As the “Tory Radio” name suggests it is completely unfair and unbalanced, but it does represent a significantly more open-minded approach in that the likes of Francis Maude are willing, without any editorial control, to take grassroots questions for podcasting. Can you really imagine Hazel Blears not going into her Blair-bot mode if she was asked unscripted questions? Because ToryRadio.com is unofficial and outside the control of CCHQ there is always a chance it could go madly off message. The jingles are a bit Smashy and Nicey…
UPDATE :Nick emails to say in true Cameroonie fashion that he is making no policy commitments at this stage. However “The Routemaster had fantastic qualities which its replacements conspicuously lack. Livingstone has shown a lack of imagination and nerve in giving in to the Routemaster’s detractors at TfL without demanding that they come up with a new bus design which combines the advantages of the Routemaster with better disabled access. I would not be so easily browbeaten.”
The Met Police’s Press Office is only now confirming that police are studying claims that Prezza could have broken anti-corruption laws by staying on US billionaire Philip Anschutz’s ranch.
Elsewhere the writ from Tricia McDaid, who worked for Prescott when he was the transport shadow has now been filed in the High Court and formally served on Prescott. In papers filed with the court, Ms McDaid says: “I am bringing a claim for damages and my consequential losses as a result of my former employer’s negligent behaviour.”
Some of her allegations:
*Yes Sir Michael, round two has begun…
Anna looked me in the eye and said “that is not our rubbish”. Guido pointed out that it was outside their office and had a Friends of the Earth sticker on it. She said it was not their bin, the rubbish must come from their neighbours and she offered me the chance to come view their extensive recycling facilities. Guido declined the offer. Anna clearly was genuine and Guido is a sucker for a pretty face – so will accept their claim.
However, there is clearly a missed recycling opportunity here for them literally on their doorstep. All that paper waste and their handy recycling facilities…
This year we are making two changes to the award – an international category to recognise the efforts of foreign journalists. The winner of the UK award will, in addition to the trophy, also receive a specially drafted Claim for Monies Owed from the Courts.
Let Guido remind you of the nomination criteria: a story has to be pinched from an original blog source, either verbatim or in essence, and no credit / payment given to the original source. This qualifies as plagiarism. Similar stories on subjects eliciting similar comments do not pass this test, since even lazy journalists can have the same ideas as brilliant bloggers.
International interest in this award is high, nominees will be nerve wracked. Get nominating…
Editor Marc Shoffman said: “Pink News does not believe the report was irresponsible, whilst we understand the time pressures of the Chancellor, the fact is that if the Whips believe the legislation was ‘flagship’ this suggests that someone who themselves seeks to become Prime Minister should also attend... The Treasury is a 5 minute walk from the House of Commons, if you passionately believe in something you can take some time out of the day to vote for it, especially as many of the votes were conducted outside of office hours.”
Gordon has on 14 separate occasions failed to vote when issues relating to gay equality were voted on. He has failed to support the government’s equalisation of the age of consent, the abolition of Section 28, gay couples being able to jointly adopt, civil partnerships and the Equality Act. Tony Blair made the votes…
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