Saturday, April 18, 2009

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

Mandy Hoon

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…

Smeargate Still Rumbles On

The Smeargate story still has legs, though it has moved from the front-pages to the comment pages.   John Lloyd in the FT makes the point that the all party shift towards non-ideological, centrist politics means the personal becomes more political - “That view is a rational one, in a politico-media space as tuned to scandal and personality as the British one now is.”

The Sun editorialises against Tom Watson, the Downing Street Minister for Mudslinging,

THE stink of a cover-up hangs over Downing Street.

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Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell rules out an inquiry into whether minister Tom Watson knew about the “Smeargate” emails. He says he is happy to accept the minister’s denials, and the case is closed. That might be good enough for Sir Gus. It isn’t for The Sun. How can we know the full facts without an investigation, which means examining ALL emails involved?

The Sun is gunning hard on this issue saying “Watson, McBride and Draper are the true face of today’s Labour Party: A party that has lost all decency, all sense of honour, all connection with the people it was elected to serve.”  Guido has a theory that Watson has swallowed Gordon Brown’s moral compass.

The Times say Whelan has to go. Well maybe he would go if we could find him. He has gone into hiding. Another public interest service from Guido.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Save Draper! Oh, Too Late. Goodbye Dolly!

derek_draperGuido was too late to get the “Save Draper” campaign going.  People don’t realise what a disaster this is – what will Guido do for comedy material?

Labour’s general-secretary Ray Collins has thrown him overboard already.  In an NEC announcement leaked to Iain Dale, rather than LabourList, the entertainment provided by Derek was brought to an end.

Ray Collins, General Secretary of the Labour Party,

“As you will recall from November’s NEC Away Day, last year Derek Draper volunteered one day a week of his time to Labour HQ on an unpaid basis. He subsequently left Victoria Street to set up the Labourlist blog.  Since then he has offered advice and opinion on an adhoc basis which ended in March of this year and will not be sought in the future.

“I receive advice and opinion from many Labour Party supporters in my work as General Secretary but I decide what advice I take or seek and act in a manner appropriate with my values and those of the Party which certainly does not include smears or personal attacks. I want to reiterate that Derek Draper does not hold a position or role with the Labour Party and this will remain the case.

“To make clear Labourlist is an independent left-of-centre website and blog. The Labour Party did not fund its activities. What the Party has supported is an effort to promote left-of-centre bloggers more generally by bringing interested supporters together at a series of events.

“I absolutely support the Prime Minister’s view that scurrilous rumour, gossip and personal attacks have no place in politics and no place in the Labour Party.”

Psychologies magazine, where Derek Draper had a regular column, announced today that:

“Derek’s position is being investigated independently by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists to reveal if he really is guilty of the allegations made about him, what the background and details of the story are, and how all of this affects his standing as a therapist.”

Guido doesn’t have any psychotherapy qualifications, so this is not a professional judgement.  In Guido’s opinion a man who thinks smearing an innocent woman over mental health issues is “absolutely brilliant” is not fit to deal with vulnerable people.  The BACP has been dragging its feet over concerns that Draper lied about his qualifications.  It is a fact that Draper was expelled from his course at the Wright Institute (in Berkeley, not at Berkeley).

His desk is already on Ebay


Seen Elsewhere

Labour Beats UKIP in South Yorkshire | LabourList
Mock the Week’s Weak Comedy | Nigel Farage
Can Jim Murphy Save Scottish Labour? | Guardian
There is Still Appetite for the Westminster Lunch | Jon Craig
Labour Turn Their Backs on Jewish Community | Dan Hodges
Chivalry is Not Dead | Laura Perrins
Jonathan Jones is a Tw*t | Iain Dale
Second Scotland Poll Suggests Labour Wipeout | Times
Paedo Probe Boss Urged to Quit | Sun
Keynesian Tories Won’t Eliminate Deficit | Tim Montgomerie
Whitehall Doesn’t Work | Dom Cummings


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