Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Northern Rocky

Stolen from : Channel 4 News

UPDATE 30 January 2008 : Seems that the humorous “Stolen from” reference has set someone off – for the record, Channel 4 News have given written permission for the occasional use of artwork on condition that they get a back-link.

Guido Writes, Downing Street Deletes

Nice to know that despite the change of regime from Blairites to Brownies, Guido still has a following in Downing Street (Wegg-Prosser and Matthew Taylor were avid Guido readers).

Yesterday morning Guido mocked Brown’s speech where he innumerately claimed that a billion people were a third of humanity. The posted linked to the speech transcript on the Downing Street website.Within an hour of that post being published, some modern day successor to Winston Smith had deleted the wording from the transcript. Doubleplus ungood malquote.You see if they delete it from the transcript record, Gordon never made the mistake. Just like when Gordon says he will bring a “thousand troops home for Christmas”, the Sun will report a thousand of our boys coming home for Christmas. We have always been at war with Eurasia… our glorious forces have achieved a total victory in Basra…

Monday, January 21, 2008

London’s Loony Left Return

When Hugo Chavez came to town Guido thought to himself, hello, here we go again. The revelation in Dispatches that Ken has surrounded himself with members of a far left sect, Socialist Action, shows just how far the Cuddly Ken of 2000 has reverted to form, the Red Ken of the 1980s has returned with his old friends. This time they have six-figure salaries.

Doing a deal with Chavez so that impoverished Venezuela subsidises fuel for rich London in return for putting El Presidente’s face on the side of the buses shows just how loony things are getting in London. Ken’s embassy in China, his globe trotting, his delusions of grandeur and conduct of a foreign policy without a mandate from Londoners is worrying enough.

Combine this with a manifest smell of corruption that pervades around the shakedown merchant Lee Jasper, both financial and political corruption of a kind that we haven’t seen since the days of Militant in Liverpool under Derek Hatton.

Garnish all this with appeasement of Islamist extremists at the same time as Livingstone demonstrates an implicit distate for Israel. It is a toxic concoction. The Loony Left is back in London… this time Ken is not just drunk on power…

Schillings Really are Clowns

Schillings, the lawyers specialising in reputation protection from online threats, are making a complete arse of themselves. See their correspondence with Wikileaks over the Northern Rock summary. Schillings look very foolish, realising that the writ of an English High Court Judge does not extend beyond England, they tried to claim breach of copyright.

Guido thinks it important to face down the clowns at Schillings. They are easily defeated in the age of cross border information distribution. They boast to clients that they can even suppress the truth. Not if Guido knows it they can’t…

Charity Commission Warns Ken Backing "Charities"

The Charity Commission has rapped a dozen Muslim charities for supporting Ken Livingstone’s bid to be re-elected as Mayor of London. They wrote a letter which was posted on the Guardian’s CiF a few weeks back (3 January).

It read: “We the undersigned believe that it is in the best interest of the Muslim communities of London, and indeed all Londoners, to back Mr Livingstone in this year’s mayoral elections.” The Commission received several complaints that the letter breached charity law, which forbids charities from supporting political candidates or parties.

The Commission says: “We have written to the charities involved to advise them on the type of political activity a charity can be involved in.”

Frankly Guido is surprised that Muslims are so keen to back someone so keen on alcohol*…

*Watch Dispatches tonight at 8pm on Channel 4 to find out more about Ken’s drinking habits.

Brown Broke Pledge to Bring 1000 Troops Home for Christmas

Guido fears Brown’s innumeracy may cost taxpayers dearly when a deal is done on Northern Rock. Two examples illustrate Gordon’s tendency to be numerically misleading. On the Downing Street website Brown’s second sentence in his recent speech on developing the English language reads “Today more than a billion people speak English, a third of humanity.” Eh? The world population is estimated to be in excess of 6 billion. So he is only out by a margin of error of some 100%
More seriously, remember Gordon Brown’s cynical pledge to bring 1,000 troops home by Christmas as promised during Tory Party Conference whilst on a visit to Iraq? There were some 5,030 personnel in the country a the time and on the 26 December, 2007 that was only reduced to 4,600. So actually only 430 troops came out of Iraq, they didn’t even come home. According to the MoD, Operation Telic had some 6120 assigned to it before Gordon made his promise. A total of 6500 were assigned on December 26, an increase of 380. Cynical lies, playing politics with soldiers lives.

