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He loves it really…
The answer, as Brian grudgingly accepted, is nothing…
Video via @liarpoliticians
MediaGuido gives you the best of the best, kicking off with Fraser Nelson versus Patrick Wintour:
Then ex-Hacked Off campaign co-ordinator Thais Portilho-Shrimpton gave Michael Wolff a schooling:
Rounded off nicely with Alastair Campbell completely losing it with Toby Young:
Brian really does bring out the worst in some people…
Neil O’Brien is leaving Policy Exchange to become George Osborne’s new SpAd tasked with developing the next generation of policies that will in all likelihood see their way into the Tory manifesto in 2015. Treasury sources say that the Chancellor likes his policy instincts and his style.
Policy Exchange is like a finishing school for Tory SpAds, in the way that the old Conservative Research Department used to be, alumni include Nic Boles. Other ministers like Gove and Maude were active in the organisation in opposition. Downing Street and ministries have often recruited people like James O’Shaughnessy and Sean Worth who were associated with the think-tank.
David Skelton will be taking the helm at the think-tank in the interim until a new director is appointed. It is a plum job and competition will be fierce…
The frontpage of the Guardian says that by opposing the Hacked Off campaign’s demand for statutory regulation the Prime Minister is defying the victims of press intrusion. Odd, since the Guardian’s own leader on this very subject was
Our own position remains as we argued it before the inquiry this summer. We believe in independent regulation, both from politicians and the press itself. We do believe in a contract system – not the use of statute – to secure participation.
So the Guardian “defies press victims” as well…
Not quite the Croydon Spring Lee Jasper promised as Labour held all three seats in last night’s by-election, but the main talking point is UKIP coming second in both Middlesbrough and Rotherham. Joyce Thacker isn’t the only reason voters are flocking to Farage’s party.[…]
Worth noting that Leveson refrained from naming too many names and is was clearly keen to avoid making direct accusations. One person he didn’t hold back on though was good old Piers Morgan. While discussing Pier’s evidence Brian claimed:
“This was not, in any sense at all, a convincing answer.
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They must want to kiss Brian’s big bald head in Downing Street. The Tories are cock-a-hoop that Brown and his ever loyal Watson’s conspiracy theory has been shredded.
Here’s a taste of how hard CCHQ spinners are pushing it:
Labour claimed the Conservatives did ‘a deal’ with NI over BSkyB and other policy in exchange for their support.
The Prime Minister seems to have decided he’s not going to be the first leader since 1695 to use the state to legislate the press. He just told the commons he has “serious concerns and misgivings” about using the state to underpin Leveson’s proposals.[…]