Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Lobby’s Shameful Complicity in McPoison’s Reign of Terror

Guido’s eyes welled up when he read Alice Miles piece in The Times this morning.  For five years this blog has squarely blamed Lobby journalists for failing the people.  The Fourth Estate may not have a formal constitutional role, but the role is real.

Journalists are to there to “speak truth unto power”.  Not trade favours for tittle tattle, not report spin as truth.  From the start of this era of spin the Lobby pack have been willing accomplices. It is actually hard to name journalists who can hold their heads high.  Peter Oborne – seen as an eccentric maverick, Martin Bright – hounded out of a job by Brown’s henchmen, Fraser Nelson – frozen out by Downing Street despite being Britain’s most widely read political columnist.   Who else stood up to McPoison and revealed his text message terrorism?

Cowardice and cronyism runs right through the Lobby.  Fearful of being taken off the teat of pre-packaged stories served to them.  That is not journalism, that is copy-taking.   The many stories filed this week which reveal just how horrible Brown’s cabal have been are of mere historical interest.  They would have been brave if they had been written before McPoison was toppled.  You all knew and said nothing.  You knew and went along with it.  Your revelatory articles are merely confessions of previous personal cowardice.

It is not as if it was a secret, as an outsider Guido went on Newsnight and laid out his manifesto, telling the Lobby to get some backbone and stand up to the spin machine.  That j’accuse was met with a ferocious counter-attack from the doyen of the Lobby system, Sir Michael White,  Nick Robinson cried foul, Paxman sneered.  The issue was glossed over.   The Lobby felt relief.  The little boy who had pointed at the naked Lobby was rebuffed.  Who has ended up looking the biggest fools?  As you write your reviews of the years of terror and spin, do you not feel just the slightest tinge of guilt at your complicity?  Guido, considered too far below the salt, remembered that speaking truth in a time of deceit was a revolutionary act, and the Lobby journalists now sleep safe in their beds tonight, because a rough blogger was prepared to do violence on Damian McBride.

You knew and did nothing, you failed your readers, you failed the truth.  Hang your heads in shame.

The Crushing of McPoison

Damian McPoisonNo severance pay-off.  Quite right.  James Purnell’s announcement that unemployed alcoholics will be refused benefits must be a double blow. However the government says unemployed alcoholics who seek treatment will be able to claim benefits.  McBride should seek help from Draper, he is a sort of psycho-therapist…

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Watson Blog Smeared Cameron and Osborne Before


It is still there.  Another post on the same day (now deleted) accused Guido of being “a silly little public-school toff who ran drugs parties and made a bob or two in the City” – never mind the fact that Tony McNulty went to the same grammar school as  Guido. “So Guido Fawkes claims that David Cameron attended raves, presumably the illegal sort. Well [he] should know. Isn’t it fitting that the disgusting site he runs is probably named after the pinnacle of his life’s achievement: The Sunrise rave (second Guy Fawkes edition) on the 4th November 1989.!”

Note that there is an almost puritanical streak in the attack; Guido did drugs and partied in his twenties, the parties were probably illegal.  Well it is hardly a secret that Guido has libertine as well as libertarian tendencies.  That is a feature, not a bug.  Cameron is the same age and probably equally as louche is the tenuous smear by association.

The day they launched their smear counter-attack incidentally was Guido’s fortieth birthday.  It was very irritating.

+++ Watson Calls in Carter Ruck +++

Statement Released by Carter-Ruck Solicitors:

“We have today been instructed by government minister Tom Watson, MP for West Bromwich, in connection with allegations concerning him and the emails exchanged between Damian McBride and Derek Draper relating to a proposed website entitled ‘Red Rag’.

“We have today written to the editors of the Mail on Sunday and the Daily Mail to complain about the publication of the false allegation that our client had knowledge of, and participated in, Mr McBride’s actions.

“We have made it clear that our client has confirmed to us that he was not copied in on any of the emails exchanged between Mr McBride and Mr Draper, nor was he aware of them or their content until their existence was first drawn to the attention of Downing Street by national newspapers, on Friday April 10.

“He still has not seen them. We have further made it clear that our client had no involvement in or knowledge of the ‘Red Rag’ website.”

The Mail should ask to see all the emails between McBride and Watson over the last year as part of the discovery process.  Will be worth the money…

Tom Watson Has Previous

tom_wTom Watson, the Digital Engagement Minister, is named in the one of the emails from McBride to Draper where he says they have just “had a chat”. Tom was not copied in on the email – why bother emailing someone you sit next to?  Watson boasted on his blog only last week that he was influenced by reading Mudslingers: The Twenty-five Dirtiest Political Campaigns of All Time. The blurb says “the political historian who is intrigued by the down right nasty will be interested in Mudslingers”.

You can’t judge a book by the cover, but you can make a judgement from a man’s reading choices.

