Guido on bloggers future post Leveson

Thought Readers might like to read Guido’s views on the regulation chaos:

“AFTER Parliament voted to regulate the Press on Monday, curious journalists asked Downing Street how this new Royal Charter would affect the internet. Who would be regulated?

Only news websites will be regulated, they were told by the Prime Minister’s spokesman.

What, they asked, about the Guido Fawkes political blog?

“No” came the answer, that would not be regulated.

Down the road elsewhere in Whitehall Maria Miller, the minister responsible for the media, was briefing that my Guido Fawkes blog would fall foul of the new regulations because it reports news and gossip.

Do these bumbling buffoons really know what they are doing?

It doesn’t seem like the Government have thought through the regulation.

Maria Miller was asked in Parliament if Hello! magazine would be regulated — the out-of-touch minister admitted she had not even heard of the top-selling celebrity photo-magazine.

That this is all a bit of a shambles is hardly surprising.

After all, the deal to end 318 years of Press freedom was cobbled together at 2am by David Cameron’s fixer Oliver Letwin in Ed Miliband’s office with Hugh Grant’s motley crew of anti-Press campaigners on hand with takeaway pizzas helping out with the drafting.

It was rushed through Parliament the next day with some 500 MPs happily supporting a chance to get revenge on the papers for exposing and bringing to an end their expenses fiddling.

The truth is the world wide web is not going to be regulated by our out-of-touch politicians. My business is run out of Ireland and the blog is hosted on a web server in California.

Which means that unless the Royal Navy plan to send a warship to enforce the Royal Charter by pointing its guns at the web servers off Long Beach, there is no chance of this scheme working.

Max Mosley, the shameless Formula 1 tycoon who has campaigned against the Press and for privacy laws that would have stopped his orgy with hookers from being exposed, told a Select Committee of MPs yesterday they could “cut the wires” to the internet for foreign-hosted websites like mine.

That is what the Chinese, Saudi and Iranian regimes do. Is that really the route Britain should go down? Keeping the voters in the dark about the private lives of politicians — with privacy regulations for example — does not make voters better able to judge the merits of the people who want to rule over us.

Voters need to know if, for example, a politician has a drink problem.

Politicians have always been wary of a free Press watching and reporting on their murky doings.

They have, over the centuries, tried to keep journalists out of Parliament, ban them altogether, licence them, jail some occasionally and now regulate them.

I write about politicians every day and do not think it is at all healthy to be regulated by a statute passed by the very same people who are often criticised harshly on my blog.

That is why we won’t, as a matter of principle, submit to these proposed regulations whatever the penalty risks.

The editors of two weekly news magazines, Private Eye and The Spectator, have both said they won’t be going along with the charter either.

Readers want a robust free Press that makes amends when it makes mistakes.

Trust does have to be rebuilt after the phone hacking scandals of the past.

Newspapers have a big decision to make. If they go along with this scheme they need to design a system that gives redress to those deserving it yet doesn’t open the gates to a deluge of complaints from politically motivated campaigners.

Or they could just say “no”, publish and be damned.

Guido Fawkes, pinched from the Sun (sorry).

Omar has his say!

After the
Rotherham by-election in which the far-right of our town had managed to bump up
into third place, I was concerned for the future of Rotherham; neo-Nazis and
extreme right-wingers polling over 6000 votes altogether? However, the
disillusioned people of Rotherham are not to blame, nor are the vast majority
racist. So why did they vote for the far-right? The most simple answer is
because the failures of the so-called Left.

The Labour
Party were supposed to be the voice of the people, of the working man but now
the modern Labour Party, with its New Labour mentality still pretty much intact
is a broken and blundering excuse of a political party which no sense of
morality and very little common sense. It was with all that in mind that I
decided to re-join the party and help it find its way once again, build bridges
in the community and re-establish itself as a serious political force who cares
for all, irrespective of colour, creed or social background.

However, I
was recently informed that the Labour Party had rejected my membership on
account that I had stood against them as a Monster Raving Loony candidate (you
really couldn’t make it up!) and because I mentioned that I’d stand in the
Rotherham by-election (I was never formally nominated) but the most disturbing
reason of all came when I was told that my criticism of the party had not gone
unnoticed. Democracy? You’re having a bloody laugh!

