Thursday, August 13, 2009

Guido on the Fringe

Have had a few requests to speak at fringe events at the party conferences, so just to make the position clear – Guido is willing to do so, preferably in relation to areas of interest covered on this blog.

First come first served.  Will be in Bournemouth with the LibDems on the Sunday and the Monday, will be with the Tories from Monday to Thursday. No one has actually asked Guido to speak on the Labour fringe yet…



Heydon Prowse offered Guido the Alan Duncan video back in June. Doh!

Paul Goodman on ConservativeHome warns that the next election is the YouTube election. Expect to see more of this type of thing…

On balance it seems difficult to see how Alan Duncan can now credibly lead the Tory charge on expense reforms. He clearly doesn’t get it.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Most MPs are Sh*ts

Alan Duncan has been caught on camera complaining that post expense-gate he lives on rations and is “treated like shit”. He is now backtracking and claiming it was only said in jest and it is a great honour to blah, blah, blah. He of course lives in a Westminster pad worth well over a million quid and a constituency house which we pay to maintain in some style. We also paid him four hundred quid a month tax free, no receipts required for groceries. (MPs recently voted in a show of piss-taking to raise that to five hundred quid.) Not exactly hardship rations.

The more MPs Guido meets, the more he is confirmed in his view that they are for the most; venal, egotistical, untrustworthy, shits. Alan Duncan has to ask himself why he is treated so. Guido says “treat ‘em as you find ‘em…”

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Ancram: Toff Trougher

It is important to remember, as tributes are paid to Michael Ancram on his announced retirement, that he never failed to take any opportunity available to bleed the taxpayer. The wealthy Most Honourable the Marquess of Lothian made sure that we were charged to the fullest extent to maintain his stately home.

Nor should you forget that he was so completely lacking in self awareness that he quite ridiculously put himself forward as one of the candidates for Tory leader last time round. As if…

Bear all that in mind when you read all the tributes…

Monday, August 10, 2009

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Downing Street in “Purnell Gay” Smears Row – Mail on Sunday

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Indy on iPhone

iphone-independent-_230785tRemember Guido’s Plan to Save the Indy?

Well they have gone half way towards the concept.  They have released an iPhone app that allows you to read the paper offline.  Handy for people getting on the tube.  Just launch the app when you brush your teeth.  By the time you finish in the bathroom the paper will be uploaded to your iPhone for you to read on the underground.  Now all they have to do is abandon slaughtering trees for an unprofitable print edition and they could be on the way to profitablity.

Since clearly the Indy people read Guido; can we have a Blackberry version?  Please.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Kamiński Cleared

rsz_1michalWhen Guido posted Edward Macmillan Scott’s attack on Michał Kamiński there was quite a strong backlash from the co-conspirators. Dan Hannan did quite a comprehensive rebuttal of the charges against Kamiński, Charles Crawford the blogging former British ambassador to Poland put it all in context which made it clear he didn’t believe the charges.  Guido was also emailed by a researcher from a Jewish political group and told that although they didn’t want to go on the record they had checked him out and found nothing that concerned them. That made Guido think that perhaps there was a lot of smoke without fire.

In the Telegraph Stephen Pollard, editor of the Jewish Chronicle, repudiates the charge of anti-semitism. Polly is very sensitive to any hint of anti-semitism, if he is prepared to stake his reputation to clear Kamiński in the strongest possible langauge (“Anti-Semitic mudslinging of the worst kind“), then Guido takes it as read that Kamiński is innocent.

Which reflects appallingly on people like Dennis MacShane who smeared Kamiński in the most shameful manner in order to make a party political point. It is a terrible habit of those on the left to seek to demonise those on the right as racists. As if everyone who is in favour of low taxes and limited government must be prejudiced. Why not stick to attacking your opponents for what they actually believe in and what they actually do?

Calling someone a racist is much more emotionally charged than an argument over the effectiveness of  a particular fiscal approach. It should not be deployed, as seems too often the case, as a standard debating tactic against opponents. Labour spinners go looking for evidence of racism whenever they want to demonise an opponent. They tried to do this to frame Boris when he ran for Mayor, Damian McBride and Derek Draper did it to Iain Dale over his comments about Carol Thatcher’s unwise choice of words, and to Guido over comments on this blog not even written or seen by Guido. If Labour politicians stopped trying to falsely tar all their opponents as racists and really reserved the term for actual active racists, perhaps they would be more effective in countering the BNP’s rise in their own heartlands.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Meet the Man in Charge of Digital Britain

If the above is not enough, here is the classic example of the calibre of his insight: read this New Statesman article and weep with laughter at the twat that is Sion Simon…

Murdoch Bucks the Market

rupe_rupeCan he buck the market?  As newspaper revenues crumble, Murdoch says he will charge for online news.  Guido’s hunch is that even if that becomes widespread this will not save the newspaper industry.  It is like the plan by canal owners of old to use the new railway trains to pull their barges along.  Rupert will lose a lot of eyeballs and the advertising revenue that goes with that, niche market media (like this blog) will soak up mass market audiences that will not be willing to climb the paywall.  This is a mis-step from the maestro.  Bring it on…

Will however be fun to find out how much revenue columnists earn when they are charged out for pennies per reader for their insights – Michael Gove forinstance might not be such a draw after all.  Will he earn back for Murdoch the £1,250 per hour he charges him for those Times columns?  That is a lot of micro-payments…

Lord Sugar Feeling Stupid

Stupid SugarLord Sugar must be feeling stupid today.   Matthew Parris joins in the fun calling him a “pathetic ninny” for threatening to sue Quentin Letts for calling him stupid.  In the Speccie, Toby Young has a letter with a number of signatories telling Sugar to drop it.  Well Alan, you’re mired…

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