Saturday, April 11, 2009

Galloway & Boulton Lay Into Draper

Listen to George Galloway and Adam Boulton lay into Derek Draper. Click HERE.

And if you haven't tired of my media commentary today, there's more tomorrow...

7.10am BBC Breakfast
8.00am Radio 5 Live
8.10 or 8.40 BBC Breakfast
9.10 Sky News

And then I shall be retiring to my bed where I expect to find a good supply of diabetic easter eggs...


The Grim Reaper said...

You've prostituted yourself often enough today already, you media whore. ;-)

Dick Puddlecote said...

Working hard Iain. Still nothing from Prezza though.

He's not quite got the hang of this hi-profile blog lark yet, has he?

DC said...

I'm sure the whole story is a ruse by Dizzy to get his villa rented out. Don't know how many times I've seen that picture today.

Oliver Drew said...

Wow. What a day to have had no internet access.

Whilst we don't have a government of national unity, we do have a government of national disgrace.

iain said...

'He's done the honourable thing'.

Quote from the BBC.

With nothing to show for a hundred and forty quid of my very hard-earned but a stub in my cheque-book with the letters B-B-C on it, please repeat please repeat please do not use the words 'honourable' and the words 'Damian McBride' in the same day, let alone in the same sentence.,

John said...

Derek Draper sounds entirely different to his recent attacking pathetic self.

He sounds like a guy who's thinking "oh shit, i've gone and done it again. How the hell do I get out of this? :( "

My heart would bleed if I didn't remember how much of a sinister tosser Dolly was.

"Comeuppance" is the word entering my head.....

Obsidian said...

Sadly not laying into him physically. Galloway and Draper beating each other to death would make the world a slightly better place.

denverthen said...

What is this 'hacked email' thing? Your workplace network is transparent to the server geeks. They're expected to blow the whistle whenever they find that an employee might be abusing his or her account.

The fact is, it's not private. Everything you write, look at or download belongs to the institution, corporate or government, you work for.

McBride happened to work for a government institution, one way or another.

His emails would have been public property even if they were top secret. Derek's emails belong to Unite - or whoever it is that funds his internet connections at the offices of his little blogs. Whichever server geek leaked them deserves a medal (and police protection).

But I guess Derek doesn't know any of that.

The smearist tendencies are terrible, but it's the amateurishness and sneering childishness of the whole sorry thing that's so pathetic.

They're not fit, these people - Brown's people, to run an egg and spoon race.

And they're in charge of you and me and getting rich as fast as they can while they are.

Now you know why we need them gone.

Martin said...

Expect to see the BBC spinning the story in favour of Labour tomorrow. Stephen Pound has been an utter disgrace sticking up for the one eyed prat.

The female beeboid on News 24 on the paper review claimed "..the Tories are just as bad..."

Hmm. Perhaps the BBC might like to show where Tory smears like this can be found?

Fitaloon said...

Listened to this live and you could just feel the disdain Boulton has for Draper and his lies. The first caller on after Boulton got it just right about how low Labour have now descended. As Galloway said how can they sack him and let Draper continue to represent the party.

Tom said...

Interesting end to the interview. Draper pretends to be in bed with Osborne and the Camerons (a la his infamous remarks during the early years of New Labour) and then seems to disappear completely up his own arse.

anonaLon said...

Anyone need a pair of Sennheisers? Perfect to listen to Mr Dale on the radio with....

anonaLon said...

I count about 57 "You Know"'s in Draper's interview...

thecopydude said...

Martin said:

Expect to see the BBC spinning the story in favour of Labour tomorrow. Stephen Pound has been an utter disgrace . . .

Still reeling from Stephen Pound on Sky. Labour have now formulated their defence and it goes like . I quote Stephen Pound.

'Paul Staines . . . tittle tattle and innuendo . . . Labour believed it had to fight it . . . not desirable, but like an arms race . . . . the blogosphere is a poison that needs to be drained (he really did say that) . . . it is unregulated and not accountable'.

