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In the ‘I’ Today: Grant Shapps Tried to Shut Down Left-Wing Blog

December 18, 2014

Here’s another instance of the Tories attempting to silence Left-wing bloggers and online critics. Today’s I newspaper for the 18th December 2014 has a story on page 4 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.

This isn’t the first or only time politicians, of both the Left, Right and Centre, have tried to close down their critics through threats of legal action. There have been any number of cases of it over the years, mostly from local authorities. The worst offenders have been Doncaster and ERYC councils, to name just two. These have mostly ended up in Private Eye’s ‘Rotten Boroughs’ column.

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. They’ve also sent a couple of Daily Mail journalists to try and harass him and his friends.

Shapps is, of course, personally in no position to accuse anyone of illegality. He set up a company himself under the pseudonym ‘Mr Green’, which is fraud under the meaning of the act, yer honour.

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. Not only are they trying to bully their online critics, they are also erasing from their website all the election promises they’ve broken in order to rewrite history. And the DWP under Major Chu-En Smith, MA (Failed), has consistently refused to release the details of the numbers of people who have died or taken their own lives after having been assessed fit for work by ATOS. Johnny Void has also published several pieces on his blog about the department’s refusal to publish the names of the firms involved in the workfare programme, out of fear that these firms would then become so unpopular that the policy couldn’t go ahead.

This is a totalitarian government that tries to shut down and close off criticism using every underhand method it can, led by people who are personally corrupt and amoral. Like Grant Shapps, who personifies much that is vile and despicable in his party.