Last week, despite holding a dinner for the celebration of the achievements of Himself Personally Now, and inviting the right-leaning part of the establishment along, the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines maintains that he has not sold out, is not a part of that establishment. And every time he maintains this fiction, another of his actions comes along to bite him in his fat arse.
Feared. But not after selling out
Latest in the long line of very obvious signs that The Great Guido is a shameless sellout concerns former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan, formerly the butt of much nudge-nudgery by the Fawkes rabble. Staines crowed long and loud in a piece for the piss-poor Commentator how Morgan was involved in The Dark Arts. The Fawkes blog ran an endless series of “Piers Knew” headlines.
The litany of mirth-inducing rubbish emanating from the Fawkes folks included the assertion that the Sven’n’Ulrika-ka-ka-ka-ka story was down to hacking under Morgan’s editorship, despite several reports telling that the rival Screws did the hacking and the Mirror got wind of it. Staines and Co had a dossier that they were “taking to the Metropolitan Police”. They hadn’t, and so they didn’t.
As recently as early this year, the Fawkes blog was pretending Morgan was through with the Mail (he’s since landed a new role with Mail Online). They crowed when he left the anchor’s chair at CNN’s 9pm ET weekday show. So, now the Independent has suggested that at least three cases of suspected phone hacking took place during his Daily Mirror editorship, one might expect them to be on the case.
He who laughs last ... is this bloke
And one would be completely wrong: the Indy reported its findings on Friday and Saturday last, and today, with the Fawkes blog offering its usual weekday mix, they could easily have used the Indy articles to tell their adoring readership that they had been right all along, that they had told us all so. But thus far there has been complete silence on the subject. Not even a mention.
Why the silence, after all that effort expended over not only Morgan, but also Tina Weaver? Was all the crowing over how the rotten lefty Mirror was facing its potential demise for nothing? But you may already know what has happened: after the Fawkes blog’s newly anointed teaboy Alex “Billy Liar” Wickham’s sting of Brooks Newmark appeared in the Sunday Mirror, it was clear the war was over.
The Great Guido is now doing business with the Mirror titles. As with the rest of the Fourth Estate with whom Staines and his pals now sup, hostilities have ceased and the Fawkes blog has been bought off. The silence on Piers Morgan is yet another sign that the Fawkes rabble has indeed become part of the establishment that it pretends to despise. Staines has once again sold out.
Now he daren’t even criticise Piers Morgan. Another fine mess, once again.