The facts aren't always pretty: Paul Staines, also known as Guido Fawkes of the eponymous blog.

The facts aren’t always pretty: Paul Staines, also known as Guido Fawkes of the eponymous blog.

The Beast has information to add to Vox Political‘s exposure of Tory attempts to smear Leftie journo Owen Jones, courtesy of Private Eye.

Last week, as 510,000 a year starved to death thanks to Tory benefit cuts, the party held a lavish fund-raising event. One of the items auctioned was a small, bronze statue of Maggie Thatcher. To show just how much obscene wealth there was there, that went for the best part of a quarter of a million. As John Lennon said at the Royal Variety Performance, ‘There’s no need to clap; just rattle your jewellery.’

Guido, or Paul Staines, as he is also known… also attended the fundraiser, and the Eye points out that he has previous in this. Last year he apparently held a party to celebrate the tenth anniversary of his own sorry blog. Guests included a number of Tory MPs, Boris Johnson, and a video tribute by David Cameron. He also was one of the guests at another Tory fundraiser at Old Billingsgate Market. The guest list for this bun fight was kept rigorously secret, and the only member of the press invited was Staines.

The article goes on to mention links between Mr Staines and other sordid right-wing groups, concluding that he isn’t so much the voice of ‘anti-politics’ as the voice of ‘extremely establishment politics’.

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