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  • Who is Guido working for?

    by Leon
    25th January, 2008 at 2:04 pm    

    Is this what David Cameron meant by new politics?

    Below is an unsolicited email sent yesterday by Guido to political journalists and sundry others, modestly claiming credit for Peter Hain’s resignation. If you can bring yourself to read all the way to the bottom, check the boilerplate legal text in the last three paragraphs. [Via Three Line Whip]

    Or is this just one blogger inflating his importance?

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    1. Bartholomew — on 25th January, 2008 at 4:58 pm  

      Peter Hain has been a particular hate figure of the “libertarian” right for decades - back in 1971 when Staines was just a kiddie there was an attempt to have Hain prosecuted for “conspiracy” over his plans to disrupt South African sporting events. A “Hain Prosecution Fund” was established, run by Ross McWhirter of the Society for Individual Freedom - a supposedly “libertarian” outfit - and Gerald Howarth of the Conservative Monday Club.

      Of course, although Staines was part of the Young Tory libertarian “anti-ANC” South Africa scene of the 1980s, I’m sure he would never have advocated libertarians getting together with more authoritarian right-wingers in this sort of alliance against Lefties.

    2. Refresh — on 25th January, 2008 at 6:33 pm  

      Good work Bartholomew, had forgotten the murky past of the Monday Club, Freedom Association and lets not forget BOSS.

      Didn’t someone also try to frame him for a bank robbery?

      Yes - a bank robbery?

    3. Refresh — on 25th January, 2008 at 6:35 pm  

      From the beeb:

      Peter Hain ‘the Bank Robber’

    4. Muhamad — on 25th January, 2008 at 7:21 pm  

      Isn’t Hain a Blairite?

    5. Tim Worstall — on 26th January, 2008 at 2:36 pm  

      Do keep up chaps. Giudo bounced the email off the Tory Party server so as to get onto the distribution list for all the Lobby journalists.

    6. Sid — on 26th January, 2008 at 3:12 pm  


    7. Leon — on 26th January, 2008 at 3:29 pm  

      Tim, are you saying the Tories were complicit in this?

    8. Sunny — on 26th January, 2008 at 5:46 pm  

      Or is this just one blogger inflating his importance?

      Was there any doubt?

    9. Kulvinder — on 26th January, 2008 at 9:48 pm  

      I can’t claim to read his blog, no malice, i can see how it appeals to people who work in and around westminster or people who live provincially but are into ‘party politics’; its just not the type of thing i find interesting.

      That said Paul Staines does appear to be remarkably hypocritical. What hes essentially done is committed a theft. He apparently had no authorisation to use the Conservative Party system or their resources but did so anyway, and explicitly for his own benefit.

      He may as well steal prepaid envelopes from them put his own letters inside and ‘cheekly’ joke about abusing something that they paid for to contact people he wanted.

      It is conceptually no different to wifi theft, and is probably an offence under the Communications Act 2003 - specifically section 125.

      Now am i jumping around like a lunatic calling for him to be hanged. Of course not, but i have to point out how utterly ridiculous it is for him to link to and comment upon the Telegraph using ‘his’ picture without payment.

    10. Don — on 26th January, 2008 at 9:54 pm  

      You’re implying he’s a hypocrite? I’m stunned.

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