As parts of the country grind to a standstill at the first sight of snow, it is little surprise we are feeling sad this January. Detoxing, dieting, giving up alcohol – Guido calls them quitters – the New Year naysayers have been collectively bringing us down this month. Our increased misery may also have something to do with inflation being on the up, though at least unemployment is holding at 7.8%. Roll on February…
N.B. stats bods can check Guido’s adding up here.
Well this is hilarious. It seems half of Her Majesty’s loyal press corp are stuck in Brussels as they attempt to get back from Dave’s cancelled Amsterdam speech through the Europe-wide snow storm:
This is certainly going to endear them to Cameron’s European strategy…
UPDATE: By the skin of their teeth…
Shamed expenses cheat Denis MacShane will not be prosecuted…for swearing down a megaphone during a demonstration last year. The former Rotherham MP was reported to the police after launching a four-letter tirade in front of a crowd in October, but no further action is to be taken due to lack of evidence.
He might not be so lucky the next time the cops come calling…
Nigel Farage hits back after Dave says only parties that might govern the country can take party in TV debates:
“If he wants to restrict it to those parties who are likely to form the next government, he’d better not be booking studio time himself.”
At last some good news for Piers Morgan: six times as many Americans watch his show as signed the petition to have him deported. But the cheers for Piers end there. The latest cable news race figures for Wednesday have the CNN host at the bottom of pecking order, with less than a fifth as many viewers tuning in to his show compared to Fox’s Bill O’Reilly. The humiliation was completed by 3.2 million Americans watching Amish Mafia, Pennsylvania’s answer to Made in Chelsea, compared to just 600,000 viewing Piers Morgan Tonight. At least Obama’s a fan…
Yesterday’s column by Sue Cameron has gone down pretty badly with more radical elements of the government. The Telegraph commentator, known for her pro-civil service outlook, essentially accused the Tories of imagining that the mandarins are all against them. One Whitehall source raged to Guido last night:
“Sue Cameron says “the idea that officials are blocking reform” is “patent nonsense” wondering whether these are “imagined” failings.
Guido has collated the different parts of the speech briefed to different journalists to give a precis of what Dave would have said in Amsterdam:
“I want to speak to you today with urgency and frankness about the European Union and how it must change – both to deliver prosperity and to retain the support of its peoples.
In the red corner: under-fire friend of the Brazilian transsexual Suzanne Moore and free speech advocate and lefty man of letters Nick Cohen. In the yellow corner: failed LibDem politician Evan Harris and Goldsmiths College press-hater Natalie Fenton. Last night Soho Skeptics played host to the B-list Leveson debate.[…]