Below the Line Comments Update


Guido went to a system of registration for comment makers last December, above are the numbers for last month (August), comments are still averaging around some 50,000 a month. We’re slowly, when we have time, permanently banning the most boring obsessives. We have neither the time or inclination to pre-moderate comments. If readers see a comment they find particularly disagreeable, flag it.


Be warned, we plan to ratchet up the number of bores we plan to permanently block…

Silly Season News


Guido will be halving the blog’s output for silly season, there will still be the daily Guidogram email ( In the unlikely event anything significant happens subscribers will know by tea-time.  Sign up for free.

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Dorries Stalker Faces Ruin After High Court Flop


Internet loony Tim Ireland is facing a £150,000 legal bill after the High Court threw out his petition to have Nadine Dorries’ election in Mid-Bedfordshire voided.

According to the BBC: “Judges threw out case as Ireland was late filing his papers”.

Tim Ireland burst into tears after the ruling…


Nadine’s lawyers speak:

“This petition was part of Mr Ireland’s continued campaign of harassment against our client. Our client believes that the petition was maliciously brought and had no merit. We are pleased that the right outcome, namely dismissal of the petition, was achieved. Our client was elected with a very clear majority and, with this petition now dismissed (and with the petitioner not having sought to appeal) she can continue with her job of representing the people of Mid Bedfordshire.”

Senior LibDem Demands Resurrection of Charlie Kennedy

A somewhat unfortunate blogpost went up on the LibDemFuture site yesterday written by Gareth Epps, a former parliamentary candidate who sits on his party’s federal policy committee. Among Epps’ musings about the future direction of the LibDems, published by the site last night, is this suggestion:

“Our federal structure and the presence of several political heavyweights are advantages that should be used. Demonstrating the Scottish Party’s independence from London as well as high-profile roles for senior figures – Charles Kennedy, perhaps – would be a confident and positive way to face the future.”

It would be positively miraculous. Er… who’s going to tell them?

UPDATE: Gareth gets in touch to lay the blame at the door of LibDemFuture:

“I published [the original blog] on 27 May on my website – at a time when Charlie Kennedy was very much alive.

Evidently some idiot – no way of checking who from here – has reposted it without reading the actual blog, or apparently linking to it.”

Below the Line Comments Housekeeping


Despite many complaints that introducing comment moderation would be the end of the site, comment numbers are actually higher now than ever and traffic is as buoyant as ever. Unfortunately something like half the comments – no matter what the subject of the post – are about David Cameron’s sexuality, muslims, paedos and how this site is biased against UKIP or biased in favour of UKIP. So to  give us all a break from the repetitive drivel Guido is requiring email-verified registration for comments on weekends.

We may roll it out to weekdays as well. If this affects you, think about trying to post comments related to the topic of the post…

Mark Ferguson Joins Kendall Campaign


Outgoing LabourList editor Mark Ferguson is off to spin for Liz Kendall’s leadership campaign:

“Earlier this week I left a job that I love to join the campaign of a candidate for Leader of the Labour Party. A party that instead of winning an election this year went backwards. A party that needs to learn from where we went wrong, and reconnect with the British people. A party in need of a big step-change in how we do our politics.

I believe that Liz Kendall is the best placed candidate to do that.
Liz can put the Labour Party back together again, not by wielding power from the centre but by rebuilding our party – and our country – from the ground up. By working alongside the communities that built and sustain the Labour Party. By being that very rare kind of politician – the kind that wants to give power away rather than hoard it for themselves.”

You read it here first…

Mark Ferguson Quits LabourList


LabourList editor Mark Ferguson is quitting after five years at the helm:

“Editing LabourList for the past five years has been a huge honour. And although it is time to go, I will miss LabourList – and its readers – a great deal. But I’ll still be reading the morning e-mail and dropping by LabourList each day to see what’s happening in the Labour Party. Just like everybody else.”

To work on whose campaign?

UPDATE: A source says to expect an announcement tomorrow, and more pointedly that Mark is on good terms with most of the Labour leadership contenders.

UK Renewable Expert: Climate Change “Undoubtedly” Factor in Migrant Deaths


Business Green’s James Murray has solved the Med migrant crisis. Sorry Ed, it isn’t the PM who is to blame. No, apparently the capsising boats are a “climate crisis.”

I was reminded of this climate communications debate while watching the news last night with its latest heart-breaking reports from the Mediterranean on the countless hundreds, perhaps thousands, who have died in the past few weeks. For this is what climate crisis looks like… 

there are other macro-trends at play here that are driving thousands of people to risk their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean, of which climate change is undoubtedly one…

Without a rapid and successful global effort to tackle this existential threat the heart-breaking scenes of the past week and the sadness and rancour they unleash will only become more commonplace”

Of course! Forget looking for work or fleeing war-torn failed states, the migrants trying to cross the Med are escaping climate change. Are there no depths to which the scaremongers won’t stoop?

Barely Legal: Sick “Childhood Sexuality” Shame of Bennett’s Boyfriend

Natalie Bennett met her partner Jim Jepps after reading his blog, revealing to her local paper how “he blogged something about me which was wrong so I corrected him”. Yet on that very same blog, Jepps, a far-left activist, […]


Tech Blog Shutters After Blowing Through $22 Million

gigaom closing

Gigaom, for years one of the largest and most influential technology blogs, shuttered its operations abruptly last night after running out of cash. Its editorial staff only appeared to discover they were out of job at around the same time […]


Comments Still Going Strong Mongs

So a month has passed since Guido embarked on Disqus-software comment control and the results are in for last week, the first full week after the holidays. Despite dire predictions from some anonymongs in the comments – you know who […]


Guido to the Regulator: “Go Away, It’s Not Going to Happen”

Taxpayers’ money is being wasted sh*tting up bloggers.

As Neo-Guido told the BBC this afternoon:

“Free speech is back on the agenda in this election and it’s mind-boggling that taxpayers’ money is being spent on harassing bloggers with these



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Lord Sugar on Jeremy Corbyn:

“If they ever got anywhere near electing him and him being the Prime Minister then I think we should all move to China or somewhere like that and let this place just rot.”

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