Not Saussure

February 15, 2007

Blog wars again

Filed under: Blogroll — notsaussure @ 11:15 pm

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.

Meanwhile, transcripts of the contentious Guardian article, first published 31 May 1968 and never retracted by that paper, are popping up here and there.

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.

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  1. …the well-known litigious libertarian and complete humbug …

    You’re feferring to Guido, I presume. This is a very closely written article and interesting to boot. I eagerly await your next on the issue.

    Comment by james higham — February 16, 2007 @ 9:09 am

  2. It’s here too.

    You’re feferring to Guido, I presume.

    You want a blog-war, Obscurity? Huh? You and me right now – waddya say?

    Comment by Larry Teabag — February 17, 2007 @ 2:15 pm

  3. I’m always up for a flame war, so I’d like to say to any bloggers reading this – you are deeply dishonest and cruel to small animals.

    Additionally, you are all disgusting foot-fetishists and sheep worriers.

    En garde!

    Comment by Flying Rodent — February 17, 2007 @ 6:03 pm

  4. In a War of Blogs … exactly what is you face each other with, and at what time?

    I ask because I have this image of:-

    ‘Pistols at Dawn’ …

    so, I am curious as to what and where?

    I am assuming it’s words instead of pistols, but at hour of the day?

    I only ask as, I am not so good at dawn, unless I have been up all night to see it?


    Comment by Queen Minx — February 17, 2007 @ 6:54 pm

  5. I wouldn’t know about such matters as pistols at dawn, QM; I’m told that the slogan back in Ireland in the old days was ‘A dark night, a lonely road and a straight shot,’ which has always seemed to me so much more certain a way of resolving such problems.

    Comment by notsaussure — February 17, 2007 @ 7:10 pm

  6. I am inclined to agree with you.

    From what I have read in your articles, it’s a bit more ‘She said, He said, and let’s try and prove it’.

    Blog Wars.

    I just find the whole concept distasteful.

    One of things I like about the internet is it’s freedoms, albeit not all of them, some I find abhorrent to my own sense of what is right and wrong.

    But blogs?? Are we not simply writing our own thoughts, feelings and opinions to openly discuss with a larger audience?? Rather than have them confined to a ‘pub’ audience??

    I will at some point, change my opinion when/if I read something that is untrue or written or quoted out-of-context with regards to myself.

    But then I think, well isn’t that what the Daily Drag of newspapers do every single day? And in that respect, once a person has read ‘what they want to believe’ no matter what another person says in response, makes not a damn bit of difference?

    Give me a pistol at Midnight or a true face-to-face straight shot at Midnight anytime of the day as long as it’s erm … Midnight!


    Comment by Queen Minx — February 17, 2007 @ 7:45 pm

  7. I’m seriously considering wrapping up blog wars in the parcel of the war on terror.

    Comment by John Reid — February 27, 2007 @ 8:53 pm

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