May 19th, 2014

Another Government Telly Hire

As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun on Sunday, new Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has shunned the luvvies and hired a telly person to be his media Special Adviser. Salma Shah, a former producer on The Wright Stuff, 10 o’Clock Live and latterly at the BBC, is the latest in a line of TV producers brought in by top Tories to guard their image, instead of the usual political insiders.  Following the appointment of Craig Oliver by Cameron and Thea Rogers by George Osborne, it’s fair to say this direction has had varying degrees of success.

The gig with Javid – a disciple of Osborne and destined for great things – was highly sought after in Westminster, and although Shah has previous experience working for the Tories, the impact of telly in the turn around of the Chancellor’s fortunes has clearly not gone unnoticed by his Padawan. The svelte new Osborne has recovered from the initial amusement about his new barnet and is rarely seen in public without a carefully crafted, visually on-message, backdrop. Though, as Craig Oliver proves, these telly hires are not always was a good thing. Simply obsessing about the News at Ten, whilst waging war with newspapers, does not an election win.


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  2. 3
    Guido supports UnionsTogether says:

    “No political party in modern history – not even Neil Kinnock’s Labour in 1987 – has come under such sustained attack and misrepresentation. Mr Kinnock at least had The Guardian and the Daily Mirror; Mr Farage cannot boast a single national title, and several papers are running vendettas against him. Mr Kinnock was treated reasonably fairly by the broadcast media. This is not the case with Mr Farage: consider the lacerating contempt shown towards him by Channel 4 News and its chief presenter, Jon Snow. Nick Robinson, the BBC’s political editor, has also abandoned his usual fairness when dealing with the party.” – Peter Oborne.

    And we kid ourselves we live in a democracy when we witness an organised smear campaign against dissidents that would no be out of place in the last days of The Soviet Union

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      Paddy O'Flynn says:

      I’m pretty sure Mr Farage can boast the Express.

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    • 69
      broderick crawford says:

      wodger meen the last days of the soviet union ?

      Aintcha seen they started up again with Ukraine being their first ” near abroad ” re conquest? Azerbajian and Kazakhstan next — they ve got the oil /gas.

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    David Cameron Is A Cunt says:

    Obsessing about the BBC whilst waging war on your own party’s membership does not an election win either. Part of the key problem with the Cameroon project is their belief that only TV matters, certainly not their activists, members or, god forbid, the electorate. It is this head in the sand moronity that has gifted us all a powerfully attractive alternative in UKIP.

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  4. 6
    Pimp Guido says:

    Used to visit this site several times a day. Since it is now a Murdoch mouthpiece – I’m off.

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  5. 7
    Rickytshirt says:

    Populus 19/5/14:

    Lab 34 (-2); Cons 35 (+3); LD 8 (-2); UKIP 14 (+1)

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      correction says:

      Of those who vote.
      Populus 19/5/14: Lab 34 (-2); Cons 35 (+3); LD 8 (-2); UKIP 14 (+1)

      Those who abstain 62%, Those who vote 38%, distributed something like this 30%,29%,28%, 5%,4%,others1%

      I THE COUNTING OFFICE PROPROSE NO CANDIDATES ARE ELECTED.

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    • 16
      Anonymous says:

      UKIP are the most popular party in the country storming in at 14%.

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  6. 8
    Balham,Gateway to the south says:

    Is this what @UKIP party meetings are like? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=768h3Tz4Qik

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  7. 9
    Ockham's Razor says:

    The only thing that I know for sure is that I know nothing. So what follows has only a chance of being correct.

    This site that you are visiting is primarily a business. It makes money from various sources including advertising. If the Communist Party want to advertise here, and are prepared to pay the rate, then we should not expect the proprietor to do other than accept the money. I would in such circumstances.

    Right at the moment there are some very sad people who think that, by throwing walls of cash about, they can affect the outcome of this week’s election. If they are right at all, and there was some limited evidence of this on the previous page, then you cannot blame our host from profiting from it.

    So far, so good. But it becomes rather more opaque from hereon in. For some years, this site ran as a sole proprietorship. This is what many here, myself included, really admired.

    Now a large part of it is managed by one who professed to be a Tory when he had his own blog. One needs to ponder what the more Libertarian inclined founder thinks as opposed to the now not-so-new junior partner.

    It would be incredible if they actually saw eye to eye over every issue. But the issue which really matters is that they continue to attract revenue which pays their bills. That imperative may help to paper over other lesser-order considerations (as evaluated in business terms).

    We who post here do not have such deflections to intervene in our calculus.

    So where we see something we can identify as bollocks, we can bellow out “bollocks!” In a polite and civilised way, of course.

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  8. 11
    Jenny Talwaught says:

    Another backroom sponger sucking up taxpayer money.

    We need to celebrate when these people are made redundant rather than comment on their addition to the payroll.

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  9. 12
    Louche Lawyer says:

    Oh, poor Guido!

    Isn’t it awful when you friends turn on you because they realise you are a Turncoat.

