Guido was sad to hear of the demise of the Sexy A-Levels blog this morning. Ever one to give the public what they want, here is Guido’s very own definitive round up of this years top A-Level totty:
The Guidogram round-up of the week is going out shortly.
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Guido understands an email went out to Guardian staff yesterday informing them that there is to be a ‘management restructuring’.. to achieve ‘a renewed focus on protecting and developing our print revenue’. Managing the decline might be more accurate.
Guido’s source thinks this is Rusbridger and the controlling clique on the board realising he’s spent shedloads too much on his over-staffed online folie de grandeur and presages a shift back to basics – the dead tree edition of the Guardian still brings in 75% of the revenue. For now…
UPDATE: Meanwhile the Guardian‘s head of media has been analysing the lads’ mag market.
Nuts down 21%, FHM down 21%, Zoo off 15%…only a matter of time before the lads mags die off. Men's Health easily the market leader.
— Dan Sabbagh (@dansabbagh) August 16, 2012
If he’s using that logic for Nuts and co., he might want to have a look at the figures showing his own paper’s decline. In June the Guardian sold 211,911 copies, a 17.5% drop year-on-year. Things are not all fine and Dandy…
Caught red handed…
Ronnie Corbett in the first episode of his new Radio 4 sitcom:
“Sharing a bathroom with a younger man? I’m not the Foreign Secretary, people will talk“.
Andy Coulson was hauled before Westminster magistrates court this morning to face charges of phone hacking. Coulson appeared in the dock alongside former NOTW hacks James Weatherup, Greg Miskiw, Neville Thurlbeck, Stuart Kuttner and Ian Edmonson, and they were joined by PI Glenn Mulcaire. They will face a preliminary hearing on 26th September.
The same day that Rebekah and Charlie Brooks are due in court…
Last week Guido revealed how Corby’s latest resident Tom Watson was instructing Labour spinners to brief that the party expects to lose the upcoming by-election. At the time the Lobby could see straight through Tommo’s tricks:
@GuidoFawkes They got pretty short shrift with that line in this office. 10% win or it's a loss
— Tim Shipman (@ShippersUnbound) August 9, 2012
Now the latest polling undertaken by Lord Ashcroft has confirmed that Watson was spouting rubbish. Labour have a huge 15 point lead in the up-for-grabs Northamptonshire seat, with a 9% swing from Blue to Red. UK Polling Report conclude: “Labour shouldn’t have any particular problem taking the seat“. It’s an open goal that they simply cannot miss…
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English Parliament Would Rescue Cameron | Tim Montgomerie
Hodge Confesses to Second Bike Crash | Standard
Hodge Biker Smash | Telegraph
Hodge in Collision With Biker | Barking and Dagenham Post
What the Final Polls Tell Us | UK Polling Report
David Cameron’s Draft Resignation Letter | Speccie
Labour HQ to Be Demolished | Asa Bennett
The Prime Minister feels the pressure:
“I have to say that after the events I have been facing over the last few days, assassination would be a welcome release.”