Andy Marr interviewed Boris this morning:
Marr : “We seem to be going into a period in politics marked by a bit of class war. Do you think there are enough old Etonians at the top of the Conservative Party at the moment?”
Boris : “This is a brilliantly contrived question. I don’t think … I think the classic answer to this … I can’t remember which school you went to, Andrew. “
Marr : [mumbles] “Lorretto.”
Boris : “Jolly good school..”
Boris smirked at the mention of the poshest school in Scotland, with boarding fees approaching £30,000 a year. Wonder where he got the idea for that counter-jibe…
After the Trafigura injunction crumbled Guido canvassed the idea to interested parties that we should individually write to the major London libel law firms and say that we would not voluntarily submit to these “Whom it May Concern” injunctions thus:
Am intending to write to all the firms that send me them [super injunctions] advising that in future I will exercise my own judgement when I receive them.
If I judge it to be in the public interest I’ll forward the injunction to Wikileaks and take my chances in the Courts.
If more people told them this it would bugger up the blanket ban system. Spartacus system. They won’t know who gave it to Wikileaks…
People were genuinely positive towards the idea. The Tiger Woods media gagging injunction which we are not even allowed to mention is now uploaded by person(s) unknown on to Wikileaks.
For good measure Schillings should note that there is also a picture of Tiger Woods partly naked and looking a complete w****r on the blog – a further breach of the “Confidential Schedule”. Tiger Woods is not really the issue here, freedom of the press is the issue.
For example, Nigel Griffiths, an MP caught on camera with his trousers down in his office with a woman in only her stockings and suspenders, also apparently has a super injunction preventing the media from fully informing voters as to what he was up to, in the office taxpayers pay for him to work in. Enough. Guido will take his chances in the Courts.
Dizzy highlights the strange oversight by left-wing blogs like LabourList and Left Foot Forward. Whereas conservative-leaning Dizzy is happy to condemn both wee Dougie Alexander and George Osborne for charging taxpayers for their chimney sweeping, Labour’s Alex Smith and Will Straw only condemn Osborne for his Dickensian ways. Labour’s election campaign strategist Dougie Alexander must have an invisible magical chimney sweep that they can’t see. This example seems to Guido to show in a nutshell why the unpopular end of the blogosphere is unpopular, it is just too slavish to the official party line to be interesting. It is a sign of weakness not strength.
Left-wing and Green bloggers have been banging on about how Iain Dale and other Tory bloggers don’t toe the official Conservative Party policy line on on the environment, as if they think the honest heterodoxy of the Tory blogosphere is a bug, not a feature. If people want to read on-message press releases, they can go to the official party websites. There is a lesson here.
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Guido isn’t sure what Labour MP Kevin Barron was expecting when he agreed to go on Sky News last night – the day details of MPs’ expenses were released. Beforehand in the green room he was lamenting to former LibDem MP Richard Allen that the expenses gravy train had come to an end. Once in front of the cameras he tried to make out he was some kind of reformer. Guido wasn’t having that:
After this on screen exchange he called Guido a rude word. How hurtful…
There has been a lot of tut-tutting about Gordon belatedly paying back £500 for the “questionable” painting of a summerhouse in the garden of his Fife home. So there should be, how did Gordon imagine it was that the summerhouse […]