Friday, January 11, 2013

Have a Nice “Guardian/Observer Weekend” Everyone

Ed Moves Some Deckchairs

A minor Labour reshuffle today, with little of note. Miliband seems to have promoted some people Guido has never heard of, to jobs that nobody will listen to. Yvonne Fovargue and Lilian Greenwood go to the Shadow Transport team. Chi Onwurah MP moves from Shadow BIS to Shadow Cabinet Office. Alison McGovern  joins the Whips Office having been promoted from the strenuous job of Gordon’s PPS. As does Karl Turner, replacing Chris Ruane. Which is good, as he really likes shouting.

And now you know.

H-Day

Friday Caption Contest (Boy George Edition)

The Nonce Factories: The NHS, BBC and Savile

The focus of the Jimmy Savile saga is moving away from just the BBC to the widespread grooming by the star of the National Health Service. ITV have the whole damning list of offences on NHS property in full:

  • Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) – 16 offences between 1965 and 1995.
  • Stoke Mandeville Hospital – 22 offences between 1965 and 1988.
  • Broadmoor Hospital – one offence in 1991.
  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust: St James University Hospital – one offence in 1962.
  • High Royds Hospital – one offence in 1989.
  • Dewsbury and District Hospital – one offence in 1969.
  • Wycombe General Hospital – one offence.
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital – one offence in 1971.
  • Ashworth Hospital- one offence in 1971.
  • Exeter Hospital – one offence in 1970.
  • Portsmouth Royal Hospital – one offence in 1964.
  • St. Catherine’s Hospital – one offence in 1964.
  • Saxondale Hospital – one offence in 1971.
  • Wheatfields Hospice – one offence in 1971.

A paedophile at the heart of the two most “cherished” institutions in this country. Guido hears that despite being launched at the beginning of December the Department of Health’s investigation has barely begun. The envy of the world…

Daybreak Host Slams Hancock’s Extra Half Hour In Bed

Some pretty damning tweets from Daybreak presenter Matt Barbet over Matthew Hancock’s late arrival to the show yesterday morning:

matt

What was that about the shirkers staying in bed with the curtains closed…

Screenshot via LabourList

Guardian Fails to Pay Blogger Attacking Unpaid Internships

Good on the Guardian for joining the fight against unpaid internships by publishing a blog post by student Libby Page last month. Libby bravely told how:

“A big step for me was finding the confidence to value myself enough to warrant a wage. Although we all feel grateful for experiences gained within companies, we shouldn’t underestimate the work we do there, or what we have to offer.”

Quite right too. Of course the Guardian would certainly be paying Libby for her work, wouldn’t they? Surely they could not be so cynical as to run a blog by a student attacking unpaid work and then not pay her? Alas not. Press Gazette reports that Libby was in fact not paid a penny by the Guardian for her piece, as she revealed on Twitter:

Owned

Gordon’s Alive! Sign the Great Gordon Brown Repeal Bill Petition

Guido has always said the best way to provide a living wage to the lowest earners is to cut tax rather than raise the minimum wage. Campaigning Tory MP Rob Halfon has launched a new petition to reverse the last government’s scrapping of the 10p tax rate, aptly calling it the Great Gordon Brown Repeal Bill. As if by perfect timing the Prime Mentalist will be speaking in Parliament for the first time in over a year next week. You can sign the petition against him here


Seen Elsewhere

Apple’s Tim Cook: iGay | Techno Guido
Insurgent Parties Plunge Labour Into Crisis | Alex Wickham
Mind-Bending Politics of Drugs | Mark Wallace
PC Worries Prevent Police Protecting Young Girls | Jill Kirby
Miliband Should Win Rochester | Martin Kettle
Thatcher Minister Sir John Nott ‘Voted for UKIP’ | Times
Time to Listen to Drugs Experts | Guardian
Drug Laws Don’t Work | Times
Our Moral Duty to Cut Taxes | David Cameron
Greens Ahead of LibDems | Guardian
Channel 4 to Spoof UKIP Election Win | Guardian


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“Politicians attempt to appeal to the lowest common denominator by posturing with tough policies and calling for crackdown after crackdown. Drugs policy has been failing for decades.”



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Is it just me, or is Nigel Farage just a top hat and a monocle away from being a Batman villain?


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