Unionised Greedy Doctors Upsetting Medical Colleagues

The average GP earned £105,700 in 2009-10.

Druggy Dave and Co

An interesting snippet from Damian Thompson’s new tome on addiction – The Fix:

“As with heavy drinking, there was an aspirational aspect to it. Dope smoking was associated with public schoolboys and especially Old Etonians. An acquaintance of mine smoked quite a few spliffs with David Cameron, the future Prime Minister. Whether Cameron tried anything harder at Oxford isn’t clear, but it’s interesting that, in 2012, neither the Prime Minister nor the Chancellor of the Exchequer had denied snorting cocaine. Neither, come to think of it, had the current President of the United States, nor his predecessor. One of these days someone should write a book entitled Tory MPs Who Have Done Drugs. It wouldn’t necessarily be a slim volume. One former MP whom I know for a fact has a nose like a vacuum cleaner recently told his local radio station he’d never touched anything stronger than alcohol.”

Guido reckons he could  write a similar “Politicians I Have Done Drugs With”…

Handy Lunchtime VAT Chart

From this morning’s City AM

Vaguely Excited Hague

Guido reckons he’d probably be a little more enamoured meeting Angelina… 

A Mirror insider says:

“You know as much as we do… I just got to morning conference, which strangely the editor is not at.”

Mirror and Sunday Mirror Editors Sacked

Tina Weaver and Richard Wallace have been removed from the building, according to staff there.

The Mirror and Sunday Mirror are merging into a seven day operation…

UPDATE: Current People editor Lloyd Embley is the new editor of the Mirror.

UPDATE II: Apparently Wallace was not even allowed back to his office to get his things. Unlike Sly Bailey, these two won’t be leaving their jobs £14m better off.

UPDATE III:

+ + + Coulson Nicked, Again + + +

Scottish coppers swooped down at six thirty this morning to detain on suspicion of perjury in the Tommy Sheridan trial…

Badge of Honour

Norman Smith doesn’t really seem to enjoy the limelight off camera. After his well publicised run in with Downing Street’s Craig Oliver, the Beeb correspondent was keeping a low profile at the New Culture Forum’s Jubilee party last night. Guido overheard a friend telling a sceptical Smith that “it was a badge of honour”. “That’s not quite how the BBC see it” he replied…



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Quote of the Day

David Cowling, the BBC’s head of political research, in an internal memo…

“It seems to me that the London bubble has to burst if there is to be any prospect of addressing the issues that have brought us to our current situation. There are many millions of people in the UK who do not enthuse about diversity and do not embrace metropolitan values yet do not consider themselves lesser human beings for all that. Until their values and opinions are acknowledged and respected, rather than ignored and despised, our present discord will persist. Because these discontents run very wide and very deep and the metropolitan political class, confronted by them, seems completely bewildered and at a loss about how to respond (“who are these ghastly people and where do they come from?” doesn’t really hack it). The 2016 EU referendum has witnessed the cashing in of some very bitter bankable grudges but I believe that, throughout this 2016 campaign, Europe has been the shadow not the substance.”

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