Friday, February 22, 2013

FLASHBACK: Randy Rennard’s Sex Pest History

Channel 4 have more on hands on LibDem wrong ‘un Lord Rennard:

Guido has been on his case for years. Back in April 2010 he hinted at the pervy peer’s “skeletons in the cupboard”, the following month discussing the “one female trainee” employed to “service the needs of Lord Rennard”. Rennard faced multiple complainants. He relied on trying it on with ambitious women who unsurprisingly did not want to be implicated in scandal. The LibDem party hierarchy knew what he was like, forced him out and covered it up. The cover-up will be costly.

For what it was worth, the News of the World were pursuing the story with some vigour, but Rennard’s lawyers got them. With sources then refusing to go on the record, this was about as close as we could go in May 2009:

“Paul Burstow, Chief Whip in the House of Commons, phoned a number of female LibDem PPCs personally to assure them that Chris Rennard would no longer be in charge of their careers. A number of Cowley Street staffers are rejoicing at the departure of of the Chief Executive.  Mostly female staff…”

The Sunday papers are going to have a field day…

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Channel 4 News editor Ben De Pear has been venting his frustration at the BBC in no uncertain terms this afternoon.

“So as the BBC release a publicly funded report into a public body the acting DG of the BBC will only be interviewed by the BBC about the BBC. In my time as a TV journalist I have been offered interviews with the following people produced by their own organisations; President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad of Iran, President Charles Taylor of Liberia, & Tim Davie of the BBC. We got Mugabe and Ahmedinejad ourselves but not Taylor & turned down his offer of self interview; we are still trying for Tim Davie.”

Now he’s taking the fight to Evan Davis:

Quite…

Tories’ Black Belt Plan to Chop UKIP Vote

The Tories are definitely not worried about UKIP, that’s why they have asked one of their top MEPs to come up with a three point plan to beat them. David Campbell Bannerman, who was UKIP deputy leader before returning to the Tories, highlights the dangers in a “creative” briefing note seen by Guido:

“Judo teaches you to use the strength of an opponent against them. Applying this analogy to UKIP, we should acknowledge the one strength of UKIP: they seem to be in tune with the majority of the British population on the EU issue. Multiple polls show that over 54% of the public and two-thirds of Conservative Party supporters (You Gov Poll August 2011) want to leave the EU. They may appear to be more in tune with traditional Conservatives on other policies such as immigration, grammar schools or the environment”

Rather bizarrely, Campbell Bannerman goes on to tell Tory candidates to disrupt UKIP pub meetings: “let the pub landlord know that people attending these meetings must not be given any free food or drink as this is classified as treating”. That’ll make the difference in the Euros…

Friday Caption Contest: Career Development Edition

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POLL: Ditch Dave’s Regressive Alcohol Attack

The government’s proposal to introduce a minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol is regressive taxation at its worst. It is an attack on both the poor and on the middle class, the seasoned drinker and the responsible drinker. For a “Conservative-led” coalition to implement a statist, anti-market, high tax raid is counter to the historic role of the Conservative Party. The joke that only the PM and Jeremy Heywood back the policy has more than a ring of truth to it.

This week Boris entered his champion of the people mode, bashing Dave for “hitting the poorest hardest” with minimum alcohol pricing. Osborne thinks it could actually cause a drop in takings from alcohol duty, and Theresa May, who is responsible for pushing it through, is said to be “cool”. Health minister Anna “Super” Soubry – as she is ironically known by her less than enamoured colleagues – admits responsible drinkers will be hit. Ken Clarke says it won’t work, James Brokenshire agrees it penalises everybody, even the LibDem minister Jeremy Browne isn’t on board. It is also worth noting that David Davis is a particularly strong opponent.

The Cabinet is against, but the PM is steam-rolling it through. You can tell Dave what you think in the poll below…

BBC Release Redacted Pollard Review

The redacted transcripts of the Beeb’s Savile inquiry can be read here. The black pen is particularly noticeable over Paxo’s evidence

UPDATE: Here are the top lines:

  • Paxman says it was “common gossip” at the BBC that Savile liked young girls
  • Jim’ll Fix It special suggested as “homage” to Savile, and “Christmas treat”, in October 2011. Entwistle described it as a “great idea”.
  • 8 out of 19 pages of Paxman’s evidence redacted.
  • Entwistle nicknamed himself “Gold Commander”.

UPDATE: Big thanks to @Tent101 for producing searchable PDF versions of the Pollard files:

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appendix_10_OCR
appendix_11_vol_1_OCR
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CPS Will Not Charge Neil Wallis

After two years on police bail the former deputy editor of the Screws will not be charged.

The CPS cite “insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction”. The Wolfman is free…

WATCH: Channel 4 News Rennard Investigation In Full

This one will run and run…

Guardian Goes on Strike

Scabs beware: the NUJ are taking no prisoners for this afternoon’s Guardian and Observer strike. The walls at Kings Place have been emblazoned with shouty red “stop work” posters and hacks are being warned not to break ranks. Friday evening without them, what will we do…

Via @KevinJRawlinson

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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