It’s Boris Mania!

Cameron has gritted his teeth to comment on Boris’ high-flying success:

“If any other politician anywhere in the world was stuck on a zip wire it would be a disaster. For Boris, it’s an absolute triumph.”

Apparently “London is very lucky” to have him. He couldn’t sound more like he doesn’t want him…

Yesterday the Sun reported of the Mayor:

“In a surprise visit to the beach volleyball in Horse Guards Parade, he also patented the “Boris wave”. He tried to get the 15,000 crowd to do a Mexican wave but his initial effort prompted everyone to stand and throw their hands up at the same time.”

Today he’s reached even greater heights. Tomorrow?

Guardian Hack’s Online Meltdown

Find out what the Guardian‘s live blogger said about his readers during Bradley Wiggins’ gold medal performance this afternoon…

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Guardian Live Blogger Calls Readers “Cretins”

There have been celebrations all round today as Bradley Wiggins won gold in the cycling, but there was one man at Guardian HQ without a smile on his face. Barry Glendenning was in charge of the Wiggins live blog when the internet went down at Hampton Court, provoking a shower of complaints. To say that Glendenning failed to handle the situation in a calm and collected manner would be an understatement:

Now that’s customer service…

Silly Season Spinners Spat

It can’t be much fun working in the LibDem Press Office, but they deserve some credit this afternoon after slapping down their Labour counterparts on twitter:


VIDEO: Boris Caught In Zip

Video courtesy of ITV.

More Tears For Piers

There’s been some more bad news for Piers Morgan today.

Read all about it over on Media Guido

Piers Plummets Once Again

Regular Media Guido readers will be aware of Piers Morgan’s ratings woes in recent months. In June Jon Stewart twisted the knife, while others piled in as the beleaguered talk show host dragged CNN to a 21-year low. There has been no reprieve in July either, with the latest figures revealing that Piers’ show is down by almost 20% year-on-year for total viewers and by 25% in the crucial 25-54 age range. It could be worse, at least he’s not on NBC…

Piers’ plummeting ratings come four days after CNN chief Jim Walton quit after taking the bullet for the network’s torrid recent performance.

You have to wonder who will be next to go…

Boris Stuck On Zip Wire

Boris Johnson has been celebrating Team GB’s first gold medal a little too hard in Victoria Park this afternoon, getting stuck suspended 20ft in the air on a zip wire.

Don’t leave him hanging…

Pics via @CartoonBeardy and @RebeccasBrain


FRANKIE SAYS SACKEDCivil Service Reforms Could See Sir Humphrey Sacked for Failing

Francis Maude was much maligned by right-wing Tories during the opposition years as a wet moderniser, suspiciously tie-less and the éminence grise behind the Cameroon Policy Exchange think-tank.

In office he now wears a tie and has moved from policy wonkery to policy execution; bearing down on spending, battling the civil service bureaucracy, shining sunlight on government data to drive the transparency agenda.[…]


Mensch Forces Labour To Condemn Their Maggie Trolls

Louise Mensch doesn’t have the best of times on Twitter, so much so that she set up her own rival social network, but she’s won one today. The Labour Party was forced to condemn a series of vile tweets salivating at the prospect of Baroness Thatcher’s death by their members.  […]


IDS Reshuffle Rumour Debunked

The Mail‘s James Chapman reported an intriguing rumour this morning that Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith could be set to replace Ken Clarke at the Ministry of Justice in the forthcoming reshuffle. Given the unpopular but necessary task undertaken by IDS Guido agreed with those expressing their surprise at the gossip:



Polly Shredded in the Guardian

Last week Guido proved that Labour’s Polly Toynbee was 5100% wrong in her Guardian column, and it seems he was not the only to notice. Taking to the Guardian’s own website DCLG Minister Bob Neil has accused Toynbee of “living on cloud cuckoo land”.[…]


Spoof Tweeter Wins First Battle Twitter Forced to Keep Identity Secret

Guido understands that the owner of the spoof Steve Auckland twitter account has today lodged a motion to quash the subpoena filed against Twitter in a Californian court. The spoofer’s attorney is contesting the attempt to reveal his client’s personal information on the grounds that it violates his First Amendment rights to freedom of speech, also alleging that the Daily Mail and General Trust’s expensive legal team have made a series of technical errors that render their case void.[…]


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