, will come in for sure in 2015); no, I’m basically just bone-lazy, if you really must know the truth, FFS!


  24. 49
    Scamp The Excitable Dog says:

    Orwell had it spot on didn’t he?
    BIG Brother.


  25. 53
    BBC = Brainwashing says:

    Man who wanted law passed to gag newspapers who didn’t support his own political point of view now making sure same law doesn’t stop him airing his own vile opinions in public. Quelle surprise.


  26. 54
    Fishy says:

    So Fatso and his mates start a fire and now he wants Maria Miller to put it out.


  27. 56
    Old England says:

    It is a massive mistake to enshrine in law,some kind of law,or laws,that could be seen as ,”the thin end of the wedge”,toward press regulation…There are ample laws already,in our civilised society,to deal with journalists who overstep
    the line…We just need the police to step up to enforce them…
    We are a laughing stock around the world,where has our British judgement gone over the last 15years???Threat to press freedoms,dodgy wars,shackled to a corpse in Europe,inability to control the flow of people to our country,unable to kick undesirables out quickly and politics of the 6th form,embarrasing!!!!!!!


    • 70
      Catty Comment (Ms) says:

      It all goes back to the Crosland/Williams (Socialist of course) changes to our education system in the mid 1960s.


  28. 58
    fatson watson says:

    have you any idea just how big a turd i really am?


  29. 59
    Not so HUGE GRANT says:

    Did anyone notice the Sexual proposition on his “sweaty” shirt



  30. 61
    No TW says:

    Tom Fatson Ate My World


  31. 67
    Curly wonders says:

    You appear to have lost 0.01% of your population. Has white flight started?


  32. 72

    Did this geez do a ‘U-Turn? ‘Cos he won’t make a knee jerk with that Darby Kelly!


  33. 73
    Dick Turpin says:

    Is the fat twat(‘s stylist) too thick to realise the difference between “analogue” and “analog”?



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