The perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog is known to have sold out to most of the press. But somehow it is managing to comment on the continuing ruckus at the Telegraph, which suggests there may have been a falling out between those in the Victoria bunker and folks elsewhere in the Barclay Brothers empire – like at the Spectator.
Sadly, The Great Guido’s offerings are not improving as a result, as witness the piss-poor “Telegraph squared by Downing Street ahead of 2015”, suggesting that the editorial line of the Tel has been modified to shill shamelessly for Young Dave and his jolly good chaps in the run-up to next year’s General Election, and that this is held to be a big change from the editorship of Tony Gallagher.
The basis for the story is that Jason Seiken and Chris Evans of the Tel had a meeting with Cameron back in March. Well, whoopee-do: all the stories the Fawkes blog is quoting in support of that change have appeared rather more recently, and what Staines and his pals have not told is that, rather more recently than the folks from the Tel, Cameron hosted a more significant press presence.
We've already got our gongs, thanks ...
That was the legendarily foul mouthed Paul Dacre of the Daily Mail, whose meeting was followed by the Mail going into slavish Tory Party support mode, even working with the party the other week on an assault on the NHS in Wales. The Mail has even broken with the rest of the press pack on occasion, so it can splash yet more Tory propaganda on the front page.
What is remarkable about the Mail’s support is how grovelling and uncritical it is, which, for Dacre, is unheard of: although the Mail is deeply conservative, the paper has never held back from criticism of the party if there has been any suggestion that it is not in sync with the Vagina Monologue’s moral crusade. That is why this blog suspects Dacre has been promised a gong for his efforts.
... but I haven't f***ing got mine yet, c***
Instead, the Fawkes rabble blether “A source familiar with the situation stresses to Guido 'the deal has been done' ahead of the election, with the paper fully signed up to support the Tories to the hilt – especially in regard to the ‘purple menace’. The terms of the deal – and the benefit to Sark’s famously reclusive billionaire brothers – remain a mystery”. Yeah, right. The Barclays already have their Ks.
The Mail has the larger circulation, and Dacre wields more influence than anyone now at the Tel. Yet the Fawkes folks ignore that obvious connection and go after one they are free to talk about, with a truly lame scrap of evidence to back it up. The Tel always backs the Tories in the run-up to General Elections. It’s not news.
But it is confirmation that The Great Guido has sold out to most of the press, and that the Tel is up shit creek without a paddle. Another fine mess, once again.