It’s only a couple of days since UKIP supporters got so angry about a Political Scrapbook story reposted here that they invaded the Vox Political page on Facebook in a bid to bully the site into shutting up. Now we find a leading Tory has been helping them, albeit inadvertently, by trying to shut the Scrapbook down.
The Beast writes: [The] I newspaper for December 18 has a story on page four about Grant Shapps being accused of trying to shut down The Political Scrapbook. Shapps used his lawyers to try to bully the blog, sending it three letters threatening to sue because of two stories it published about the Tory chairman. The same firm of lawyers acting for Shapps also sent a letter threatening legal action on behalf of another, unnamed Tory MP, who was also the subject of a blog post. Despite the threats, neither Shapps nor his unnamed colleague have followed up with legal action.
Bullying tactics with no strength behind them? It seems Shapps and the Kippers have more in common than they admit!
The Tories have particular form for this. It hasn’t just been The Political Scrapbook. They have also attempted to censor Tom Pride over at Pride’s Purge. The tactics have included using the government’s legislation to save children from the threat of online porn to censor his site, because it contained ‘mature content’. Sadly for those expecting something like the kind of material published in Dirty Desmond’s more notorious papers, ‘mature content’ here meant dealing with the issues of adult politics, like poverty, hypocrisy, abuse, and corruption.
It also shows the totalitarian mindset behind the Tory party. Despite trying to promote themselves as the party of individual freedom, they are doing all they can to suppress free comment and criticism.
In that, the Tories are almost exactly like the Kippers. For the full article, visit Beastrabban\’s Weblog – unless the Tories get to it first!
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