Thursday, October 1, 2009

High Court Issues First Writ via Twitter

Karl & DonalGuido’s solicitor is another fighting Irishman, Donal Blaney, pictured here to the right of Karl Rove.  Donal is on something of a roll at the moment,* fresh from re-stocking Guido’s wine-cellar after winning a dispute with a multi-national media giant, he has today succeeded in getting the High Court to grant its first ever injunction via “Twitter”.  The order, now to be known as the “Blaney’s Blarney Order” after the name of the blog that applied for it – forces an anonymous Twitter user to stop posting and identify themselves.

The order was granted because Donal (who blogs on Blaney’s Blarney) successfully argued that the fake Twitterer was attempting to impersonate him. Given that neither the High Court nor Donal knew the true identity of this user it was decided that the injunction be served via Twitter.

Matthew Richardson, the barrister who devised and won the Blaney’s Blarney Order, says “The Blaney’s Blarney Order is a huge step forward in preventing anonymous abuse of the Internet. People have to learn that they can no longer hide behind the cloak of anonymity the Internet provides and break the law with impunity.”

Some argue that it is wrong for a libertarian to use the law to defend their reputations in Court.  Guido has never agreed with that argument, your reputation is a valuable property worth defending in the Courts if necessary.

Stat Porn : Guido v the Best of the Left

Guido on BlackThe blog you love, and they hate, had 1,526,279 page views from 882,794 visits from 206,965 visitors last month. To which, via the feed, is to be added another 721,280 views from 63,856 visits by 7,365 subscribers.  So a not unhealthy 2 million plus hits

Left-of-centre bloggers always claim that they will become more popular when they are in opposition, so Guido was curious to check their traffic levels before they go into opposition.  (They perhaps forget that Guido will still be in opposition to the government).  The self-styled most popular left-of-centre politics blog had, according to Guido’s web spies, some 220,000 page-views from some 76,000 visits by some 36,000 visitors. These figures are necessarily estimates as they are derived from competitive intelligence.  LabourList, according to the same source, actually has more traffic with some 320,000 page views from 92,000 visits by some 25,000 visitors.  The data will allow them to argue who is more popular in what terms…

So How Was Gordon’s Fightback Week?

As the Labour Conference shudders to a close let us savour the highlights:

labour_bullet_pointmarr_pillsSunday, Marr asks a stunned Gordon if he is going blind and popping pills to “see him through”?

labour_bullet_pointMonday Labour spin machine and some MPs say they will boycott Marr show in protest.

labour_bullet_pointTuesday, on the morning he is to give yet another “most important speech of his career”, an Ipsos Mori poll was published showing Labour had slid into third position among British parties for the first time since the formation of the SDP.

labour_bullet_pointWednesday The Sun withdraws support saying “Labour’s Lost It”.  Speaker after speaker in the conference hall calls for a boycott of The Sun. Gordon than undergoes a mauling on BBC Breakfast, GMTV and finally Sky, accusing Adam Boulton of sounding like a “political propagandist”.  He then makes an idiot of himself storming off with the microphone still attached.  Mandelson calls Sun bosses “c**nts” then lies to everyone that he said “chumps”.  Labour aides talk of boycotting Sky News.

So all in all another typical week for the Labour Party, Gordon looking loonier than ever, Mandy brazenly lying, polls dire and Labour’s media strategy seems to be boycott the BBC, Sky and The Sun and opt instead for Twitter.  We haven’t had Harriet Harman’s closing speech to the troops yet…

Campbell : The Murdoch Years

Bad Al Campbell is briefing that the Sun’s endorsement is nothing.  When he was really a player in the game, he used to think differently, take this extract from his diaries:

Monday, March 17, 1997
Labour's Lost the Sun… As soon as TB finished the Q & A session I took him to one side and said I had some good news. I said you remember in 1994 when I said we should try to get the Sun on board and you said you weren’t sure it was possible, well, they are. He thought it was good news in its own right, but was good in the effect it would have on the other side’s morale. I tipped off Mike Brunson at ITN. On one level, it was ridiculous that it should be seen as a big event, but the reality is that is exactly how it is seen. I felt it was a fruit of three years’ hard work, and there will be many more.

If you read his book, The Blair Years“, Alastair boasts of lying, of spinning in his own words “bollocks”. It was he who sent David Kelly and thousands more to their deaths on the basis of a dossier of lies.  Labour circles are currently alive to the rumour that Bad Al is negotiating the terms on which he will return to help Mandelson in Downing Street.  Alastair himself is spinning, as if he understands, that the internet changes everything.  Mandelson told Paxman last night that The Sun doesn’t matter because of blogs and Twitter, as if they are some 140 character placebo for democracy. Yes, the internet.  Come on down Alastair, come spin on the web.  Emperor of dirt, we will make you hurt…

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Psycho Gordon

Kay Burley’s face says what the whole country is thinking…

The Cracking Up Will Be Televised

sky debateIs he really going to keep his cool in a TV debate?  He says he has made his mind up, so why doesn’t he say if he will do a debate and when he will do a debate?  Dithering won’t make the issue go away…

UPDATE : The Sun saysBrown Goes into TV Meltdown, the Daily Mail says Is He Cracking Up?

He got slaughtered on BBC Breakfast as well:

Assinder’s Dark Unsubstantiated Hypocrisy

HypocriteOn his somewhat dark looking blog, Nick Assinder, fresh from resigning from PoliticsHome on a point of high principle, suggests this morning that as a result of The Sun switching “Brown will be hurling staplers and mobiles across his hotel room tonight.” Suggesting that the Prime Mentalist is prone to uncontrollable rages and throwing office equipment around the room.

