As a panel inquiry into the various allegations of child sexual abuse around the Westminster Village is announced by Home Secretary Theresa May, the pundits are ready with the nudge-nudgery and heavy hints. From not being fussed about the story last week, they will know who done it, not that they’ll name any well-off names after what happened over Alistair McAlpine.
Nah, we need evidence before going to the pub, shit no, to press, because of the risk of getting ratarsed, bollocks no, sued, and made to look stupid, sod it, no, more stupid. Oh stuff it
But one particularly free and fearless part of the blogosphere has been silent on the matter, and deliberately so: step forward the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines at the Guido Fawkes blog. Along with his tame gofer, the odious flannelled fool Henry Cole, and newly anointed teaboy Alex Wickham, The Great Guido has suddenly come over all cautious, and Staines’ excuse is a belter.
“For months my inbox/timeline has been full of people demanding we expose paedos. It isn’t cowardice that stops us. It is lack of evidence” explained Staines, to the surprise of all those whose reaction was to wonder why such considerations had not stopped the Fawkes rabble in the past. One of those wondering might well be Foreign Secretary William ‘Ague, the target of gay smears by the Fawkes blog.
After the story that Master ‘Ague had – admittedly unadvisedly – shared a hotel room with his advisor Chris Myers, the Fawkes blog ran posts entitled The Turn (geddit?!?), Well over half query Hague (geddit?!?), Hague’s Bedroom Pickles (geddit?!?), and Where’s Willy (geddit?!?). The no-smoke-without-fire trial was still going a month later, despite the lack of success.
The evidence-free blogging continued with attempts to implicate the Mirror titles, and especially former editor Piers Morgan, in phone hacking, particularly over the Sven and Ulrika-ka-ka-ka-ka story. This was despite it being well known that the Mirror got its story from Ukrika’s agent Melanie Cantor, and that it was the now-defunct Screws that did the hacking (see HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE).
Nor have the Fawkes folks been fussed about evidence when smearing Trades Unions, as witness their smear campaign against Julie Davies of Haringey Council, who was accused of spending her time “agitating against the Government” (no evidence provided, and none will be), then described as an “organiser”, which she was not. Nor was she a “Union Official”, as she wasn’t a union employee.
And, on top of that, Staines has in the past cited his blog being registered in the tax haven of Nevis as putting people off taking legal action against him and his pals. Yet on the issue of historic child abuse, the Fawkes rabble has come over all coy, deciding there must be evidence before they will proceed. Strangely, proceeding without evidence has not stopped them in the past.
But then, one McAlpine-style wrong move and they would be finished.