Cocaine is bad, kids!
The Scum – See the hell you inflict, Kate: Cocaine fiends Kate Moss and Pete Doherty have been invited to Colombia by the country’s government to see the bloody mayhem caused by the drug. Vice President Francisco Santos exclusively told The Sun: “I wish they’d come to see what cocaine is doing to my country. They’d be ashamed.” The invitation comes as The Sun launches a major probe into the scourge of cocaine, here and in South America. Here on Day One, our Chief Feature Writer reports from the drugs front line in Colombia’s rainforest.
The Scum Says – Blood money: All over Britain, from posh dinner parties to dingy pubs, hundreds of thousands of people snorted cocaine at the weekend. For many it becomes an addiction that ruins their lives. Most will think they are immune so long as they stick to “recreational” use of the drug. But every one of the estimated 1.75million who have snorted coke – and who think it is all a harmless bit of fun – should read our chilling report. And they should think again. It is an horrific description of the devastation being wreaked on the people of Colombia, the country that supplies 80 per cent of our cocaine. It shows how the drugs money is financing a terror movement with links to al-Qaeda, creating gangs that murder without a thought and destroying the tropical rain forests, adding to the threat of global warming. As Britain’s top policeman Sir Ian Blair says, people “think the price of a wrap is fifty quid, but someone has died bringing it to the dinner table”. While otherwise law-abiding middle-class users are on a high, ruthless drugs barons cannot stoop low enough to protect the hundreds of millions of pounds flowing from Britain 5,000 miles across the Atlantic. It is nothing short of blood money, donated by people who foolishly regard themselves as respectable.
A major probe, huh? I look forward to Day Two. Perhaps it will contain a special ‘confession’ feature from a regular gakhead such as [obscured on legal advice] entitled “My Cocaine Hell”…
UPDATE (Fri 9 Mar) – Tch. What a let-down. The Scum bailed out after this single follow-up on Tuesday.
Via The People’s Republic Of Newport comes a link that I know you’re going to have a lot of fun with… GodTube.
Busy. Back soon.
Iain Dale is a slow learner.
Iain aired a report on The Smith Institute without declaring an interest in a very similar outfit (Policy Exchange) and he could not understand what the fuss was about.
His TV station aired an anti-Livingston ad and no mention was made of Iain’s relationship with potential mayoral candidate Nick Boles (via Policy Exchange), and still he could not understand what the fuss was about.
Then this happened.
The main issue is – and always has been – a general lack of honesty and transparency.
But Iain appears to be under the impression that the solution is *less* honesty and transparency.
PeteBlogging has discovered that a cleansing is underway on the 18 Doughty Street website.
Of particular interest is a key passage on this page, which has been changed from this:
18 Doughty Street is much more than a fine Georgian residence that has been renovated to the highest standards. It truly is a home and not just an office or studio. It is the home of the conservative movement.
18 Doughty Street is much more than a fine Georgian residence that has been renovated to the highest standards. It truly is a home and not just an office or studio. It is the home of an anti-establishment movement.
(Psst! Google and Yahoo have since indexed the new page, but if you’re quick you can still catch the MSN cache. A side-by-side screen capture has been included below for those who miss it.)
You are instructed to be encouraged by the sudden introduction of modesty. That is all.
The Sun – Are you next JK Rowling? (March 2, 2006): Today is World Book Day – and to celebrate The Sun is launching a search for the new JK Rowling. We are looking for an undiscovered writing genius among our army of ten million readers.
The Sun – Henry is our best short story (February 26, 2007): Here is the winner of The Sun search for a star storyteller… We were sent thousands of short stories from budding writers when we launched our competition to tie in with the tenth anniversary of World Book Day on Thursday. In fact, the quality of the entries was so good that we have put together a collection of the best in our new £1.99 book – The Sun Book Of Short Stories.
1. FFS, my kids read faster than Wade.
2. I’m obviously only saying this because I’m embittered and jealous; my opus didn’t make the grade.
FFS, give the guy a break! This happened decades ago! Surely he’s grown up since th….
Political Penguin – Paul Delaire Staines AKA Guido Fawkes, Hull University and the article he doesn’t want you to see: Only someone with an incredibly high opinion of themselves would take this kind of action and make their own failure the object of such publicity.
Perhaps if he throws some more anonymous bullies at it…?
UPDATE (26 Feb) – An important update has been posted to Guido 2.0
… and here it is:
Political Blogging for Adults
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Today’s Page 3 is a dream ticket. (Note – borderline NSFW… there is slight underboobage.)