Find out who over on MediaGuido…
Guido was not well-versed in the career of Martin Plaut before today, but he can already tell the BBC World Service Africa editor has a penchant for perfect timing. In a Q&A Plaut was asked “who do you hate and why?” His response was, well, rather straight to the point:
As Aneurin Bevan said: ‘No amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin.’”
£110,000-a-year part-timer Lord Patten has hardly endeared himself to critics by signing off George Entwistle’s £450,000 golden goodbye. But who were the other guilty men and women who helped make the decision?
During this weekend’s episode of Strictly Come Dancing Patten held a conference call with lawyers and two members of the BBC Trust’s remuneration committee, Anthony Fry and Diane Coyle.
Taking a leaf out of her boss’ book, Coyle is paid £70,610-a-year of license fee payers’ cash to work just two and a half days a week for the BBC. And what does she do in her spare time, other than watching Strictly with a glass of red that is? Last year Coyle was an unpaid adviser to none other than Chuka Umunna, helping the two-faced shadow business secretary with his policy review.
Chuka was quick to criticise Phillip Schofield but has been oddly quiet about the former BBC DG…
UPDATE: Coyle has got in touch to clarify that she was actually drinking white wine, not red.
UPDATE II: And here’s the proof:
Hardly a surprise but good news nonetheless that a jury has found former Labour MP Margaret Moran fiddled her expenses to the tune of £53,000. She committed 15 counts of false accounting and six counts of using a false instrument, though the jury were instructed they could not find her guilty due to her mental health. She will be sentenced at a later date…
The Tories have upped the attacks on the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, mainly by pointing out the fact that their funder David Potter is a Labour donor. They have put down an EDM and circulated briefing notes on the troubled group’s finances. Nothing to do with this of course:
While the URL would suggest the that the small Labour/unions story was a last-minute attempt at balance, you can see where the grudge came from. Making party political attacks on the Bureau will have the opposite effect that the Tories want. One way to make the Bureau’s dwindling supporters group stick together is for CCHQ to go for their jugular. The Bureau was imploding by itself…
Spectacularly badly timed:
Dear Lord ███████
Political Speed Dating Event – Thursday 22nd November
As part of Parliament Week 2012 we are holding a ‘Political Speed Dating’ event where a group of 13-16 year olds will have the rare opportunity to chat in small groups with current Parliamentarians.
The session will run at 10.30am to 11.45am in the Macmillan Room in Portcullis House, and it would be wonderful for the students if you were available to participate. We are inviting Members of both Houses from all parties and the event will involve up to 10 Members. We have extended the invitation to several members and I hope that you are able to participate.
Please contact me if I can provide any further information about the session, I hope to hear from you soon.
Education Visits Officer
Houses of Parliament
Well that was pretty poorly worded given the current climate.
An adamant Nads insisted she could handle being trapped in a coffin with 3,000 cockroaches and 5,000 crickets before her bug burial last night, telling viewers: “I’ve got to deliver. Got to win. Nothing’s going to stop me doing it“. Much to Guido’s disappointment she lasted for only four of the ten minutes required to win the challenge. All those people voted for her and then she left half way through…
Nadine has a chance to redeem herself this evening as she prepares to dine on something unpleasant. At least she’s winning the popular vote…
What Would Maggie Do? | Kathy Gyngell
Can Cameron Win Back UKIP Voters? | Iain Martin
Arab World Needs a Mandela and De Klerk | Richard Spencer
Boris Not Running in Richmond | Mail
Warring Ideologies Return | Janan Ganesh
Cameron’s Weakness Paving Way For Brexit | Douglas Carswell
PM Tweets About Ant & Dec While Giving Mandela Tribute | Express
George Osborne: Action Chancellor | Speccie
DfE Taking Children for Poodles | Laura Perrins
Man Locked Up For Telling Mandela Joke | Star
Gordon Brown Debt Buster | Kebab Time
The Belgravia Gallery reports:
“Having been asked by Nelson Mandela’s art publisher to represent his work,drawings mainly of Robben Island, we had the privilege of spending a morning with Mandela when he was signing the lithographs at his home in Johannesburg in December 2002. He delighted us with stories about a number of well known British personalities over the years when he was president. Perhaps the most surprising was his description of Margaret Thatcher as “Motherly” and he remembered how she had poured him tea and they had discussed various ailments and how after he returned home, she had sent him herbal remedies.”