Lotsa links for lunchtime

This entry was posted on
Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
12:21 pm and is filed
under Anne Milton, George W. Bush, It’s War! It’s Legal! It’s Lovely!, Old Media, Rupert ‘The Evil One’ Murdoch, The Political Weblog Movement.

The character is fiction, but the horror is real; Sick Days

D-Notice on The Sun v the Criminal Justice System.

Paulie has a different opinion to mine on MPs and their expenses. I readily accept that my opinion on this could be skewed by my MP being a right piece of work.

Unity and Septicisle on the ‘Al Qaeda has bio weapons’ claim from the tabloid you can trust.

Meanwhile, The Sun appear to be holding back on reports that Israel has been using white phosphorus as a weapon. For some reason.

(During the assault on Fallujah in Iraq, the Americans used white phosphorus as a weapon, and denied doing so. The Sun later dutifully reported when the cat was out of the bag that; “It was used as an incendiary weapon against enemy combatants, not against civilians” At around the same time, I talked to a British soldier who told me that Our Boys were officially trained in the handling and deployment of white phosphorus as an illumination device, but briefed “off the books, of course” in their use as a room-clearing or “bunker cleansing” device. Which is nice.)

Kevin Maguire driven home in expensive hire-car shock. It’s called a perk, and Paul Staines (aka ‘Guido Fawkes’) is acting like he’s never seen one before. You can hear Paul’s high-pitched nasal whine asking about mansions in Richmond and delivering a sarky “James, home!”… meanwhile, Maguire appears to be quite jovial, and taking it all in good humour. I doubt that I’d be quite so genial with a camera waved in my face, plus I know from experience that Staines hides from cameras, and is all-too-quick to scream ‘stalker’ if caught in any compromising situation. Staines, much like Derek Draper, is also censoring inconvenient comments under this video. If you must comment yourself, don’t do anything futile like mention that Staines has a personal beef with Maguire or that he himself has to pedal everywhere when not being chauffeured, on account of his driving while drunk (and without insurance). On that note, Maguire can count himself lucky that Staines didn’t make an issue of his drinking… after sobering up himself. What a tosser.

OMG! Homo milk! Watch out, Paul! Don’t let it near the children!

Speaking of such things, Jeremy Hunt is having a little difficulty answering questions about homophobic attacks by local Conservative activists (background). He’s trying the old ‘it’s off my patch’ dodge (not that this has ever stopped him from propping up fellow Tory Anne Milton), and using an old technique of Dale’s; allowing anonymous comment contributors to attack me as a form of defence (only gently, mind… but it’s still clear to see).

I would be a great pity if Jeremy Hunt decides to leave this matter hanging. Again.

He dodged the issue when he could have done something to stop the attacks; now he’s promoting himself as a blogger with standards, I would expect him to at least have an opinion on two grown men creating and promoting an anonymous website claiming that their political opponent is a paedophile.

By now, most of you have seen Ninja Cat.

Now check out how Ninja Cat would look with Derek Draper in charge of the project.

Also via /links a game that all the kids will be playing this time next week; Bush or Batman?

Via Carl Eve; Woodward and Bernstein on the Bush era and ‘moving on’ with Obama.

In my experience, trying to move on just encourages some people to further take the piss, but I guess we’ll see.

Finally, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; Ian Hislop owes me a lunch.


  1. Guy Gooberman says

    I'm sure you've seen it Tim but the new whitehouse.gov site is very nice indeed, a follow on from Obama's web style when campaigning that puts the labourlist shambles into further stark contrast.

  2. Manic says

    Wow. And it doesn't say it's in 'beta' or anyfink.http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/change_has_come_to…You'd almost think that professionals were in charge.(I wonder how long it'll take Jag 'guru' Singh to hint that he played a hand in it, or have Paul Staines do it on his behalf.)Meanwhile, Gordon Brown's 'email No 10' facility is still down, after months of inactivity…http://www.number10.gov.uk/Page821… and Obama's good to go on Day One:http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/(PS – note the fresh subject-filtering on the form; "Congratulations", "I have a policy question", "I have a non-policy question", "I have a comment, no response necessary", "Other")

  3. Manic says

    PS – Ahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!http://www.labourlist.org/what_we_learned_over_br

  4. scotch says

    labourlist: "Email is the backbone of all modern communication."Draper, whilst not publishing my comments at all will not now even cursorily respond to my email about, er, why he doesn't respond to my email."openness is key" [Boom! Head explodes].

  5. Manic says

    It's Iain Dale all over again, in a way.What am I saying; "in a way"? It is Iain Dale all over again.

  6. Sim-O says

    Even in the comments to a reasonable question Drapers being an arse.

  7. Manic says

    Something something Iain Dale something something dark side.:O)Yeah, I see what you mean:-"Did you get any view on what was likely to work in the US and not the UK and vice versa?" – Jonathan Cook @ 4:45 pm, Wed 21st Jan 2009"what do you think?" – Derek Draper @ 6:10 pm, Wed 21st Jan 2009-It took him over an hour to think that one up, too.

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