June 13th, 2014

Open Letter to the CEO of Index on Censorship




I’ve happily done a little bit here and there for Index. A speech at an event, an article, a bid at an auction or a table at a fundraiser. I don’t claim to be the biggest donor to Index, over the years perhaps my support has been in the low thousands.

I will never give another penny to Index as long as Steve Coogan is involved.

Paul Staines

Editor Guido Fawkes’ Blog


  1. 1
    Ed Miliband says:


  2. 2
    FrankFisher says:

    I used to work there. I wouldn’t give them the steam off someone else’s shit.

  3. 3
    Harriet Harman's dancing shoes says:

    Steve Coogan does seem like an unlikely choice, TBH.

    Still, he was quite amusing in Alpha Pappa, in a charming sort of way. Sadly for him, I download it illegally so he didn’t get any of my money.

  4. 4

    I know I’m probably behind (being an autistic, that’s nothing new), but what’s going on re Steve Coogan?

  5. 5
    Radio Bollocks says:

    I applaud you. Wonderful comment. Hope it gets plastered all over the media.

  6. 6
    Sarah Millington says:

    Quite right.

  7. 7
    Vote Tory for press censorship says:

    He supports Hacked Off, which wants to sensor the press, and he supports Index, which is (at the moment) against press sensorship.

  8. 8
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    Well done Guido.

  9. 9
    Andrew Efiong says:

    We salute you.

    Coogan’s a self-serving snivelling toad who jumps from one bandwagon to another without principle.

  10. 10
    Remove the LIBLABCONUKIPGREENS says:

    Must be sad day at Index.

  11. 11
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    Just like Milliamp.

  12. 12
    Steve P says:

    Paul your reasoning is not so obvious to the rest of us as you seem to assume.


  13. 13
    Stephen Phillips says:

    WHY ?

  14. 14
    dai free says:

    in a previous (de)generation the left proclaimed their support for ‘the people’ and ‘freedom’ the world over

    they referred of course to the joys of tyranny

    mr coogan & pals – are they today’s equivalent?
    we are to give up our freedom and they will deliver er..er..well.. even more freedom

  15. 15
    Jim Halpern says:

    Conquest’s Third Law: The behaviour of any bureaucratic organization can best be understood by assuming that it is controlled by a secret cabal of its enemies.

  16. 16
    Alf Rican says:

    Hope you cancelled Oxfam too

  17. 17

    So Steve Coogan really hasn’t thought this all the way through, has he? Or maybe he’s convinced that the Leveson bill doesn’t amount to censorship, because ministers are noble, honourable, upright citizens of integrity who would never dream of abusing their position to cover up their failures and indiscretions.

  18. 18
    Farage is are Hero says:

    Steve Coogan is the new Stalin. Fact.

  19. 19
    Burlington Bertie says:

    Personally I think it’s because Steve is a bit of a twat.

  20. 20
    Put Blair on trial says:

    Have never laughed once at Coogan’s jokes or sitcoms, so how did he manage to get such big exposure on telly? Something sinister there. Take apart he’s a moron.

  21. 21
    Paranoid Android says:

    It’s as if the bacon marketing board hired a vegan…

  22. 22

    Which do you support?

  23. 23
    Austin Tash says:

    They published a story recently titled “11 countries where you should think twice about insulting someone”.

    As someone in the comments pointed out, why no mention of the UK? 20 people a day are investigated in this country for saying something “offensive” online (such as b0ll0cks, sh!thead, m0ng, etc.), with 4,000 a year being subject to “police action”.


  24. 24

    If speech was unmoderated, I would say that Steve Coogan was a сunt.

    Unfortunately… ;-)

  25. 25
    Mr Anonymous says:

    Agree with you 100% Guido. Terrible decision by Index.

  26. 26
    RWG says:

    No, he’s a total c­u­nt.

    He once said on a programme, that people who go to private schools come out conservative.

    Two seats to his right was harpy hatemen.

    One seat to his right was Kirsty Allsop, who said “bollocks!” and tore him a new one.

  27. 27
    Relieved says:

    I am glad to discover that I am not the only one who thinks he is as funny as having piles.

  28. 28
    RWG says:

    George Thorogood…

    Who do you love?

  29. 29

    Harri — Did you learn that downloading trick from Jaquie Smith s husband when he visited your place to give Jack some “particular ” CD S ?

  30. 30

    Good question … Knowing me knowing you Ah ha !!

  31. 31

    Unfortunately I don’t understand that response! #Autism

  32. 32
    Mr Angry says:

    Having piles is hilariarse as long as it’s someone else that has them.

  33. 33

    Which is why I support disability groups preventing non-disabled people from having any policy or management roles in their organisations

  34. 34
    RWG says:

    Waaaaaayyyyy ahead of you, SC.

  35. 35
    Owen Bennet jones says:

    Knowing me, knowing you. Ah – Ha!

  36. 36

    OK. So you said something further up the page at 5:18 pm that I said further down at 4:40 pm.

    I don’t really care. What matters is that Steve Coogan is a сunt.

    Vote UKIP :-D

  37. 37
    John Milton says:

    Spot on, Guido.

    Let’s see this bum sod off to Venezuela.

  38. 38
    A Theologian says:

    Most of these ‘worthy causes’ supported by the chattering classes are scams. Oxfam, Barnardo’s, Common Purpose, The Olympics, Liberty, Index on Censorshi, Amnesty. Lift the lid on any of them and you will find these organisations are basically rancid.

  39. 39
    Vinny says:

    Making Coogan a patron of IoC would be like making Tony Blair the middle east peace envoy!

    Oh, hang on a sec…

  40. 40
    ooh sweety aren't you the satirist says:

    Nah – Steve Coogan is just a bog standard lefty bbc millionaire twat.

    Don’t get hysterical.

  41. 41
    It's just telly, you know? says:

    Alan Partridge is very funny, and some of his other stuff is very good too.

    Coogan is still a twat though.

  42. 42
    It's just telly, you know? says:

    Not the same – the non-disabled are generally not deliberately, and with malice aforethought, acting against the disabled in organisations of disabled people.

  43. 43
    It's just telly, you know? says:

    The plod consider “choc-ice” a particularly severe offence in black on black twitter action.

  44. 44
    Anonymous says:

    Freedom of speech in England? The left would collectively piss their panties when they heard what people really thought about immigration.

  45. 45
    Displaced Brummie says:

    I am sometimes left with the conclusion that Alan Partridge is not so much a parody, but an aspect of Steve Coogan’s character that he really should repress a bit more. By never appearing on the TV, again.

  46. 46
    somebody's something says:

    All excellent points, all well made.

  47. 47
    somebody's something says:

    The tragedy is that they all started with good intent, but were infiltrated by marxist fuckwits, in the same way that Brummy schools were infected by islamo nutjobs.

  48. 48

    Steve Coogan believes that celebrities and public figures should not be exposed in the newspapers for wrong doings. He campaigned for Hacked Off.

  49. 49
    phillippe of spain says:

    ^ ^ ^ ^ quarter to eight.

  50. 50
    Andrew Co says:

    Another one who supports restrictions on a free press (a “free AND ACCOUNTABLE press,” he keeps tweeting — accountable to whom?) is Peter Tatchell. Tatchell is notorious for using UK libel law to harass and suppress people, including other activists, who are critical of his campaigns. Now he wants Leveson as a substitute for libel law. For more on Tatchell’s campaigns against other activists see




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