Guy Fawkes Night 2008

So who’s going on the bonfire this year?

You are.

That’s right; you, ya bastard.

You are going in the fire, and you are going to burn, and you are going to like it.

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A short list of rejects

For those who came in late:
2005: Tony Blair
2007: Rebekah Wade

OK, the time has finally come for me to (almost) reveal what the plan is for Guy Fawkes Night this year, starting with a list of who is not going to be burned in effigy this year:

No, it’s not serial liar and fantasist Nadine Dorries or Sarah Palin or (as rumoured in seedier corners of the internets) both of them in a three-way forked-tongue-a-thon with Julie Moult. I have a reputation for hitting girls with sticks as it is.

Speaking of serial liars who deserve to be hit with sticks, no, it’s not Iain Dale, either. I did consider burning Ashcroft and popping Iain in the pocket until I realised that Iain would have to be in more intimate and out-of-sight location for the voodoo to work. Then I realised I’d have to stuff a certain nuisance-calling twat up the arse on an effigy that was already up the arse of another effigy, and the whole thing just got too damn Russian for me, so I scrapped the idea.

Speaking of Russian intrigue; no, it’s not Uzbek-born Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, much as I’d like to highlight the antics of that local landowner to a mob of torch-wielding villagers, I’d just as soon not see J Paul Getty’s old place going up in flames.

Speaking of morbidly obese outright bastards with a love for vodka, no it’s not Paul Staines (aka ‘Guido Fawkes’) either, because I’d have to pickle the bloody thing in alcohol to get the voodoo right on that one. Not a good idea anywhere near flaming torches and other naked flames, and not something I can afford, even with some of the ‘cheap booze’ specials advertised on Paul’s* low-rent banner advertising network.

(*Note – “Paul Staines is neither a shareholder, director or employee of MessageSpace and never has been.”)

And finally, no, it’s not a banker or a hedge-funder, because if I were to take a guy, make it suitably fat, stick in it a ‘city boy’ shirt, and put a screwed-up ball of grubby fivers where its heart should be, I’d be stuck with Paul Staines all over again.

So who (or what) is going on the bonfire this Saturday night?

Can you guess?

(No hints from the small group of people who already know, please.)








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Hazel Blears: passing interest and passing judgement

How does that speech made by Hazel Blears warrant careful analysis? It only barely qualifies for a link.

The name-dropping is an obvious plea for attention, which ironically rewards two attention-seekers with the star billing they crave from others (when they’re not awarding it to each other), and this sentence reveals that whoever wrote Blears’ speech did little more than a surface scan of our community before passing judgement on it:

“The most popular blogs are rightwing, ranging from the considered Tory views of Iain Dale, to the vicious nihilism of Guido Fawkes.”

That the word ‘nihilism’ would be included in the same sentence that uses Iain Dale as a positive contrast to Paul Staines shows that the author can’t even use Google properly.

(Psst! Add to your list of absurdities that Paul Staines was invited to speak on the subject of “why transparency in lobbying matters” this week.)

UPDATE – Alix Mortimer – Some cynical nihilism, or, a revolution in the People’s Republic








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New category

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Live-blogging the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election

I’m over at Liberal Conspiracy tonight, but I may also stray into b3ta/board. It depends on how rough, jolly, or jolly rough it gets.

Some updates or titbits may appear in this post.








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A little pre-show not-quite-live-blogging action for you

It’s 4pm in London, 11am in New York and 7am in Alaska.

1. You’ll need perspective from Atrios before you step into this pool or any pool like it, as there’ll be rogue agents, power-playing wannabes and many, many excitable puppies editing almost every wiki in the western world today.

2. Early morning ‘I voted’ threads can be found at the following locations if you’re interested in catching a vibe or two, but please do keep in mind that some neighbourhoods are more friendly than others and today is not a good day to start barging in anywhere, especially not on the last thread in this list:

Fark: A deeply cynical but jocular mix of left and right.
Wonkette: Leftish, but quite even-handed with it.
Democratic Underground: Really quite far to the left.
FreeRepublic: All the way over there to the right. No, further… no, back past “Obama’s grandmother is faking it!”. There you go.

3. This TPM blogger who has openly supported Obama since March confesses that he didn’t vote for Obama today. Read the article to find out what happened inside that voting booth.

4. Hahahahaha! I’ve only just seen this via TPM, so do excuse me; Sarah Palin promised that she would release her medical records but, on the eve of the election, she’s now offering a two-page letter from her doctor. (Ooooh, she’ll have trouble with electoral observers if she forgot her note from home today.)

UPDATE – And I’ll mention again that I’ll be live blogging over at Liberal Conspiracy this evening.








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Isn’t anybody going to help that poor woman?