So there you have it. Labour got caught up in something that was all started by Paul Staines. (It started in Staines.)

Stephen Pound has been on Hazel Blears team for a while, which is all into gagging bloggers.

Pity he has a 6000 majority in Ealing, but hopefully that won't save him.

Expect the Blog Regulation Bill to be rushed in asap.

Grumpy said...

I find it difficult to believe that Derek F Draper was an integral part of Nulab's plan to regenerate itself in the blogosphere. Draper, you know, can hardly string a sentence together, you know, without peppering his ramblings, you know, with 'you knows' every few seconds, you know.

The man's a bufoon and it follows that the No 10 spin machine must be populated with bufoons too, you know...

I find it quite remarkable that the world's leading micromanager didn't know this was happening, you know.

"You couldn't make it up, you know" Anon.

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Jonathan Cook said...

All Brown's hard work at the G20 and the millions spent holding the summit to boost his image and he gets let down by the muck raking Draper!

We haven't even got the anticipated bad news of the budget out of the way and Brown is involved in a vote sapping smear campaign.

6 months planning the G20 and McBride and Draper destroy it all in '60 minutes'

Unite's £100K funding of Labourlist is looking increasingly expensive......

mutleythedog said...

I shall watch you whilst eating my porridge my dear fellow!

javelin said...

I think Gallaway nails Dollywhen he says Your apsycho therapist Yet your saying it's brilliant that Osbornes wife is emotionally unstable. Draper says the brilliant bit was about other comments in the email. He didnt say that when he sais it was brilliant.

Draper seems to be suffering from the same disrespect for women as Ross and Brand. He rebels in his opponents wives being emotionally unstable. I see this as being a social sickness far worse than jackie smiths husband watching porn. How Drapers wife can sit on TV sympathizing with victims of crime when her husband is rubbing his hands together at peoples misfortune shows there is a deep rift in their natures.

JuliaM said...

"How Drapers wife can sit on TV sympathizing with victims of crime when her husband is rubbing his hands together at peoples misfortune shows there is a deep rift in their natures."

No, it merely shows one of them is a damn good liar, able to do anything for money while concealing their true nature.

Which one though...? ;)

Plato said...

Excellent piece on R5 just now Mr Dale - an outstanding effort that will make sense to the man in the street.

That racism slur is the nastiest of them all.

So that's two people who have called Draper a liar on national radio. When will Labour/Unite disown him?

Dick the Prick said...

Steady on JuliaM - let's not drag the Garraway into this - she did a brilliant interview with the Iman who led the protest against the Anglians - made him look like a reet jesse.

Fraser on Sky just cleared up GF's raison d'etre - 'he's anti politicians, i'm sure he'll give the Tories many, many headaches' - too bloody right.

The Lakelander said...

I would give Derek Draper hours, rather than days.

But who else will get dragged down? Damian McBride doesn't strike me as the sort of person who would do the honourable thing.

Has anyone else noticed that Damian McBride looks like a fatter version of Phil Collins?

AProlefrom1984 said...

Span Ows said...

Well Galloway handled that well, not something I often say although I have said it before.

Pity Boulton didn't get more time but Draper, waht a fool....count the times he said "the truth is..." that well know prefix to a lie.

NO mention of Whelan etc...looking to save them no doubt...

Dave H said...

This morning's BBC Breakfast carried the latest tale of woe for No. 10, followed by a piece titled 'a bad time for mobile phones' -with footage of a Nokia crashing into a hard surface.

It was actually a neutral report on how Nokia test their mobiles and no doubt a coincidence, but it was a light moment on a grey morning.

(07:30 if you want to check it on IPlayer)

dalesman said...

Watched a pathetic interview with Byrne on "Breakfast".
Why was wasn't he asked any pertinent questions by the useless interviewer? He was allowed to get away with saying the emails had been sent to a "friend". No mention of that psycho(therapist) Draper.

