Had I been permitted the luxury of taking time out to imagine my fantasy line-up of credibility-free Right-Wing nutjobs, the result would have been remarkably similar to that being paraded at the launch of Breitbart London. The unappealing convocation of ranters, spivs, chancers and sundry nonentities is sure to bring a non-stop stream of unintentional hilarity, combined with next to zero credibility.
Founder: the late Andrew Breitbart
Well trailed for some days has been the star of the show, James “saviour of Western civilisation” Delingpole – the bar not being set too high, then – who is fraudulently described as a “former columnist” at the Telegraph, which he never was. Del Boy inhabited the bear pit that is Telegraph blogs. And his first pieces for Breitbart tread the same tedious ground, ranting and peddling falsehood and misinformation.
Definitely not fair or balanced
Just how wonderful Breitbart London is not can be seen from their choice of managing editor: step forward Raheem “call me Ray” Kassam, who tells anyone not yet asleep that he is “from a Muslim family”, before heading for the nearest bar, as if you needed to know that his last observance of anything to do with The Prophet was a very long time ago. And then it gets worse.
Pretentious? Who, moi?
Andre Walker. No, don’t laugh, I mean, a fellow’s got to earn a living, and all that. Walker was employed by Windsor and Maidenhead Council before he was caught – on record – plotting to bring down its deputy leader. His last attempt to run for elective office, for a seat as Common Councilman of the City of London Corporation, ended up with him not only losing, but bottom of the poll.
Openly supporting this operation have been the rabble working for the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines at the Guido Fawkes blog: Delingpole’s move was trailed by the Spectator’s Mr Steerpike, who, as any fule kno, is the odious flannelled fool Henry Cole. And their newly anointed teaboy Alex Wickham is writing for the site, kicking off this morning with a cut-and-paste kick at Piers Morgan.
Sid Bonkers but no Doris
You can see why Wickham’s piece is such weapons grade bullshit HERE and HERE. So who is declaring their support for Breitbart London? Adrian Hilton, for one: “Very amusing that some Tories say [establishing Breitbart London] will make the Right less electable” he sneers. But Hilton, the presence behind Archbishop Cranmer, is a dishonest Europhobic has-been.
What future for Breitbart London? There will be lots of frothing and ranting. Much selective and slanted copy will be published. There may, for a time, be success. But what will undoubtedly result will be a rich vein of comedy gold: what Delingpole and Kassam believe are “haters” are in fact those of us who right now are having difficulty not going in to Smash advert mode as a result of their idiocy.
So it’s a case of Carry On Ranting. Nurse – the screens!