Who said

So, here is a classic example of a dark, unsubstantiated rumour about the Prime Minister’s personal life that owes its existence entirely to a single blog.

about allegations that the Prime Mentalist pops pills?

Does Nick Assinder have a shred of first hand evidence that Gordon Brown is prone to Nokia throwing? Or is this just a classic single example of a blogger’s hypocrisy?

Timing is Everything

Labour's Lost the SunThe Sun stopped backing Labour the day Blair left Downing Street, today they formalised their position and came to a testy accommodation with David Cameron, merely giving him a grudging endorsement.

The Sun is ur-Thatcherite in outlook, reflecting the true beliefs of Rupert Murdoch, who does not deny acting as atraditional proprietorsetting the editorial direction of the tabloid.  Murdoch liked Blair’s hawkishness and is suspicious of Cameron’s timidity on economics.  Trevor Kavanagh is also less than impressed with Cameron, don’t forget when Gordon became PM he predicted that Brown would win the next general election and “win big”.  The Sun is fallible.

The support of The Sun is conditional, Murdoch wants an authentically radical policy agenda.  Cameron is promising only half that agenda.

People who think Andy Coulson is overpaid should reflect on the timing of The Sun’s endorsement. At the most neuralgic point for Labour, in the midst of Mandelson trying to change the media narrative, when party morale just blipped up from flat-lining, The Sun disrupts the storyline.

Spin is about timing, a story works best in the right context, at the right time.  Andy Coulson knows a good headline, it is his sense of timing that is priceless.   Guido will bet a currant bun that Coulson suggested to his successor on the “Bizarre” column, Dominic Mohan, the new Sun editor, that the night of Brown’s fightback speech might be the best time to knock him back to maximum effect.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Exclusive : Brown’s “Gulags for Slags” Policy Taken from BNP

Courtesy of Lancaster Unite Against Fascism this was the motion debated at the BNP’s Party Conference and adopted by Gordon at the Labour Party conference:

Teenage mothers – the problem and the solution

Nick Griffin Gordon BrownAny amount of sexual health education is not going to reduce Britain’s high teen pregnancy rates, whilst the ‘rewards’ for becoming an unmarried teen mother remain so [relatively] attractive. The cycle of girls getting pregnant by man A, then being allocated a council flat & welfare benefits, then getting pregnant by man B, and being allocated a bigger council flat & more benefits, then getting pregnant by man C, and being allocated a council house & yet more benefits has got to STOP. It leads to all sorts of social problems, resulting from mothers who are not mature enough to parent effectively, and end up raising dysfunctional families in poverty. It also costs tax payers a lot of money, to fund these ‘alternative’ lifestyles.

Furthermore, people who have been on housing waiting lists for several years, and who conduct themselves in a responsible manner, find themselves being ‘queue-jumped’ by these feckless members of society.

So, I suggest that there be no council flats and no welfare benefits available to unmarried mothers under the age of 21. Instead they will be placed in ‘mother & baby homes’. Here they will receive academic education as well as parenting classes, plus courses covering all aspects of their social development. The homes will be run by ‘matron’ type figures. The homes should not be ‘institution’ like, but at the same time there will be rules which must be adhered to; such as a curfew of approx 9pm, a dress code which states skirts must come to at least the knees & no cleavage to be on show. Failure to comply with the homes’ rules will result in the mother being sent to prison, and the baby being taken in to care.

This is not a short-term remedy, but a long-term solution. Eventually I believe the implementation of this policy will result in a vast decrease in teenage girls becoming pregnant – as the consequences will be positively unattractive. Of course, teenage pregnancies will never be completely eradicated, and the homes will allow for the girls who do still become teen mothers to learn how to be good parents, whilst not being fast-tracked to the top of the housing queue.

If an 18-20 year old pregnant woman is married [marriage should not be an option available to 16/17 year olds, even with parental consent] and her husband has a job, then she will be exempt from going in to one of the homes.’

Nick Griffin will be applauding Gordon Brown’s new policy change.  Last year it was the slogan “British Jobs for British Workers” this year it is wholesale policies.  Norman Tebbit described the BNP as Labour with added racism.  The policy parallels* are increasing…

*Nick Griffin also has only one eye.  Not a lot of people know that.

Labour’s Election Slogan : “Gulags for Slags”

Locking up teen mums is so New Labour.  What struck Guido was the interesting choice of music at the beginning. Sit Downby James which includes the lyrics:

Those who feel the breath of sadness
Sit down next to me
Those who find they’re touched by madness
Sit down next to me
Those who find themselves ridiculous
Sit down next to me

A somewhat insensitive choice for the Prime Mentalist’s entrance…

UPDATE : Nice to see the illegal donor and odd ball David Abrahams back in the audience for the speech again. Guido hears he has been given a “free” ticket for tonight’s Gala Dinner. That will cost him…

UPDATE II : David Miliband’s close adviser Sarah Schaefer was mightily embarrassed last night – so she might want to tap Abrahams for a donation for David’s campaign – her card bounced at the bar when she was getting the drinks in.


Seen Elsewhere

Bashir Booted Out By Respect | Respect
Americans Try Haggis | Guardian
Page 3 and the Art of the Self-Pity Statement | Guardian
Steven Woolfe For UKIP Leader? | Asa Bennett
Mohammed — in Pictures | Speccie
Leon Brittan’s Accusers Must Show Their Evidence | Dan Hodges
New Saudi King Renames Roads While Body Still Warm | TechnoGuido
In Davos, Carrying a BlackBerry is a Status Symbol | Business Insider
New Labour in Peep Show Quotes | Telegraph
Here is What a 7 Way Debate Sounds Like | BBC
I Am Bearing My Breasts | Laura Perrins


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