Dick the Prick said...

Julia Langdon - what a gal, on the money 'oh no, that's far too sophisticated' (for Labour) - quality.

OT - DD had lunch with you? You didn't pick up the tab did you? No, you didn't?

Oscar Miller said...

Lance Price on R4s Broadcasting House kept repeating that "the Conservative Party" are much better at setting up blogs than Labour. Of course his BBC interviewer allowed him to get away with this falsehood and as ever the twisting of Smeargate is aided and abetted by the BBC. It has to be made very clear that the right leaning blogs are independent and not funded or in any way managed by the Conservative party. I know Polly has been promoting this smear for quite some time. The public will be bamboozled into thinking that Conservatives run the equivalent of 'Red Rag'. This has to be soundly and loudly slapped down.

Patrick said...

Sky were really giving Liam Byrne a hard time!

Gareth said...

The Lakelander said: "Has anyone else noticed that Damian McBride looks like a fatter version of Phil Collins?"

He looks like the Fat Controller.

Nigel said...

>>Expect to see the BBC spinning the story in favour of Labour tomorrow.<<

FWIW, John Pienar was excellent on R5 this morning in pushing back against the Liam Byrne bullshit, so at least one of their 'political correspondents' gets it.

Good effort from Iain, too.

Oscar Miller said...

I've just read Damian McBride's resignation statement, prominently displayed on the BBC website. It is despicable. Is this supposed to be an honourable resignation? The man can't stop spitting bile, smears and lies even when resigning. The attack on Guido is mendacious at every level. Ridding this country of the vile culture that has festered around Gordon Brown will be hard but must be done if British politics is to be rescued from its stinking consequences.

dontsupportthetroops said...

Galloway is the best MP this country has.

strapworld said...


Re-instatement of Death Penalty across the EU! eg if we riot against the EU?!

On 20th Feb 2008 a caucus meeting was held at the German Parliament in Munich to discuss the Lisbon Treaty.

[the European Union reform treaty, a.k.a. the Lisbon Treaty rejected by the voters of Ireland and before that rejected by the voters of France and Netherlands as the EU Constitution]

At this meeting a previously unmentioned paragraph was brought to light by Professor Schachtschneider, of the Humanities Faculty - University of Nuremberg.

Professor Schachtschneider, explained that the undisclosed paragraph means, on ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, the DEATH PENALTY will be reintroduced to Europe!

The Death Penalty will be applicable for the crimes of RIOTING, CIVIL UPHEAVAL and DURING WAR.

Professor Schachtschneider made the point that this clause is particularly outrageous as it had been cleverly hidden in a footnote of a footnote and would not have been detected by anyone other than an exceptional expert reader.

It is not in the treaty itself, but in a footnote, because with the European Union reform treaty, we accept also the European Union Charter, which says that there is no death penalty, and then it also has a footnote, which says, “except in the case of war, riots, upheaval” !!

When we are not at war, who will define riot and upheaval? Will a riot against membership of the EU now result in execution?

Even if you favour the death penalty the voters of the UK should be given a referendum on this treaty / constitution.

Did New Labour mention this ? ...No... because they claim to have never read the Treaty... fools.

smectymnuus said...

I almost choked on my cereal watching the Liam Byrne interview on BBC Breakfast.

It was INCREDIBLE how he was continuing to try and spin this story: with his puppy-dog pathetic expression, trivialising the scandal by describing events as "a couple of friends who were knocking backwards and forwards ideas" - (OH how harmless)- and suggsting that McBride had just "scribbled this stuff". Errm. No. It was clearly a calculated and long-term concoction devised to smear opposition politicians AND their family members. Armando Iannucci must be licking his lips.

Byrne's attempts to obfuscate the facts and divert the story were shameful. He repeatedly insinuated there to be some kind of disreputable deal behind the emergence of these emails: as though McBride is the innocent party! Infuriating.

