Sunday, November 18, 2012

Tory Minister Complained About Thea


The BBC’s Nick Robinson said he was taken by complete surprise when he learnt that his producer had been poached by the Chancellor George Osborne to beef up his dismal telly image. She was, Guido noted at the time, seen drinking with the Treasury team into the early hours at Tory party conference. Many Tories were rather surprised given that Thea Rogers worked for Labour in 2005.

Things might be a bit tense if Thea has to deal with Transport Minister Mike Penning, he once put in an official complaint about Rogers and former Labour cabinet minister James Purnell. The row even made it into Tory press releases

See also: Craig Oliver’s Late Night Lobby Briefing

Public Don’t Prioritise Press Regulation

That shackling the press with statutory regulation is a priority only for the chattering classes, just like constitutional reform, is borne out by the survey released today by the Free Speech Network. Bread and butter issues dominate the public’s worries…

The Sunday Times has produced a handy graphic to highlight Common Purpose, the openly elitist group behind much of the effort to undermine the freedom of the press through the Media Standards Trust and its associated Hacked Off campaign on behalf of coke-snorting and hooker-hiring celebs who want tougher privacy laws.

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See also: Media Standards Trust: Unaccountable and Undemocratic

See Guido’s Column in the Daily Star Sunday

See an unapologetic Sally Bercow singing the blues in a Westminster bar, find out why we haven’t heard the last of Prescott and read Guido’s apology to the socially mobile Andy Sawford MP. We’re never wrong for long.

Don’t miss this week’s Daily Star Sunday. Only 90p…


Seen Elsewhere

How Avoidable Scandals Destroy Stupid Politicians | Alex Wickham
UKIP Mosque Confusion | The Week
Let’s Ban the Word Internet | Padraig Reidy
Are the Broadcasters Ready For the Election? | Specccie
Moral Bankruptcy of the BBC | David Keighley
UKIP’s ‘Starsky and Hutch’ | Total Politics
Innocent Sun Journo Just Doing Her Job | Sun
Boris Sent Up North | Times
The Only Way to Mend the EU | Leo McKinstry
Northern Labour Tearing Party Apart | David Aaronovitch
Osborne is Son of Brown | Peter Oborne


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Tony Blair threatens Ed:

“If you had a strong political lead that was combining the politics of aspiration with the politics of compassion, I still think that’s where you could get a substantial majority…  If I ever do an interview on [the state of the Labour Party], it will have to be at length…”



Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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