Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Naked Sun Intern Reaps Rewards of Harry Stunt

One the day we learn Cait Reilly’s experience of working in Poundland helped her to get a job at Morrisons, readers will remember the Sun’s mocked-up naked Prince Harry pics, starring intern Sophie Henderson.

At the time self-appointed left-wing moral arbiters accused the paper of exploiting Sophie, but judging by her tweet this afternoon the internship was well worth it:

Yesterday almost 4,000 voted in Guido’s poll, with 55% choosing to save Page 3. The readers have spoken…

Tory MP’s Speedy Reply To LibDem Donation Begging Email

When the LibDems sent out their latest begging email for cash for the Eastleigh campaign, sending it to a Tory MP probably was not the best plan:

From: Paddy Ashdown
Sent: 12 February 2013 12:47
To: ADAMS, Nigel
Subject: Please do this today

Dear Nigel,

When we won Eastleigh in 1994, it was a breakthrough for Liberal Democrats. This by-election can be as well.

To give you just one example, a donation of £25 today will allow us to contact an extra hundred voters in Eastleigh before the weekend. Only Mike Thornton can beat the Conservatives in this campaign, and cannot afford to lose by a few votes.

Give whatever you can afford today, and you’ll make all the difference.

Thank you,

Paddy

From: ADAMS, Nigel
Sent: 12 February 2013 13:08
To: ‘Paddy Ashdown’
Subject: RE: Please do this today

Dear Lord Ashdown,

Thank you so much for your email asking me to donate £25 to the Lib Dem campaign fund for the Eastleigh by-election.

I have given your appeal very serious consideration and decided that on balance, a donation to the speeding awareness charity BRAKE is a more appropriate donation to make at this time and I have duly done so.

Thanks again for getting in touch and the best of luck in your campaign.

Nigel Adams MP
Conservative Member of Parliament for Selby and Ainsty

Gloves? What gloves. Broom broom!

No Policy in Miliband’s “Major Speech on the Economy”

Ed Miliband will make a speech on Thursday that Labour spinners have trailed as one to watch. The Staggers dutifully report that “the Labour leader will make a major speech on the economy, outlining his party’s priorities ahead of the Budget on 20 March”. Rather awkwardly though, party foghorn Christine Quigley has let the cat out of the bag. The Labour hack turned Edelman lobbyist has been emailing colleagues in an attempt to drum up sympathetic attendees from the public affairs world to come along to the speech:

“Ed Miliband is going to make a ‘major’ speech on the economy on Thursday. It won’t have any new policies in it, but the plan is for Labour to release two or three big economic policies over the next couple of months.”

Quig, the cat’s out the bag! 

READ: The Draft Royal Charter Plan Has Just Been Published

It can be changed by two thirds of Parliament.

UPDATE:

It seems the Tories want to try to regulate Guido:

“relevant publisher” means a person (other than a broadcaster) who publishes in the United Kingdom: a. a newspaper or magazine containing news-related material, or b. a website containing news-related material (whether or not related to a newspaper or magazine)”

Mensch’s Fashion Tips

After her last online venture didn’t quite go to plan, fellow Sun on Sunday columnist Louise Mensch has decided to rival Guido’s fashion tips and try her hand as a fashion blogger. Offering a “lazy girl’s guide to gloss”, the new New Yorker styles herself as an “unfashionista”, which translates to maximum style, minimum effort. She even includes a slideshow of her least flattering photos and a John Rentoul-inspired Fashion To Which The Answer Is No. This one can’t go wrong…

Meanwhile in Birmingham…

Dave’s Personal Trainer To the Stars

A great little spot from Richard Kay this morning: the PM has received £7,500 worth of personal training from fitness guru Matt Roberts. Guido has been checking out what’s on offer, it turns out Roberts’ other clients include none other than Naomi Campbell, Mel C and John “David Ward” Galliano.

He promises “bespoke settings that represent the fitness and health industry equivalent of a fine dining restaurant or a beautiful boutique hotel”, and has clubs in Mayfair and Chelsea.

Just £150-a-session, but of course Dave gets it for free…

Standard Editor: “Media Guardian is Wrong”

From: Sarah Sands
Date: 12 February 2013 13:07:14 GMT
To: “ES ALL (Editorial)”
Subject: Media Guardian

Just to reassure you that the information and interpretation of events on Media Guardian is wrong and is being corrected.

Sarah Sands, Editor, Evening Standard

C’est la vie…


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Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann on Cameron’s refusal to pay the £1.7 billion EU bill by December 1st:

“Well, then he’s gonna pay on December 2nd”



Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!


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