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HMV Social Media Revenge

Beware the wrath of a sacked social media director:

The tweets have now been deleted as the boss wrestles the keyboard from the ex-employee…

UPDATE: The password changing battle continues…

UPDATE II: And perhaps the best of the lot:

Diane Abbott’s £300 Obesity Bill

You cannot help but laugh at this one. KFC-hating fatty food banner Diane Abbott has been paid £300 to give a speech at the National Obesity Forum annual conference. During her speech she said that the government “places too much emphasis on personal responsibility, without acknowledging that many people do not have the social capital or skills to tackle their own obesity”.

The poor are too stupid to look after themselves, eh Diane? Quite why a Shadow Health Minister is charging money to give speeches on, er, health Guido can’t quite work out. Surely she should do it for free…

BBC Forget Wonk-Shop Vested Interests…Again

Just what is it with the BBC and forgetting to mention lefty vested interests? They’ve gone big this morning on a report claiming that millions of low-income households face a council tax rise. Just a few things they forgot to mention: The report is written by one Matthew Pennycock, funnily enough a Labour councillor in Greenwich. Not only that, Pennycock was formerly a parliamentary assistant to Labour foghorn Karen Buck. His past life is there for all to see on the pinko wonkshop’s website. For some reason the BBC omitted to mention that to their viewers…

Flashback: Hodge the Dodge Hypocrisy in Full

Margaret Hodge is currently interrogating the ‘Big 4′ professional services firms at the Public Accounts Committee. The tax avoidance witch hunt moral arbiter says she has evidence that PriceWaterhouseCooper are using a “tax efficient operating model”, where they have set up AOL-style structures in tax havens like Luxembourg. Guido feels it is only fair to remind readers of Hodge the Dodge’s double standards.

All this hasn’t stopped her writing holier-than-thou letters to lefty magazines though…

Anniversary of the Death of Guido Fawkes

On this morning 407 years ago, after a month of torture by the political class, Guido Fawkes in a last act of defiance jumped from the gallows, breaking his neck in the fall. Escaping having his genitals burnt before his eyes, before being hung drawn and quartered alive.

Now his name lives on, to torture the political class…

Dave’s Defence Pledge: Has He or Hasn’t He?

There is considerable confusion in the Cabinet this morning over Dave’s defence spending promise. “No more defence cuts” booms the front page of the Telegraph, reporting that the PM has guaranteed defence spending will rise above inflation. Philip Hammond has other ideas however, telling Sky:

“I think what the Prime Minister was referring to was the pledge that was made – which Treasury ministers have repeated – that the equipment plan, the part of the defence budget which funds equipment, will rise by 1 per cent a year in real-terms after 2015. I don’t expect to be exempt.”

Which leaves us in a somewhat perverse situation:

Labour spinners are jumping on this as a pretty blatant example of less than joined-up government. So Dave, which is it?

Spectator Debate: Leveson Is a Fundamental Threat to Free Press

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A full house for last night’s Spectator Leveson debate. Guido took to the stage alongside Richard Littlejohn and John Whittingdale to defend the freedom of the press against Murdoch-haters Max Mosley and Chris Bryant. Media lawyer Charlotte Harris turned up late so she was replaced by her swivel-eyed namesake Evan, the failed LibDem politician.

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Highlights included Littlejohn calling out Hacked Off as “Leveson-loving left-wing luvvies, bien pensant self-appointed moral guardians”, and Bryant’s tale of a man turning up at his door offering “submissive” services only for the topless photo-taking MP to tell him to “f**k off”. Guido revealed his first meeting with Bryant, when the Rhondda MP said he wanted this blog closed down. Max Mosley seemed to enjoy talking about his “humiliation” at the hands of the Screws, for some reason.

“Leveson is a fundamental threat to the free press”. Motion carried…

N.B. Guido’s speech in favour of the motion is here.



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