Browne resigns, Staines talks bollocks as usual

Paul Staines’s take on the resignation of BP Chairman Lord Browne – with that of his usual coterie of comment-box fuckwits – is a veritable master-class in how to peddle a flimsy pile of bullshit even after the facts have been published and turn out to be as dull as fuck.

Here’s Staines setting up the whole banal exercise…

Browne Resigns Amid Rumours of Gay Kiss and Tell

Peter Mandelson and his Reinaldo feature in the story too…

And here, from the Telegraph, a little later is precisely where and how Mandelson features in the story…

“There was another dinner with the claimant, Mr Chevalier, Ms Hunter, Peter Mandelson and the latter’s Brazilian boyfriend at the time – referred to as ‘Reinaldo’- which was held at one of the claimant’s homes, and at which they discussed European Union policy and Chinese textile quotas.”

Apart from the obvious difficulty one has is decided on quite while level of Dante’s version of hell on word find a discussion with Mandelson on EU policy and Chinese textile quotas, the whole Mandelson thing primed by Staines is a complete load of tedious and completely uninteresting bollocks designed only to rouse the comment box rabble to its usual fever pitch of gay-bashing remarks.

4 thoughts on “Browne resigns, Staines talks bollocks as usual

  1. On the rare occasions I visit Tim Ireland he seems to be permanently in cross mode about Guido and Ian’s army of attack dogs or whatever he calls them. Seems to imply it’s all cunningly orchestrated.

    Tim would never stoop so low as to orchestrate such a campaign, would he ? And no one would be so low as to join, would they ?

    (I’m not a big fan of either BTW – they’re in the entertainment biz, not serious politics IMHO. And very successful they are too, which tells us something about what people want. Heat magazine for politics followers.)

    Congrats on your hilarious “Guido’s commenters not man enough to kill a woman” piece at Tim’s btw. It was a joke, wasn’t it ?

  2. No, Laban, not a joke…

    John’s condition does not explain why he killed – although it may well have limited his capacity to restrain himself from that course of action, which was what was reflected in the verdict of manslaughter by diminished responsibility – but it does account for much of his other behaviour, including his seeming lack of remorse.

    What I find most pathetic about Staines and his comment box cronies is the presumption that anything John has to say can be automatically gainsayed simply be reference to past events irrespective of whether they have any relevance to the subject at hand.

    It’s the equivalent of trying to dismiss anything that Staines has to say simply by responding to everything with ‘what about that letter you wrote to the BNP when you were a student?’.

  3. Is bollocks really worth blogging about?

    Surely the better thing to do is outclass Staines at every turn by simply writing a better article.

    The irritating problem with Iain’s blog, on the other hand, is that he can actually be fairly reliable in terms of collecting political news onto one page.

    He’s thick as fuck and his comments on just about everything are utterly vacuous, but it’s still a good place to get news.

    As soon as there’s a good alternative centrist to centre-left blogger who does what Iain does but slightly better, i’ll switch. In the mean time, he’s got a monopoly on the people who find Staines insufferable but need their political news from somewhere.

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