September 16th, 2011

Bi-Comms Disaster

After his story earlier in the week about pro-Israel lobby group BICOM, Guido was tipped that their CEO Lorna Fitzsimons, the former Labour MP, was in some serious trouble. He was tracking down an email that was accidentally sent out on Monday to some of BICOM’s media list instead of the intended recipients – the donors. Annoyingly Ephraim Hardcastle beat him to it this morning and reveals how Lorna blurted to the world that she has been:

“…liaising with BBC and Sky to ensure ‘the most objectively favourable line was taken…I briefed Jonathan Ford, the Financial Times leader writer for his upcoming leading article… BICOM had regular contact with the Editor at Large of Prospect magazine, David Goodhart, helping to inform him about the forthcoming UN vote on Palestinian statehood…”

We have put the whole email online here. It’s standard lobbyist boasting, but Guido imagines the FT editors will take a dim view of any sign of them being influenced by a PR operation. A BICOM source tried to play down the story as “mildly embarrassing”, but it was the comment given to the Mail that really tickled Guido: “A BICOM spokesman denies that Ms Fitzsimons is to lose her job.” If you have to say it…

It is clear that all is not well at BICOM. The cock-up has apparently gone down rather badly, with some wondering how long Fitzsimmons can cling on. Two respected spinners have recently moved on after very short stays at the organisation – the LibDem Ed Fordham lasted just a month as their public affairs chief, and soon to be Head of Press at the Department of Education, Gabriel Milland, just six weeks. What can you spot in such a short space of time to make you run for the hills like that?


  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I was right then?
    sounds like she has the Jonah touch.


  2. 5
    screw the lot of them says:

    Spinners, PR wankers, estate agents, bankers… all the same – a waste of hot air.


  3. 9
    Mr. Magooo says:

    Why has she got a sex toy tucked behind her ear?


  4. 10
    Anonymous says:

    My Good God, surely she has to resign?


  5. 12
    annette curton says:

    “Please find the correct analysis attached” proof that the MSM are indeed nothing more than Fabian running dogs regurgitating politically correct dogma vomit.


  6. 15
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Spinwitch tag?


  7. 19
    MrAngry61 says:

    the most objectively favourable line…

    Proof if any were needed that to lefties what’s favourable to them is the truth.

    I expect the B-BBC to eagerly repeat fabian drivel, but hope that Sky wasn’t decieved.


    • 48
      Archer Karcher says:

      Sky are usually in on the same shit as the Beeb arseholes, they are just generally, Kay Burley types aside, better at disguising their PC bias, that’s all.


  8. 20
    Taxpayer pissed on by spinners says:

    Are BICOM registered as agents of a foreign government ?


  9. 21
    STOP THE PRESS says:

    Mong is in China

    “Unless there is global coordination…I foresee 10 years of low growth in Europe and America, I foresee very high levels of unemployment and I foresee a failure of coordination that will lead in the end to greater protectionism. ”

    We’re saved – it’s gonna be ok kids.


    • 33
      annette curton says:

      FFS the Oracle at Delphi (Kirkcaldy) still hasn’t got over his Globals, its like chronic malaria.


      • 55
        Archer Karcher says:

        The loon is yapping like a dog to get the attention of his erstwhile bosses. The coded text is “look how loyal I am masters, please give me an important global job”. What a pathetic spectacle Brown is.


    • 37
      WVM says:

      Depends on what happens with this Euro crises, I don’t know why Germany puts up with this shit anymore, the people have had enough it.


  10. 23
    FT Reporter says:



  11. 25
    Hairy Redknapp says:

    anyone got the scoop on Redknapp?


  12. 29
    Japanese Cultural Attache says:

    Konichiwa, look at picture – she just about to take a mouthful. It bukaki movie. She bukaki actress. Later, face completely covered – HDMI quality.


  13. 30
    Backwoodsman says:

    Who are the ‘doners’ ? Always worth checking where lefties get their cash from – if it isn’t the unions, it is normally some tax-payer funded bodies giving ‘grants’ to like minded types.
    Ed balls dodgy think tank job anyone ?


  14. 31
    Luciana Berger says:

    I accepted some hospitality from Israel,

    and now they’re accusing me of not supporting Israel!

    So, I put a cheeky question in yesterday – I rule!


  15. 47
  16. 49
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Heres Ed Balls Tribune column. Well worth a read! 3 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite


  17. 50
    The BBC says:

    It has been reported that Peter Hain has left the Gleision Colliery to get some lunch. A spokesman said ‘Peter has been a real hero, but he deserves his complementary lunch as he hasn’t eaten since elevenses. I hope we can cope without him for an hour and a half.’


  18. 54
    Jimmy says:

    “The cock-up has apparently gone down rather badly, with some wondering how long Fitzsimmons can cling on”

    Well now that you’re on the case, she’ll probably retire there.


  19. 56
    Goystein says:

    What’s a Labour MP doing working for a Lobby group promoting a despot foreign country that holds the record for ignoring UN resolutions.?


  20. 57
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    NHS Lose Date for 1.6m Patients – Public Service

    From seen elsewhere, Should that be data?


  21. 58
    Eileen Critchley says:

    What the UK press get spoon fed so called news?

    What you mean almost everything I read is bent, dodgy, made up, bullshit and bollocks!

    No, never. I just won’t have it.

    They may do that sort of thing in bongo bongo land or some corrupt banana republic but we don’t do it here.

    Can’t be true. Nonsense. Utter rubbish.


  22. 61
    Harry says:

    Keep up the good work Guido.


  23. 63
    Someone else says:

    Keep up the good work Guido.


  24. 71
    Old Grumpy says:

    What is it with these people! Years ago a wise mentor advised me, “Never put anything to paper, which might be embarrassing! These things can end up on all sorts of unexpected desks!”……….and he was right!


  25. 74
    WTF Did It Go? says:

    Another tiz about misdirect email. Whatever happened to the one earlier this week that just disappeared without trace. Who leaned, and why? Do tell…


  26. 79
    David Ben Gurion says:

    Is it OK to refer to this “organisation” as part of the Jewish lobby?


  27. 80
    PM Erdogan says:

    Tripoli today, Palestine tomorrow, Jerusalem next week!


  28. 82
    Anon says:

    Gabriel Milland, former chairman of UEA Labour students, then a staffer at the lefty BICOM but now Michael Gove’s press secretary.

    Watch those leaks Michael.


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