Category Archives: Labour

Clegg’s Confession: Labour release spoof of ‘broken promises’ video

Labour have released their second Nick Clegg attack video in a week, this time skewering the Lib Dem leader with his own words.

With a little bit of creative editing, Clegg’s pre-election ‘broken promises’ video becomes a post-coalition confession.

Cleggbashing seems to be a key part of this year’s campaign strategy…

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Blog regulation: Labour and Tory peers ramp up pressure on DCMS

Maria Miller

DCMS secretary Maria Miller is coming under pressure to drop the government’s disastrous attempt to drag blogs into the post-Leveson regulator. After an intense 48 hours of lobbying from bloggers, two peers have now tabled amendments which restrict the meaning of “relevant publisher”.

An amendment from Labour peer Wilf Stevenson would exclude non-profits and “small” publishers and is thought to have the backing of the Labour establishment:

“if that person publishes material on an online site written either by one person, or edited with a series of contributors, where the financial turnover produced from the site is small or the site is not run primarily for profit.”

A broader amendment tabled earlier in the day from Conservative peer Lord Lucas would exclude local blogs, small and medium sized businesses, charities and campaign groups:

“A publisher who focuses on a specific locality or region and only reports national issues on an incidental basis that is relevant to such local or regional matters.

A publisher who operates as a non-charitable campaigning organisation and is publishing material incidental to the organisation’s aims and objectives.

A publisher who does not exceed the definition of a small or medium-sized enterprise as defined in Section 382 and 465 Companies Act 2006.”

Does Miller really fancy becoming the secretary of state that dragged big political blogs and small community websites alike into a regulator not designed for them?

A very brave move.

Tom Watson: current blog regulation plans are “very stupid”

Tom Watson

It’s a big day for the UK blogosphere. With the government tabling botched legislation which drags bloggers and small publishers into a regulation system which was designed for media corporations, 3pm is the deadline for the proposals to be amended or withdrawn.

Here is what Tom Watson told LabourList earlier:

“It is clear to all but the very stupid that the new system should only apply to big media -with print operations that might also have a digital presence. Maria Miller should urgently clarify how this will be achieved.”

Reforms providing an arbitration process allowing responsible bloggers to avoid ruinously expensive defamation proceedings could be attractive …

… but trying to shoe-horn much of the internet into a successor to the Press Complaints Commission won’t work.

Grant Shapps: Steve McCabe police letter sets out new allegations

Grant Shapps and the Met Police

A Labour MP’s letter to police sets out details of a user manual for controversial computer software that may have been authored by Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps  — claiming it indicates “intent” to breach criminal statutes covering copyright infringement.

Providing material supplementary to his original complaint from five months ago, Selly Oak MP Steve McCabe claims “offences under Section 107(1), (2) and (2A) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 may have been committed” in addition to “other breaches of the law identified pursuant to a full and proper investigation.”

The correspondence is published in full by Scrapbook below.

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One Direction Labour

One Direction with David Cameron

According to the Mirror, One Direction singer Harry Styles shed light on his political sympathies while partying after the Brit Awards this week. Perhaps there’s a reason why the seemingly omnipresent crooner stood to Cameron’s left outside of Number 10 during filming for the band’s latest videos:

“I’m a Labour supporter … I lean to the left. I’m for the people.”

With a majority of more than 7,000, however, we doubt that Fiona Bruce — Tory MP for Styles’ family home in Congleton, Cheshire — has much to worry about.

Watch: Cameron in One Directions’s Comic Relief video »

MP confessed to ‘horse fetish’ … but wouldn’t support gay marriage

Ronnie Campbell

From Boris Johnson to Rick Santorum, we are sadly familiar with politicians comparing gay relationships with bestiality. But Labour’s backbenches are home to what may be a counterposing case — an MP who admitted to a fetish for horses but voted against gay marriage yesterday.

When a local newspaper rang 64 year-old MP Ronnie Campbell and asked whether he supported an event in his Blyth Valley constituency to mark so-called National Fetish Day, he told them: “I have no problem with it and I am happy to show my support”.

With the event running under the slogan “perverts wear purple”, the north east regional paper Sunday Sun asked whether he would be entering into the sartorial spirit of the day:

“I have a purple tie and a purple shirt so I will be able to wear their colours.”

And he even admitted to having an unnatural fondness for horses:

“I must have a thousand [fetishes] but, hand on my heart, I couldn’t tell which is the most important one. Probably the horses.”

When the bemused local hack explained to him the meaning of the word, however, Campbell quickly U-turned:

“Oh my God almighty, my God, is that what a fetish is? I thought a fetish was a worry, like worrying about backing the right horse.”

Good to MPs with a firm grasp on the facts deciding the laws of the land.

Ed Balls back in Cameron’s face after autumn statement wobble

Ed Balls back sledging Cameron again

Unsurprisingly, Cameron’s script for today’s PMQs contained lines on Ed Ball’s anaemic performance in response to the autumn statement:

“I’m surprised the shadow chancellor is shouting again. We learnt last week, like bullies all over the world, he can dish it out but he can’t take it”

The session seemed to show Balls back to his usual robust form, however, leaning towards the dispatch box to wave IFS analysis — showing that working families would be worse off thanks to Osborne — in the prime ministers face. Hi namesake was at it too, with Cameron clearly distracted by interruptions from Ed Miliband:

“I think the leader of the opposition is catching the disease from the shadow chancellor of not being able to keep his mouth shut for five seconds”

Hon members: “Oooooooooh!”

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