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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

David Cameron's attack dog

Having just read Unity's demolition of Paul Staines' recent propaganda drive, I got thinking as to the nature of the Guido site's role within the Tory online operation.

Unity has clearly outlined some of Staines' salacious techniques, and exposed his use of evocation to project an air of scandal around Gordon Brown's relationship with the Smith Institute. But why is Staines spending so much time trying to set-up his ruse, especially when the evidence he draws upon is so tenuous?

As Unity has ably proven, the evidence Staines uses to further his conspiracy does not hold up to scrutiny, so clearly Staines is looking for something that may or may not be there. This leads me to one question: What came first… the 'evidence' or the conspiracy theory?

Is Staines just so desperate to find dirt on Brown that he'll concoct a story even if there is no conclusive proof?

Did one of Staines' "co-conspirators" send him documents that suggest Brown's relationship with the Smith Institute is in someway improper, or is Staines just hoping to sling enough dirt to sully the Chancellor's reputation prior to his expected premiership?

It’s strange how this attack by Staines seems to be coordinated with a concerted Tory front to hold the chancellor's toes to the fire over the current pensions outcry. But surely that’s just a coincidence, isn’t it?

The charges Staines alludes to on his blog are unsubstantiated, this we know, so one presumes Staines is doing the dirty work of The Conservative Party. After all, there is no way that Tory MPs could make such baseless accusations (such are the rules in the Commons), so what they'd need would be a medium that is dislocated from the official parliamentary rule book. Staines is also keen, at every possible opportunity, to remind those who read his blog that his blog is hosted in the States, a feature that offers him some cover from UK libel (although this is oft overplayed).

How much coordination Staines has with the official Tory apparatus is unclear, but a few minutes reading Francis Maude's contribution to Precious Iain Dale's Guide to political Blogging (he's a blogging expert, you know?), and you’re aware how important the party considers its premier bloggers. But the Nazis, I presume, loved their attack dogs too…

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someone. said...

this is how it me...right now
a) the chap is attention seeking.
b) he is a rebel.
c) he wants to be respected.
d) he wants to be a player too.
his ethics are below the belt. he is happy to distort,,,,,as he feels that the right is on his side.

12:01 PM, April 18, 2007  
Anonymous said...

Find out how much policy exchange pay guido for the adverts he runs.

Find out how much the Tory money men give policy exchange.

11:06 PM, April 18, 2007  
Anonymous said...

poor effort, Unity at least put some effort in.

"the Nazis" This is an automatic 'lose the argument' when you start comparing people to the Nazis.

And er, 'every opportunity', surely would be more recent than May 2006.

And for a site complaining about innuendo, trying to link the current furore about pensions, which has been media driven with Staines attacking something entirely different is a bit odd.

Oh well, so much for unsubstantiated charges.

11:42 PM, April 19, 2007  
Aaron said...


Missed the irony did you?

Doesn't Staines regularly alike Brown to another butcher of the C20th?

6:45 AM, May 05, 2007  

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