You 'ave to arf.
That the Devil's Kitchen, not a blog I have any time for, chooses to accuse someone else of bad taste is a given. It's what he does. That he expresses it so badly is also something which is in keeping with his blog. The truly wonderful, magnificent shiny bits of his post which you would love to hang up on your Christmas tree are the baublesque gaps of logic:
"The real point is: this report is not the Labour Party's to auction. The report was paid for out of our cash: it belongs to the taxpayer. Yes, the report costs £70 from the HMSO; what I want to know is: has the Labour Party has paid £70 to the taxpayer for every report that it has auctioned?"
Er...how so? You can download it here for nowt. If anyone were stupid enough to pay cash for it, I see no reason why they shouldn't auction it.
"If it has not, it is stealing money from the taxpayers of this country; it is theft. It is also illegal to sell items that you do not own. So, has that money been paid to the HMSO? If not, why not? And if it has not, will those auctioning these reports be arrested and prosecuted for selling stolen goods?"
Now you've lost me entirely. The rationale seems to be that if it cost nothing then it's theft. So if a copy had been distributed to those who gave evidence and were referred to in the report, as is normally the case, then they have stolen the report? Eh? The blogger in question, whilst normally nonsensical and dumb beyond the reasonable and every present bounds of dumbness really does himself proud here by defying logic and common sense.
The Devil's Kitchen really is a dumb blog and I'd only recommend a visit if you either (a) need a boost of moral lifting "I really can do better than that" or (b) are being held captive in Iraq and only have access to the one web page, and you've exhausted the possibilities of self-harming with the shard of glass left by your captors, and even then I'd think twice if I were you.