A text from Dan Norris, David Miliband’s Parliamentary Private Secretary, intended for sympathetic MPs, was intercepted, sadly, by the notorious blogger Guido Fawkes. “If you’re at conference pls make a point of speaking to lobby correspondents who are trying to distort party unity, to help them u’stand David’s speech was a unifying one which is why it went down so well in the hall. Thanks.” No advice on countering the supposed “Heseltine moment” gaffe.
A few miles from Wapping over on the Farringdon Road the same day the Guardian’s Hugh Muir had also lifted the same blog post for his lead story, no credit. Tut, tut. Muir is following no doubt in the tradition of Marina Hyde, who during the 2004 U.S. Presidential election took to lifting stories daily from Wonkette with no attribution. Easier than working ain’t it?
Sherwin let himself down badly yesterday (0/10, stay behind after deadline) by lifting Wednesday’s story about Cameron’s Carlton Political Dinner jokes without attribution this time, though he may have copied it from Paul Waugh who also ran the story under his byline in the Standard after it appeared here.
They may all say they got it from their own sources – they usually do. Funny how it is after Guido publishes and never contains more information than was given on the blog.
Look chaps, if you are going to lift, at least link. If you don’t want to admit to your editors that you are taking the money under false pretences for cutting ‘n pasting from blogs, rather than actually cultivating sources, send a case of Margaux. This blog is not a syndication service for lazy hacks.
No picture credit, no payment. Associated Newspapers made £83m last year. For some reason employees of Associated Newspapers seem to be the the most common thieving parasites – lifting stories without credit or payment. Guido has had a few run-ins with diarists, most of which have been settled amicably over a bottle or two. Not Sebastian Shakespeare however, he is the editor of the Londoner’s Diary in the Standard and he is a thieving ****ing magpie. Latest examples: Exhibit A, Exhibit B. He makes no bones about it, in a heated row last year Sebastian admitted he steals Guido’s work and “so what?” Harry Phibbs who freelances for Londoner’s Diary subsequently had lunch with Guido and said that it should be taken as a compliment. Like a burglar being caught and saying to his victim “never mind, we both have great taste in old masterpieces”. F*** off you thief.
After yet another round of story thieving by the Telegraph’s Andrew Pierce, a hack who has built his career on nicking other people’s stories, he denied lifting the story from Guido on the technicality that he had copied it from Private Eye, who had lifted it verbatim from Guido.
Guido always tries to credit the source of a story with a link. It is not just honest and good manners, it pays dividends in traffic terms. Here is the difference in understanding between online writers and dead tree writers. Bloggers understand that if you increase the usefulness of your site with useful links, you get more traffic. Something that the dead tree press has only just realised – see here, here and here to learn why linking is a good strategy for dead-tree mediasaurs online. Pierce, Shakespeare and the rest take note. A case of Margaux is better than a link mind you.
If you rob someone else’s work, continuously, and pass it off as your own, you will be named and shamed. Meantime an invoice is in the post for the stolen picture.
…my most constant hate-swipes on Comment is Free and in rightwing political blogs is for being middle class.
Guido frequently questions her judgment, but he has never accused her of being middle-class, for the simple reason she is not. Mary Louisa Toynbee is in fact part of the rarefied metropolitan media elite, she has a comfortable six-figure income and a villa in Italy to go with the London townhouse and house in the country. She is not middle-class by any stretch of the imagination.
Her income is not middle-class, it puts her in the top 1% of earners.
The great grand-daughter of the Earl of Carlisle was privately educated (Badminton), went to Oxford (St Annes) and on to the BBC. A classic metropolitan elite career path. Toynbee is the daughter of the literary critic Philip Toynbee and grand-daughter of the famous historian Arnold J. Toynbee, his uncle was the philanthropist and economic historian Arnold Toynbee after whom Toynbee Hall is named. She was born into three generations of metropolitan elitists.
She is perfectly entitled to point to the toffs on the Tory front-bench, but Guido is not going to let her pretend to be middle-class. She is the enemy of the aspirational middle-classes, the high priestess advocate of taxing them to pay for her social democratic utopia.
Polly says Guido is no good at writing about politics because he is unsympathetic to politicians. Perhaps, Polly, being over-sympathetic to a politician blinded you to his faults. Good to see you completely coming round to Guido’s point of view on the Prime Mentalist at last.
UPDATE : “Bogeyman” reminds us in the comments of Polly’s consistency and prescience:
St Polly of the Towering Intellect, 29 June 2007:
“But then, as they stepped into No 10 yesterday, here was as decent and clever a team of ministers as ever graced the cabinet table. Two Milibands, Ed Balls, Jackie Smith, Harriet Harman, Alan Johnson, Douglas Alexander, Peter Hain and Hilary Benn – with the likes of John Denham and Yvette Cooper in attendance – present a good front. It’s certainly the most genuinely united government in living memory.”
St Polly of the Towering Intellect, 6 September 2008:
“The smell of death around this government is so overpowering it seems to have anaesthetised them all. One bungle follows another and yet those about to die sit silently by… The ineptitude of Brown’s Downing Street worsens by the week. The shrinking band of those he trusts are now his old rottweilers, who shred what’s left of their leader’s reputation. This week when they mauled Alistair Darling for telling an obvious truth (his actual words much exaggerated in the reporting), they attacked one of Brown’s few truly loyal friends and a decent man. This is the sign of an inner cabal out of control… A cabinet of minnows and spineless backbenchers include many – perhaps most – who want Brown gone, but lack the nerve to act.”
For those who want to savour Littlejohn bitch-slapping Polly again, watch it again here.
The rebuttals are now in and they are clear “absolute bollocks” from Milburn and “work of fiction” from Milband. If this is the Brownies being clever it is idiotic, it was written by journalists known to be sympathetic to Gordon. Rosa should really go back to the Mirror, she is trying single-handedly to stand up her story today with not a single on the record quote. Laughable. Sooner or later the Barclay brothers will realise their newspaper’s brand and culture is being destroyed – along with the profitability.
UPDATE : Rosa is denying all the suspicions on the Labourgraph blog.
What We Learned From the Referendum | FT
Scottish Crisis Moves South | Nick Wood
English Democrats Accidentally Celebrate Yes Victory | Pink News
Union In Its Current Form is Dead | Janan Ganesh
Labour Could Be Split in Two | Sun
Ashcroft Poll: Why Scotland Voted No | Buzzfeed
Boris: Change Barnett Formula | Sun
Cameron is Back | Dan Hodges
What Happens Now | James Kirkup
Cairo of the North | Quentin Letts
Labour are the Biggest Losers | Phil Collins
Diane Abbott on the Daily Politics:
“Labour MPs will unite behind Ed Miliband, once we find out what our policies are.”