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, makes a series of disturbing comments about rape fantasies, kidnap and murder fanfiction, paedophillia, “childhood sexuality” and sex between teachers and pupils.

In a blog about rape fantasies, the partner of the Green leader, whose party claim in their manifesto that they want to “work to change attitudes towards rape, argues:

“Some people have rape fantasies, they do, it’s a fact. It does not mean they actually want to rape or be raped they are simply drawing from the deep, dark well of sexuality and if you are one of them it does not make you a bad person and you shouldn’t spend even one second feeling guilty about those fantasies.”

In another blogpost, titled “Even monsters have feelings”, about Natascha Kampusch, the Austrian girl who was abducted aged 10, held captive and repeatedly raped, Jepps claims: “even in the horrors of Natascha Kampusch’s imprisonment mundanity, kindness and laughter were still present… These are two people who had a long term and human relationship”.

Jepps also ran a poll on his blog titled “Sex with pupils – good idea / bad idea?”, writing “Personally I’m ambivalent”. Parents and the law however are not…

Commenting on a news story about a 16 year old girl who was banned from wearing a chastity ring at school, Jepps writes: “It will also make it so much harder for her to get educated about the facts of life, or learn how to f**k properly”.

And in a bizarre blogpost headlined Would you drink tea made by a paedophile?”, Jepps argues that we should still be able to enjoy the books of a man convicted of sexually abusing girls as young as four. He wrote:

“We can burn these books as a public statement against the author (who is in jail for his crimes) or try to understand that whatever monstrous acts individuals commit they are still complex human beings for all that. Good, evil, interesting and banal by turns – not devils who can taint everything they touch with evil.”

Jepps also blogged about fan fiction featuring the pop group Girls Aloud. He describes the content as “about the famous girl band members being kidnapped, raped and murdered”. He comments: “Personally I didn’t find it that shocking”.

In another blogpost headlined Childhood Sexuality, Jepps describes his “sexual” feelings towards a six year old girl when he was the same age. He writes:

“I remember inviting [girl’s name withheld] to my birthday party (around the sixth I think)… I’m absolutely certain there was an unseen sexual element to my invitation, although I would not have been thinking beyond a light snog or perhaps even a spot of hand holding… I think this example shows is that even at a young age I was not adverse to hand holding, kissing the bride and generally being seen to hang around with girls… and I’m fairly sure my motives were not always so innocent… Whilst it’s clear I had sexual feelings as a child these were not the terrible all consuming passions of later life – and although they contained neither the intensity, depth nor carnality of adult life they were very real and important to me at the time.”

Natalie Bennett has refused to comment, despite having full knowledge of the blog. A Green Party spokesman says: “The party does not endorse the views expressed and would not want to be associated with them. Jim Jepps has not been a member of the party since 2012”. An apologist for rape fantasists and paedophiles just lives with their leader Natalie Bennett…

Tech Blog Shutters After Blowing Through $22 Million

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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 Gigaom published a short post admitting that they were unable to pay their creditors, with many tweeting their disbelief.

Gigaom, which launched in 2006 has taken on over $22 million in venture funding over its lifetime including $8 million last February. A burn rate of $8 million a year is impressive, even by Silicon Valley vanity project standards..


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 you are – that the world would end, we’re still thriving and our comments section is doing business as normal. In fact keeping some of the more knuckle dragging morons at bay has kept the comments section vibrant.

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There were 2,130 comments on Thursday, so much for those who claimed we were killing the blog…

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 letters and trying to put the heavies on us to sign up to some sort of Putin-esque code for bloggers to be regulated. Go away, it’s not going to happen and stop wasting your time trying to regulate something that is unregulatable. Look at the internet, we haven’t just dodged the Leveson inspired press regulation to sign up voluntarily to some Electoral Commission pen pusher.”

No thanks.

Electoral Commission Trying to Regulate Blogs:Notifies Guido, ConservativeHome, LabourList & LibDemVoice


The Electoral Commission has written to Guido, ConservativeHome, LabourList and LibDemVoice to provide them with “guidance” to bring them into line with the Putinesque provisions of the new Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014.

Mark Ferguson at LabourList says

“It seems particularly bizarre (and that’s being generous) that there’s one law for “newspapers and periodicals” and another for “websites”.


LibDemVoice Today Compares Charlie Hebdo to KKK

The first line of this blog published by LibDemVoice today tells you all you need to know: “Let me start by saying that the attack on Charlie Hebdo was a despicable attack on freedom of expression. However…” Nope.

It’s loony author, George Potter, continues: “Charlie Hebdo was, and is, a racist, xenophobic and bigoted  publication.[…]


Review of 2014: Guido Has Never Seen Anything Like It

A record smashing 10th anniversary year with over 30 million visits to this site in 2014. The top ten traffic posts published this year were:

  1. THE RESHUFFLE: All the Sackings as They Happen
  2. WATCH: Former Tory Whip Boasts About Paedo Cover Up
  3. LISTEN: Miliband’s Radio Wiltshire Clusterf**k
  4. Khan Crash: Sadiq’s Rush Hour Horror
  5. Islington MP’s Rochester Culture Shock
  6. EXC: Gordon Brown Office Has £10,000-a-Week “Expenses” 
  7. Brown Office Gives Just 1 in 4 Pounds Raised to Charity
  8. WATCH: Penny Mordaunt’s Loyal Address in Full
  9. Roll Call of Shame: Every MP Who Voted Against Recall
  10. UKIP’s Poster Girl Quits Party Citing Racism

Here are our favourite stories of the last 12 months:


Ten hours after Guido added the word “snob” to Emily Thornberry’s now infamous Image from Rochester, Labour’s Islington MP had resigned from the Shadow Cabinet.[…]


Comment Update


So after the first week of troll control, comment making is heading back to normal levels. Comments were down at the beginning of the week as people came to grips with the new system. The down kink on the right hand side was the normal Sunday drop off (traffic basically halves on weekends).[…]


De Re Commentari

Guido will soon be winding down for Christmas and the team would be faced with the tedious job of comment moderation over the holidays or to decide to just let anarchy prevail. For the last few months we have as an experiment adopted an even more laissez faire attitude to comments.



BBC on #Snoberry: It Was Guido Wot Won It



Silence of the Spinners


“He doesn’t want to speak to you” Guido has been told many times. We’ve never had a problem being put in the “sin bin” by politicians, we don’t seek to do interviews, so if a politician refuses to speak to us, it doesn’t matter too much, we can still talk about them.[…]


What Do You Think of Guido’s Facelift?


After ten years, things need a little freshening up. Changes are coming. Things will look different round here soon…[…]


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