Posted by Tim Ireland at February 26, 2007

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

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.

Posted by Tim Ireland at February 25, 2007

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

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

Posted by Tim Ireland at February 23, 2007

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

… and here it is:

Political Blogging for Adults

Share and enjoy.

Back soon.

Cheers all.

Posted by Tim Ireland at February 23, 2007

Category: Page 3 - News in Briefs

Today’s Page 3 is a dream ticket. (Note – borderline NSFW… there is slight underboobage.)

Posted by Tim Ireland at February 22, 2007

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

This is a very special link. Please share it with any readers or journalists that you happen to have access to.

Cheers all.

Posted by Tim Ireland at February 21, 2007

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

Iain Dale – Nicholas Boles Steps Down from Policy Exchange

Well, we all know how Paul ‘Guido’ Staines would play this… he would claim full credit even if he were a casual bystander.

Perhaps, if he were in one of his less-conceited moods, he would link to two or three related items and say “What a coincidence!”… so let’s try that one on for size and see how it feels:

Bloggerheads – Iain Dale and the Nick Boles question
Guido 2.0 (Bloggerheads) – Nicked
Bloggerheads – Nicholas Boles
Bloggerheads – Nick Boles: if you *really* want to be Mayor of London…


What a coincidence!

Iain Dale has also decided that perhaps now would be a good time for him to step down as a Trustee of Policy Exchange (and scream “Conspiracy loon!” in the same breath). I suppose, in his mind, that makes this a non-issue from now on.

Ministry of Truth – Guido, The Smith Institute and the Think Tank he’s not writing about.
Ministry of Truth – Opening cans of worms…
Ministry of Truth – Open letter to Iain Dale


What a coincidence! Again!

One especially nice touch is that this began with Iain hiding behind his anonymous trolls and bullies, but he has suddenly decided that he doesn’t want to play such games right now; “If you can’t be bothered to identify yourselves, your comments won’t be posted. And that goes for anynmous [sic] posters in general. If all you want to do is slag people off, go and do it elsewhere.”

This, the day after he sent his anonymous trolls and bullies after The Labour Humanist with this softball.

What a hypocrite.

(Note – If Nick had been man enough to face this head-on, I would have been far less inclined to pursue this into his candidacy. As it is, I have very little respect for the man… and zero-to-no trust in his ability to handle other people’s money responsibly.)

UPDATE – A further thought from Clive:

The UK Today – Rattled?: Personally I’d be more critical of a trustee who took eighteen months to realise that they couldn’t commit to the necessary levels of support. That seems to be like the behaviour of someone who either places their image ahead of the charity’s wellbeing or a person with a rather blasé attitude towards it. Either way it isn’t the attitude I’d expect of a committed trustee. As for Nick Boles, the fact that it has taken him this long to realise that being chair of a Tory think-tank isn’t compatible with running for political office strikes me as either naive or arrogant. Neither one is an endearing characteristic in an elected official at any level.

Also, Unity has noticed that the official announcement on the Policy Exchange website makes a none-too-subtle point about Anthony Browne, Nick’s replacement: “Anthony comes to the charity with no political affiliations…”

This goose is cooked. Now comes the part where the Tories desperately scramble to hide or downplay the significance of the wonderful aroma wafting from the oven.


Ministry of Truth – Look into my eyes…
Guido 2.0 – Nick Boles and Iain Dale part company with Policy Exchange
BSSC – Swift Boat Veterans for the Tories

Posted by Tim Ireland at February 21, 2007

Category: It's War! It's Legal! It's Lovely!, Page 3 - News in Briefs, Tony 'King Blair

Page 3Remember, children… there is no right-wing propaganda on Page 3.

Today, the lovely Vikki (18, from Essex) expresses her joy at the news that up to 3,000 troops are due to head home from Iraq by Christmas by saying; “Our boys have done a great job out there, but it’ll be brilliant to see them back home with their loved ones.”

By a strange coincidence, this view totally corresponds with today’s front page news item and editorial:

The Scum Says – Heroes return: Tony Blair will today announce that British troops are coming home from Iraq. By the end of the year, almost half the 7,000 fighting men and women based in Basra should be back with their families. They have fought valiantly and taken many casualties to give the Iraqi people a chance of a decent life free from tyranny. Whatever the fears or doubts over this conflict, these brave soldiers deserve a heroes’ welcome as they return to base.

There is no right-wing propaganda on Page 3.
There is no right-wing propaganda on Page 3.
There is no right-wing propaganda on Page 3.
There is no right-wing propaganda on Page 3.
There is no right-wing propaganda on Page 3.
There is no right-wing propaganda on Page 3.
There is no right-wing propaganda on Page 3.
There is no right-wing propaganda on Page 3.

