Wednesday, October 23, 2013

LISTEN: Miliband Vows “Big Fight” Against Fleet Street

Scoop from the FT this morning: Miliband talked about his plan to declare war on Fleet Street at a private dinner for Labour donors. Guido has the recording, made by a Labour member:

“Look, this fight is going to be such a big fight that we’ve got to be willing to call these people out. We’ve got to be willing to call these people out. The days when the newspapers and the news media could attack us without response are over. Because actually they are less powerful than people ever thought and they are less powerful now than they were. And it is incredibly important that we fight back against them.”

Hard to imagine a party leader talking about any other industry in terms of how it is struggling, then in the next sentence describing how he wants to “fight” them. Sure Ed will be delighted by the Eric Honecker comparison in the introduction as well…

Friday, October 18, 2013

LIBOR Media Advisory Note: Strictly Not For Publication

From the Attorney General’s Office:

Media Advisory Note: strictly not for publication
17 October 2013

Current LIBOR trials

Former Citigroup and UBS Trader Tom Hayes has been charged with eight counts of conspiracy to defraud. These charges arise from the on-going LIBOR investigation. A Plea and Case Management Hearing is listed for the 21st October at Southwark Crown Court. Two other defendants charged with LIBOR related offences, Terry Farr and James Gilmour, will also be appearing on that date.

Editors and publishers are reminded of their responsibilities under the Contempt of Court Act 1981.The Attorney General is conscious that this case will be of particular interest to City and financial journalists who may be less familiar with the law of contempt then colleagues who more regularly report on the criminal courts. The Attorney General asks that editors and publishers take steps to ensure all online and hard copy editions of their publications avoid any commentary or reporting which may pose a risk of breaching the Contempt of Court Act.

In particular, the Attorney General draws attention to the risks in publishing material that asserts or assumes, expressly or implicitly, the guilt of an accused person or that otherwise interferes with the administration of justice in this case – such as by pre-empting the decision of the trial Judge or Judges as to the evidence to be called before the jury.

Editors and publishers should take legal advice to ensure they are in a position to fully comply with the obligations they are subject to under the Contempt of Court Act 1981.

Ironically you can read the names that the Wall Street Journal were forced to pull from their website by a Court Order in the bastion of freedom that is China. They are in the print edition of the WSJ Asia Edition..

Wall Street Journal Censored by UK Judge

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You can read the judge’s order here. Extraordinary that we can’t report the names of alleged LIBOR fraudsters, this is against the principles of open justice and freedom of the press. Even more extraordinary is that it was the Serious Farce Office that invited the defendants to apply for reporting restrictions. The prosecuting authority encouraged the defendants to seek anonymity. Bonkers…

Friday, October 11, 2013

Royal Charter: Well That Went Well Then

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Miller Forcing Through State Regulation of Press

Maria Miller will publish her plans for state regulation of the press on Friday after rejecting the press’ proposal to keep politicians out of the process. To be passed by October 30th. If editors say no she is threatening to go back to the original Leveson charter. Roll on Friday…

Friday, October 4, 2013

Miliband’s Forced “Decency”

If Miliband’s Mail-bashing was really about sticking up for his dad, he would not have used jarring political lines about the “cost of living crisis” in his letter to Lord Rothermere yesterday. His interview with LabourList this morning betrays the real motivation for why Miliband and Alastair Campbell, who is at the centre of this, have gone after the Mail:

“What we’ve seen over the past five days is a symptom of that and it’s time he took a long hard look at the way his papers are run because I don’t believe that reflects the values of the British people.

“I want to know how these practices are allowed to happen. Not on the basis of being “one rogue reporter” or “one rogue editor”, but what is it about the culture and practice of the organisation that makes these kind of things acceptable?

If we’re going to have those massive debates about the cost of living, we need to have proper standards of decency in our press.”