    Still, all that Bloody Money from The Digger must help ease the pain?!

    Diddums……

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      Smash the EU vote UKIP says:

      You are forgetting Guido is taking cash from Len Mccluskey too

      Hence the giant anti-UKIP WebAd by ‘Unions Together’ at the top of this blog

      Shameful

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        Bluto says:

        Not on my page it isn’t. How many more times do you all need to be told to instal Firefoxxy with Adddblok to avoid getting any of this paid for advertising rubbish?

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    Frankly i don't give a fuck says:

    I can’t tell you a media wonks past history but I can tell you their future.
    A career filled with sucking common purpose cock for fear of losing your job.
    Enjoy your role in the Truman show.

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  11. 14
    Anonymous says:

    parkistanis employing other parkistanis – what a surprise.

    She must be related or he thinks he is working for the Parky Sub Continent Railways

    Liked by 1 person

  12. 18
    Owen Jones (I'm no window licker) says:

    Labour want to raise the minimum wage but the Green Party would make the minimum wage a Living Wage.

    VOTE GREEN ON THURSDAY

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      The public says:

      Greens aren’t even going to hold their seat in Brighton ‘smackhead’ Pavilion.

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      Frankly i don't give a fuck says:

      Well in London before labour got in an 18k wage could get you a mortgage on a small two bed place in Croydon.(I know I bought mine in 97)
      You now need 50k a year to be able to buy the same place.
      Mind labour never did include putting a fucking roof over your head in inflation or cost of living figures.
      So come on then what do the Greens consider a living wage?

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  13. 19
    Joyce Thacker says:

    Could you date a UKIP supporter.

    If you have, or are in contact with,children think very carefully before you answer.

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  14. 29
    Peter Tapsell says:

    A guy started on me in a pub, but I won the fight because I have a black belt in karate, which I strangled him with.

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    intergalacticsuperhero says:

    Looking globally, there is news that war between China and Vietnam might be imminent.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-19/%E2%80%9Cconflict-between-china-and-vietnam-imminent-china-piles-troops-tanks-artillery-and-

    What the West needs to be thinking about is the possibility that Putin got so pissed off with the US and the EU that he and the Chinese have together decided to give the USA something to think about on two fronts instead of one.

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      viet minge says:

      Yanky come here

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      A Rex Hotel Ashtray says:

      You over-estimate the capacity of the Chinese to follow advice.

      This one is a scrap of their own making. There are generals in China who want to have another pop at Vietnam – which for those who don’t know fought mainly using their reserves in a war against the PLA in 1979. This exposed the Chinese army as less than competent soldiers when they aren’t goosestepping round the parade ground or dealing with unarmed demonstrators.

      Still you are right to flag this up. War is a distinct possibility.

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      UKIP candidate says:

      How will they tell each other apart?

      Liked by 1 person

  16. 34
    Nigel Farage says:

    Was called a racist UKIP supporter this morning by a Romanian. I am now stuck in a weird joke paradox! Help me!!

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  17. 36
    Anonymous says:

    Stella gives away free biscuits and crisps for votes, others offer free parking…

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/05/16/tory-party-leaflet-east-london

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    Salma Shah dances says:

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      Abdul the Envelope Stuffer in Lahore says:

      Thanking you. We are working very hard on stuffing of esteemed Ed Sahib’s envelopes and enjoy a cup of chai and a singy song to lift spirits.

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      broderick crawford says:

      this is what goes on when you have the Caucescus living next door.

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  19. 39
    Nick Robinson says:

    I had a nightmare that I and every other Westminster journalist&Politician was dancing round the head of a pin sniffing each others farts.
    When I awoke I realised it wasn’t a nightmare it was my career.

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    albacore says:

    Culture Secretary – what’s his brief
    To come to Morris Dancing’s relief?
    Surely not to preserve what remains
    That’s British in these British domains?

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  21. 45
    Average Bloke says:

    Is this blog part of the Murdoch empire now?

    I’ll get my bias elsewhere now!

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  22. 47
    Blue Rinse Tory says:

    Free tongue kiss from Rolf Harris for all Tory birds this Thursday.

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  23. 51
    gildedtumbril says:

    Sajid Javid looks like another odious little alien similar to the rising ‘star’ Derek Laud. Whatever happened to him?

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  24. 53
    Jexrab says:

    UKIP ARE RACIST FOOLS.

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      President Cheery B. Mahmood says:

      Could you be more precise ? Do you mean the leadership, the membership or the supporters ?

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  25. 54
    Witty Moniker says:

    Guido, you forgot the ‘Totty Watch’ tag.

    Or are you a waaaaacist?

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  26. 58
    President Cheery B. Mahmood says:

    well there’s a surprise, I always considered that Germans realized the value of telling the truth. Or maybe that was the Brits ?. Ok it was the Brits that always told the truth and the Germans who falsified reports.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/05/19/german-govt-falsifies-climate-report

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    The real Peter Hitchens says:

    Did he Bhangra?

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  28. 71

    He just wanted to multi-culturally enrich her

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