Thursday, February 15, 2007

Free the Guido One!


See why, HERE.
Graphic Theo Spark

43 comments:

Anonymous said...

Free him from where?
Don't tell me he's going down on the loans for peerages rap.

Robt. Catesby said...

Good afternoon. We are investigating the misuse of charitable status in a group called 'Policy Exchange' and believe you could help us with our inquiries. If you wouldn't mind accompanying us to the cells, oops I mean station.

Voyager said...

So he gets a Statutory Notice to divulge - at least he is now indemnified against any heavy tactics from Brown-Balls legal.

It sounds like he has been granted protection from the Brown-Balls Mobsters which in view of what happened to 'Bugs' Moran 77 years ago yesterday must be a relief to Mrs Fawkes

Anonymous said...

Will Brown be jailed if he does not comply, seems like not giving them docs is a crime worse than what he has suggested they are breaking.............

i spy strangers said...

I'm sure the excellent Master Fawkes will emerge from this with no staines on his character.

Anonymous said...

Hands off our Guido, he belongs to the people!

AnyoneButBlair said...

Hmmm sounds like a hollow threat we are used to seeing these days from NuLabs bureaucrats.
Has Guido been directed to deliver relevant documents to the charities commission by a court order? I don't think so - so how can he be held in contempt of court? In any case he can claim public interest in the protection of his sources.....
I notice no criminal penalties in section 8 of the charities act!

Trumpeter Lanfried said...

I guess Guido will be happy to hand his paperwork over if he can do so without revealing his sources. Otherwise it looks like Pentonville. Better than the rack, which is what Guido No. 1 got but still a pretty raw deal for a public spirited whistleblower.

Stand by for soundbite from Alastair Campbell suggesting that this is "just a political hoo-ha."

Ed said...

can't see why Guido would hold back, although it would be ironic if he was the only jailed for the NL/BL sleaze!

Concerned Citizen said...

Sounds like he will have to surrender his left frontal lobe to avoid gaol.

Magpie said...

Is he going down with the Hammers, Iain?

liz said...

Guido's blog has over months claimed to have evidence that the Smith institute was violating the rules of the Charity Commission. He has also taken the credit for instituting the investigation. It seems reasonable therefore that he produces the evidence to enable the Commission to undertake its' task.

Methinks I will have to be careful on the comment I leave on blogs. I was unaware the Charity Commission had such draconian powers!

tom_r said...

I doubt that this is the way Guido would prefer things to unfold, but surely he won't mind handing over the documents?!?!?!

Danvers said...

Presumably people at No. 11 got a similar letter. Sounds like a pretty standard warning!

lilith said...

Not being "Theatrical" about this are they?

Anonymous said...

Iain do they still use the Tower,will they give him an ASBO ,how about a £60 fine ,didn't Reid send somthing out the other day about jail's ,trying to rein our Guido in, do you think he said something naughty to mr mcbroon ,like GOTCHA.

Good luck Guido ,we peasant's will will be watching ,with our voting paper's in our hand.

neil h said...

Something is very rotten here ...

BJ said...

"An online blogger", eh? Good to see the Telegraph's sub-editing operation still has the mindset of a retired colonel, albeit one who hasn't been that long retired....

idle said...

"I want you to lay down your life, Fawkes. We need a futile gesture at this stage. It will raise the whole tone of the war. Get up in a crate, Perkins, pop over to SW1, take a shufti, don't come back. Goodbye, Fawkes. God, I wish I was going too."

The fragrant Mrs Fawkes has all the assets anyway, we hope.

Witan said...

Who says we do not live in a police state?

Theo Spark said...

He is not the only one. The Chosen Man http://www.the-chosen-man.blogspot.com/ has had his You Tube account nobbled for hosting videos from Iraq and Afghanistan. He has also be red flagged by the MOD. Methinks Number 10 is taking tactics from the Putin playbook

david kendrick said...

The Charity Commission (CC) could be getting out of its depth.

Should a public body 'reasonably' threaten jail when it could find the same information if it acted 'reasonably competently'?

Should there be an incipient court case, what would the CC present under 'pre-tial disclosure' of its own researches into (for example) the tax position of a politically sensitive and very high profile charity?

This govt (and it is the govt) talking tough and achieving...?

Carter Ruck said...

Don't worry, Guido has very good lawyers.

hg said...

Andrew Hind, Chief executive of the Charity Commission, on taking up the job after working for the BBC World Service:

"... I would like people to say ..[of] the Charity Commission... they are rigorous in their role as a regulator of the sector where there is evidence that, in individual cases, things have gone wrong."

Well, now's your chance Andrew.

hg said...