Unfortunately,
I’d forgotten that under Labour’s dictatorship one is not allowed to criticise
them at all. If they kill thousands of our armed forces, you smile and agree.
If they slaughter thousands of Iraqi civilians, you smile and agree because
that’s how democracy works in their perverted ranks; George Galloway spoke out
against it and was kicked out and the same thing is now happening to ordinary
rank and file members and to the general public who wish to join. You’re either
complicit in everything they do, or consigned to the dustbin of history. This
totalitarianism is the reason why I now wish Labour never win another General
Election. Personally, I would rather see a Tory government elected with an
overwhelming majority than the return of that notorious, despicable mob. Now,
some might say there’s an element of sour grapes in this account, which is true
of course but the biggest loser in the whole sorry episode is the Labour Party
who can no longer claim to represent socialism when they’re mired in constant
controversy, cover-ups and scandals. The likes of the Green Party, TUSC and
Respect seem to be the new socialist alternatives but they are embryonic in
comparison to Labour and will take time to grow.

In addition
to this membership apartheid, the Labour Party is now a graveyard for the
over-PC (political correctness) brigade and the bunch of loonies who subscribe
to wacky rules such as nurses not being allowed to tell a patient that they’ll
say a prayer for them and of course the most famous one, ‘We can’t put up
Christmas lights because it’ll offend non-Christians’- whether the latter is a
myth spread by far-right nutters is unclear but it wouldn’t surprise me if they
did actually say and believe that tosh! This kind of lunacy and all the other
negatives that come with over-political correctness are one of the main reasons
why these hypocrites and champagne socialists must never be allowed in a
position of power again.

In
Rotherham, the Labour dictatorship has a firm hand on a noose that runs right
around the town which they tighten day by day and until people start to see
that for what it is and boycott the despicable, hypocritical party, then
nothing much will change. However, allying with the far-right is never the
answer. Our ancestors fought two World Wars to eradicate Nazism as well as for
the continuity of the British Empire. Seeking moderate alternatives is the way
forward to create a real Rotherham Renaissance, not pandering to right wing
zealots and reactionaries; their message is to create barriers in our town, and
similarly the Labour Party are doing the same thing. However, as citizens of
Rotherham, we should do our utmost to fight against these divisions and
co-exist as one community united by a common language, common morals, values
and principles.  

Labour have
failed the British people, they’ve failed their own members, they’ve failed the
most vulnerable in our society and now they have failed the principles on which
they were founded.”

Omar Mehban

Anston Parish Council Last Night

LoveDinnington was again providing a live Twitter feed and a detailed but humorous report in time for bed!

Rothpol congratulates, LoveDinnington for this and is grateful for the efforts expended in bringing this information to the public!

LoveDinnington – Website
LoveDinnington – Anston Parish Council 18th March 2013
LoveDinnington – Twitter Feed, contains last nights

Don’t you just love Anston parish council? Security guards and two Police Officers at last months meeting of this most dysfunctional council! If your experiences sound similar? Please let us know.

Ahmed in the Times – One

Very grateful to a regular reader for this information from the Times newspaper and researched and written by Andrew Norfolk, the award winning, Chief Investigative Reporter, no less!

Muslim peer blames Jewish Day one 'Jewish conspiracy' peer

Day Two with Opinion from Maajid Nawaz and Jahangir Akhtar, later.

Comments on, Naz Ahmed’s outrageous claims!, may interest readers.

Where’s Paul Jagger when you want him?

It would appear that one of South Yorkshire’s favourite sons is in a little local difficulty?

A complaint has been made against him about his Town Council Interests Declaration. His Declaration has been found to be deficient by a rather important omission, that of his shareholding and directorship of Wharncliffe Partners Limited, Company Number 06806800.

It must have slipped his mind? For at least three years!

When he returns from his Ski Lodge he, no doubt, will have some explaining to do.

Click on image to read the complaint in full. No longer works.

Jagger-Complaint

Scrutiny, thanks to the web, is going hyper-local! UKIP are in the lead locally for their efforts and Rothpol welcomes this and looks forward to future developments.