This is about Leveson, the Royal Charter and state regulation of the press. Miliband believes it is for politicians to decide whether papers “reflect the values of the British people”. Read that as whether they reflect his values. He wants to know how papers are “allowed” to print opinion that he disagrees with, that he finds offensive. That last line, “we need to have proper standards of decency in our press”, is chilling. It shows an incredible mindset from Miliband that he feels it is a politician’s place to decide what constitutes “decency” in the media. As Fraser Nelson notes, next week the Privy Council meets to discuss newspapers’ attempt to prevent state regulation of the press. Hugh Grant and Hacked Off have already tried to hijack the story. Miliband’s timing is no coincidence…

Friday, May 3, 2013

Happy World Press Freedom Day

Aside from it being a breakthrough day for UKIP and a terrible one for the other three parties, today is also United Nations World Press Freedom Day. “Celebrating the fundamental principles of press freedom” and “defending the media from attacks on their independence”, the UN warn that “in dozens of countries around the world, publications are censored, fined, suspended and closed down, while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked, detained”.

Guido is sure the likes of Evan Harris, Hugh Grant, Max Mosley, Brian Cathcart, Steve Coogan, Tom Watson, David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg, Oliver Letwin, Maria Miller, Stuart Hall and Rolf Harris will be celebrating…

UPDATE : Perfect timing:

Thursday, April 25, 2013

You’ve Never Had It So Good

cathcartGovernment email watching ‘Snoopers Charter': dead.

Government press regulating Royal Charter: dead.

Defamation Act 2013: Passed.

And some other good news:

“The word ‘insulting’ has been deleted from Section 5 of the Public Order Act.

And the sun is shining…

Friday, April 19, 2013

Victory: Guido’s Blog Will Remain Unregulated
Government Tells Evan Harris to “Blog Off”

MAX-SAYS-CUT-THE-WIRES

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Dr Evan Harris told all who would listen that he wanted this blog to be regulated, Max Mosley wanted the government to “cut the wires” of the internet for bloggers who didn’t submit to judicial censorship and the nutty Professor Brian Cathcart who mutters about freedom of the press while trying to stamp it out didn’t really engage. Well they have completely and utterly failed in their ambitions.

The government has announced that for-profit blogs which make less than £2 million will be exempt from the new system of press regulation and there would also be an exemption for blogs with fewer than 10 employees under the amendments to the Crime and Courts Bill. Which leaves plenty of room for Guido to expand his operations…

We would not in any event have gone along with a regime that attempted to put an unbearable and unjustified regulatory burden on us. This is not to say that Guido supports the legislation, it seems pretty unfair on small newspapers who will still be regulated and it means there is not a level playing field. There will, as Guido told Leveson, be a thriving unregulated free press and a withering regulated unfree press with one hand tied behind its back. You only have to consider the Rolf Harris story revealed on this blog three months ago and only today seen on the front pages of the newspapers…

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Cathcart Heckled Over Secret Hacked Off Donors

Guido has watched press hating media luvvie Brian Cathcart’s fall from his place as the darling of the regulation lobby to the masker of Hacked Off’s secretive billionaire backers with great amusement. Now Cathcart has been heckled by visitors to a literary festival demanding to know who is funding Hacked Off. After he refused to reveal the names of his donors, angry audience members shouted “answer the question!” Cathcart responded by betraying his true disdain for our newspapers:

cathcart“Our funds? It’s almost funny to be lectured on financial probity by newspapers. For example, the Telegraph, which is owned by a couple of brothers who live in a tax exile in the Channel Islands. To be lectured on probity by the Daily Mail, whose owner is, as far as I am aware, a non-dom, and the owner of The Times and The Sun, who, well, where would you start?”

Only it wasn’t the newspapers asking, but inconveniently a media ethics lecturer and members of the public. Not like Cathcart to let the facts get in the way of a bad story…


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Men Flock to UKIP | Andrew Cadman
London-Britain Divide | Alex Wickham
Pickles Puts Prezza’s Surplus Stationary to Use | Speccie
How Capitalists Can Win the Argument | CapX
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YouGov: Working Class Prefers UKIP to Labour | Times
Sainsbury’s Disowns Left-Wing Blogger | Mail


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A ‘senior Conservative party official’ passes judgement on Theresa May:

“She is boring. A technocrat. She is Philip Hammond with a fanny. Not interesting, but rendered interesting by circumstance. And that circumstance is that she is a woman. And in an age when the Prime Minister gets it in the neck for refusing to wear a fucking T-shirt that says he is a feminist, that is a rocket boost right underneath you.”



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The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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