Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tory MP Wants Unpaid Slaves For Book Content Harvesting

Tall and tight MP Daniel Kawczynski is advertising for an unpaid intern on Westminster’s noticeboard W4MP:

“Following the success of his first book, ‘Seeking Gaddafi’, Daniel Kawczynski the Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury & Atcham, is writing his next book on another leading Arab country. He is looking for a person to help him research and write this book.”

His new book is on Saudi Arabia, and with the prospect of travel to the country, Guido can see why the job might be attractive to any budding young writer. But let him warn you, if Kawcynski’s past behaviour is anything to go by, this is nothing but a con…

When writing his last tome, Kawczynski held a similar recruitment process and sources suggest that there was possibly one intern “hired” for each chapter. Interns he “hired” were under the impression that they were the only one. Strangely many had a similar interview that ended up with them being asked to write a five thousand word essay on a particular Gaddafi-related angle. Those subjects bear an uncanny resemblance to the “Seeking Gaddafi” chapter list…

Weirdly, the writing style in the book isn’t what you might call consistent… 

Spooks Say Hancock Blonde Was a Spook

“Officer ZZ” of MI5, named in court as “Louise”, told Katia Zatuliveter’s extradition tribunal that she believed the Russian Intelligence Services had instructed the young blonde to seduce the aged LibDem pervert Mike Hancock, as he was easily susceptible to the age old trick.

Here’s a fun Guido fact for you: Hancock gives every girl he sleeps with a House of Commons shop teddy bear and calls it Mike. Form an orderly queue ladies…

Ask Pred-Ed About the Lobbyist Roland Rudd Right Now

Last week Ed promised to release a list of business clients he met at a dinner at the home of super-spinner Roland Rudd. So far he has not coughed the information. Lets ask him what he’s hiding…

Ed’s Twitter humiliation is becoming a near monthly occurrence. He’s doing yet another #AskEdM event at 15:00.

As ever Guido is making it easy for you to take part, all you have to do is click the box above and you are away.

Did you sup with a long spoon Ed, or were you the prey?

UPDATE: Are you listening Ed? Lots of people want a question answered:

Quote of the Day

Sorry

Musical SpAds

With a Cabinet reshuffle comes the flurry of promotions, and then come the SpAd wars. Media advisor Hayden Allen is the only one of Fox’s SpAds to survive the resignation and will be staying at MoD. Fox’s three SpAds has been cut to two…

Policy wonk Sian Jones has gone with Hammond, and there was talk of Paul Stephenson, Hammond’s media SpAd going across too, but he has gone back to his old opposition boss – Andrew Lansley. Justine Greening at Transport is hiring…

Exclusive: Hancock Has Resigned from the Defence Committee

After specultion earlier that he was about to be sacked, defence sources just confirmed that Hancock resigned this morning from the Defence Select Committee. Jumped before pushed…

UPDATE: Technically a committee member has to be replaced by the House on a House order but Guido understands Hancock has got the ball rolling to get this going…

UPDATE II:

UPDATE III: In all fairness the blogger who got the first whiff of this story was Geoffrey Brooking.

Defence Select Committee Expected to Move Against Hancock

There is all sorts of speculation doing the rounds that self-confessed “teen-fondler” and LibDem MP Mike Hancock is about to be suspended from the Defence Select Committee. Committee sources say nothing has happened yet, but others speculate that it can only be “a matter of time” before the Chairman James Arbuthnot has to act. The suspected spy that worked in Hancock’s office yesterday admitted to not only having a four-year affair with the MP, but to opening confidential mail and having access to Defence Select Committee documentation. She is fighting extradition and he is looking down the barrel of his career.

You have to wonder what first attracted the twenty-three year old leggy blonde to the bearded pensioner…

Having worked her way through a Dutch diplomat and NATO official, perhaps it was his massive, err, naval base in the constituency.

PMQs LIVE: Fox Out, EU In Edition

BBC Tries to Cover-Up for Yentob


Following our story yesterday about the BBC’s “Creative Director” Alan Yentob auctioning an internship for £4,100 a  BBC spokesperson claimed:

“Alan made this commitment in order to raise money for the charity Kids Company.  He is well aware of the guidelines around access to the BBC for work experience which is why the day does not involve spending any time there.  It will instead involve shadowing him on other arts and culture projects that he is involved in.”

If this were true the auction bidder could make a claim under the Trade Descriptions Act because the auction was for the chance to “Shadow the BBC creative director for a week”.

So either the BBC press office has been mislead by Mr Yentob or the auction was run under a false description. Since we have documentation which describes the auction item as “Shadow the BBC creative director for a week” Guido suggests there should be a proper inquiry. It is always the cover-up that gets you…


Seen Elsewhere

Osborne’s Daycare Obsession is a Time Bomb | Kathy Gyngell
BBC Marr Pinko Trying to Ban the Queen | Speccie
Eric Hobsbawm: Companion of Dishonour | Standpoint
Guido Party Gossip | Iain Dale
Russell Brand Comes Out as 9/11 Truther | Guardian
Health Revolution is Underway | Fraser Nelson
UKIP Gets Professional | Red Box
Kelly Tolhurst Wins Rochester Open Primary | BBC
No.10 Ambushed by EU Prosperity Tax | Times
10 Years of Guido | Iain Dale
Tory MP Tells Leftie Jon Snow to Retire | Guardian


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Rob Colvile reviews Russell Brand’s new book:

“Oddly, the person I feel sorriest for isn’t Brand himself – although he certainly comes across as a rather pitiable figure, projecting his own brokenness on to the world around him – but Johann Hari. Drummed out of Fleet Street for plagiarism, the former Independent columnist has washed up as “my mate Johann, who’s been doing research for this book”. For a genuinely talented polemicist, it would have been a humbling experience to have to treat this sub-undergraduate dross as the scintillating wisdom of a philosopher-king.”



Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!


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