March 5th, 2014

Dear Amol Rajan,

The Cellar
House of Commons

Mr Amol Rajan,
Editor of the Independent.

Dear Mr Rajan,

I am writing to propose a syndication deal. As you can see below your diarist Andy McSmith deems my work worthy of your pages on an almost daily basis, so I am sure he will be happy to provide a reference.

This week alone Mr McSmith has seen fit to lift yesterday’s lead in your newspaper’s excellent diary revealing that Harriet Harman and Jack Dromey had been put in an awkward spot by their son working for Paddy Power, they of the famous Oscar Pistorius bet. An amusing tale, which appeared on the pages of my blog the previous day.

Today, Mr McSmith has another fine story about a crafty coalition organised by local LibDems so they can keep child rape charge councillor Ryan Hope in the tent. Worrying developments indeed, and a niche story first reported on my blog last Friday.

Mr McSmith was also tickled by a Twitter bitch fight between Sally Bercow and fellow magpie Andrew Pierce, which he duly wrote up in his diary last week. Hardly an exclusive of course, though Mr McSmith’s readers were well behind the curve given the very same words had already appeared on my website.

It is some years since McSmith took a picture of me from the blog reposing in bed with Toby Young and it was with some difficulty that we successfully extracted payment in the end.

I propose that since Mr McSmith appears to lift my copy without payment or attribution, perhaps we could come to an arrangement by which you cut out the middle man and get your diary stories straight from the source? I know that money is tight at the Indy and I would not want you to waste your budget employing a diarist who simply lifts stories from elsewhere.


Guido Fawkes Esq.



  1. 1
    Cunning linguist says:

    Ho ho. Well done Guido.

  2. 2
    Anonymous says:

    All diarists lift their stories from elsewhere, you pompous prick.

  3. 3
    Null hypothesis says:

    One should not end a letter with an Esq. after the signatory.

  4. 4
    Amol's finest hour says:

  5. 5
    Agreed says:

    Sally’s public Tweets were..well, public?

  6. 6
    Play Jerist says:

    You are Johann Hari and I claim my Orwell prize.

  7. 7
  8. 8
    A Reader says:

    A G’uido pull out next to Owen’s column in the Indy would help their sales quite a bit.

  9. 9
    Owen Jones says:


  10. 10
    Robert says:

    Seems like Amol has a sense of humour as well

  11. 11
    Dear Mr. Dacre, says:

  12. 12
    Ghost of Greg Stone. says:

    My opinion of Amol has gone up a notch. Nice reply by him.

  13. 13
    C O (Ξ5) says:

    US sending a warship into Black sea:

    Should not be a carrier as US carriers not eligible under Montreux Convention (weight), but USS George H.W. Bush has recently entered the Med. and is parked off Piraeus, G’reece.

    USS Mount Whitney (6th fleet command / surveillance) left today, headed towards the Med.


    USS Taylor (frigate) is still in Samsun Turkey awaiting repairs.

    USS Taylor’s commander was recently fired after he ran Taylor aground whilst heading to S’ochi.


    Russian warships “Saratov” and “Yamal” passed through Bosphorous yesterday heading towards Black Sea.

  14. 14
    Diddley says:

    Ffs, in this digital age, who is deluded enough to think you can get away with this sort of thing without being called out? Integrity zero.

  15. 15
    Podiceps says:

    In this digital age, everyone is lifting information of all kinds as never before. Never mind integrity, it’s normal behaviour.

  16. 16
    Richard D says:

    Well spotted Guido Fawkes, I didn’t know anyone read The Indy these days.

    You would not tolerate if he stole your car or decided to use your bathroom when ever it suited him.

    Send them a bill for supplying original stories at the going rate with the appropriate admin charges. Make ‘em pay!

  17. 17
    Johann Hari says:

    In this digital age, everyone is lifting information of all kinds as never before. Never mind integrity, it’s normal behaviour.

  18. 18
    Sadiq Kalm says:

    The two people who read the paper will be furious.

  19. 19
    Mr Anonymous says:

    My fav gag of the week!

  20. 20
    Mr Anonymous says:

    Hats of to Guido – theft of intellectual property is a huge problem, and one that society generally still doesn’t take seriously enough.

    Unless there are sanctions, why would you bother creating original content, when it is much cheaper to steal someone else’s?

  21. 21
    broderick crawford says:

    … so will Mc Smith when his reduced financial circumstances due to his sudden lack of emolument from the Indie perforce oblige him
    to partake of …McDonald s

  22. 22
    broderick crawford says:

    Tell that to Nigel demoste … oh sorry . …. he too has been ” lifted”.

  23. 23
    Anonymous says:

    Some of journalists best contacts are newsagents

  24. 24
    Diddley says:

    Yes. Y’see it ok to do it for satire’s sake!

  25. 25
    Anonymous says:

    Does publishing a hyperlink to freely available content amount to an illegal communication to the public and therefore a breach of creator’s copyrights under European law? After examining a case referred to it by Sweden’s Court of Appeal, the Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled today that no, it does not…..

    So, in basic layman’s terms, if content is already freely available after being legally published and isn’t already subject to restrictions such as a subscription or pay wall, linking to or embedding that content does not communicate it to a new audience and is therefore not a breach of EU law.
    more …

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