Your humble Devil has to hand it to Guido: he's done a fine job in ensuring the demise of Damien McBride. It is particularly illuminating to see the petulant tone (not to mention the outright lies) in little shit's resignation statement.
When Derek Draper originally suggested using a website to compete with the kind of material seen regularly on the Guido Fawkes blog, he asked me in a personal capacity to write up some of the stories doing the rounds in Westminster.
Derek and I decided in the end that this website was the wrong thing to do, and that Derek should not take his online efforts down to the level of Guido Fawkes and his Tory backers.
This clueless little cunt just doesn't get it, does he? Guido is no more funded by "Tory backers" than is your humble Devil. As regular readers of The Kitchen will know, I particularly dislike tribal politics, and McBride's statement is a particularly egregious example of the close-minded mentality involved in NuLabour's back-room bunker.
As far as these poisonous little morons are concerned, anyone who wants to get rid of them has to be backed by the Opposition party; the idea that ordinary people might find NuLabour and its acolytes so abhorrent that they would want to bring them down out of sheer enjoyment is anathema to them—they just cannot get their heads around the concept.
When are the Prime Mentalist (is that an "Embarrassing Illness", you one-eyed Scots idiot?) and his band of merry shysters going to get the message?—we hate you, we think that you are loathesome, lying, incompetent cunts and ensuring that you lose the next general election is the very least that we wish upon you, you tedious little shits.
It is also worth pointing out the sheer hypocrisy of Derek Draper's whiny little rant on LabourList today, as Dizzy points out.
Imagine if all your emails suddenly became available to people wanting to damage you. That is, of course, the other question that needs to be asked: how were these emails obtained? Was criminal activity and hacking involved? Believe me, these are issues I will be looking at when I return from my holiday. "Blog wars" are one thing but hacking into people's emails is surely a step too far?
I wonder whether Derek is aware that the Government and party that he supports actually has an official policy of reading our emails if it wants? Or taking control of our computers remotely if it suspects us of something?
Did you know that Derek, you pusillanimous twat? If you didn't, why are you batting for a government whose methods you profess to be "a step too far"? Or is it that you do know about this, but that you are simply a hideous little hypocrite?
Either way, it looks as though Derek might be going the way of McBride. Good: the man is a disgusting, lying cunt—he repeatedly denied the existence of certain emails from McBride, telling him what to write on LabourList—and possessed of one of the world's most horrible voices. The sooner the unshaven bastard is off our airwaves for good, the sooner dogs across the country can stop their howling.
Iain Dale has some details of the emails, which make for embarrassing reading for Draper and McBride at the very least, and, presumably, for the BCC'd recipients—including Charlie Whelan.
From Damian McBride
I think Red Rag should appear with no preview - as you say - but with a good initial story and with Labourlist then mentioning that the bug is catching...........
Tom was going away today after a chat with me to work on a couple of insiderish announcements for Labourlist about appointments to Labour HQ and No10. I'm working on a couple of other things as well........we've got to keep the momentum going over the weekend - it's been brilliant so far.
From: Derek Draper [mailto:derekdraper@............]
Sent: 13 January 2009 18:56
To: Damian McBride
Cc: Dodgshon, Andrew; Whelan, Charlie
Subject: Re: Rag [UNCLASSIFIED] [Non-Record]
These are absolutely totally brilliant Damian.
I'll think about timing and sort out the technology with Andrew this week so we can go asap.
Do we want to tip off anyone about Red Rag having set up? Walters? I could do it and say LabouLlist had been sent the link anonymously.
PS Don't forget LabourList Damian!
Sent from my iphone:
On 13 Jan 2009, at 18:34, "Damian McBride" wrote:
A few ideas I've been working on for Red Rag. For ease, I've written all the below as I'd write them for the site, but obviously Andrew will want to adapt for his own house style, length, etc.
The first one is a solid investigative story, so may be a good one to use early. The other 3 are gossipy and mainly intended to destabilise the Tories.
I'm not sure how to set up easy links in the copy of the text, so I've stuck in the full links below each bit of relevant text.
Oh dear, oh dear...
Whether or not the general public could give a shit about any of this is moot, of course, although Iain is reinforcing the "influential political blog" meme in The Telegraph today (giving your humble Devil a quick mention in the process—let's hope that my language doesn't upset the tender sensitivities of The Mailograph's readers, eh?).
In the meantime, this government is mired in sleaze and, as usual for a Labour government, has bankrupted the fucking country. The Prime Mentalist and his mates are holed below the waterline: why don't they just fucking die, for fuck's sake? There's little sport in pulling apart this rotten carcass of a government—we all just get maggots caught in our teeth.
Bring on the Tories—fresh meat!
UPDATE: Brian Michelthwait has a typically interesting take on the whole thing, ostensibly for his US readers, over at Samizdata. On the subject of the Tories, your humble Devil totally agrees with Brian's analysis.
What a shame that the end result of this and other such dramas will merely be a Conservative government presided over by David Cameron. I still live in hope that such a government might be rather better than the present one, but I am not counting on it. Which makes me rejoice particularly at this, from Guido:McPoison accuses Guido of having Tory backers—it just shows that they just don't get it—this blog was started for free, with no committee behind it, no plan, on a whim. It is Guido's plaything. The Tories are rightly wary of Guido and incidentally they have a PR problem tomorrow - the last thing they want are half truths mixed with smears getting out into the open uncontrollably.
The really important stuff will come when Guido gets stuck into the Conservatives for being too statist.
From all of the recent scandals, we know that, individually, the Tory MPs are just as corrupt as Labour: it will be interesting to see whether Tory policy will be so blantantly up for auction in the way that NuLabour policy was.
In any case, the Tories will certainly not be getting an easy ride at The Kitchen...