Friday, 18 January 2013

Conservative Future blogs opt-in to be gagged.

Zanu CF gagging order received

Three of the start-up CF blogs tbg reported on earlier have been gagged by what The Old Lion dubs the "Thorpe-Apps Agreement".

The Old Lion states it is "An agreement promising to starve future 'attack ads' of publicity for the duration of the Conservative Future elections." Sentiments shared by the author of the document in the email tbg received...

The Old Lion, The Blue Bulletin and Dash Tory have signed up to the agreement that says - "To refrain from publishing any ‘attack ads’, or any poster or slogan which may reasonably be construed as such, until the forthcoming elections have been concluded.

"To take reasonable care in ensuring that published articles are balanced and fair to the parties involved, taking into account all viewpoints expressed."

"To take reasonable care in ensuring that published articles are factually correct and, wherever possible, that the content of all articles be taken from multiple sources."

Firstly tbg would like to say that sometimes things are just a matter of opinion. Opinion doesn't have to be accepted by its consumer in fact it's better that it is not as it provides robust debate which is what makes our democracy and country Great.

This website has never published a false sourced quote or created political material for exclusive use by political camps. tbg is reporting on an election and the comical smears campaign surrounding it. tbg is reporting on future leaders of the youth movement of a political party, which has a very public impact on UK life, so reporting the election is in the public interest.

Care should be taken before allegations are published anywhere in the media. One must be sure the allegations are evidential and present proper questioning and scrutiny about candidates and their political motives, policy and any under handed treacherous skullduggery which leads to an unfair contest, or smears at anytime.

What is terribly bad is the example of the ad attacking Holmes, regards it now supposedly not being from Cooper but circulated as if it were from Cooper and his camp'. It led to an angry exchange on Twitter between two camps. This was a dirty tricks campaign and should not be tolerated (where-ever it originated). Yet if we did not report on this, such campaigns would go on anyway, without the proper scrutiny and publicisation on what are our countrys' young and possibly future leaders.

tbg believes there's nothing actually wrong with any of the posters, it's legitimate campaign material if released honestly by a camp. No contract will block such material in a contest for public office from appearing on tbg.

Maybe candidates or their respective campaign teams should take stock, as tbg merely reports what's going on and is entitled to give opinion.

tbg will continue to inform its readership and make politics fun, interesting and serious. And continue to reveal, expose, scrutinise and promote those wishing to take positions in public office, in the public interest.

tbg reporter Mahyar Tousi had this to say on the issue:

"I don't think implementing regulations on blogs would stop these attack ads, which are the reason a lot of people are not interested in CF anymore.

"If the media refuse to publish them, these attack posters would still circulate in the social media and other platforms. Those who care about the reputation of the Party shouldn't produce such material in the first place to make the news."

Standing up for Debate | Freedom | Liberty | Democracy - tbg


Anonymous said...

TBG announces: "We'll not be censoring the fun bits of the campaign you all like reading about."


Anonymous said...

An interested response from tbg...but I don't agree with it. I think a degree of self-regulation IS appropriate. When you put these senseless ads/posters on your blog you are making CF seem childish. You blame the candidates/supporters of candidates for creating such posters in the first place, but I think you also have some sort of responsibility to protect the good name of CF.

I'm disappointed in tbg here, particularly in their dismissive approach to a serious issue such as this.

Anonymous said...

LOL ANON @10:45 Hardly dismissive.

TBG is right, yet again!

Anonymous said...

I'm minded to side with the newbie blogs on this....sorry tbg!

Anonymous said...

yeah, if u dont want to damage the party then stop damaging each other and making bad news.

TBG ur a fucking legend. x

Anonymous said...

Knew we could rely on tbg to fight the information blockade.

Anonymous said...

Those who post negative posters are as bad as those who created them. TBG get off your high-horse.

Anonymous said...

well said tbg, you're a public news source, not a campaign tool for the tory party.

the only high horse here is the fact that anyone in cf thinks its even important.

Just stop making campaign attacks unless it on policy then we'd see those kind of posters instead, no?

Antony said...

What a wonderful article on the basics of any free press reporting on the establishment and political figures.

Good stuff TBG!!

Anonymous said...

Scandal sells papers I guess - but is it moral? I support the principled stand taken by, they have risen in my estimations.

Anonymous said...

What a load of shit. tbg can do what it wants. Doubt a gagging order will silence tbg.

I expect London Spin to also reject such nonsense. But then tbg and London Spin are not Conservative Party websites like the new blogs seem to be, they're actually independent right-leaning youthful newssites.

Keep up the good work tbg.

Anonymous said...

What's this talk of gagging? I support the new sites' decision not to publish personal attacks. tbg is wrong to attack the new sites in this way. It sets a pretty bad example.

TheBlueGuerilla. said...

There is no attack in this article. Just principles and opinion.

Don't like it, move to China.

Anonymous said...

Christ tbg...that last comment was a new low, even for you!

TheBlueGuerilla. said...

Trues :)

Anonymous said...

Attack posters are part of grown-up politics. They also require imagination on the part of their creators and test the mettle of their targets.

Without attacks, the election would just be a group of people talking "positively" about how they wuv CF the very mostest.

Anonymous said...

I disagree with the previous comment. You seem to be confusing negative campaigning with press scrutiny - two very different things!

Kentish Tory said...

Some folk need to get real and remember that it js a youth election. Have fun and promote the Conservative ways that we need.
Political ads will always be around. If you cant handle it, you aint ready for politics.

My blog will not abide by the rules because a) its politics as a whole and b) i just write about different stuff

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