Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Not So Pronto IPSO

IPSO’s Sir Alan Moses is in a rush for the three weeks-old new press regulator to get to the bottom of our Brooks Newmark investigation published in the Sunday Mirror. For the record and the avoidance of doubt, Alex Wickham – better known to our readers as WikiGuido – is a fine young journalist with more front page splashes to his name than some of his critics have had in their entire careers. His so-called sting – which was actually evidence gathering – was not an unauthorised operation. There will be no “rogue reporter defence”, it was an agreed plan.

Brooks Newmark was one of the founders of “Women2Win”, a campaign to get more Conservative women into politics. Newmark had a certain reputation among younger Tory women for being, for want of a better word, a bit of a creep. Think what his position gave him access to – ambitious, younger women. As with Lord Rennard that combination has obvious temptations.

MPs have been shown to be corrupt in the past by sting operations; Cash for Questions and Byers for Hire revealed MPs exploiting their positions for financial gain. How do our critics expect us to prove an MP is exploiting his position for carnal gain?

This was no fishing operation, it was a narrowly targeted effort. The Sophie Wittams Twitter account followed almost 100 MPs as part of the cover story – not to target them – which is obvious given that many of them were women MPs and the list included the Prime Minister. There was no intention to trap the PM.

If IPSO finds against the Daily Mirror it won’t prove it has teeth, it will prove as we told the Leveson Inquiry, that “media standards” are really a form of censorship that will protect the powerful from having their wrongdoings uncovered. This blog will never bow to the censors – we will continue to use subterfuge and clandestine methods to go after wrong ‘uns – there is no other way.

Mail Online Hires Piers Morgan

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Quote of the Day

Friday, September 26, 2014

Quote of the Day

The Yanks Keep Coming: Mashable Hiring for UK Office

HuffPo, Buzzfeed, Breitbart, Silicon Alley Insider are already bedding in. Now Mashable is opening an office in London.

Mashable, once a geeky tech site, has morphed into a general magazine. Is there room for more generalist sites to make profits?

Clicktivism’s New Politics: Same As Old Top Down Politics
38Degrees Ruling Clique Evade Backing RAF Strikes

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So much for digital democracy and the new politics of ‘clicktivism’. What happened when rank and file supporters of the left-of-centre online campaign 38 Degrees voted the wrong way on backing UK air strikes against Iraq? The group’s right on ruling clique ignored the majority and said there was “no consensus”. Actually, if you look past the mathematical sleight of hand, of those who expressed preference 51.7% were in favour of air strikes – an absolute majority.

38 Degrees belongs to all 38 Degrees members. Right now there isn’t a clear consensus among us on what we want to happen. So that means 38 Degrees won’t be campaigning in either direction.”

Yeah, right. Despite all the obfuscation this is a classic example of top down politics, where those at the top ignore the democratic will of those below. Just like with the EU, if they don’t get the result they want, they ignore it…

Sin Taxes Increase Inequality
Disproportionately Harm the Poor

Sponsored post.

You may have seen Sin City 2, but have you seen Sin Taxes – a stylish new video short from the Institute of Economic Affairs?  It’s the poor who continue to be hardest hit by sin taxes – and here the iea puts forward proposals that would ease that burden.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

German Green’s Anti-Nuclear Policies Boost Emissions

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Germany will miss its 2022 climate targets for greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants as the country’s use of coal surges. Last year the coal-generated share of electricity hit the highest in 24 years.

The country also opened more new coal-fired power plants in 2013 than any other time in the past 20 years as it moves to stop the lights going out and shut down all nuclear power stations by 2022. Germany’s “Energiewende” green revolution has so far cost over €100 billion for consumers. “Despite the massive expansion of renewable energies, achieving key targets for the energy transition and climate protection by 2020 is no longer realistic,” Thomas Vahlenkamp, a wonk at McKinsey admitted to Bloomberg.

The whole green climate change racket is falling apart – global warming has stopped and now the hippies are coming up with new theories to justify global cooling. At the UN Climate Summit yesterday the Chinese and Indian’s basically called the West’s bluff and said sod it, we want prosperity. UKIP campaigns against windmill subsidies and years after the daft hug-a-husky days, Populus found this month that 71% of Conservative MPs think “it has not yet been conclusively proved that climate change is man made”. Green crap – nein danke…

Europe’s Share of World Trade is Shrinking
Commonwealth Grows As EU Shrinks

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Older readers will remember the outrage when the UK joined the “Common Market” that New Zealand lamb and Anchor butter became subject to import tariffs. The Commonwealth was excluded by a pessimistic political class that saw the future in Brussels. Now look at the Commonwealth’s market size…

A free trading Britain could negotiate free trade deals with Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and India. Stuck inside a declining trade bloc the UK can’t…

Chart taken from Change or Go.

Quote of the Day

Two quotes from Piers Morgan after Mirror pays out compensation over Sven / Ulrika hacking…

First is from volume three of his diaries Morgan published in 2009…

“…it was the Daily Mirror, under my editorship, which exposed Sven’s fling with Ulrika Jonsson after learning of a similar message left by the then England manager on her  phone”

Second is from his video evidence to the Leveson Inquiry in December 2011…

“I have never hacked a phone, told anyone to hack a phone, or published any stories based on the hacking of a phone.”


Seen Elsewhere

Boris is Right About Grammar Schools | Conservative Women
‘Obsolete’ Cable | Speccie
Why are Tories so Upbeat? | Alex Wickham
Clear Public Interest in Newmark Sting | Mirror
Boris Invites Farage to Join Tories | Guardian
RAF Too Run Down to Fight Islamic State | Con Coughlin
Osborne’s Personal Cuts Regime | Quentin Letts
Whoever Wins is Cursed | Janan Ganesh
Dave Will Never Be Forgiven if Ed Becomes PM | Trevor Kavanagh
What is Dave’s Big Message? | Tim Montgomerie
Voting UKIP Only Helps Ed | Boris


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cynic says:

Can anyone help me? I went on holiday a week ago and returned to find someone has pulled out the stake and Gordon Brown is back and acting as Prime Minister. What did I miss? Has there been a snap election?


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