The Times reports that Lord Carter is to leave the government after his big Digital Britain report is published. The Times speculates that he is set to return to a lucrative private sector role. Don’t count on the technocrat definitely leaving politics for good. Some weeks ago Guido had it from a usually reliable Tory source that Stephen Carter was contemplating crossing the floor. You never know…
UPDATE : Details of complaint here.
Hilary Benn is the Secretary of State at DEFRA (the ministry for farm subsidies) where it is a source of continuing annoyance to the British meat industry that he is a vegetarian (worse still in Guido’s view, he doesn’t drink alcohol). This has ruined many photo-ops when the minister at agricultural shows has politely declined to sample offers of British produce.
An angry farmer has contacted Guido about the appointment of Jim Fitzpatrick as minister for food, farming and the environment. Fitzpatrick, a former fire fighter, lists his interests as “anti-poverty, regeneration, anti-racism and fire… West Ham United FC, golf, reading, TV/films and Millwall RFC.” He tells his constituents that: “I am here to promote the East End of London” Hardly the best qualifications for his new rural job. Even worse, the government’s contempt for the countryside is shown once again, by the appointment of yet another vegetarian to DEFRA, who told parliament “the bacon butty would not be for me”. That will please British pig farmers…
As new readers flood into the blog it might be helpful to set the tone for newbies. This is the wrong place to argue in the comments about policies or who to vote for – too boring. As the traffic has gone up a whole new crowd of readers have joined us and for those readers who have been around a long time this can be very irritating. Particularly as the comment threads get longer and less readable (see The Economics of Blog Comments).
The comments are not a general forum, the convention with blogs is that you discuss the subject in the post, perhaps going off occasionally in a tangent, perhaps referencing breaking news, but not posting off topic about your hobby horse again. Nor are they somewhere to repetively spam with links. A link to a relevant post elsewhere is fine. Repetitive link whoring is advertising, Guido likes to be paid for advertising. You’ll just get yourself deleted.
Guido’s comments policy is inconsistent, there is no right of reply or mechanism for complaint. Guido just doesn’t care. Now the daily readership is regularly 100,000 plus, and a good proportion of them seem to be total loons, it is getting tedious to have to delete dozens of comments every day that have got past the automated defences. There also appears to be some kind of misunderstanding about the blog’s purpose – it is not, despite what Ofcom says, a public service.
So for guidance here is a reminder of the somewhat arbitrary comments deletion policy:
- If you post a long essay of a comment, it will be deleted.
- If you want to libel someone – get your own blog.
- If you want to abuse Guido, get your own blog (unless you do it wittily).
- If you want to complain about Jews, blacks, lizards, little green men in your head etc. Get your own blog.
- If you want to complain that it is biased, get your own unbiased blog.
- If you want lengthy discussion about policy, bore on your own blog.
- If you get offended easily, don’t complain, don’t come back.
In general some subjects are just not allowed to be discussed here because they invite the web based obsessives from the dark corners of the internet. The truth about 9/11 will never be found here, the worldwide Jewish conspiracy is actively supported here as is the globalist New World Order. Oh, and Guido came to earth on a UFO, so no point discussing that subject (or lizards). Guido’s readers in general are not interested in your views on euphemisms, zionists, nationalism or race realism. There is no freedom of speech on private property, more importantly you have no right to this blog’s audience.
The primary purpose of this blog is to amuse Guido, a by-product of that is the amusement and entertaining of others. Tittle-tattle and gossip are the currency of this blog, occasionally this blog breaks a hard news story which dominates the front pages, mostly we do Westminster trivia. The readers make this blog what it is, are the best sources and Guido loves them for that. Particularly the witty ones.
This is not an impartial comprehensive news service, the blog aims to have 3 to 5 selective posts a day, go to Reuters if you want a newswire. Guido relies on hundreds of co-conspirators for information – the many ways to contact Guido are here. Enjoy, contibute, get a co-conspirators T-shirt. Maybe.
Brown’s bunker debacle reads well in German, this was sent in by a co-conspirator from yesterday’s Der Spiegel. The many “Downfall” videos circulating emphasise the strength of the bunker metaphor (latest euro “Downfall” here). Mandelson is obviously the Goebbels character, a propagandist true believer until the bitter end, Yvette is Eva Braun, the only woman in the bunker the misogynist-in-chief doesn’t detest. Damian McBride would obviously be his dog “Blondi”. Can co-conspirators cast the other bunker players?
Have been in transit all day. Back tomorrow…
Unconfirmed, Guido is checking – a source has just phoned, claiming to be at the drinks reception for North West Labour Party parliamentary researchers, where James Purnell has just told them that, if no credible candidate comes forward by […]