PS – Well done, Mr Rent-A-Quote.

UPDATE (22 Feb) – Typically, those filthy leftists at the Indy have failed to get the message. Perhaps they don’t read Page 3 because they’re a bunch of queers or something…

Independent – The retreat from Basra
Independent – The Sketch: A load of bunk from the PM’s bunker
Independent – Leading article: A foreign withdrawal for advantage at home

Posted by Tim Ireland at February 21, 2007

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

Ahahahahahahaha! Check out the size of that ego!

I wasn’t sure if that was real until I saw Beau Bo D’Or making fun of the same ad series while giving ‘Guido’ a nudge over his image-leeching.

And speaking of image theft

This morning Iain Dale used a photoshop of mine for this ‘hilarious’ post. He then apologised and delivered a picture credit after claiming that he didn’t know it was mine.

If you’re at all familiar with the Beau Bo D’Or Vs. EMAP/Zoo affair, you’ll be aware that the most common excuse newspapers/magazines offer for nicking other people’s stuff is that “it was sent in anonymously by email”… and, as you may have guessed, this is often an outright lie.

Well, my goodness…have a look at what Iain Dale has to say for himself here (oh, and ‘Guido’, too).

Open letter time…

Dear Iain,

To save you time and effort, I’m going to make the issue of permission very easy for you:

You no longer have permission to use any of my work on your website.

I, however, reserve the right to lift what I damn well please from your website or Flickr account and satirise the hell out of it (1, 2)… not least because of this little collection.

Now get the hell off my coat-tails, you loser.

Tim Ireland

PS – Beware, little man… my patience grows thin and my Kung Fu is stronger than yours:

Posted by Tim Ireland at February 21, 2007

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

David Miliband’s inclusion of certain right-wing blog-cheats and spammers on his blogroll (see here and here) should be seen for what it is; a desperate attempt at street-cred.

Miliband is not a genuine political blogger. Not because he has his staff blog for him, but because his blog is set up in a way that forbids any meaningful political discussion.

Alastair Campbell has used a different technique to achieve this same end (as has Paul de Laire Staines on his Guido Fawkes weblog).

The reaction from Iain Dale speaks for itself. (Send forth the flying monkeys!)

The reaction from ‘Guido’, however, deserves some analysis, even if it’s just to notate the myth-building:

1. The ‘spin hating’ gentleman who loves to shout “Conspiracy loon!” at his critics is still running with his carefully-crafted spin that any criticism directed at him comes from panicky Brownites who fear his awesome powers. Sadly, this conspiracy theory is undermined by Paul’s bad habit of running away whenever he’s called on this bullshit. (See the two most recent examples here and here.)

2. Just as he did when he had his little hissy-fit over a certain Guardian article, ‘Guido’ is doing what he can to tie this activity to Tom Watson and Tom Watson alone. Guido be Big Hunter… hunt Big Game.

3. ‘Guido’ has a bit of a nerve bitching about what the Miliband blog costs the taxpayer… he’s a self-confessed-tax dodger!

In short, Paul de Laire Staines has again proved himself to be a conceited coward… and a bit of a hypocrite.

Over to your lawyers, Paul… when you’re ready.

Posted by Tim Ireland at February 20, 2007

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

Guardian – Brown v Cameron – exclusive poll puts Labour 13 points adrift

Remember, this is because the Conservatives offer a viable alternative to New Labour… it has nothing to do with certain Tories being opportunistic, two-faced bastards.


Still no answer from ‘Guido’ (1, 2, 3)… just the same old toss, smears and spin.

Iain Dale seems to have suddenly backed off on the notion of comment registration, too.

Oh well… at least we have this promised improvement to Fox News Lite following my request to see a copy of a broadcast where I was almost certainly defamed. At length.

“I’m told we do not record any of the 11pm-12 programmes so that programme is not available. However, I have now asked for that policy to be reviewed as I think it is important that we keep a record of everything we transmit.” – Iain Dale

Just let that soak in along with the other stuff, folks.

A round-up is due soon… but it may very well be a half-timer. The same dipsticks who earnestly called for an end to this ‘unjustifiable hostility’ have now returned to firing mortars from what they think is a safe distance.

They’ll learn.

(Psst! No answer from Nick Boles yet, either… so this magnificent prize is still up for grabs.)

UPDATE – Iain’s turn to enjoy a right of reply. I’m loving this especially. Vitriol! Enough vitriol!

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