Assange in London Ecuadorian Embassy Seeking Asylum

He is on £240,000 bail put up by a coalition of right on types including; Michael Moore, Jemima Khan, Ken Loach, John Pilger, Tariq Ali, Sir Phillip Knightley; magazine publisher Felix Dennis, Nobel prize winner Sir John Sulston, former Labour minister and chairman of Faber & Faber publishing house Lord Matthew Evans and Professor Patricia David.

Oh well, it is only money…

UPDATE: This in from the Embassy of Ecuador:

Statement on Julian Assange

June 19, 2012
This afternoon Mr Julian Assange arrived at the Ecuadorian Embassy seeking political asylum from the Ecuadorian government.

As a signatory to the United Nations Universal Declaration for Human Rights, with an obligation to review all applications for asylum, we have immediately passed his application on to the relevant department in Quito.

While the department assesses Mr Assange’s application, Mr Assange will remain at the embassy, under the protection of the Ecuadorian Government.

The decision to consider Mr Assange’s application for protective asylum should in no way be interpreted as the Government of Ecuador interfering in the judicial processes of either the United Kingdom or Sweden.

Last month Assange sympathetically interviewed the socialist Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa for his TV show The World Tomorrow, broadcast on Russia Today. Ironically Ecuador has a poor record on human rights and freedom of the press… 

Druggy Dave and Co

An interesting snippet from Damian Thompson’s new tome on addiction – The Fix:

“As with heavy drinking, there was an aspirational aspect to it. Dope smoking was associated with public schoolboys and especially Old Etonians. An acquaintance of mine smoked quite a few spliffs with David Cameron, the future Prime Minister. Whether Cameron tried anything harder at Oxford isn’t clear, but it’s interesting that, in 2012, neither the Prime Minister nor the Chancellor of the Exchequer had denied snorting cocaine. Neither, come to think of it, had the current President of the United States, nor his predecessor. One of these days someone should write a book entitled Tory MPs Who Have Done Drugs. It wouldn’t necessarily be a slim volume. One former MP whom I know for a fact has a nose like a vacuum cleaner recently told his local radio station he’d never touched anything stronger than alcohol.”

Guido reckons he could  write a similar “Politicians I Have Done Drugs With”…

Lansley Backs ‘Baccy Ban But Not Booze

Today sees the launch of the Department of Health’s consultation on plain packaging for tobacco. It is said to have the full support of the Andrew Lansley, unlike the last such nannying measure to come out of Whitehall – minimum pricing of alcohol. It was left to Theresa May to make a cack-handed public order defence for minimum pricing after the Health Secretary reportedly refused to lead the campaign. Health sources say the discrepancy is down to what is considered acceptable levels – Lansley believes there to be no acceptable level of smoking where as there are acceptable levels of boozing, but Guido isn’t convinced by the logic. Both measures are patronising nanny-statism of the worst kind and should be opposed. 

Pre-Loaded Spinning

As far as Guido can tell, the last time a Ministerial Statement was rushed on to the Friday agenda was when we bombed Libya. Given that the government has bombed quite enough already this week, unsurprisingly this rushed distraction job is not having the desired effect. It failed to push the Granny Tax off of the front pages and has gone down like the proverbial dodgy pint. Theresa May is not helping matters by constantly talking about “pre-loading” to describe drinking cheap alcohol at home before going out. It seems she alone has coined this phrase…

UPDATE: Yvette just gave the Home Secretary a good going over declaring that May “is being used as human shield and she should have said no”. The Shadow Home Secretary also confirmed that there have only been three statements on a Friday in last decade. Two were concerning war and the other Swine Flu.

WATCH: Obama Singing the Blues

Good luck trying this Mr Romney/Gingrich/Santorum…

Young Conservatives Hide Their Love Away

The days of the Young Conservatives being a marriage bureau are long gone, but all is not lost for lonely Tory hearts. The YC’s reincarnation Conservative Future are hosting a Valentine’s Ball. Organisers must be a little worried about the pulling potential for the young right wingers though…

It’s masked…

WATCH: Lembit’s Latest Turn

The career of Guido’s 2nd favourite LibDem, Lembit Opik, has taken another spectacular turn:

A great stunt by rock and roll kids The Good Suns.

Guy News Champagne Special: Cheers Chris

FLASHBACK:

It’s been a long eight months…

Toking Councillor Reaches New High

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Good on Labour’s Farooq Ahmed for declaring he will remain a councillor in Rochdale, despite being grassed up by his own team for smoking a spliff. Having been booted out of the Labour Party, he was going to resign his office, yet now declares he has “overwhelming support from the local community”.[…] Read the rest

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Brillo’s Rave

Guido isn’t quite sure what to make of Jacqui Smith throwing some shapes…[…] Read the rest

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Totty Watch: Egyptian Freedom Edition

Good on Egyptian blogger Aliaa Magda Elmahdy. She posted a naked picture of herself on her blog and it’s launched a national debate in Egypt about sex, women, morality and freedom.

It’s not safe for work/pre-Mubarak Egyptian society, but her site has had over a million and half views since. […] Read the rest

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Christmas Cancelling Teachers Union Makes One Exception

Yesterday the Express reported that the militant head-bangers over at the NASUWT were ordering their members

“not to put up festive decorations or help produce Nativity plays and carol concerts in a dispute which could go on for months. Union rules say that members will be expected to “stick rigidly” to the 32.5-hour working week.

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In the Beginning there was Samizdata… British Political Blogging Pioneer 10 Years Old Today

Perry de Havilland, the British Blogfather, reminds us that the Samizdata blog today celebrates ten years existence and the creation of 13,315 articles and 226,617 comments. It was a revelation to discover easy to use software that allowed push-button publication of articles without requiring technical knowledge.[…] Read the rest

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Offord's Legislative Hiccup

As the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill makes it way through Parliament, honorable Members are having fun tacking bits and bobs to the legislation. Tory MP Matthew Offord has inserted a new clause calling for mandatory sobriety for those involved in alcohol related criminality.[…] Read the rest

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Open a Beer, Sit Back, Turn Up the Volume, Sing-a-Long…

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Happy Coming Out Day!

Today is National Coming Out Day!

It’s a transatlantic awareness day for coming out and discussion about people who are gay that is held on October 12 every year.

Happy chatting and good luck![…] Read the rest

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