Sunday, October 07, 2007

Pay up, Tom

Your humble Devil has lots of things to write about but, first up, causing trouble.

As you know, we at The Kitchen are not, to put it mildly, huge fans of David Cameron. However, your huhmble Devil is—like the Spectator restaurant critic character, Fforbes McAllister, on Alan Partridge—almost entirely motivated by hate (I hope I don't get shot on a chat show).

And I fucking hate Tom Watson MP.

Thus, it is with great pleasure that I introduce you to PayUpTom, the website that aims to make Tom Watson keep his bet and pay up £100. What bet? This bet.
"£100 says you'll [David Cameron] give up posting to you tube within a year" - Tom Watson MP on YouTube, October 2006

Dizzy and Guido, organisers of the site, have written a letter to Watson.
Tom Watson MP
Assistant Whip
HM Treasury
1 Horse Guards Road
October 7th 2007

Re: That Bet

Dear Tom,

A year ago today you made a £100 public wager that David Cameron would not be posting videos on YouTube in 12 months time. That was the last time you posted a video to YouTube and David Cameron's videos have continued.

In July this year, David Cameron and WebCameron won a New Statesman New Media Award after they were impressed with his "continued engagement with the project, the genuine use of it by the public and how the site had encouraged others in politics into using similar online communication and engagement methods".

So now it's time to pay up and this is the deal. You pay the £100 to the cerebral palsy charity Scope and Guido and I will match that figure together. We look forward to hearing from you soon, you know how to contact us.

Warmest regards

Proppa bloggasTM

And just in case any of you should doubt these assertions, here is WebCameron's YouTube channel. We would show you Tom's channel but he doesn't seem to have one. Shame.

Still, Here's a lovely YouTube video to reinforce the message.

Your humble Devil would like to add his own proviso: pay up, Tom, and do not write the £100 off on expenses and charge it to the taxpayer, you fat fucking slug; pay it out of your own pocket.

We're watching you... although not on YouTube, obviously.

UPDATE: Tom paid up!
Tom has been in touch this afternoon and said "fair doos" and sent me the receipt that showed he had just paid £100 to the Acorn's Children's Hospice Trust in the Midlands. So whilst it's not Scope he has paid the money to charity.

Good lord...


Tim said...

Tom would have coughed up in response to a simple email or post on the subject. Staines and Hendren have been pathetically OTT about this.

Guido Fawkes Esq. said...

Where would be the fun in that?

Tim said...

Don't toy with me, techno-boy; a pardon does not equal a free pass.

If you want to impress the folks at home, do something more than use this campaign as an excuse for a cheap shot.

[Pardons, DK; Staines is obviously betting that you'll pull this up short in the hope that he'll get away with taking the piss. Again.]