Dirty CampaignGuido knows from personal experience just how poisonous Watson can be.   When the Smith Institute stories started to gain traction in late 2006, Watson and McBride were the architects of the counter-attack.   Labour’s political research unit went through every detail of Guido’s life.  Watson, no doubt in league with McBride, then tried to place  dirt.   All of a sudden details of Guido’s life became public knowledge.   Anonymous emails were sent to Guido with Mrs Fawkes work email address highlighted with instructions to “drop it”.  The woman got threats sent to her office.  Unfortunately it being a counter-attack organised by idiots, the woman being got at was a woman with the same name working in the same industry.  The police were called in – the threats could not be traced back.

Watson tried to place the infamous Student-Guido-BNP-link smear (long story, but the journalist who wrote the original story apologised in writing and wrote a 300 word retraction).  Whenever Guido got a call – and he did get a few – he simply gave the journalist concerned a copy of the retraction and the number for the author of the original article.  Watson/McBride tried to re-ignite the story with the Guardian, Independent on Sunday, Observer and New Statesman.  None would print it because it didn’t stand up.  It was from sources at the Statesman that Guido learnt it was Downing Street doing the smearing.

On  February 11, 2007, the story appeared simultaneously on a number of left-wing blogs who lapped it up gleefully.  Tom Watson immediately highlighted it early on a Sunday morning on his blog.  He added to the allegations on his own blog with a suggestion that Cameron and Osborne might have done drugs and attended “illegal raves” organised by Guido; “They’re the same age and were knocking about in the same crowd. Just a thought”.  Guido got hold of Counsel (on a Sunday), Counsel said it was extraordinary to see such varied libels in one paragraph.  Watson got a legal warning by email, immediately he pulled the article.  The other blogs followed suit.  When Watson plays dirty, he plays really dirty.

Over at Cowley Street they believe, but were never able to prove, that the now defunct LibDemWatch site was spawned by Tom Watson – they were able only to trace it back to the parliamentary servers.  The British Bullshit Foundation blog was another prototype attack blog.  It was widely assumed to be run out of Watson’s private office – Watson when challenged denied this, only to admit on his blog later that he had met the author.

Sion SimonIt was Watson who with unintentionally hilarious consequences uploaded the Sion Simon / WebCameron attack video.  Watson had the sense to take down the video when it was met with a universal backlash over the way it brought in Cameron’s wife and children.  It also showed what a complete prat Sion Simon can be.

There is a clear pattern of behaviour, Watson has form for using the internet for attacking opponents and their families, often anonymously.  Even when he isn’t directly implicated (as once again this time) he is never far away.

The Tories need to demand Gus O’Donnell gathers up and reviews all emails sent by Tom Watson to the likes of Kevin Maguire and Derek Draper.  If Tom Watson really wants to clear his name, and he has been threatening the BBC with lawyers, let Gus have a look.  Of course, Tories could just make FoI/DPA requests for emails of which they are the subject.

+++ Danson Takes 100% Control of New Statesman +++

Guido thought the deal was that he would buy out Geoffrey Robinson’s 50% when Gordon left office. Oh, hang on…

The Backlash Begins

Watch all the Dead Tree Press journalists who have felt the sting from this blog start carping:

Janet Daley, the former mega-fan of Gordon (see The Sheep With The Wool Pulled Over Her Eyes), is doing daily whines about Guido in the TelegraphNow that wouldn’t be anything to do with the teasing she has got on this blog, would it?

Stephen Pollard, the former wonkish lobbyist for Pfizer, complains  in The Times that Guido pointed out he took money from people from whom he took money.  He claims that is libel.  Guido never claimed he took money from McDonalds for his fake “think-tank”.   However he actually did spend years writing articles in praise of Big Pharma’s profits.  Pfizer was the main funder of his now defunct “think-tank”.

Stephen Pound MP has changed his studio soundbite today from saying Guido “is laughing all the way to the bank*”.  That would be the same Stephen Pound who will get a cab to Sky’s Osterley studio at any hour to provide a rent-a-quote for £50.  He now says Guido is Popbitch with a blue rosetteLeave Guido’s mother out of it Pound…

*Despite what you might have read in the source revealing, confidence breaking, Downing Street tipping-off Telegraph, Guido did not take a penny from either the Sunday Times or the News of the World for their front page stories.

Because She’s Worth It :Jacqui Gets Blue Plaque

Blue Plaque

Photo credit :
Action by Don’t Panic magazine [video].

Monday, April 13, 2009

So Gordon, About this Letter…

Damian McPoisonGordon has announced he is going to write letters to all those smeared in emails from Damian McBride.  Good, remember how this all started; McBride emailed Draper a text-sketch on how to smear Iain Dale as a racist.  A week later on Friday, February 13, he emailed Draper again with the ammunition to smear Guido as a racist too.  Alas we were not to get the more exotic dildo/vibrator fantasy stories he concocted for Tory MPs.

McBride smeared Dale and Guido by email via Draper’s website.  Derek having  lied about this, has belatedly admitted the truth, having denied it repeatedly live on TV to myself and Andrew Neil.

I will frame Gordon’s letter of regret for what McBride did.  He is going to send one, isn’t he?

+++ Source : Brown to Issue Statement of Regret +++

UPDATE : BBC reporting Brown has written letters of regret to those smeared.

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