Thursday, April 12, 2007

Spend a Week in the Cellar

Guido needs the help of an intern for a week. You should be politically and technologically savvy, a fast reader and able to absorb, interpret and process information. An ability to write accessibly and in clear jargon free language is a basic requirement.

You’ll be based in Guido’s cellar, plugged into the internet 9 to 5. You’ll have to trawl through a couple of thousand articles and index them – something Guido can’t face doing. On the other hand you’ll also get to do some investigative work, see what really goes on in the cellar and be able to put on your CV that you worked at the cutting edge of something new media. Breakfast, travelcard and pretty good coffee paid.

You will also have to sign a non-disclosure agreement, be available this month and not be teetotal.

Email something about yourself and example(s) of your writing to guido.fawkes@order-order.com.

Where’s Gordon?™ [April 11 & 12]

What has he been up to today and yesterday? Forgot to update the interactive Where’s Gordon?™ map. In the comments please…

MySpacers Don’t Vote

Politicians including Hilary Clinton think getting down with the kids requires a MySpace site. Research by Heather Hopkins at Hitwise suggests it is an ineffective way of reaching voters. In the UK MySpacers are more likely to be welfare chavs on council estates* who don’t vote. Peter Hain’s leadership campaign has a MySpace site. Is that smart targeting of his likely supporters, or just stupid?

*Heather didn’t describe them in those words.

Doughty Street Moves Away from Tory TV

As Doughty Street heads towards a more commercial footing, ConservativeHome’s Tim Montgomerie is moving out to become a programme producer in a separate unit, which backer Stephan Shakespeare thinks will enable the station “to develop as a truly independent, commercial broadcaster of non-partisan, interactive and innovative political, news and current affairs programmes.”

The technology is proven and the emphasis is now on making the channel pay for itself with a less partisan nightly news programme. “That doesn’t mean we shall be less opinionated, but it does mean we will be giving more opportunities to people with different perspectives” Iain Dale says. Guido thinks that the recruitment of Peter Tatchell and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown as presenters will definitely take the online broadcaster in a new direction.

A Newsnight Producer writes…


Dear Guido,

I am writing to you to check your availability the weekend of August 24-26th.

It would be fantastic if you might be available at some point that weekend (most likely the Sunday) to take part in this year’s MediaGuardian Edinburgh International TV Festival. We were hoping you will be free in principle for a high-profile session we intend to put on titled “The Power of Gossip.” This session which will involve panellists including the author of the websites/mailouts “holymoly” and Adam Bullmore of October Films – will entail discussing the power of blogs and the internet and will question whether TV will ever be able to produce gossip as successfully.

It would not be a problem to arrange your participation behind a screen of sorts if you wish to protect your identity.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

With best wishes

Lucy

Lucy Crystal | Interview Producer | BBC Newsnight

Guido is not falling for that one again…

Slippery as a Silverfish

Dizzy got a nice scoop* yesterday. Basically Silverfish TV have bought up gordonbrown4leader.com and similar sites. So what? Well Gordon doesn’t officially have a campaign and when he does he will be expected to list cash donations and donations in kind. The Electoral Commission is taking a tough line on this sort of stuff. Silverfish rushed out an explanation that they had bought the domain merely as a speculative punt to make money (something – as Dizzy points out this morning – is prohibited by the internet authorities). Guido frankly finds it unbelieveable that Silverfish really were going to try and make a quick profit out of Gordon Brown.

Silverfish.TV are Labour’s preferred new media / video producers, doing most recently Scottish and Welsh Labour’s Party Political Broadcasts. They also did the “Dave the Chameleon” video for Labour, for free. Obviously it costs quite a lot to do an expensive CGI animation, but they didn’t charge the Labour party a penny. They do however have a number of juicy contracts awarded by Labour cronies and paid for by the taxpayer.

Do you see a pattern here? The Smith Institute is paid thousands of pounds to organise seminars for HM Treasury at the taxpayers expense. The Smith Institute gets to use No. 11 Downing Street for seminars for free. Opinion Leader Research is paid huge amounts to do polling for HM Treasury. Opinion Leader Research does polling for the Smith Institute for free. Silverfish are paid by Downing Street at fat rates, subsidising them to do “Dave the Chameleon” attack videos and coincidentally buy campaign websites on Gordon’s behalf for free.

It is a corrupt practice, Gordon’s campaign bills are being picked up by the taxpayer indirectly. In a secretive, behind closed doors, third-world style, “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours way”. He is running an undeclared campaign, it is funded, and no declarations are being made to the Electoral Commission because the funding is covert. Donors get tax relief from HM Treasury on donations to the Smith Institute, which is a charity of which Gordon is the only identifiable beneficiary. His pollster gets HM Treasury contracts and produces positive push polling for him. Labour’s friendly new media production outfit similarly wins Whitehall contracts and does work for Labour and Gordon for free. It has come to something when Nigerian newspapers are running stories about political corruption in Britain which feature the Smith Institute.

*Notice how despite Channel 4 News and the Times running with it, no credit was given to Dizzy. They say bloggers are parasitical leeches on the Dead-Tree-Press etc.


Seen Elsewhere

Jason Groves New Mail Deputy Pol Ed | MediaGuido
Cocaine Conservatives | Standard
Jezza Browne Responds to LibDem Haters | LibDem Voice
Why Britain Needs to Leave the EU | Douglas Carswell
Who Tells Ed When He’s Wrong? | Speccie
Hands Off Our Cojones, Mr Clegg | Laura Perrins
London Live Averaging Just 2,400 Viewers | Forbes
Ed’s Constitutional Failure | ConHome
UKIP Poster Girl’s Naked Photos | Sun
Miliband’s Radical Old Labour Agenda | Fraser Nelson
Meet Team Miliband | Dan Hodges


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Dan Hodges on Team Miliband:

“‘Poisonous’, was the picture painted by one former senior advisor. ‘Dysfunctional,’ said one shadow cabinet member. ‘A bunch of medieval courtiers, not an office,’ said another. The most positive description I could get was ‘It’s a work in progress. They’re learning. Slowly. But they are learning.’”



Nick Clegg says:

Do you want lies with that?


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