Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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…

Only on Media Guido

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:

Miaow! 

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

UPDATE:

FRANKIE SAYS SACKED
Civil 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. Maude is playing  hardball with the unions on unaffordable public sector pensions and full-time taxpayer-funded pilgrims. It is enough to gladden the heart of Margaret Thatcher herself – whom he once served as a Minister – it has also led to a grudging re-evaluation of him by many on the Conservative Party’s right-wing.

Now he is taking on the enemy within, the Civil Service permanent government, or in the case of Michael Gove’s Department for Education, the permanent opposition. The ability of the mandarinate to frustrate radical policies is legendary and their talent for generating inertia defies the laws of physics. In the ideological heart of many Thatcherites and Orange Bookers is a belief that the bureaucracy could be reduced, the government re-engineered and  improved. Quietly the Coalition will by 2015 have reduced the size of the Civil Service by 23% from the bloated days of Gordon Brown. The first step on the path to a post-bureaucratic government is making bureaucrats accountable and sackable when they fail to deliver.

Big Business has used the internet to strip out costs and whole layers of management, Big Government has barely started to do the same. Sir Humphrey and the rest of the mandarins have decades of experience in fighting Civil Service reform, they will fight these reforms every step of the way with cunning and subtlety rather than head on. They even have their own privately funded think-tank, the Institute for Government, possibly the most dangerous political force in Britain since the heyday of the Communist Party of Great Britain. The long-term gain from reforming and shrinking the Civil Service is immense, it was the area where the Blairite’s self-acknowledged failure was total. The prize is worth having at any cost.

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.  A Labour spokesman said:

Language like this has no place on politics or civilised society. No one should be wanting to celebrate the death of anyone“.

At least they weren’t nicked.


Seen Elsewhere

Another Feminist Lecture | Laura Perrins
UKIP Posters Bad Economics But Good Politics | James Delingpole
Tories Losing to UKIP in Scotland | ConHome
UKIPers Will Come Home in 2015 | Sun
Tories Set for Thrashing | Sun
Boris Announcement Imminent | Sun
The Case for Splitting Up CCHQ | ConservativeHome
Why UKIP Should Join a ‘European Union’. | Anna Raccoon
Dave’s Brush With Bed Bugs | Speccie
Farage: No Briton Could Be My Secretary | BBC
Dave and George Can Now Be Seen Together | Ben Brogan


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Francis Elliot reports on No. 10 strategy meetings:

“When discussion veers to subjects that Mr Crosby thinks of concern only to the political and journalistic classes, he treats the offender as a pub bore with a tart request to “pass the beer nuts, mate”.”



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