Saturday, April 18, 2009

+++ LabourHome : Busted Ballot Box at Labour HQ +++

If this is correct it is stunning:

Labourhome has learned that the E&T Ballot Box with the broken seal was in fact being stored in a cupboard at Labour’s Victoria Street HQ at the time.

Furthermore, the ballot papers inside were torn up.

With both an active, high-level, Georgia Gould campaign and an active Unite campaign led by Charlie Whelan, operating against Gould, it will be almost impossible to nail down a likely culprit for this vandalism.

Hat-tip : LabourHome

The Challenge for the Lobby Today

tom_wAndy McSmith in the Indy has compiled a short list of McBride’s smears and their victims.  It is not a complete list, most of the victims listed are Labour MPs.  Shame that journalists didn’t have the courage to name McBride as the source of the smears at the time that they printed them.  If they did, it might have shed some light on the potential truth of those smears at the time.

Guido’s challenge to the fearless members of the press is a simple one.  Show you are not, in the words of Peter Oborne theclient media, check your notebooks and identify the smears passed to you by Tom Watson, the Minister for Mudslinging.  Are you copy-takers or journalists?   Or will you just leave it to Guido once again to do the hard work and dispatch him?

UPDATE : John Rentoul in the Indy has enough self awareness to  realise he is in a self-inflicted Kafkaesque situation. People are starting to hint; Matthew Taylor, the Blairite Downing Street insider turned wonk,  joins Guido in mocking the press;

I have had a few ‘phone calls from Sunday journalists about the McBride affair. ‘Can you tell us more about his operation?’ they say. Which, when you think about it, is a bit like someone saying:

‘me and my mates have for years been having a very intimate relationship with someone you might vaguely know – what was it like?’.

Er…you could start by asking each other

Newspapers writing indignant exposes about the briefing operation of someone upon whom they relied for years for stories! You couldn’t make it up.

Journalists can name the names, they are in their contacts books already.

Sickened Alice Mahon Quits Labour

Alice MahonAlice Mahon, a Halifax MP for 18 years and a left-wing Labour Party member for more than half-a-century, has resigned her membership of the party saying she can no longer stomach how it operates.

In her letter to the Halifax Constituency Labour Party she criticises the Prime Minister: “This Labour Government should hang its head in shame for inflicting this on the British public just as we face the most severe recession any of us have experienced in a lifetime.”

The Smeargate revelations left her “sickened”. According to the Yorkshire Post:

“My stepdaughter Rachel said to me: ‘How could they do that to people like David Cameron and his wife Samantha when they had recently lost their son Ivan? What kind of people think it would be a good idea to smear them?’

“I was sickened by that – that is not the Labour Party that I joined all those years ago… Quite simply I have had it with New Labour.”

Decent Labour versus New Labour…

Labourgraph Doing Downing Street’s Dirty Work Again

SmokescreenFantastic profile of yours truly in the Telegraph which, as hatchet jobs, go is a pretty good example of its kind. Love the way they go on repeatedly about Guido’s “criminality”, which amounts to being arrested drunk four times in forty years, a crime which most Fridays Guido usually gets away with.  The criticism for having an offshore tax-haven based publisher for this blog is ironic when the Telegraph is published by the Barclay Brothers, who are of course based in the tax-haven of Sark.

So to the rebuttal:

Guido has fond recollections of his Acid House raving days.  If you are not going to dress up in psychedelic pajamas, take hallucinogenic drugs and dance all night in your youth, when are you going to do it? Guido wrote two decades ago about his adventures in Acid House here.

It is true that Guido worked for David Hart and the Committee for a Free Britain in his twenties.  That is not a new revelation.  For those that don’t know, David Hart helped smash Scargill’s thugs,  we countered Marxist subversion and exposed Soviet support for the NUM.  We helped dissidents behind the Iron Curtain, tangling  many, many times with the KGB, we provided support to freedom fighters in their armed struggles against Marxist tyranny from Nicaragua to Angola.  We were free agents in the Cold War.  David Hart did more for the cause of freedom than you can imagine.  Guido is intensely proud of his small part in that struggle.

The article did some pretty comprehensive digging, the journalist seemed very pleased that he had got hold of copies of both Guido’s birth and marriage certificates.

For some reason he skips over the two years spent working for a human rights organisation and the decade slaving as an investment banker.  That probably didn’t fit the poison portrait required of a louche and unsavoury character. Louche, living fast and high, running with the bulls in Pamplona – they don’t know the half of it.

As for Guido’s finances, everyone will tell you it is hard to make your first million, nobody tells you how easy it is to lose it all.  Having been a millionaire and a bankrupt in the space of four years, a personal boom to bust journey if you like, Guido is now somewhere in between.  Despite all their digging they found no shadowy Dr Evil character funding this blog.  They reckon the blog sells £15,000 of adverts a year.  A very low figure pulled presumably out of thin air.  Either they don’t understand the economics of online publishing – quite possible given the Telegraph has lost millions online – or they are just trying to imply Guido must have another source of funds.  They also say that Guido hawked the emails around for £20,000.   Notice they don’t actually say Guido sold them, because that would be a demonstrable lie.  The fact is that Guido turned down money offers and gave the emails to the BBC, News of the World and Sunday Times for free.  Nada.  Zilch.  Zippo.  Nowt.  For absolutely nothing but the pleasure of seeing Damian McBride and Derek Draper removed from politics.  Call it a public service.

