Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Gawker on "England's" Collapsing Political System

Gawker - The Reclusive Billionaire Twins Who Shut Down a Member of Parliament's Blog - Barclay brothers

You may not have noticed, but England's political system is collapsing right about now under the weight of cinematic scandal. The latest news is that a pair of diabolical billionaire identical twins have succeeded in censoring the blog of a hysterical Minister of Parliament whose political views they oppose.

Nadine Dorries is an MP from Bedfordshire, about 55 miles north of London. Last week, she wrote a post on her blog suggesting that the Barclay Brothers, who own the London Daily Telegraph, have deliberately engineered the expenses scandal currently engulfing the nation's Parliament for their own political gain. Lawyers for the Daily Telegraph succeeded in getting Dorries' ISP to shut down her blog under England's strict libel laws. The blog has since re-emerged with the offending post purged. Imagine Rupert Murdoch successfully shutting down Maxine Waters' blog and you get the idea.

Interesting article. It gets confused, however, when it claims on MP claimed "$2,600 for a 'duck moat'"!


The Daily Telegraph's decision to drip out individual MPs expenses day-by-day, extending the scandal and increasing newspaper sales, has added to the sense of crisis. And some, including Dorries, have questioned the motives of the Barclay brothers, identical twins David and Frederick. The reclusive real estate billionaires, who recently expanded into the newspaper business, live in a castle on a private island (pictured) near the British isle of Sark, where they built hotels and restaurants. But they have threatened to pull up stakes after their preferred candidates lost local elections late last year.


But it was Dorries' theory about the Telegraph's motives that led the Barclays to shut down her blog. Last Thursday, she accused the twins of launching "a deliberate course to destabilise Parliament" because they are skeptics of the European Union. The scandal has hurt the Labor and Conservative parties, she wrote, leaving England's smaller anti-EU parties unscathed: "Rumour is that they are fiercely Euro sceptic and do not feel that either of the main parties are Euro sceptic enough. They have set upon a deliberate course to destabilise Parliament, with the hope that the winners will be UKIP and BNP." What's more, she wrote, "the disc was never acquired and sold by an amateur, but it was in fact a long term undercover operation run by the Telegraph for some considerable time, carefully planned and executed; and that the stories of the naive disc nabber ringing the news desk in an attempt to sell the stolen information are entirely the work of gossip and fiction."

Of course all this might be nonesense, but Gawker seems happy to repeat it.

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