New technology can prove baffling to some people. It can also prove highly embarrassing to others. And into the second category have come the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog, who have embraced every avenue opened to them by that new technology, only for it to come back at them and bite them somewhere extremely tender indeed.
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Yesterday evening, as befits any good servant of the Press Establishment, the Fawkes folks were generating clicks on the back of the BBC, while having no compunction in putting the boot in on the Corporation at other times. “Who Is On Question Time Tonight?” they asked, with a panel that, for once, looked as if it might provide interesting and thoughtful debate on the hot topics of the day.
After all, on the show would be often sound Tory David Davis, former Labour leader Mil The Younger, popular Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, and Young Dave’s pal Steve Hilton, who had flown in from California to tell us all to Vote Leave, before flying back to California, from where he won’t be greatly fussed what happens in next month’s referendum. Fifth panel member was to be novelist Dreda Say Mitchell.
And it was Ms Mitchell’s presence that did for The Great Guido: after she had confused Miliband with his elder brother and referred to him - twice - as “David”, Staines made his fateful move. “Double D-bomb from @DawnButlerBrent for @Ed_Miliband. Somewhere David is cackling. Clearly all these Milibands look the same to Dawn. #bbcqt” he opined, mistaking Ms Mitchell for Labour MP Dawn Butler.
But all was not lost: it was late in the evening, few would have seen his Tweet, and it could easily be deleted. So it was binned, safe in the knowledge that … actually, someone was watching. Paul Waugh had a screen shot, and duly let the world know: “Guido drops a classic D-bomb of his own. Not Dawn, Dreda. #bbcqt He's deleted it, but ICYMI here's a screenshot”. That’s most enterprising of him.
It is not, however, good news for The Great Guido: Staines never likes it when his student flirtation with the racist BNP is brought up, and his sniping that someone thinks others “all look the same”, while confusing two people who happen to be black, is only going to reinforce the thought that he has a problem in this area. Certainly, tolerance of those who take an opposing view to his has never been high on Staines’ list of priorities.
Nor is his lamentable record of drink related trouble. Another fine mess, once again.