Monday, November 12, 2012

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The new Google Nexus 4 is out tomorrow – 02 sent one to Guido to test. Our app looks great on the 4.7″ screen with 1280 x 768 pixel resolution – bigger and better than an iPhone. It is now the top of the class Android phone available – scorching fast, it feels more fluid and smoother. The first 50 people in the queue outside 02 at 8 a.m. tomorrow get a free 32″ flatscreen TV as well! Details here.

The Android native app can be downloaded hereFor all other devices you can download it here

WATCH: Watson Opens Up About Unrequited Love

Let it never be said that romance is dead…

Hodging Her Bets

“Are you lying to your shareholders” barked Margaret Hodge as she had her moment in the limelight chairing a Public Accounts Committee hearing this afternoon with representatives Google, Starbucks and Amazon – three global companies that pay huge amounts of tax in the UK, but perfectly legally and sensibly reduce their tax bills.

Hodges’ mock incredulity, amateur dramatics and Vaz-esque playing to the camera would have carried more weight if she had not been busted over the weekend profiting as a shareholder from her family firm that paid just 0.01% tax in the  UK last year. Were Stemcor’s directors lying to her as a shareholder? Or is Hodge just a spectacular hypocrite?

Sweaty Balls and Other Tales

The updated register of Members of Interests provided rich pickings for this week’s Daily Star Sunday column. Chris Huhne is cashing in on his Energy contacts, Nadine’s taking Ashcroft money and Labour have their very own absent earners. Guido’s favourite story of the week was the coming nightmare for Ed Balls:

THE Tories have finally accepted that their cherished plan to redraw parliamentary boundaries, heavily favouring Labour at the moment, is dead in the water. They’ve begun to select candidates for the next election in the old seats. Ed Balls’ patch near Leeds is high up the target list. The Tories were just 1,101 votes short of scalping their nemesis last time round, fewer votes than the UKIP candidate got. If the Tories choose a suitably Eurosceptic candidate and UKIP sits this one out, Balls will have one hell of a fight on his hands.

The whole column is now online here

BBC Director General Runners and Riders

Given that George Entwistle effectively pocketed almost £8,500 for each of his 53 days as Director General, there will be no shortage of candidates for the job. Guido gives you his own take on the runners and riders:

  • Craig Oliver – The former BBC man turned embattled Downing Street comms chief is under pressure in his current job after a seemingly endless series of media foul-ups from the PM. Last week’s This Morning debacle will hardly have helped. This solution will work well for all concerned.
  • Andrew Neil – Experience running Sky as their founding boss. One of the Beeb’s finest  inquisitors, Brillo would surely get to the bottom of all that has been going on. Would need to remain on screen though.
  • Andrew Marr – Handy Andy is a BBC stalwart and earned praise for his grilling of Lord Patten over the weekend. Is expected to rule himself out over alleged indiscretions in a Soho bar.
  • David Dimbleby – A legend at Broadcasting House, Dimbers has graced our screens for decades. Making the step up would mean hanging up his Question Time boots. He certainly made the case for himself on Today this morning.
  • Kelvin MacKenzie – It could be argued that more 90s-style tabloid hackery is just what the BBC needs. There would be none better for the job than Kelvin. Understands popular journalism.
  • Piers Morgan – The CNN host might soon be out of job if his US election coverage was anything to go by. Certainly has the experience in the media, though a future court date is the last thing the BBC needs. 
  • James Murdoch – An outside bet but one that would certainly stir things up. Has a proven track record of successfully running major media corporations and dealing with scandal. They could hardly do worse…

Let battle commence.

WATCH: Acting DG Walks Out Mid-Way Through Sky Interview

Here is the excruciating moment Tim Davie walked out of only his second interview as acting Director General:

Well done to the BBC for choosing yet another leader with such wonderful media and people skills.

Patten Defends Indefensible Entwistle Pay-Off
Government Stand-Off Brewing

The BBC chairman defending the indefensible – Entwistle’s huge pay-off despite only being contracted for less:

So far Downing Street have said this is “hard to justify”. Any upping in that rhetoric and this will be a full blown stand-off…

“Googling REDACTED”: Another Guardian Hack Witch Hunt

Guido agreed with every word of Dan Sabbagh’s sensible piece on Twitter witch hunts today. Unfortunately the Guardian’s media sage hasn’t been taking his own advice. Just ten days ago Sabbagh tweeted that he was googling the name of a child abuse victim who has alleged online that he was the victim of an assault by a serving MP. The tweet has now been deleted…

Quote of the Day

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism told Lord Leveson:

“The organisation aims for its output and editorial processes to be a masterclass, a gold standard for evidence-based journalism of this kind.”

The BBC News Website Eats Itself

The entire top half of the BBC News website is devoted to BBC news:

The BBC sources understand, but the BBC will not confirm, that the BBC is losing it.


Seen Elsewhere

Small State Keynesians, Anti-Corporate Hayekians? | Chris Dillow
Ruffley Shows Why We Need a Proper Recall Bill Now | Alex Wickham
How is Miliband’s ‘New Politics’ Working Out? | Speccie
State Should Send More Poor Children Private | Sam Bowman
£1 Million Cost of Ed Balls’ Ego | Laura Perrins
William Hague’s Sausage Fest | Rochdale Online
Public Doesn’t Prioritise Housing | Mark Pack
Mysterious Case of Ruffley’s Missing Letter | Speccie
All the Single Ladies (And Lords) | Bloomberg
How Ruffley’s Resignation Became Inevitable | ConservativeHome
We Need a Recall Bill Now | Speccie


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Damian McBride writes in the epilogue to his memoir…

“At the time of writing, nine months from the election, I’ve concluded that Labour currently has no positive messages to communicate to anyone about why they should vote for the party, no policies which will persuade them, and is being run in a totally dysfunctional way.”



Rob Wilson says:

Without Predujice

Darling

What time will dinner be ready this evening?

Yours

Rob Wilson MP

In the interests of me I am placing a copy of this email in the public domain.


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