Still, it was nice to see him squirm for the 15second silence at the end of the interview as he refused to confirm that McBride would have no further influence on this 'Government'.

Keep the screw turning.

curly15 said...

Is he having some trouble composing himself today?

Martin said...

Be warned. The BBC spent all night discussing with Brown as how to retaliate. Now it's to smear Guido. Listen to Radio 5 trying to
smear him on his interview.

Go an hour in.

The BBC really is pathetic.

Siberian Tory said...

The best point on this subject I've heard all day was made by my mother.

"It's a measure of the man [Draper] that after suffuring a nervous break down and then training as a psycotherapist that he would thinks smearing Osbournes wife for being emotionally fragile "is totally brilliant"".

Steve Horgan said...

They just don't get it do they. Instead of taking it on the chin, saying that we sacked the bloke and it will never, ever, happen again they are are still spinning. Attack bloggers for having the temerity to publish the truth, try to pretend that the Tories are just as bad, write it all off as two 'mates' exchanging ideas. Not only is it pathetic, it won't work. It just makes no.10 and their cronies look like weasels. What is noticeable that most of the senior Labour people are staying out of it and leaving it to Gordon lackeys like Pound and Byrne. I will bet that most decent Labour people are disgusted by this affair and refused point-blank to go into bat for Gordon Brown on this one. In political terms that is very serious indeed.

Conand said...

@ Steve Horgan

That isn't fair on weasels.

Tania said...

Heard another brilliant bit on the BBC an hour and a half ago: "Nadine Dorries, no-one knows who she is". Er -- what is her most famous moral stand? (OK, I guess that for men there is no legislation that has the impact that abortion law has on women.) What proportion of listeners/voters are female? Have you just said on air "Women don't count"? And of course men who care about women's rights are beneath consideration too.

And Nadine seems a stupid target for the smearers to have picked. Many women may not agree with her on abortion limits or some other things, but I think we all believe she is a sister who will fight for our rights. We are likely to stand up for hers.

JohnT said...

That Draper man is annoying, he keeps saying "you know" and "do you know what I mean". A bit like a girl I know who keeps saying "is it" :S

Very bad news all of this. If Draper really loved Labour, as he says, he would bog off. But no, like the rest of the New Labour twits, he loves himself more.

Well done to all who helped bring this out and show people what ZanuLabour are sending in emails on computers and email accounts which are funded by hard working tax payer cash.

Rexel No 56 said...


Time for a sober, Sunday morning reflection on the past 48 hours.

My conclusion: putting ethics aside for a moment, the whole episode once again underlines the shere stupidity and incompetence of those at the top of our government:

1) How did they ever, ever imagine that a covert attack blog would remain covert for very long?

2) Why did they ever imagine that the best way to disseminate rumour was to set up their own blog rather than seed existing, succesful blogs?

3) What evidence did they have that personal smears would pay an electoral dividend, or is it all just designed to distract attention from the postal-vote strategy?

4) How could they ever have imagined that Draper would be a safe pair of hands who could manage an effective on-line presence in the run-up to the election?

5) Have they never heard of Hotmail?

The questions go on, but the overall sense is of people who are so overwhelmed by a belief in their right to govern that any sense of self-doubt about what they are doing has long gone.


p.s. are you going to make a FOI request for all Downing Street emails referring to RedRag?

Conand said...

BBC: "Nadine Dorries, no-one knows who she is"

Well, if it was true, that is partly down to the BBC. They would assiduously try to ignore any Conservative MP who doesn't fit the 'toff' caricature that their Labour masters try desperately to promulgate.

Simon Gardner said...

Tania said... “I think we all believe she is a sister...”

“Sister” - my arse.

It’s just about the absolute last way anyone would use to describe the ghastly anti-woman Dorries.

Unsworth said...

@ Simon Gardner

"anti-woman"? WTF is that?

Jimmy said...

"They're expected to blow the whistle whenever they find that an employee might be abusing his or her account."

And forward it to Guido?

Thanks for playing though.