Sunny has now written an account of his abortive interview with Paul Delaire Staines (aka Guido Fawkes), in which the well-known litigious libertarian and complete humbug apparently replied to his critics with a courageous ‘my lawyer has advised me not to comment’. Transcript of the ‘interview’ to appear later.
I think Unity’s comments on the affair, at least so far as I understand them, seem pretty reasonable; to me it looks as if Staines’ antics weren’t meant at all seriously and were just an undergraduate stunt to wind up both the lefties and his opponents in the Federation of Conservative Students. Fair enough; we all of us did stupid things at university we’d rather not be reminded about, even though they seemed very droll at the time, but we don’t all of us then go on to try to make a reputation by posing as courageous muckrackers and then go all coy and lawyered up when people poke a bit of fun at us.
In the meantime, in a completely unrelated article about David Cameron and his university activities, Chris Dillow speculates about ‘how much do people change between the ages of 20 and 40?’ He concludes,
one respect in which I’ve changed is that I’m more arrogant and less pleasant now than 20 years ago. If the same’s true of any Bullingdon Club member, you should be scared – very scared.
Makes you wonder how much this applies to old Harrovians who’d doubtless dearly have loved to join the Bullingdon (or, at my alma mater, the rather more civilised — such things are relative — Pitt Club) but, instead, had to resign themselves to attending an FE college in Hull and were, in consequence, forced to compensate for this social set-back in other ways.
UPDATE: and now I see from The Telegraph that
The Charity Commission has warned an online blogger he could go to jail unless he submits information he has gathered about the activities of the Smith Institute, the left-wing think tank under investigation for links to the Labour Party.
The formal direction was issued to Paul Staines, who runs the Guido Fawkes political website, ordering him to release documents relating to the institute by Friday.
Will he reveal his sources? Does he, in fact, have sources to reveal? Time shall tell.