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Hat-tip : Yellow Peril
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Hat-tip : Yellow Peril
As an actor whose work stretches from science fiction to Shakespeare, I am often asked why I am Labour. No matter how many times the question is put to me, it always takes me by surprise. I could not imagine being anything else.
The whole thing about David being a privileged Etonian hasn’t got any traction at all. John Prescott tried to make it run, stuff about ‘Bring back the class war’. What he failed to understand was one of the great achievements of New Labour is to take class out of politics.
What were the others Francis?
King & Hencke focus on the arrogance of the Labour attitude to the police investigation – basically the bottom line of the Top Lines is “they can’t touch us”. We’ll see about that, Guido thinks Yates of the Yard is made of the right stuff, he won’t be spun like a hack.
Something missed in the King & Hencke report was a blatant lie in the briefing -To this day Labour has not revealed who provided the millions of pounds to finance the “blind” trusts operated by Blair, Brown, Prescott and Beckett during the late 90s. As we have seen with the expose of Levy‘s more recent Downing Street funding operation, the real big money comes via extra-party routes. The Labour Party revealed donations above £5,000 that went directly into the party coffers, but not who gave the many millions that financed the New Labour machine in its earliest days. We can easily guess which of the 292 peers Blair has created where donors, but why should we? Why doesn’t Labour fully declare all the people who who gave donations to the secret trusts?
Michael Brown was forced to resign. He is ecstatic to see Mahmood exposed. The News of the Screws has just sent around a begging letter to editors emphasising the risks Mahmood faces if they print his picture. Like the Judge said, the risk is he won’t be able to expose teenage soapstars indiscretions if his picture becomes well known.
Guido wonders can gagging injunctions work in a world with millions of citizen publishers? Secrets are difficult to keep when one person can broadcast to the world. Interesting. Pledgebank could be very useful in the future as well.
UPDATE : If you received the Gagging Order you may have a case for claiming costs. Undertaking (1) specifies “If the court later finds that this order has caused loss to the Respondents, and that the Respondents should be compensated for that loss, the Applicant will comply with any order the court may make”. The respondents were Galloway and his sidekick Ron McKay, but arguably if you were given the notice the same may apply to you. Guido didn’t go to the trouble of removing any pictures (oops) so can’t really claim. Recess Monkey charges a monstrous hourly rate and must have spent some time on his removal of the picture. Undertaking (6) specifies “If this Order ceases to have effect the Applicant will immediately take all reasonable steps to inform in writing anyone to whom he has given notice of this Order, or who he has reasonable grounds for supposing may act upon this Order, that it has ceased to have effect”. The Judge directed Mahmood’s solicitors and you can all accordingly expect to receive a grovelling letter.
Defending the Freedom of the Press:
Hot Ginger and Dynamite
Tory in the Wilderness
Dirty Little Monster
Playing Sheikh Invaders
*Thanks to the coders of PledgeBank – which worked and worked fast.
Following discussions with the Metropolitan Police, the Electoral Commission has decided to suspend temporarily its enquiries into past loans to political parties pending the outcome of the related police investigation. The Commission is therefore postponing further discussions with the parties on this matter.
Guido loves this graphic, but will cherish the real pictures even more.
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Tom Harris bemoans the public’s attitude to politicians…
“Mr Oborne echoes the lazy, anti-politics whine we hear so often these days, all based on the absurd notion that politicians were once loved and only fell out of public favour during the expenses scandal. He should take a walk to the Strangers’ Bar. But not to sup with the patrons he seems to despise so much, dearie me, no; he should instead look at the paintings on the corridor outside the bar, which depict the devastating fire which consumed most of the Palace in 1834. And he should reflect on the fact that on that dramatic night, as the Commons went up in flames, a crowd gathered on the South Bank to clap and cheer.”
The thing that Dave needs to work out is which group is more likely to vote Conservative. Mad swivel-eyed loons or mad homosexuals wishing to get married.