Sunday, December 21, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Today

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Can he be Sy-rious? Disgraced dick pic MP Brooks Newmark has told friends “Brooks of Damascus is back” and that he will return to the ravaged country after 2015. Also in Guido’s column today:

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  • Dave’s Costly Long-Term Optometric Plan – new glasses from posh Chelsea store

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  • Government cuts hit Christmas trees… so Avid Javid privatises them at DCMS
  • Hackney moonlighter Diane Abbott rakes in £600,000 from the British public since 2007!
  • Sir Keir Starmer is Alastair Campbell’s next great hope
  • Nigel Farage plans a tell-all book after the election

Click here to read Guido’s column for free with a free 30-day trial…

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Comment Update

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So after the first week of troll control, comment making is heading back to normal levels. Comments were down at the beginning of the week as people came to grips with the new system. The down kink on the right hand side was the normal Sunday drop off (traffic basically halves on weekends). On Monday the number of comments made was a healthy 1,209…

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We still have a pretty liberal comments policy, you still don’t have to register, though if you don’t your accompanying avatar defaults to the handsome chap above. We have permanently banned only a handful of people this week who basically objected to not being allowed to be particularly abusive. The comments are about as rowdy as a saloon bar. The landlord reserves the right to throw people out…

Saturday Seven Up

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Despite the warnings from some that the new commenting system would see traffic crushed, this week 132,350 visitors visited 374,166 times viewing 594,939 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…

Friday, December 19, 2014

WATCH: Downturn Abbey 2014

Starring Quentin Letts, Kevin Maguire, Isabel Hardman and Miranda Green. Happy Christmas…

Via This Week.

Express Staff Told: Ban This Sick Filth

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A mass influx of migrant fleas flooding the Daily Express newsroom has swept panic across the paper. Journalists were in chaos last night as hundreds of the blood-scrounging bugs descended past lapse security controls and arrived in their besieged office. Concerned Arts editor Clair Woodward vowed to launch a crackdown on newsroom filth after workers reported “having to wear Deet to the office”:

“Due to the amount of complaints about fleas, I have called in a chap from the City of London environmental health who will hopefully visit us  pronto and some of us might get to stop having to wear Deet to the office… nothing can be done until the culture of leaving food around in the office stops – flea-carrying rodents won’t take bait if there’s half a sandwich left in the bin next to your desk. Like our bitten colleagues, I’d really like to see and end to this once and for all, but I don’t want Mr Environmental Health to come to the office and tell us again that we’re not helping ourselves. Gestapo-like, I have noticed that food leftovers and packaging are still not being put in the swing-top bins, and packets of sugar (mice love it – some stole a friend of mine’s dentures she’d left on the bedside table as they had a bit of Cadbury’s Éclair stuck to them) left on tables, and food in packages mice can eat through in drawers.”

Experts last night warned the flea terror could see house prices rise by as much as 0%…

Oxfam Slammed By Charity Commission For Political Bias

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Readers will remember that Tory Conor Burns complained to the Charity Commission over the summer about this tedious Oxfam campaign. Today the Commission has ruled, finding Oxfam guilty of failing to maintain its political neutrality:

“We considered that the text of the tweet and the embedded picture, gave rise to speculation and varying perceptions about the tweet’s purpose, leading to complaints. We consequently considered that the tweet could have affected the views of those who received it and could be misconstrued by some as party political campaigning. As our guidance Speaking out: guidance on campaigning and political activity by charities (CC9) says, a charity “must remain neutral and should consider working with other parties to help ensure public perceptions of neutrality” and, as set out in an example in our guidance, that acceptable political activity is that which “supports the charitable purposes and that perceptions of the charity’s independence are unaffected… we concluded that the charity should have done more to avoid any misperception of political bias by providing greater clarity and ensuring that the link to the “Below the Breadline” report was more obvious. We appreciate that tweets by nature are short. Nevertheless, consideration must always be given as to how they might be perceived when received in isolation.”

Coincidentally Oxfam’s new policy director Richard Pyle is a Labour memberA shame to see such a once respected charitable brand sell out along the Save the Children shock PR route. 

H/T Telegraph.

Julia Hartley-Brewer Leaves LBC

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She has just announced on air that today is her last show…

Friday Caption Contest (He’s Not the Messiah… Edition)

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Entries in the comments please…

Via @mattchorley.

WATCH: Lucy Powell Gets Brillo’d

Poor Lucy Powell did her best on the Daily Politics not to reveal whether she was responsible for Labour’s disastrous immigration strategy, described as “bollocks” by her colleagues. Eventually she ‘fessed up: “I take responsibility for what goes out in my name”. A penny for the thoughts of Labour MPs watching this interview…

Video via @liarpoliticians.

Going Nowhere – Fast

Sponsored post.

Ready for Christmas? Ready for the tailbacks, delays and cancellations?

But it doesn’t have to be this way. As part of its 2020 Vision programme, the Institute of Economic Affairs is focusing on Fast Tracking UK Transport.

The think tank says Britain could soon be on the move again – if politicians took a back seat and allowed private enterprise to develop our roads, railways and airports.

Otherwise, the UK will just be Going Nowhere – Fast, as this stylish new short from ieaTV shows. Watch it here:


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