In September 2004, Staines began the “Guido Fawkes Blog of plots, rumours and conspiracy”. The name is an alternative to Guy Fawkes and continues that symbolism with the masthead slogan “tittle-tattle, gossip and rumours about Westminster’s Mother of Parliaments. Written from the perspective of the only man to enter parliament with honest intentions. The intention being to blow it up with gunpowder…”
A former PR for acid house parties, Paul Staines launched Guido Fawkes in 2004 and it quickly became one of the most influential voices in British politics and a favourite of MPs.
The blog is written in a comic fashion and enjoys a wide readership. The Blog claims to be anti-establishment but has been criticized by the leading newspaper The Guardian for its seemingly ‘double-faced stance’ on issues of governance.
Paul Staines has been labelled a ‘conspiracy theorist’ by media houses such as Guardian and The Economist although the man now has a weekly column in The Daily Mail.