Incidentally, Guido was told about the above photo by a serving soldier, who said that there was a panic by MoD spin-doctors eager to find women and black soldiers to provide the right photo-op backdrop for Gordon. You can see what the real political priority was when he made that announcement. Making it look good.

Hat-tip : Cynosarges (via email).

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Des Browne’s Scottish SpAd Says Scots,"Narrow, Presbyterian, Racist"

John McTernan, the mastermind of the Labour Party’s historic defeat in Scotland wrote to a Labour MSP describing Scotland as “narrow, Presbyterian, racist”.

Seems largely accurate, but unwise a thing to say if you are a Catholic working for a narrow Presbyterian boss. Actually his immediate boss is Des Browne, not Gordon. Des is a Catholic as well. Guido finds the left / right, Catholic / proddie class dynamic beyond him in Scottish politics. Is there some kind of dissent brewing? Browne was said to be irritated with Gordon not so long. Are they plotting some kind of Catholic emancipation?

Friday, January 18, 2008

A Story You Won’t Get from the BBC, Guardian or The Times
The Secret of Three of Westminster’s Media Gate-keepers

Yesterday on the Today programme there was a discussion as to if the mainstream media would sit on a story that Guido would not. Sarah Montague dismissed the idea that there is in fact a cosy media elite.

Well here is another story that everyone in the Westminster media knows yet won’t publish. It involves three household names; Jackie Ashley, the Guardian’s cheerleader-in-chief for the Brownies, Alice Miles of The Times, who cheers for the Cameroons and Andy Marr, Gordon Brown’s much favoured BBC interlocutor.


If this story was about soap stars, footballers or chart-toppers it would be all over the papers. If an actress on EastEnders had an affair with an actor on Coronation Street who was married to the star of Emmerdale which resulted in a love-child it would be front-page news on every newspaper.

Yet Andy Marr fathering a child with Alice Miles whilst married to Jackie Ashley goes unreported. Across newsrooms, at Islington and Hampstead dinner parties it has been common knowledge for years. These three journalists are at the heart of the politico-media nexus that constitutes the new ruling class. The producers and editors who are the media gate-keepers would not be keen to dish the dirt on their own… despite the fact that it would be of huge interest to the public.

UPDATE : Lots of high minded left-windbag pomposity about this story. Excellent. The great Stanislav returns in the comments with a verbal tour-de-farce which very eloquently mirrors Guido’s thinking. Don’t recall any of those now attacking “gutter blogging” raising any such hackles when another prominent political journalist’s sexual foibles and follies were exposed. In fact most of them rejoiced everytime Boris Johnson was caught with his pants down…

UPDATE 2011: According to reports, following a DNA test Andrew Marr turns out not to be the father despite having paid paternity for years.

Not content with bringing peace to the Middle East Tony is advising the President of Rwanda on “institutional capacity building”. Liz Lloyd, who was deputy chief of staff under Jonathan Powell in Blair’s Downing Street, his former private secretary Kate Gross and David Easton, (ex McKinsey) are holed up in the Aga Khan’s Hotel Serena where the presidential suite goes for $2,000 a night.

Guido is worried that Blair is succumbing to the Jimmy Carter delusion, that he can solve the worlds ills. To be fair Jimmy Carter has in fact done a lot of good and it hasn’t cost the taxpayers a penny. Blair on the other hand has his office subsidised by the taxpayers through the FCO.

That the PM who sold more peerages than any other in history is advising President Kagame on anti-corruption issues, does have some ironies. Admittedly he is doing it for free. On balance Guido commends Blair for this, well us Catholics do have to do more than just Hail Mary’s for penance…

Incidentally the Blair Foundation at first denied this story for some reason. They claimed that Liz Lloyd did not work for the Blair Foundation, which is technically correct. Old habits die hard, eh?


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Who Tells Ed When He’s Wrong? | Speccie
Hands Off Our Cojones, Mr Clegg | Laura Perrins
London Live Averaging Just 2,400 Viewers | Forbes
Ed’s Constitutional Failure | ConHome
UKIP Poster Girl’s Naked Photos | Sun
Miliband’s Radical Old Labour Agenda | Fraser Nelson
Meet Team Miliband | Dan Hodges


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A confused Nick Griffin says Nigel Farage is a shill for the City, forgetting that City banks want to stay in the EU:

“Farage is a snake oil salesman, but a very good one. His supposed anti-immigration stance is all smoke and mirrors, as is his carefully cultivated image as a ‘man of the people’. The truth is that UKIP is a pro-immigration party that exists to lobby for the interests of the City of London.”



Nick Clegg says:

Do you want lies with that?


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