Have you noticed anything different about the Indy in the last couple of days?
Well it seems that the paper has finally conceded that it is politically biased and susceptible to proprietorial influence. Given Evgeny Lebedev “speaks regularly” to the editor Chris Blackhurst, it was only a matter of time before the paper would have to quietly drop their lofty pretensions…
UPDATE: Co-conspirators point out that the change coincided with the arrival of Chris Blackhurst in the editor’s chair.
Paul Waugh has confirmed that a locked and hidden Twitter account is in fact that of the Downing Street Director of Communications:
Given that Craig Oliver is using his job title and place of work in his Twitter name, Guido feels we have a right to know what he’s pushing. As well as being nosy…
Nick Boles has taken to the pages of the Telegraph to give a not-so-coded warning that Tory MPs should behave themselves at their conference and not to rock the boat:
” …what we need now is to put away our favourite ideological hobby horses, ignore the political positioning of the other parties…”
Heaven forbid that a newbie MP might dare utter something vaguely ideological to the party faithful. Even worse they might try to tackle an issue close to the heart of their party in a pamphlet. It’s probably best not to mention that this time last year “Enoch” Boles was being praised for the “radical approach to immigration” set out in his pre-conference book “Which Way is Up“ then. What a difference a year makes though, eh Nick?
John Denham, Labour’s anti-Business Secretary, told an electoral reform fringe meeting yesterday that the:
“Lib Dems were totally kippered in Yes campaign by thinking ‘We mustn’t do anything to upset the Tories…'”
N02AV veterans have barely been able to keep a straight face at this one, especially given that Chris Huhne was sitting on the very same panel. What was it about Huhne calling other members of the Cabinet Nazis that suggested he was reining in his behaviour?
The hand of the FT’s Christopher Cook can once again be felt in story that the Tories will find rather unhelpful. The disgruntled former Tory adviser has lifted the lid on life working next to Boris’s old parliamentary office. Paul Waugh has got hold of extracts of Cook speaking to Sonia Purnell for a her new “Just Boris” biography:
“Boris and I got on because we have similar dislike of most members of the Conservative party,’ explains Chris Cook – one of David Willetts’ aides, also based in the annexe room.
In what is being described as an unnecessary blow 100,000 first editions of The Times were pulped this morning. An article by Janice Turner about the porn industry was accidentally illustrated with a photo of a nubile woman performing a sex act on a man.[…]
Along with suggesting that removing their inbuilt 5-7% point advantage is “gerrymandering”, Labour are making a lot of noise about new changes that will mean individuals have to register to vote rather than the head of the household doing it for everyone that lives in a property. […]
After spending his entire conference failing to convince us that he’s not a weirdo, Ed has finally had a human moment – he was unable to remember the names of the three candidates grudgingly running for leader of the Scottish Labour Party:
“Ed speaks human!” As the campaign briefing went last summer…[…]
As ironic statements go, Indy editor Chris Blackhurst’s yesterday is surely worthy of a prize. Discussing regulation on Radio 4’s Media Show he came out in support of Ivan Lewiski’s state register of journalist.
With a straight face he said the public saw:
“journalists behaving badly and nothing happening to them… frankly, maybe we should look at striking off errant journalists.”
Applicable to anyone not called Johann…[…]