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Damian McPoisonTony Wright Chairman of the Commons Public Administration Committee says he wants Damian McBride to give evidence, however he “seems to have disappeared without a trace and despite our best endeavours we haven’t been able to trace him”.

There are quite a few people looking to find him. Guido would bet a barrel of Guinness that he is back in Ireland staying with his people and laying low. If he has any sense he will be working on a “smear and tell” book…

Savage Solidarity

IndexMay 3 was World Press Fredom Day, the government waited an extra day before publishing a ban on a list of people for thoughtcrimes.   Index on Censorship has some highlights of the list, many of those banned are unsavoury and undesirable.  Guido’s test is simple – do they advocate violence?  If not, then just because you disagree with them is no reason to ban them.

Jacqui Smith employs doublethink to say

The government supports freedom of expression, but believes it needs to be exercised responsibly. We will continue to oppose extremism in all its forms.

There is nothing wrong with extremism per se; “extremism in defence of liberty is no vice, moderation in pursuit of justice no virtue”. One woman’s extremist is another man’s progressive radical.  By all means keep out known advocates of violence, this measure however is not the thin edge of the wedge, it is the thick end of a jackboot.  The American conservative, radio shock-jock*  Michael Savage is not going to kill anyone, nor as far as Guido is aware has Savage ever advocated terrorism.  If merely loudmouthed shock-jocks can be banned, who will be next?

Martin Bright recently commented that it was “surreal” to see Guido supporting Index on Censorship, the liberal leaning, free speech pressure group.  Not sure why he said that, in Guido’s lifetime freedom of speech has been much more cherished on the right than the left.  Anyway, self-preservation is always a personal priority…

*Iain Dale is a conservative, radio shock-jock nowadays.

Dave’s Bike Nicked Again

Anyone see Kevin Maguire in the vicinity?  Just a thought.  Last time Dave’s bike was nicked the Mirror got an amazingly quick exclusive out of  “recovering” the bike.

Have you seen his bike?All was not lost.  Dezzy Swayne (Dave’s PPS and bike riding companion) apparently lent Dave his bike so he could ride into Westminster to be ready for PMQs yesterday.

Not the first time Dezzy has offered a younger Tory a ride.

Final Curtain for Draper

Curtains for Draper

Last night, as Dale predicted, Draper sent out an email to LabourList subscribers saying that he was stepping down as editor.  No indication as to what has happened to Tom Miller, who aided and abetted Derek in his smear operations.  The new editor, Alex Smith, seems to have decent intentions.  Guido still has some reservations.  Who pays Alex’s wages?  Who funds Tangent Labs development of the rather clunky and overly expensive bespoke software and hosting on which the site runs?   Is Derek still the proprietor?

ConservativeHome and LibDemVoice are much more transparent about funding.  Some clarity from LabourList on this might be a good idea going forward.  Guido genuinely wishes Alex well with the new direction of the site.

Google Knows

Predictive Search

Google has introduced “predictive search” based on what most other people have searched for previously. Revealing isn’t it?

PMQs Live Chat

Day 2, Fightback Number 8

FightbackYesterday saw the beginning of another fightback for Gordon with him trying to get hold of the media narrative with a keynote speech on education.  Sky News covered Joanna Lumley speaking to a select committee in preference.  Prescott helpfully intervened – supportively pulling a face which he described as his impression of Gordon’s smile.  Guido wondered if it was in fact the face that Tracey saw at climax.  On Sky Breakfast this morning Eamonn Holmes and his guest (some kind of media adviser) were openly laughing at the Prime Mentalist.  Gordon’s twattishness is the only think we have to keep us smiling…

Jonah Knocks Out More British Sportsmen

The Sun reported Gordon gushing “It’s going to be a tough fight but I know Ricky can beat anyone.  He will have the whole country behind him and I wish him the best of luck.” Ricky Hatton really didn’t need that  endorsement did he?

andy-murray-meets-gordon-brown1Hatton went down in the second round.  Out cold.

Andy Murray Meets Gordon BrownAndy Murray, Britain’s No. 1 tennis player, met  Jonah Brown in late April, the next week he crashed  out of the Rome Masters tournament in the first round. His worst result since last August. The curse struck again.

Fijime.comGlobally Gordon’s curse continues to wreak havoc in the third world.  The Fiji tourist board must be regretting ever seeking the endorsement of  the jinxed Prime Mentalist.  Guido has previously reported the effect on the local economy.  The Curse of the One-Eyed Son of the Manse has now seen Fiji suspended from the Pacific Forum due to the fact it hasn’t held elections.  Something Gordon has in common with the Fijian regime…

UPDATE : Nicola Burdett was hired from the BBC to prevent Gordon getting into embarrassing picture situations.  She must have had a day off today:

Gordon Swastika

Today was supposedly the beginning of the fight back…

The Last Honourable Labour Prime Minister

CallaghanGuido was only 12 years old when Margaret Thatcher came to power.  The original memories have been blanketed over the decades by the re-runs of video footage.  Watching some of the BBC Parliament channel’s re-broadcast of that election day, something […]

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Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

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American News

Clarke PetersAmerican actor Clarke Peters (Mandela, The Wire) was on Adam Boulton’s Sky show this morning.  He cracked a joke that would have had Sunny Hundal putting Guido up on a thought-crime charge if it was first cracked here […]

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Sunday Sleaze

Sunday Sleaze

Think the public have a right to know what happens to public money? The Sunday Times reports that expense receipts to be released in July will be cesored so that we don’t know what they were for, where the taxis […]

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