As a child I was told that a wasp can sting as much as it likes whereas a bee can sting only once, then it dies. Is this true? No matter; it could be the situation the Guardian is in. Apart from the BBC no section of the MSM has worked harder on the Andy Coulson case. So his departure from the Cameron inner circle at No 10 must have brought the Guardian joy, given them a buzz if you like, so what happens now? Following the successful sting, the very health of the Guardian comes into focus as well as the life of the political spinner. It's said that the sales figures of the Guardian are going down at an alarming rate; how long can this go on? It's wise to remind ourselves that Coulson denies any wrongdoing and would appear to be innocent until proven guilty. You may regard this as either a tiresome tradition that means nothing or a corner-stone of good legal practice, feel free to choose.
Also feel free to wonder at the lives of the assorted celebs and smart people who are not smart enough to live without a mobile phone. The Coulson case goes back years and is not the first case of this sort. It would seem smart people have yet to learn that mobile phones are not totally secure and have been leaking data for years. We also have to wonder why Cameron wanted to employ a house trained version of Alistair Campbell.
There is an air of excitement amongst the political anoraks. The Guardian has endorsed the LibDems. So Michael White, Martin Kettle and Saint Polly Toynbee plus the rest of the motley crew will all have to learn new tricks. The Guardian loves to portray itself as a vital and important source of fact, but this is fantasy. The most important role it has in the left/liberal world is carrying all those job adverts on a Thursday, the jobs in the public sector with strange sounding titles and substantial salaries. This is why many people buy the paper, they don't buy it to 'become engaged'. The social consequences of its pronouncements are greatly exaggerated, social engineering is what it talks about but really it's a job seekers' tool.
Fred Pearce in the Guardian was writing that the:Blow me the Guardian is researching ClimateGate. It mentions problems with peer-review, the suppression and manipulation of scientific data and articles and discusses problems relating to the infamous 'hockey-stick' graph. Yet, on the 1st of February,
The 'climategate' scandal is bogus and based on climate sceptics' lies.Claims based on email soundbites are demonstrably false – there is manifestly no evidence of clandestine data manipulation.
Presumably he had a day to read some of the literature and has promptly changed his mind. On 2nd Feb the same Fred Pearce wrote:
A close reading of the hacked emails exposes the real process of science, its jealousies and tribalism.Read more: doubts about "hockey stick" graph revealed.
Well done Fred.
PS The Hockey stick scam was first revealed in 2003 by Steve McIntyre of Climate Audit.
The warmists seem to have got together and produced a strapline, namely that climate is not the same as weather. Monbiot and Hickman in the Guardian tie themselves up in knots trying to prove that any weather can prove climate change and that anyone who doesn't believe them is a right wing fanatic. The scale of comments (1,375) section for once competes with the Daily Mail and they are mostly critical of Monbiot and friend. Surely the Conservative party would be wise to, at the very least consider, Climategate and the scientific arguments on both sides.
Picture the scene, Saint Polly Toynbee aided by Michael White and Martin Kettle tapping away at their keyboards within the citadel of the Guardian, building a better Britain . As always they are on the lookout for a cause to help, always knowing evil when they see it; the terrible world of capitalism for example, one should always been on guard against that.
So, advice for errant bankers, hedge fund managers, investors and various other spivs poured fourth from their labours, but all to no avail. For while they were at work the very forces they sought to negate were gnawing away at the seemingly solid foundations of the Guardian empire. We are told that the Guardian has lost £24m in bungled currency trading see HERE. It really is hard not to smile!