Sunday, February 11, 2007

Guido burnt at the stake

It seems that Guido Fawkes has a bit of a history as a young student with the Federation of Conservative Students. Those around in the 80s will remember that Norman Tebbit disbanded it in 1986 because it was too right wing. I can only think that for Norman to consider it too right wing, the FCS must have taken to parading in black shirts. Mind you, by the time I got to university, the resident Tory Society used to meet in one student's room. That was in the days when more than three in a room was considered to be an illegal party...

There can be no surprise about the extremism of Guido's political views. He's set himself up as anti-politician, but the true targets are only those on the left. He exists to set a right-wing agenda, surrounded by his fellow-travellers who want to create an echo chamber to set their own flavour of reality. Guido used to work for David Hart - one of shadowy advisors to Thatcher during the miners' strike - and the Committee for a Free Britain, a group with close links to the anti-immigration Monday Club.

The strangest thing about the posting from Pickled Politics is that Guido Fawkes, the man who is fearless in the face of libel lawyers and responds with 'bring it on' to warnings of potential action, protects himself by having his site hosted on a remote island. However, for the rest of us proles, he's happy to wave the threats around:

The reason no publication has re-printed this story is due to the fact that it was retracted over 400 words. You are on notice. Please remove immediately.

And on his own site
That was a step too far in Blogwars. Legal notices went out at 12.30.
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It is fine for him to fill the air with innuendo and insinuations and to hide from the lawyers, but when something is thrown back at him, Guido runs to the law. The hypocritical truth here is that Guido can't take it, but can dish it out.

UPDATE[Tim at Bloggerheads has given Guido the benefit of the doubt and held back on his posting until tomorrow. And Sunny's post has disappeared for the time being. Tomorrow should bring a dose of the truth, but the hypocrisy will still hang in the foetid air.]

16 comments:

moseleyblogger said...

Hang on. Didn't you just say it's bad form to out a blogger? This seems a bit two-faced in that regard.

But aside from that, the interesting thing about Fawkes response is that it is an indirect admission that Fawkes is Staines. Why else would Fawkes demand a retraction? Can one person make the request on another person's behalf?

PoliticalHack said...

I think Paul has been thoroughly outed - not least by the BBC R4 Profile yesterday.

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breadandcircuses said...

You may have noticed that Staines' post about 'legal notices' has been removed from his site. Cold feet, or just bad for his image?

Brummie Tory said...

What happend to the deleted comment???

Yoiu said:

"Spam and libel get deleted. Genuine comments - good or bad - don't."

PoliticalHack said...

BT - I might have felt that it fell into both camps. Besides, at least I allow you to see that posts have been deleted (four or five in total in almost three years of blogging is hardly an itchy delete finger). Guido deleted a post without any reference.

Praguetory said...

I delete forever when I delete. Cleaner.

Praguetory said...

PS - Not meaning to get territorial but aren't you overusing the word Tory in your links?

PoliticalHack said...

PT: Perhaps, but it is shorter than putting 'Forces of Darkness and their Minions' :-)

Brummie Tory said...

I actually like Tory better than Conservative. Being young it´s a wee bit ´cooler´. :-)

Unity said...

And being young, you probably aren't aware of the origins of the word.

Tory (n)

a dispossessed Irishman who resorted to banditry, esp. after the invasion of Oliver Cromwell and suppression of the royalist cause.

Origin: 1640–50; < Ir *tóraighe outlaw, bandit, deriv. of tóir chase, pursuit

Brummie Tory said...

Actually unity I was aware of it´s origin´s, as I do a History A-Level which cover´s British political history.

I also do an English Language A-Level which has a module on Language Change which has taught me that the definitions of word´s change over time, example, Tory.

Just because I´m young please don´t assume that I´m thick!

PoliticalHack said...

BT - apostrophes may indicate abbreviation or possession, but they are never used in plurals. I wasn't going to raise it, but you waved your studies at me. That said - keep on writing. I'm always pleased to see a younger person taking an interest in politics. No matter how misguided.

moseleyblogger said...

Thick or thin? Enthusiastic use of apostrophes does not imply intellectual thickness. However, it does imply a thin-ness of grammatical study, and may signify a career in the grocery trade.

Unity said...

>>> Just because I´m young please don´t assume that I´m thick!

Of course not. That assumption comes with you be a Tory.

Brummie Tory said...

"That assumption comes with you be a Tory."

Indeed..... you obviously don't read your own blog!!!