The usual McBridesque tactic of bringing the family into it and the “we know where you live” menacing give away the real agenda here.  The Telegraph has done Downing Street’s bidding all this past week from running a spoiler to this hatchet job.  It is the only paper taking an aggressive anti-Guido line.   Shame on them, because Guido is ashamed of nothing.

UPDATE 0930 : They are not letting reader comments through. Wonder why?

UPDATE 10.00 : Should say that there are still some great writers  left on the Telegraph including Hannan, Randall (left and is now an occasional contributor after his copy was spiked after he wrote unflattering stuff about the Barclay brother’s lenders), Halligan and Heffer (who, very decently, made inquiries on Guido’s behalf yesterday).

Friday, April 17, 2009

Ex-Lobby Hack “Guido is Right”

This morning one senior political editor called Guido about his Times article. “Get off your white horse.  Some of those criticisms are petty.” To which Guido replied

“It wasn’t f***ing petty on Friday night when Downing Street was referring to “security breaches” in the Telegraph and I was wondering if the police were going to kick down my door.”

So far no new mea culpas from the lobby pack. Iain Macwhirter, a decade long Lobby veteran and persistent Guido critic, did blog this:

My bete noir, Guido Fawkes, makes a number of very good points in his article in the Times today. The Westminster lobby is a cabal. Print journalists should have exposed Damian McBride and his wrecking crew long since. The parliamentary system has been corrupted by the explicit and implicit deals done between governments and journalists over access to important stories.

I suffered from this myself in the ten years or so I spent in the Lobby from 1989 -1999. It was a very unpleasant place in many respects. Hacks are extremely insecure and require a reliable stream of stories to please their editors. No stories, no jobs. This allowed people like Peter Mandelson and Alistair Campbell to have undue power over a sometimes supine and biddable press corps.

Have not noticed any major admissions from the guilty.

Friday Caption Competition

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Watson : I’m Miserable Now

Tom Watson, the Minister for Mudslinging, is blogging again.

tom_wOn reflection, this week wasn’t the most relaxing of family breaks to Cornwall. And for those that revel in these things, I can say with some certainty, that at times, it was the most miserable I have ever been.

Still, I did read another book. Perhaps I might add Echoes of an Autobiography by Naguib Mahfouz to the list of 25 others, that have interested more book readers than I anticipated last week. (Is it only a week since I published the list? Seems like an epoch.)

The book gave moments of fragmentary pleasure during a dreadful week. As Mahfouz wrote “there whispered in my ear a voice at dawn: ‘Congraulations to you – the time for making your farewells has been decreed.’ Deeply affected I closed my eyes and saw my funeral moving along, with myself at its head carrying a large glass filled with the nectar of life”

Yes Tom, the time for making your farewells has been decreed.  Large glasses have been raised by Blairites…

UPDATE : Tom Watson not be attending the government’s big Digital Britain Summit today, he lies his excuse is that despite being the “Digital Engagement Minister” he only got his invite on Wednesday. You can’t hide for ever Tom.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Whelan : I Have Been Victim of Tory Dirty Tricks

whelanYou have to laugh at Charlie Whelan – the poisonous mudslinger bleating that he is the victim of Tory dirty tricks. It wasn’t Tories who were planning dirty tricks was it?  It was Charlie and his mudslinging pals.

You have been caught doing what you have always done.

Hat-tip: Strathspey and Badenoch Herald

+++ Gordon Says Sorry +++

He says he “takes full responsibility”Still no sign of a letter of apology to Iain Dale or Guido yet…

Spectator Piece Spiked Poke of Telegraph

spec_coverGuido has written a recap of recent events for the Speccie.  The piece explains how Guido rolled the barrels of digital dynamite towards Westminster last week. The editor, Matthew d’ Ancona, liked the piece enough to put it on the front page with a portrait that captures Guido’s dashing good looks quite well. Strangely he said some of the text submitted would not get past the lawyers.

Can’t see why saying that the Telegraph journalist Chris Hope is a slippery bastard who broke his word to Guido and revealed that Guido was his source, could be in any way libellous.  It is absolutely true.

Never mind that the Telegraph signed a non-disclosure agreement (which it breached spectacularly) and tipped off Downing Street as to what was coming. They did everything they could to spoil the story. Did Guido forget to mention the worst thing about Chris Hope? He always seems to go missing when it is his round…


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Michael Gove Should Resign | Conservative Women
Sarah Wollaston’s Naming and Shaming of Bloggers | LibDemVoice
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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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