Gove No Longer a Demigod

Guido has noticed that The Times’s Sarah Vine has more than a passing interest in writing about the male form. Take this morning’s column about that Russian for example:

Vine is also known as Mrs Gove. Guido knows he has had a rough couple of months after having Balls beat him up over the summer, but hadn’t realised Gove’s standing had dropped quite that low. The Secretary of State for Education was unavailable for comment…

Quote of the Day

The Russians fluster:

“As for the eagerness with which some media in the UK are trying to stage a vaudeville about the worn-out spy plot, this cannot fail to awaken pity. We have no illusions that in Britain there are and will be highly influential forces, who are not interested in the normalisation of Russian-British relations. We hope, however, that the London Government’s stated policy of improving bilateral co-operation will be reinforced by concrete acts.”

 

Nothing’s Too Good for the Workers

On the day that Ed Miliband reopened the class war that worked so well for Labour at the election, it seems not everyone got the memo. Wee Dougie Alexander didn’t even wait for the press release to be sent out about a speech he had just given to the Child Poverty Action Group AGM before he was EyeSpyed in St James’s for lunch at Marco Pierre White’s Wheelers.

Guido wonders many children the £100 per head bill could have fed and clothed.

And The World Will Be As One

Keeping to a musical theme today Jerzy Buzek, the President of the European Parliament, tweeted about the anniversary of John Lennon’s death:

“Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do”

They say Buzek’s a dreamer, but he’s not the only one.

UPDATE: Guido’s own tweet to pay his respects to John was jumped on by hundreds of people telling him that it was actually George Harrison who wrote the song Taxman. Debatable:

“In 1980, Lennon recalled in an interview with Playboy magazine, “I remember the day he [Harrison] called to ask for help on ‘Taxman’, one of his first songs. I threw in a few one-liners to help the song along, because that’s what he asked for.”

Apology from Twittersphere ignorati accepted…

William, It Was Really Nothing

The only sitting MP to have been found guilty of breaking the Representation of the Peoples Act, Labour’s Kerry McCarthy, thought she was being funny when she highlighted that Morrissey and his old band mate Johnny Marr want to “ban” Dave from listening to The Smiths. A blatant test to see if he was a fan and the PM managed to reply with two song names. Obviously he went with“This Charming Man”, being the song that people who have never even heard of The Smiths have heard, however Guido wonders whether Dave really should have chosen, in reference to Hague, “William, It Was Really Nothing”. Was it the only other song he could think of?

Any Smiths fan could tell you the song  is about trying to persuade a friend not to waste his life by getting married to someone for all the wrong reasons. Awkward…

PMQs Live: Dead Ed Edition

The Man Who Came in on a Dinghy

The nations media have descended on Portsmouth having finally realised Guido was right all along when he said Mike Hancock was a wrong ‘un. Guido is hearing tales of door-stepping and sniffing. With Hancock also a local councillor there is plenty to play with.

Councillor Hancock is responsible for Planning, Regeneration and Economic Development (PRED) – and given the massive great naval base in the city, would be responsible for overseeing any changes concerning the port. However the port have confirmed that Hancock is not on the list for circulation of any plans to do with security, and not allowed access to restricted information that would be expected of a PRED portfolio holder.

The concerns about our amorous friend might have something to do with an incident in 2006 when Hancock was found driving a speedboat around the Royal Naval Base and coming up against the side of ships. Apparently he was “testing security”. In light of the last week’s revelations, some might say that’s a little odd…

Industry Research : Guido Has More Readers Than Times

And lo it has come to pass as Guido predicted. Back in June (“The Times’ Paywall of Death”) this blog offered a wager that within 12 months no Times political columnist will have more measurable readers online than Guido. We now have authoritative confirmation of the prediction having come true.

According to industry analysts Experian Hitwise their research suggests that approximately 54,000 people access The Times, with as few as 28,000 being paying customers. On Monday this blog served 75,233 pages, the average weekday readership is circa 60,000.

Last week The Times revealed snidely that Guido has paying advertisers. Have a look at The Times front-page online today (you can see it for free) and you will see not one single paying advertisement. It is no longer a commercial proposition. Print advertising is in long term decline, online advertising is growing at some 10% per annum. This blog has been more profitable than Times Online for years, now it also has more readers and more advertisers. Murdoch is making a strategic error on a grand scale…



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Quote of the Day

Former Miliband guru Arnie Graf reveals Labour’s disconnect with the working class:

“On one of my trips to the U.K. in the autumn of 2013, I bumped into one of Ed’s strategists in Portcullis House. He asked me if I was assisting the staff on Ed’s trip that was to take place in a few days to one of the regions. I told him that I did not have knowledge of his planned trip.

He told me that Ed was going to give a talk at the region’s annual fund raising dinner and that prior to the dinner he had invited the media to join him at a local coffee shop to listen to a conversation he planned to have with a minimum wage worker. The point of the conversation was to show how difficult it was for a minimum wage worker to get on in life.

There was only one problem. No one had been able to locate a minimum wage worker for Ed to talk with.”

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