Tony Wright Chairman of the Commons Public Administration Committee says he wants Damian McBride to give evidence, however he “seems to have disappeared without a trace and despite our best endeavours we haven’t been able to trace him”.
There are quite a few people looking to find him. Guido would bet a barrel of Guinness that he is back in Ireland staying with his people and laying low. If he has any sense he will be working on a “smear and tell” book…
May 3 was World Press Fredom Day, the government waited an extra day before publishing a ban on a list of people for thoughtcrimes. Index on Censorship has some highlights of the list, many of those banned are unsavoury and undesirable. Guido’s test is simple – do they advocate violence? If not, then just because you disagree with them is no reason to ban them.
Jacqui Smith employs doublethink to say
The government supports freedom of expression, but believes it needs to be exercised responsibly. We will continue to oppose extremism in all its forms.
There is nothing wrong with extremism per se; “extremism in defence of liberty is no vice, moderation in pursuit of justice no virtue”. One woman’s extremist is another man’s progressive radical. By all means keep out known advocates of violence, this measure however is not the thin edge of the wedge, it is the thick end of a jackboot. The American conservative, radio shock-jock* Michael Savage is not going to kill anyone, nor as far as Guido is aware has Savage ever advocated terrorism. If merely loudmouthed shock-jocks can be banned, who will be next?
Martin Bright recently commented that it was “surreal” to see Guido supporting Index on Censorship, the liberal leaning, free speech pressure group. Not sure why he said that, in Guido’s lifetime freedom of speech has been much more cherished on the right than the left. Anyway, self-preservation is always a personal priority…
*Iain Dale is a conservative, radio shock-jock nowadays.
Anyone see Kevin Maguire in the vicinity? Just a thought. Last time Dave’s bike was nicked the Mirror got an amazingly quick exclusive out of “recovering” the bike.
All was not lost. Dezzy Swayne (Dave’s PPS and bike riding companion) apparently lent Dave his bike so he could ride into Westminster to be ready for PMQs yesterday.
Not the first time Dezzy has offered a younger Tory a ride.
Last night, as Dale predicted, Draper sent out an email to LabourList subscribers saying that he was stepping down as editor. No indication as to what has happened to Tom Miller, who aided and abetted Derek in his smear operations. The new editor, Alex Smith, seems to have decent intentions. Guido still has some reservations. Who pays Alex’s wages? Who funds Tangent Labs development of the rather clunky and overly expensive bespoke software and hosting on which the site runs? Is Derek still the proprietor?
ConservativeHome and LibDemVoice are much more transparent about funding. Some clarity from LabourList on this might be a good idea going forward. Guido genuinely wishes Alex well with the new direction of the site.
This morning Guido suggested that, to survive, the Indy should go digital and abandon paper deliveries for iPhone or Kindle digital only versions. Today Amazon announced a digital distribution deal for the large screen Kindle:
The New York Times Company and Washington Post Company are launching pilots with Kindle DX this summer. The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post will offer the Kindle DX at a reduced price to readers who live in areas where home-delivery is not available and who sign up for a long-term subscription to the Kindle edition of the newspapers.
The Dead Tree Press is dying. You read it here first…
Google has introduced “predictive search” based on what most other people have searched for previously. Revealing isn’t it?
Yesterday saw the beginning of another fightback for Gordon with him trying to get hold of the media narrative with a keynote speech on education. Sky News covered Joanna Lumley speaking to a select committee in preference. Prescott helpfully intervened – supportively pulling a face which he described as his impression of Gordon’s smile. Guido wondered if it was in fact the face that Tracey saw at climax. On Sky Breakfast this morning Eamonn Holmes and his guest (some kind of media adviser) were openly laughing at the Prime Mentalist. Gordon’s twattishness is the only think we have to keep us smiling…
Bashir Twitter Meltdown | Mirror
Bashir is a Wrong’un | Norman Tebbit
Natalie Bennett Says it Should Not be a Crime to Belong to ISIS | Indy
LibDems Fifth in London | Standard
45 Mirror Group Stories Linked to Phone-Hacking | Press Gazette
Dave’s Diet | Speccie
Pink’O’Flynn | HuffPo
Trojan Horse Destroying British Values | Nick Wood
We Must Not Call Charlie Hebdo Killers ‘terrorists’ | Telegraph
Tory MEP Promised Bashir Investigation | Scrapbook
Stop May Pact | Times
George Galloway says of his former Respect candidate the UKIP MEP turned Tory, Amjad Bashir…
“Clearly Bashir does not have any real political principles or commitment, only naked opportunism and self-interest. He represents the revolving door principle in politics. The Tories are welcome to him because he will cause them embarrassment. Fortunately Respect was able to act before he did it to us.”