Dirty Politics UK style

There is a lot of talk about ‘Dirty Politics’.

As a long term left wing agtator told me last week over a beer…it wasn’t dirty politics…I was just politics.

Right now in the UK a similar story is unfolding, where the media are hunting after Guido Fawkes aka Paul Staines and his links with PM David Cameron.

Guido operates in many respects just like I do…and just like me he kicks his own team in the slats.

The Prime Minister is the last person you would expect to find honouring rogue political blogger Guido Fawkes, who has just brought down one of his ministers.

But David Cameron appeared as guest of honour via a video link at the 10th anniversary celebrations of the controversial website.

Just three weeks ago, Brooks Newmark resigned as Minister for Civil Society, causing the PM immense embarrassment as it was on the eve of the Conservative Party Conference.

This followed the Tory MP being enticed into sending explicit pictures of himself to a male reporter, posing as an attractive young woman, who was working for Guido Fawkes.

Fawkes then hawked the story around Fleet Street before it was eventually published by the Sunday Mirror.

The dubious journalistic methods employed were so contentious that two newspapers refused to publish the story and the Sunday Mirror, which did, is being investigated by the new press watchdog IPSO.

Yet, in his message broadcast at the dinner, the Prime Minister saw fit to condone such behaviour, praising Fawkes (real name Paul Staines) and his website as ?required reading?.

?Congratulations on ten years of Guido Fawkes,? said Cameron, ?and what better way to celebrate a decade of rejecting the cosy political establishment than by hosting a cocktail reception and a dinner in the heart of Westminster with half the Cabinet and the lobby invited.

Same narrative here…embarrassed by a blogger getting a scoop on a story that they were too lazy to find for themselves, they get all sanctimonious and now start kicking the blogger to death.

It is all so familiar.

?In addition, I wonder how your namesake would feel that not only have you invited the Protestant Prime Minister to your anniversary dinner but that, actually, I can?t attend because I?m at Buckingham Palace for a state dinner with Her Majesty the Queen . . . so do raise a glass this evening to the success you?ve enjoyed so far and I wish you all the best for the next ten years.?

Cameron?s treacly words were all the more jaw-dropping given that roly-poly Staines is a man who openly boasts about defying Lord Leveson, who led the inquiry that Cameron set up into journalistic ethics.

?I don?t have to pay attention to what a British judge orders me to do,? Staines told Leveson. Staines, who is an Irish citizen, refuses to sign up to any press regulatory body and uses an American server for his website.

Cabinet minister Liz Truss also attended the 10th anniversary event

The 10th anniversary party took place at the Institute of Directors and was attended by Cabinet ministers Liz Truss and Francis Maude, Tory strategist Lynton Crosby, peer Michael Ashcroft and Conservative donor Sir Michael Hintze.

The other Tory MPs present included Aidan Burley, George Eustice and Alec Shelbrooke. Vivid proof, as if it were needed, that Staines is now at the heart of the establishment.

London Mayor Boris Johnson declared at the bash that Fawkes was ?the dung that sustains the rosebush of democracy?. But even he jokingly expressed reservations about his attendance.

?Why are we prostrating ourselves before the authors of this vicious blog roll of scuttlebutt and tittle tattle?? Boris asked. ?Why do we come crawling like this? Because we?re all students of history and we know that in the end they all do it, from Jim Prior to Margaret Thatcher to John Major to Tony Blair, all politicians end up talking to terrorists.?

Heh, just gotta love Boris.

Just by way of reminder too…next year is the 10th anniversary of this site.

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