Guido Fawkes’ Blog on my Blog

August 9, 2010

This is going to keep me occupied for hours and hours. I fell over this by accident, and I am so glad I did! It’s brilliant and not just for the funny stuff. It is published by Global and General Nominees Ltd and here’s what they say about themselves:

“Guido’s blog was started in September 2004. The choice of the Guido avatar and character was deliberate, the thinking being that Guy Fawkes had great name recognition, a memorable “brand” and a great reputation as the only man to enter parliament with honest intentions……….Guido’s blog was started in September 2004. The choice of the Guido avatar and character was deliberate, the thinking being that Guy Fawkes had great name recognition, a memorable “brand” and a great reputation as the only man to enter parliament with honest intentions.”

If you’ll pardon me writing this, there is a huge list of subjects on the right hand side of the page, but my eye was immediately drawn to “Totty Watch” and “Twat Watch”. If anyone makes a single public blunder – it’s up for public scrutiny, and he/she who writes this blog, doesn’t care who or which party or where professionally the person is from. They are all fair game for this particular blogger!

Snouts in the Trough is visually particularly funny; 16th July Breaking News: Lord Taylor accused of false accounting.

Also, the News of the World is called “News of the Screws”  just like Private Eye:-) and the cartoon page on here is so graphic, it’s on the point of cringe-making – especially the latest offering on school milk for children…………Well, I guess this is a very serious rival to Private Eye, which I have been reading since I can remember –  25 years or more. But, I’d lay money that this blogger also writes for Private Eye, but writes more eloquently to ensure anonymity. It’s just that this electronic communication doesn’t mince its words, whereas Private Eyes’ command of the English language is somewhat more discerning. I like both – so its no issue to me.

The blog has advertising on the site, but it (the site) has to be paid for somehow, and it doesn’t interfere with the topics. Actually I said that too soon; whilst reading about the Staggers being unable to recruit an assistant editor (The New Statesman) a Samsung ad dropped across the screen. Oh well, I suppose it did have a “close” button.

Now imaging how you would put this web site to better use. What a great place to check up on people in the public eye for reputational risk. You want a politician or another famous person to do a speech at your corporate event? (come on investment bankers; the parties are on again!) Check this site for their latest blunders, before you hire. Will it make or break your hire’s reputation? It can go either way sometimes; Hugh Grant and a certain coloured lady spring to mind……

So take a look, but not in firm/corporate time. Once you get into this web site, you won’t want to leave it alone. I hope you enjoy it. I’ll be back………….


On a grey, wet August day……….

August 4, 2010

Hello reader,

We took a stroll down to WikiLeaks  ( The Sunshine Press)  with our umbrella.  It’s a whistleblowers web site which publishes “suppressed information”. You must have seen this by now as there’s been some serious press relating to Afganistan, although I have been watching this web site for a while now with interest, especially when they ran out of money.  It’s good to see them back again.

WikiLeaks says:

“ Wikileaks has probably produced more scoops in its short life than the Washington Post has in the past 30 years ”
—  The National, November 19. 2009

But they ran out of funds and had to take themselves offline for a while. All is not lost though as they have raised the funding to rebuild their services, and they are back up and running!  Now – I wonder if that is where Private Eye get some of their fabulous scoops from………because WikiLeaks also say:

“We have received hundreds of thousands of pages from corrupt banks, the US detainee system, the Iraq war, China, the UN and many others that we do not currently have the resources to release. You can change that and by doing so, change the world. Even $10 will pay to put one of these reports into another ten thousand hands and $1000, a million.” Check out their latest leaks.

The BBC covered WikiLeaks in a recent article here:

Consider whether whistleblowing is ethical. Is the whistleblower disloyal to its company or should the public be told about what is going on behind closed doors? Does it affect or harm the public in any way by them (the public) having or not having the information? If, as the BBC say, WikiLeaks publishes data that journalists would not be allowed to use  even if they wanted to, isn’t it in our interest to be told, if it is that sensitive? I personally, would rather know – but then I am of the inquisitive persuasion, after all. A Newsnight Report on the BBC last February (2010) raised the issue of what our journalists should or shouldn’t be allowed to report. What can they report, and why shouldn’t they? The criminally convicted are normally exposed by the media if it is a serious enough offence.  Normally………..but what happens if you don’t tell your company you have managed to obtain the accolade of a Criminal Record whilst you are employed by them? Consider what you would deem serious enough in your own estimation. I would be interested to hear your views. Take a look at this: The Kroll Annual Global Fraud Report 2010 is available from this hyperlink. There are also historical Fraud Reports and the reports on the Satyam Fraud (India), Ponzi Schemes, the economic crisis and more, all freely available in 8 different languages.

I’ll be back soon. Feel free to pass this on.

The bigger they are, the mightier they fall….

August 4, 2010

And so we head on to Asia. They have Power failures. Actually so do we, but our are failures are from lack of basic infrastructure upgrades. It’s called PFI. The biggest rip-off in the entire world as we know for financing large public projects. Broken Britain  is really broken, thanks to PFI. Fot the next 30 years or more, the UK is going to pay PFI companies 500% more than the investments that should have been spent in updating the country and its infratructure systems under government control.

China’s problems stem from their inability to sustain their coal  (and Steel) output to mainain a coherent level of power into their own country. That means that the Chinese will freeze while China chucks out its power to other regions. But we all knew that anyway – surely? Or am I just the cynic?