Update from UKIP:

UKIP Stocksbridge Withdraws Complaint Against Cllr Paul Jagger

UKIP Stocksbridge recently filed a complaint with the monitoring officer that Cllr Paul Jagger had failed to note on his declaration of interests his ownership in a company called Wharncliffe Partners Limited.

Whilst our complaint regarding this omission was technically correct it is now clear that this company relates to Mr Jaggers educational work and the failure to record this on Mr Jaggers declaration is a simple oversight and as such UKIP Stocksbridge are happy to withdraw their complaint with the monitoring officer regarding this matter.

Hope that clarifies the issue for readers and addresses Paul Jaggers point, in his comment.

View from the top?

This letter, published in last Friday’s Advertiser, makes interesting reading:

Standards committee not run by any one group

“I refer to the article of  March 1 regarding disruption at a recent meeting of Anston Parish Council, in which it was suggested by Mr Smith that the Standards Committee of Rotherham Borough Council is “run by the Labour group so nothing will happen there”.

As the Chairman of the Borough Council’s Standards Committee, I believe it is important that your readers are informed of the true nature of the committee.

The committee is composed of eight borough councillors, two of whom are from the Conservative group, and there are three representatives from parish councils. In addition the council, recognising the importance of independent and objective input into the maintenance of high standards of ethical behaviour by elected members, appointed five independent members to act in an advisory capacity.

The council has gone far beyond the obligations of the Localism Act and the practice of other councils in this regard.

In addition the Independent Person (which is a statutory appointment) is regularly consulted upon standards issues and plays a pro-active role with regard to ensuring high standards of elected member conduct are maintained.

With such extensive independent involvement in the business of the Standards Committee I am sure the public will agree that the committee is not run by the Labour, or any other, group.”

Cllr Alan Gosling, Chairman, Rotherham Borough Council Standards Committee

Labour’s Embarrassment Complete?

On Wednesday the Times Chief Investigative Reporter, Andrew Norfolk, broke another very embarrassing story concerning Rotherham and it’s turbulent Labour peer!

Featuring Lord Ahmed and some of his pretty outrageous views. On this occasion spoken by himself and broadcast on television, last year in Pakistan.

Rothpol would be very grateful for some scans from the Times, Wednesday and Thursdays editions, so that anyone who missed them can read the sorry tale for themselves, if any reader could oblige?

Meanwhile, as a warm up, I thought readers might like to review these links to stories that made it into the local and national press and media last week:

From the BBC: Labour peer Lord Ahmed suspended after ‘Jewish claims’

The Advertiser: Rotherham peer suspended over new controversy

The Star: Peer suspended by Labour

Yorkshire Post: Labour suspends Yorkshire peer over ‘Jewish conspiracy’ slur

The Telegraph: Busy people text while driving, claimed Peer jailed over fatal crash

The Independent: ‘There’s no place for anti-Semitism in the Labour party’: Ed Miliband condemns Lord Ahmed over claims he blamed imprisonment on ‘Jewish conspiracy’

The Guardian: Labour suspends Muslim peer after reports of antisemitic comments

New Statesman: Lord Ahmed accused of blaming Jewish media owners for his prison sentence

Mirror: Labour peer suspended over claims he blamed Jewish plot for being jailed after fatal car crash

Evening Standard: Labour suspend Lord Ahmed over ‘Jewish conspiracy’ claims

Daily Mail: Labour suspends controversial peer over claims he blamed a Jewish conspiracy for his dangerous driving jail sentence

At Rotherham Politics, we are left scratching our heads at the activities of Lord Ahmed and his apparently limitless ability to cause such offence. We are also continually baffled and dismayed at the failure of the Labour Party to adequately deal with him!

This time, there must be no way back for this deeply flawed individual.

Oh, the answer to my question?

Not by a long chalk! Especially if the labour party continues to stick their heads in the sand and ignore Rotherham’s central problem that Naz Ahmed, Jahangir Akhtar and Mahroof Hussain exemplify!

With Sajid Bostan’s words still ringing in my ears, “We’ve fixed the Council, we’ve fixed the Police and we’ve fixed the Advertiser,” we have a lot to put right in our Town.