Growing Concern for David Rose’s Mental Health

Guido understands the Indy team used every card in the book to secure a delay in the announcement that Johann Hari has been stripped of the 2008 Orwell Prize. The words “delicate” and “state” keep coming up. Sources for the prosecution seem to be outraged at how the Indy are conducting themselves during this humiliating time. While many are concerned at what a fall from grace might do to someone who already claims to be unstable, using a threat of their suicide as emotional blackmail to avoid professional embarrassment has been seen as a step too far. Johann Hari’s accomplice and loyal defender, David Rose, is said to be on suicide watch…

Lee Jasper Compares Boris To Norwegian Murderer

Today’s poor taste award has to go to, Lee Jasper, disgraced Ken Livingstone aide and all round dodgy geezer. It seems he is never one to miss a a smear by association on behalf of his old boss and chum:

http://twitter.com/#!/LeeJasper/status/95475200560336896

Seems the racism campaigner thinks all blonde white people look the same.

UPDATE: Paul Waugh is on this one as well. Team Boris are apparently furious.

UPDATE II: Ken has commented to Guy News via Twitter:

I’m not going to endlessly comment on each & every remark of former employees… But Lee Jasper is not working on or in any way involved in my campaign & self-evidently I don’t agree with these comments.

Miliband’s “Staggering” Staggers Ommission

Further to Guido’s posting earlier about Ed’s red-faced re-jigging and “staggering omissions” on his media contact list, it seems there are even more holes. Despite the video evidence, why was the New Statesman’s conference party not deemed worth of a declaration?

Other media organisations got a name check for their conference parties. Turns out it’s not just Ed’s biographer who can’t remember that night…

Hari Disgraced
Indy Fantasist Loses Orwell Prize But Announcement Delayed

Johann Hari looked set to be stripped of one of the most prestigious prizes in the industry, but at the eleventh hour the Orwell Prize committee has agreed to delay their formal decision until an investigation is completed by the Indy. Guido noted the row between the two organisations earlier, and it seems the Indy has got it’s own way by successfully gagged its imaginative columnist. The rather grumpy statement makes it pretty clear which way things were heading for Hari:

“After extensive deliberation, the Council arrived at a clear and unanimous decision, which drew from the combined journalistic and academic expertise of its members. It also considered a representation by Johann Hari in its deliberation, and appropriate weight was placed upon it. The Council of the Orwell Prize is fully satisfied that it has adopted the appropriate procedure for an exercise of this kind. The Independent has now requested that the Council consider further representations by Johann Hari before announcing the decision. However, it would appear that Johann Hari is not permitted to make any further representations whilst The Independent’s investigation is conducted.

In these circumstances, the Council of the Orwell Prize has reluctantly consented to delay any formal announcement as to the status of the 2008 Orwell Prize for Journalism until The Independent has completed its own investigation. We will take no further action and make no further statements until that time.”

Waiting two months won’t make this any less embarrassing Mr Blackhurst, if the announcement was that Hari was going to keep it, you wouldn’t have wanted the delay…

UPDATE: Sources are adamant and that statement is obvious: Johann Hari has lost the Orwell Prize. It was even reported as such yesterday. It’s only the Indy’s PR machine causing trouble, and the Orwell Prize doesn’t smell of roses for caving in.

Miliband’s “Staggering” Hyperbole

When Downing Street rushed out their list of media meetings as part of Dave’s fight back at the height of the phone-hacking storm, they missed a couple off. It was typical of the unnecessary communications errors that so often blight this government. With the fact that Miliband hadn’t missed an open goal, a headstrong Labour put the boot in, briefing the Telegraph that a social meeting with Brooks was  a “staggering omission”. “He has got to get a grip on all this and come clean” screamed Ed…

But what’s this from Team Miliband? An updated list this morning. At first glance not much has changed from the first edition, except for, oh yes, previously undisclosed meetings with Screws editor Colin Myler, and one with Rebekah Brooks for good measure. Is this a “staggering omission” as well? Get a grip on this Ed, and come clean et cetera…

Quote of the Day

Tom Harris captures the mood on the left…

“…the palpable relief that swept through the left when the identity of the terrorist was made known – a 32-year-old Norwegian christian fundamentalist – was revealing. Here, thank God, was a terrorist we can all hate without equivocation: white, christian and far right-wing. Phew.”

Johann Hari: Orwell That Ends Well

Having met last week, and delayed the expected announcement on Friday, it leaked over the weekend that the Orwell Prize committee will strip Johann Hari of the prize. His foul practices in his articles and submissions to the competition have been exposed at length. Given the depths to which we now know that Hari’s deceit went, the focus of attention must now fall on the Indy and how, despite warnings of bad-practice, Hari’s half-truth and deceits managed to fill their pages. Perhaps their new editor might like to review their long held distaste for subs. 

Guido hears that the Indy tried to get the Orwell committee to delay their announcement for two months. Sources claim that the paper banned Hari from making his own representations to the review panel, then complained bitterly last week that they had made the decision without hearing Hari’s side of the story. They then argued that the announcement should be delayed, as it could jeopardise their own internal  investigation. It hardly looks like they are on top of this situation…

Quote of the Day

Ken Clarke asked whether Britain might still join the Euro…

“…I find never say never in politics is a very good rule”.

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