Guido Fawkes

Dirty Politics UK style

There is a lot of talk about ‘Dirty Politics’.

As a long term left wing agtator told me last week over a beer…it wasn’t dirty politics…I was just politics.

Right now in the UK a similar story is unfolding, where the media are hunting after Guido Fawkes aka Paul Staines and his links with PM David Cameron.

Guido operates in many respects just like I do…and just like me he kicks his own team in the slats.

The Prime Minister is the last person you would expect to find honouring rogue political blogger Guido Fawkes, who has just brought down one of his ministers.

But David Cameron appeared as guest of honour via a video link at the 10th anniversary celebrations of the controversial website.

Just three weeks ago, Brooks Newmark resigned as Minister for Civil Society, causing the PM immense embarrassment as it was on the eve of the Conservative Party Conference.

This followed the Tory MP being enticed into sending explicit pictures of himself to a male reporter, posing as an attractive young woman, who was working for Guido Fawkes.

Fawkes then hawked the story around Fleet Street before it was eventually published by the Sunday Mirror.

The dubious journalistic methods employed were so contentious that two newspapers refused to publish the story and the Sunday Mirror, which did, is being investigated by the new press watchdog IPSO.

Yet, in his message broadcast at the dinner, the Prime Minister saw fit to condone such behaviour, praising Fawkes (real name Paul Staines) and his website as ?required reading?.

?Congratulations on ten years of Guido Fawkes,? said Cameron, ?and what better way to celebrate a decade of rejecting the cosy political establishment than by hosting a cocktail reception and a dinner in the heart of Westminster with half the Cabinet and the lobby invited.

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Same problem here

Labour in the UK wants to run the country, as all opposition parties do, but the problem is they, like their NZ counterparts, are lead by a man with tits for hands and couldn’t run a bath much less a country.

Yesterday the Labour Party announced via Twitter it was gifting a free owl to everyone. Obviously, there were?a slew of jokes?along the lines of ?Are they going to pay for this out of the banker?s bonus tax too?? as well as a?fine assortment of puns?? my personal favourite being Guido Fawkes?s effort, ?contact the Labour press team on 28 28 20?.

It seemed an obvious minor social media gaffe, where a social media manager had accidentally tweeted on the wrong account. It?s fine, it happens, it?s a common and easy mistake to make.

At first the party joked along, engaging in?typical ?brandter? about the accident. A minor filip in an otherwise slow news day. But then, suddenly the Labour press team claimed that the Labour official account had been hacked, and the owl tweet was posted by a malicious third party. As Hugo Rifkind said,?who would bother to do that?

When people hack big, verified accounts, it?s usually big news ??it can send stock markets tumbling. ?Ed Miliband resigns?, for example, would have created a huge ripple. ? Read more »

What a limp-dicked tosser

The tosser who thought it would be a good idea to promote a Margaret Thatcher death song is upset he is getting?death?threats.

The man behind the campaign to promote anti-Margaret Thatcher song Ding Dong! the Witch is Dead has complained that he has received ?shocking? death threats.

Mark Biddiss, 39, publicised the song celebrating the death of Baroness Thatcher on Facebook and Twitter, helping it reach number two despite condemnation from many that it was deeply offensive.

Now Mr Biddiss has said that the response to his campaign has been ?shocking? and he ?cannot believe? that he has been targeted online by people who wished him dead.? Read more »

UK Bloggers unite to oppose botched Leveson reforms

UK bloggers from across the political spectrum have united and written a letter in the Guardian opposing the extent of the Leveson reforms.

This is a classic case, especially for the left wing bloggers of being careful what you wish for…they were all baying for the blood of Murdoch and didn’t focus on what regulation can actually mean.

The same is happening in Australia now…where the scale and scope of “reforms” and “regulation” are actually a direct attack on freedoms we all enjoy.

The?Leveson inquiry?was set up to address “the culture, practices and ethics of the press, including contacts between the press and politicians and the press and the police” (Comment, 19 March). Our views diverge on whether the outcome of the Leveson process ? and the plans for a new regulator ? are the best way forward. But where we all agree is that current attempts at regulating blogs and other small independent news websites are critically flawed.? Read more »

Milton Friedman Video

An interested reader has sent me this video of Milton and Rose Friedman in a video link speaking to the ACT New Zealand 2003 conference.

I have never seen this video and enjoyed viewing it.

There are some very pertinent points that he make and is well woth the investment of 1 hour and seven minutes of my time.

Unions give Labour the fingers over election rort

Labour has got the metaphorical fingers from the unions after they have declined to bail out Labour for their election funding rort.

[quote]We also don't want to be seen as an ATM machine to remedy the mistakes of others" says Andrew Little of the Engineering, Print and Manufacturing Union (EMPU).[/quote]

Suffer, thieves, suffer. Of course the Unions funded them plenty in the last election anyway.