Hugh Grant: The Edge Of Reason

Hugh Grant probably wishes he stayed in bed this morning, instead of bungling a Today programme outing in which he openly admitted to being a puppet for Evan Harris and his Hacked Off cronies. In an excruciating debate, Grant admitted he did not know the details after making a dopey allegation that the journalist who even the Guardian credit with triggering the entire RIPA/Met scandal, had nothing to do with the change in the law:

Hugh Grant: Tom Newton’s contribution was brief

BBC: Really, you’re saying it’s simply not the case that Tom Newton Dunn, who was one of the journalists concerned,

Hugh Grant: Yes.

BBC: …intimately involved. You’re saying he didn’t…

Grant: …that’s my understanding of it…

BBC: That’s quite an allegation to make, that basically the paper likes to be in a position where they feel like victims and are perfectly happy with the status quo, and their phone records to be gone through. Are you seriously saying that?

Hugh Grant: Well in the case of Tom Newton Dunn, I don’t know the exact details of how much he contributed to this particular campaign to get the law changed.

BBC: so you’re not accepting he contributed a lot?

Grant: that’s not what I’ve been told.

Grant’s blind, frothing hatred for anything or anyone linked to Murdoch has left him high and dry. TND tells Media Guido:

“It’s just not true to say editors and newspaper companies did nothing to fight the police abuse of RIPA. My own, The Sun, has invested considerable amounts in legal resources as we continue to pursue the Met through various channels, and newspapers from ours to the Mail, Telegraph and Guardian have all ran powerful leaders recently condemning the police in a very united stand. Not for the first time, Hugh Grant appears to be shoehorning myth to suit his own agenda.”

“That’s not what I’ve been told”? Pull yourself together, man.

Charlie Hebdo On Sale Outside Parliament Every Morning

Spotted just next to Westminster Tube.

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

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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”. Perhaps the government are finding this new-fangled internet thing very confusing. We’re still working through what the most appropriate response is to this dreadful law – more worthy of a banana-Republic than a democracy – that clamps down on campaigning and free speech at a time when it’s needed most, election time. Whatever response we decide on though, we will not be submitting ourselves to any form of regulation that stops us from writing, reporting and commenting on the election campaign as we see fit.”

ConservativeHome’s editor Paul Goodman tells Guido whilst sorrowfully shaking his head, that he feels the site has no alternative, given the terms of the Lobbying Act, but to “run some pieces by senior Labour MPs during the election campaign”.

After ringing round it seems that other political blogs like the Spectator’s CoffeeHouse and PoliticalBetting.com have not being offered “guidance” by the Electoral Commission. Guido has written back to the Electoral Commission:

Dear Electoral Commission,

Thanks, but we’re not registering with you and
we’re not going to pay any attention to your rules.

Yours in freedom,

Paul Staines
Editor Guido Fawkes’ Blog

Guido has no intention of registering with the Electoral Commission or reporting a penny of spending or anything else to them. This authoritarian law is a nonsense. If you read the guidance it should apply to newspapers. We haven’t just rejected statutory control of the printed press by one regulator for political control of digital media by another…

See: Electoral Commission letter in full [PDF]

BBC Mo-ment: Depicts Mohammed in Physical Form

This image is a screengrab from last night’s News at Ten. The BBC web page explaining their editorial guidelines on the issue has mysteriously disappeared today.  A very big Mo-ment for free speech…

It seems Dimbleby was still reading from the now ancient text on Question Time after the image went out last night:

“The prophet Mohammed must not be represented in any shape or form.”

Guido has contacted the BBC press office to see if they have had any complaints or threats…

UPDATE: BBC confirms the change in policy:

“This guidance is old, out of date and does not reflect the BBC’s long-standing position that programme makers have freedom to exercise their editorial judgement with the Editorial Policy team available to provide advice around sensitive issues on a case by case basis. The guidance is currently being revised.”

They had no complaints.

Anti-Press Freedom Lobby Express Sham Solidarity

irony – ˈʌɪrəni/ – noun

1. the expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.

2.  a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often wryly amusing as a result.

This is not a spoof.

WATCH: Have I Got News For You on ‘Sophie’

“I always get them confused with ISIS,” says Armando Iannucci of IPSO…

Brooks Newmark Did a Bad Thing

“What he did WAS quite bad.

Not because it was sexting, which these days is not uncommon.

Nor that his sexual behaviour might not meet with public approval, which these days isn’t necessary.

No, what he did was foolishly accept the flirtation of a woman, give her his mobile number, and then demand intimate photographs of her.

Not once, not twice, but repeatedly. He asked, requested, persuaded, induced and inveigled.

He was a man of wealth, power and influence, taking sexual gratification from what he thought was a young woman with none of those things.

That’s a bad thing. It’s a bad thing whether you’re left or right wing and whichever news outlet you prefer.

In any other job, on work time and the work phone, it’s a disciplinary offence.

In a government minister, paid £97,000 a year by the taxpayer to promote a more civil society, it’s appalling.

And that’s without asking how much it cost us for him to ping his paisley-patterned porn about the place.

The public interest in this story is not just whether a man who misbehaves in his pyjamas can misbehave in public office, although that is an issue for many people.

Nor just that a Government minister was opening himself to blackmail with his behaviour, which should be a sacking offence anyway.

It’s that a man in our employ, tasked with encouraging us all to be nicer and with making his party more friendly towards women, was so utterly awful at his job.”

What she said.

 

Open Letter to the CEO of Index on Censorship

 

 

Jodie,

I’ve happily done a little bit here and there for Index. A speech at an event, an article, a bid at an auction or a table at a fundraiser. I don’t claim to be the biggest donor to Index, over the years perhaps my support has been in the low thousands.

I will never give another penny to Index as long as Steve Coogan is involved.

Paul Staines

Editor Guido Fawkes’ Blog
Guido.Fawkes@Order-Order.com

Steve Coogan: Bouncing Back

Sad to see Steve Coogan hit his career low at Hacked Off, Guido welcomes the news of his rehabilitation today. Coogan becomes a patron for free speech pressure group Index on Censorship, who campaign on press freedom around the world. […]

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Hacked Off Seek EU Diktat to Force Through New Press Laws
Watson Backs Brussels Directive on Media Ownership

After Sajid Javid signalled that he wanted to put the issue of press regulation “to bed”, Hacked Off last night called for an EU directive to force through new laws and overrule the Culture Secretary. Evan Harris and Natalie […]

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FT Rejects IPSO, Sets Up Own Regulator

FT editor Lionel Barber says the paper will set up its own mechanism to deal with complaints. It won’t be part of the new IPSO press regulator:

The Financial Times stands for an independent press, free of economic and political

[…]

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Time For Watson to Launch Corrections and Clarifications Page

Oh the beautiful irony. Tom Watson put his X-Box down for ten minutes to have a go at Labour for playing up Ed as a strong leader like Thatcher. ‘It’s highly likely that a spin doctor, working for Ed, […]

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