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.
Thanks to those nice people at Pizza Express, today’s blogging is fuelled by their Boris and Ken specials. You can pledge your allegiance in London Pizza Expresses from the 3rd – 17th:
We literally eat politicians for lunch…
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?
Courtesy of the FringeList.com service, based on users who have downloaded the free App or registered to receive free SMS text message reminders to attend events, we bring you the top 10 most popular fringe events:
Go to My.Fringelist.com and register for event reminders. Handily the App works even when you are in the conference zone and can’t get a phone signal. You can even find out which fringe events Guido and Neo-Guido will be attending here and here. If you were that way inclined you could search for which events have have free booze at the click of a button, technology is a wonderful thing…
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. ‘He’s clearly not on the right wing, but actually quite Europhile in Tory terms. He liked to come into our office to gossip and bitch about the right-wingers, particularly Liam Fox, or indeed anyone else he thought had screwed up the party that week.”
Then, coincidently, there are some rather more colourful descriptions of what Boris used to moot as ideas for his Telegraph column. In 2006 he suggested opening one with:
‘One thing that has become apparent to me in my years of Parliamentary service is that David Cameron is a complete c**t’.
Vero nihil verius!
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. This was not a competitive response to Richard Desmond’s successful grab for the News of the World’s readers. Though it could have helped with the million-quid-a -week losses at The Times…
Or you can read porn piece here online. thetimes.co.uk/tto/life/artic… I must say it was one of most interesting things I've ever done. Porno-nomics.—
Janice Turner (@VictoriaPeckham) September 29, 2011
Inside sources say it was only in the first edition and none were sent out. Which kind of sucks…
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New Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has big ambitions in his first meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu today:
“I came to bring this conflict to an end.”
Christie Malry @fcablog
Ed Miliband does photo oops, not photo ops