Friday, February 15, 2013

Telegraph‘s Big Mac Blooper: Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Earlier MediaGuido advised the Telegraph to get in touch with their legal department after running a photo of a Big Mac to accompany their horsemeat in schools story. McDonald’s are thus far untainted by the scandal, now the original picture has been replaced by a much less legally dubious cottage pie. Let’s hope no one at Maccy D’s noticed…

Quote of the Day

Lady McAlpine dismisses Sally Bercow and Philip Schofield:

“and she was the first one kicked out… He began in children’s television with his thumb stuck up a glove puppet.”

Two Left Feet Hires Blunder Blogger

A big welcome to Left Foot Forward’s new associate editor James Bloodworth. Rather awkwardly for the new boy at the bankrupt blogging slave workhouse, just a few days in, he’s already had a nightmare. Here is what Bloodworth wrote earlier:

Just the two problems. Gordon abolished it. And Ed didn’t promise to scrap it, he said he would bring it back. It’s been updated since. Pretty basic stuff, you would have thought, for Britain’s self-proclaimed leading wonk website…

H/T @IainChapman

UPDATE: Talking of left wing people saying ridiculous things. Here is Laurie Penny on the “Nato” invasion of Iraq. And here is Tim Stanley beautifully skewering her piece.

IPSA V Nadine
Sub-letting Allegation and a Double Petrol Claim

IPSA have begun naming MPs that are under investigation finally, and much to delight of Twitter, the first person in the frame is Nadine:

“The Compliance Officer for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has reason to believe that Ms Nadine Dorries MP may have been paid an amount under the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses that should not have been allowed.  An investigation will be conducted into claims submitted under the following areas of the Third and Fourth Editions of the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses: Accommodation Expenditure; Travel and Subsistence.”

Guido understands that the allegations centre around an allegation of subletting due to a jump in electricity bills, Nadine says that is because her daughter was staying as is her right. Another travel claim for petrol has also been submitted twice.  Nadine tells Guido she’s innocent and will fight it all the way.

Ed in Eastleigh Tomorrow

Guido understands the Labour leader will be journeying south to help out his joke candidate John O’Farrell tomorrow.

And this time he’s armed with an actual policy…

Friday Caption Contest: Whinnying Here Edition

Return of the Tory Chihuahuas

Back during Nigel Farage’s 2010 election battle against Bercow, Guido discussed the significance of chihuahuas in British politics. ChIHUAHuas are Conservatives In their Heads, Ukip AHeart. Three years later and they are back: Sir John Major has taken to quoting Guido word for word:

“Members with Conservative heads and UKIP hearts cannot be placated. Whatever is offered to them will be insufficient. They will demand more. They will only be satisfied by withdrawal. 

Down in Eastleigh the Tory’s eurosceptic candidate Maria Hutchings is doing her utmost to weaken the UKIP support; with love rather than the foolish dismissal favoured by Warsi, Dave, et al:

“Many of those people have views that are patriotic, which are [not dissimilar from her own]. And not that dissimilar from many people in our party, either! But no, I’ve never been tempted to move because the over-riding factor at the moment is to get this country back on its feet”.

That core Conservative vote who are UKIP in their hearts could be the difference in Eastleigh, and at the next election. When it comes to Tory chihuahuas, their bark is nothing compared to their bite. Guido will be keeping a close eye on the effect of Hutchings’ tone. 

Tories Suspend Nazi Row Top Cop Boss From Candidates List

rachelEarlier in the week a Tory deputy police and crime commissioner quit her post after coming under pressure for comparing Nazism to socialism. Despite Rachel Frosh’s tweet merely referring to a hardly original academic argument, the Tories showed no mercy: “these comments are completely unacceptable and it is right that she has stepped down”. A Conservative source has this morning confirmed to Guido that Frosh has been suspended from the party’s candidates list, which seems a slight overreaction to say the least. Frosh herself gets in touch to hit back:

“I was simply retweeting something in line with a widely held opinion about the roots of Nazism. Of course I was not calling all socialists Nazis. That a retweet should be allowed to be misrepresented and used against me such a way is a something that all right-headed individuals should openly reject.”

This really does seem like a fight that could have easily been avoided…

Mehdi’s Masterclass in Hypocrisy

Seemingly the entire lefty commentariat has been up in arms this morning over the Sun’s decision to run bikini photos of Reeva Steenkamp. HuffPo’s Mehdi Hasan joined in the faux outrage, re-tweeting red-top criticism:

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Move over to Mehdi’s own HuffPo website, where surely the progressives would be covering the story sensitively with unrivalled tact and class, the headline is “Reeva Steenkamp, Girlfriend Of Oscar Pistorius, Was An FHM Cover Girl And Rising Star”, HuffPo headlined their profile of the alleged murder victim, followed by – that’s right – a slideshow of bikini shots under the banner “Who was Reeva Steenkamp?” 34 pictures is taking the Pistorius…

UPDATE: Iain Dale, publisher of Mehdi’s biography of Ed Miliband, has written a coruscating blog post about Mehdi’s Huff Po:

Since Chris Wimpress left any pretence at any form of balanced political coverage seems to have gone out the window. Mehdi Hasan, love him dearly as I do, has free reign to rampage with his interesting, but deeply unbalanced opinions. There is little counterbalance to his views at all apart from puff pieces from party politicians which no one apparently bothers to read. Mehdi’s latest article ‘On Iraq, the Hawks Were Wrong About Everything’ is a good example of the pieces he writes on HuffPo. Everyone else is wrong about everything. Mehdi is right about everything. Things aren’t generally as black and white as that.

Tim Yeo’s 2.5 Million Conflicts of Interest

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It always amuses Guido how Tim Yeo somehow manages to remember more and more interests to declare each time the authorities come calling. This time round Yeo has disclosed that his remuneration from alkaline fuel cell technology company AFC Energy has included a mere 2.5 million share options to date. 2.5 million reasons why him being chairman of the Energy and Climate Change select committee is all the more inappropriate.

Meanwhile things aren’t going so well at Yeo’s taxi company Eco City Vehicles. It’s share price has plummeted after they only sold a handful of their green taxis during the last year. If only Yeo hadn’t had to leave in such mysterious circumstances…


Seen Elsewhere

Labour’s Plan to Attack Part-Time Boris | Standard
Ex-Sun Hack Cleared After 582 Days on Bail | MediaGuido
11 Times Boris Denied He Would Stand for Parliament | Buzzfeed
Attacking UKIP’s Posters is Counter-Productive | Guardian
Sarkozy Tried it on With Hollande’s Ex | Times
Another Spare Room Subsidy Cut Success | Harry Phibbs
Rich Now Have Less Leisure Than Poor | Economist
UKIP’s Immigration Policy Promotes Migrant Entrepreneurs | Breitbart
Another Feminist Lecture | Laura Perrins
UKIP Posters Bad Economics But Good Politics | James Delingpole
Tories Losing to UKIP in Scotland | ConHome


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A confused Nick Griffin says Nigel Farage is a shill for the City, forgetting that City banks want to stay in the EU:

“Farage is a snake oil salesman, but a very good one. His supposed anti-immigration stance is all smoke and mirrors, as is his carefully cultivated image as a ‘man of the people’. The truth is that UKIP is a pro-immigration party that exists to lobby for the interests of the City of London.”



Alexrod says:

It’s money innit.


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