It happened over Phonehackgate: the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his tame gofer, the odious flannelled fool Henry Cole, the Laurel and Hardy of the blogosphere, were either looking the wrong way or just avoiding the issue as Nick Davies and the folks at the deeply subversive Guardian uncovered wrongdoing at the Murdoch empire that was endemic and blatantly obvious.
See no story, hear no story ...
Now the rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog, recently enhanced by newly appointed teaboy Alex Wickham, are silent on another breaking issue, that of organised child abuse, especially at a number of care homes in North Wales, and the paedophile ring at the heart of the unfolding scandal. Others are demonstrating the scale of the potential fallout for the Tory Party, but not them.
That may dismay some who have come to expect The Great Guido to speak out fearlessly against whatever wrongs that Staines and his pals see being done in the world, given his boast that it would be a “nightmare” to sue him, as the blog owner is registered in the offshore tax haven of Nevis, and anyone wanting to take action would have to deposit £15,000 there first.
But the prospect of a well connected Tory peer instructing m’Learned Friends, together with the thought that, as with phone hacking, it is going to be his side on the wrong end of the fallout, appears to have stopped Staines in his tracks. Indeed, he has gone all righteous and sniffy when responding to all the speculation surrounding the identity of the peer and his alleged accomplices.
... and even speak no story
“Various left-wing Z-listers tweeting the alleged ‘Tory grandee rapist’ name” he observed yesterday evening, as if all of this were beneath him. It wasn’t beneath him when he was trying to smear William ‘Ague as gay not so long ago: then, it was full attack mode, including plenty of nudge-nudgery, as I observed at the time. In fact, gay bashing is a well practiced sideline at the Fawkes blog.
But when it comes to something way more serious, Staines and his pals have decided to keep schtum – except to try and smear Tom Watson, who is actually trying to move the whole business forward. The Fawkes blog claimed earlier that Watson would attack Master ‘Ague in a letter he was sending to Young Dave. But in reality, Watson did not even mention his name.
Thus the “Labour source” that had supposedly whispered to The Great Guido turned out to be another crock of crap, yet more blatant dishonesty, and another failed attempt to pretend that Staines was up to speed on this one. He isn’t: because Watson is making the running, the Fawkes blog must by its own iron law be opposed to him. It will end up running to catch up with events.
But then, Staines can still bluster about being “#1”. Another fine mess, once again.