So what’s hot, and what’s not, in the past week’s blogging? Here are the six most popular posts on Zelo Street for the past seven days, counting down in reverse order, because, well, I also have to kick Simon Walters. So there.
6 Guido Fawked – Not In The Same League The perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his tame gofer, the flannelled fool Henry Cole, at the Guido Fawkes blog were caught out in a routine slice of hypocrisy as they called out the Telegraph for making “frantic changes” to a story. Earlier the same day, the Fawkes blog had made its own “frantic changes” to its own spin on the same story. Another fine mess.
5 Leveson Still Under Attack The Fawkes blog was at it again the next day, as the Laurel and Hardy of the blogosphere went after the Leveson Inquiry, pretending that its chairman was “losing it”. Why they were going in to bat for the hated MSM, doing the bidding of the legendarily foul mouthed Paul Dacre, was not told.
4 Got Any O’s? Education Secretary Michael “Oiky” Gove leaked a frankly batshit idea – returning to “O” levels and CSEs – to the Daily Mail and nobody stopped to think that this might not be such a good thing for at least 75% of pupils. But every pundit suddenly became an expert and decided it was A Very Good Thing.
3 Dorries Doublespeak Diversion The Tory MP for Mid Bedfordshire inadvertently let slip that daughter Philippa was being paid around £20,000 a year as her “office manager”. Meanwhile, she was starting to believe that journalistic curiosity over her employing a family member meant Young Dave was out to get her.
2 Gallagher The Hypocrite Maily Telegraph editor Tony Gallagher called out the BBC for allegedly not crediting the Daily Mail as the source of its story on “Oiky” Gove and his whizzo idea on education. But not only did the Beeb story credit and link to the Mail, the Telegraph equivalent did neither – until I pointed it out. The last minute edit just made Gallagher and his hacks look even worse.
1 Dishonest Dorries Doublespeak Mid Bedfordshire’s Tory MP pontificated on ConHome about lies being spread across the internet, destroying the reputations of those thus smeared. She somehow forgot about the campaign she and her pals have been waging against Tim Ireland of Bloggerheads fame, including making a malicious and defamatory accusation to try and stop him appearing on TV.
And that’s the end of another blogtastic week, blog pickers. Not ‘arf!