Sarah Palin talks to Brad Bailey about race and equality (via)

She is way, way wayyyyy out of her depth. Please let today be the end of it. For a while, at least.








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Andrew Gilligan: more sock-puppets found

Further reports are coming in of Andrew Gilligan making comments about his articles while pretending to be someone other than himself.

I’m waiting to see a firm denial from Gilligan. When you’re ready, Andrew….

Meanwhile, bloggers who suspect that they may be a victim of these shenanigans may want to check their stats/back-end for visits from ‘Associated Newspapers Ltd’ (and/or the IP range 195.234.240.0 – 195.234.243.255).

UPDATE – Dave Hill challenges Gilligan on sock-puppeting on the Guardian website, prompting this ‘denial’ involving comments made under the ‘kennite’ profile, made using Gilligan’s usual profile:

andrewgilligan

Nov 03 08, 4:06pm

Dave,

Kennite is my partner. Is that allowed? I’ve always been perfectly happy, as you acknowledge, to point out the shortcomings in your journalism under my own name. Even by the standards of the Ken Left, it strikes me as more than usually bizarre to accuse me of concealing my true views about our former mayor and his online fan club.

It’s also good to see such a sure sense of priorities. On the day of a major mayoral policy launch about a trivial subject like knife crime, you’re focusing on the issues that really matter.

Andrew

The ‘fascist’ tag is pretty subtle, but there’s a clear attack on Hill, and the “Don’t you have anything better to do (than catch me cheating)?” tactic is textbook.

And, of course, there’s the statement that ‘kennite’ is a partner, which isn’t quite a denial.

Life partner? Business partner? Did ‘Kennite’ post the comments or did A.G. post the comments using their profile?

And this does nothing to explain the trail of anonymous comments he has left in his wake elsewhere.

UPDATE – Behind the bluster you will find long silences, careful words and few denials from Andrew Gilligan. This thread is now officially interesting. Beware of trolls.








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Election night: a few notices

1. On election night, I’ll be hanging around over at Liberal Conspiracy and chatting/live-blogging as time allows.

2. Early in the evening, I plan to kill time by watching Blazing Saddles instead of coverage. I doubt I’ll need to change gears on the resulting commentary.

3. The fight always gets dirtiest on the eve of an election (example), so watch your step and be careful what you give precious oxygen to.

4. At some stage, you’ll be needing this. Keep a link handy.

Cheers all.








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David Cameron (hearts) Rupert Murdoch

And to think that it was only a fortnight ago that the big story was toff Tory-boy Cameron and his toff bean-counter Osborne having secret meetings on the yachts of the super-rich, with the latter being urged to shut the hell up by the servants of Murdoch.

After all, it just wouldn’t do to reveal that Murdoch plans to have as much influence over that Tory leader as he did over the last Tory leader Prime Minister:

Guardian – Memo shows how Blair aided Murdoch: A newly disclosed Downing Street memo has revealed how Tony Blair helped Rupert Murdoch overcome an official investigation which was jeopardising one of his big investments. It shows that Blair, while prime minister, immediately ordered his top officials to help the tycoon who was frustrated that a potentially lucrative scheme was being blocked by a long-running European commission investigation. Blair told the media magnate that “he was instinctively sympathetic to what Murdoch was aiming to achieve”. The tycoon eventually won approval for the plan. BSkyB had teamed up with other big companies to develop an interactive scheme in which people could shop and manage their finances through their televisions. The memo is the first to be disclosed under freedom of information legislation documenting the contents of meetings between Murdoch and Blair. Blair has been accused of granting political favours to Murdoch in return for support from his newspapers; Lance Price, a former Downing Street spin doctor, said Murdoch seemed to be one of the four most influential people in the administration.

[OK, move along, nothing to see here, just a media tycoon wanting to help the little people to manage their finances.]

There was even some talk at the time on many Conservative weblogs about how desperately unfair the BBC had been in their attempts to ‘keep the Obsborne story going’ (example).

But last week things took a suddenly turn sideways as the poor, struggling, put-upon tabloids somehow managed to make that story an irrelevance overnight by giving the BBC a monstering with some good old-fashioned fabricated outrage.

But I’m sure David Cameron is a good man and above an*….

Oh, sorry. My mistake. Turns out he’s an opportunistic twat and a hypocrite after all.

Here he is writing exclusively for the Scum today:

The Scum – Bloated BBC out of touch with the viewers: The BBC has lost touch with the values of the people who support it through the licence fee. How could anyone who works at an organisation that prides itself as socially responsible possibly have approved broadcasting the sick telephone calls made by Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand?

Way to howl with the wolves, Captain Custard. You’re a real man of the people.

(I wonder if David Cameron shares Nadine Dorries’ recent socialist leanings; it seems she wants to carve these ‘bloated’ salaries up and hand them out to struggling families.)








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