Dame Suzi Leather (for it is she, the multi purpose, Labour Party supporter, appointee to so many quangos) said :
'I am delighted to have been appointed to chair the Charity Commission ... the Commission has a vital role to play... . Ensuring that charities deliver public benefit in exchange for the advantages which comes with charitable status is set to become an increasingly key responsibility of the Commission .."

You're on, too, Suzi.

It's so encouraging that both the chief executive and the chairperson of the CC are fully aware of their reponsibilities and the centrality of those responsibilities.

Anonymous said...

Can we hang, draw and quarter him instead?

Tone made me do it - he's a bad influence said...

They're after his sources.

Meanwhile somewhere in Downing Street:

It was a peculiar, cracked, braying, jeering note: in his mind Gordon/Tone* called it a yellow note. And then a voice from the telescreen was singing:

Under the spreading chestnut tree

I sold you and you sold me:

There lie they, and here lie we

Under the spreading chestnut tree.



*Delete as applicable

Anonymous said...

I think we're more likely to put the hammer down.

Ten-four big belly buddy.

A Lawyer said...

Sir
I write to advise you that the image attached to this post, which quite clearly pictures Mr G Fawkes behind prison bars, when taken with with the title "Free the Guido One!", is highly defamatory of Mr Fawkes. Unless you make it clear that Mr Fawkes is not now and has never been imprisoned and/or held on remand I would suggest he will have no choice but to issue proceedings against you for defamation.

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jailhouselawyer said...

As Guido is part of the Establishment, of course he will blow the whistle on his co-conspirators even though it is unlikely that he would be subjected to torture.

I would prefer to see him go down for a stretch. It is ironic that he has a tendency to put other bloggers on notice, and now the law has finally caught up with him.

It's a pity that Bonfire Night is so far away...

John Coles said...

Better still, send an objection to the bullying Charity Commissioners: http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk

Anonymous said...

Im confused, I thought it was the guido 3 ?
He threatend 3 different bloggers with law suits didnt he ?
And now Someones taken a hat tip from Guido and registered a site in another country so they can publish the article he was using legal threats to supress.

Still I guess Guido can sue Google now.

Henry Garnet said...

Here's hoping that he goes down for say 27 or so years. I'm looking forward to hanging out with my Operation Babushka mates with their "Hang Staines" badges.

Anonymous said...

I don't quite understand what point the Charity Commission are trying to make here ? Surely Guido has not got an interest in 'protecting' Smith Institute people by hiding what he has found out ? And he if has got some facts which aren't known to the Commissioners, then they could ask the Smith Institute for them ? If they withhold information, surely it is the trustees of the charity which would be under threat of doing the time in 'porridge' ? Mind you, this is the first I've heard of it, so am going to pop over to Guido to hear it 'from the horse's mouth,' that is, unless he's been taken to the 'glue factory'..

jailhouselawyer said...

anonymous 9.04: I found the site and republished the article on my blog. I look forward to Mr BNP's response.

Richard Dale said...

anon 9:04

So they are admitting tha what they say about Guido is untrue? If it was true then of course they wouldn't worry about legal action.

Richard Dale said...

anon 9:04

So they are admitting tha what they say about Guido is untrue? If it was true then of course they wouldn't worry about legal action.

Anonymous said...

Oh for heavens sake, Jailhouselawyer. I am sick and tired of your advertisements for your sad little blog. You really think Guido would bother to sue you? Sad little man.

raincoaster said...

Well they don't come any leftier than me (left of Marx) and I've read the whole tempest in a teapot that has Guido calling in the lawyers. To the allegations I say: I'd have done the same myself, duh! The enemy of my enemy is my friend, duh. Who doesn't know this? Instead of suing people, he should be saying, "Yeah, and if they'd only done what I told them it would have been a brilliant victory!" which, being fair, it probably would have been, albeit for the godforsaken Tories.

Now, as for the point of Iain's post here, one notes with interest, one does, that Iain asks for his dear friend's release from prison. This, of course, requires that his friend be remanded to custody, which he has not yet been and may never be. Is this a cunningly passive-aggressive way of getting the blogging competition out of the way? Can't free him until you jail him, so take Step One (incarceration) and just go for tea and maybe a nice month's holiday before implementing Step Two (free Guido).

Clever, very clever.

Anonymous said...

Come on Iain- all this in the week that Guido threatened to sue other bloggers for reprinting a Guardian article that the Guardian have never retracted- he's hardly standing up for the freedom of the blogosphere at the moment is he. And being threatened by the courts because he won't reveal his sources for his claims about the Smith Institute- well what can you say- isn't it time for Guido to put up or shut up.

thatcher said...

Still sounds fishy, free him.

Clive said...

A masterful stroke from Mr Staines at the end of a week where he has been outed as a hyporitical bully. What better way to redirect attention that by portraying himself as the victim and gain an appearance in the MSM at the same time. I wouldn't place too much credence in the story without supporting evidence.