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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    Guido... says:

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    Planetoid Eris (not being Rupert) says:

    Bought and sold out.

  3. 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

  4. 4
    Guido supports UnionsTogether says:

    Murdoch tells Guido what to say

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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.

  6. 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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    Rickytshirt says:

    Populus 19/5/14:

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

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    Balham,Gateway to the south says:

    Is this what @UKIP party meetings are like?

  9. 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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    Anonymous says:

    Cameroon needs more than homosexual rights to get back into office next year.

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    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.

  12. 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?!


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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.

  14. 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

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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%


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    Anonymous says:

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

  17. 17
    Maqb­oul says:

    That’s original. Change the frickin record FFS

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    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.


  19. 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.

  20. 20
    The public says:

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

  21. 21
    Paddy O'Flynn says:

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

  22. 22
    Iain Duncan Smith in accounts says:

    “Hakuna Matata” literally translates to “No problem.”

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    Rickytshirt says:

    They’re still on track despite the ‘car-crash’.

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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?

  25. 25
    Ukip demographic says:

    Lord Stansted is in the front row:

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    Anonymous says:

    Guido – In front of Murdoch. Being shafted from behind.

    You know what you are.

  27. 27
    Rickytshirt says:

    Is it possible to breed with a lib dem and producing fertile offspring?

  28. 28
    Cyril Smith LibDem MP says:

    Kids are in safe hands with us

  29. 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.

    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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    Rickytshirt says:


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    Herr Nigel says:

    I only marry Germans because they can do work a Britisher can not do.

  33. 33
    Nick Clegg says:

    Well libdem sperm doesn’t breed socks that’s for sure my drawer is almost depleted.

  34. 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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    viet minge says:

    Yanky come here

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    Anonymous says:

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

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    Austin Tash says:

    I was going to list all the Labour sex offenders but realised it would take an entire website. Such as this one:

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    Salma Shah dances says:

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    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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    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?

  42. 42
    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?

  43. 43
    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.

  44. 44
    Anonymous says:

    Apanatambua, babi!

  45. 45
    Average Bloke says:

    Is this blog part of the Murdoch empire now?

    I’ll get my bias elsewhere now!

  46. 46
    A cartoon warthog says:

    Apanatambua, babi!

  47. 47
    Blue Rinse Tory says:

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

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    Wanker alert says:

    You should know you went there on your gap year you lefty pratt.
    Or were you too busy looking at the ladyboys nutsacks to notice their eye’s?

  49. 49
    Wanker alert says:

    Best way to avoid awkward paradox’s is to give up being a lefty.

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    Anonymous says:

    WTF is it with the Tories hiring spads from left wing organisations like the BBC & the Guardian? is it any bloody wonder they are so out of touch with their core voters?

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    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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    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


  53. 53
    Jexrab says:


  54. 54
    Witty Moniker says:

    Guido, you forgot the ‘Totty Watch’ tag.

    Or are you a waaaaacist?

  55. 55
    Nigel says:

    I can’t deny I have an admiration for traditional Germans.

  56. 56
    gravatarmysteryman says:


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    Anonymous says:

    Are you trying to say that the ursine one is a Tory sack of shite ?

  58. 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.

  59. 59
    President Cheery B. Mahmood says:

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

  60. 60
    The real Peter Hitchens says:

    Did he Bhangra?

  61. 61
    President Cheery B. Mahmood says:

    Get to the Choppa

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    Ockham's Razor says:

    If I had thought that, I would in all probability, say it.

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    non taxable pikey says:

    You nicked a Rex hotel ashtray? From that fabulous roof garden?

  64. 64
    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?

  65. 65
    Adolph. says:

    I’m not a racist, I’m a proud German who wishes a pure German State.

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    broderick crawford says:

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

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    broderick crawford says:

    Does that mean gweeders is a bit forward in going backwards ?

  68. 68
    broderick crawford says:

    Ve haff veyyys ofmaking you marry us !!!

  69. 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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    The Greens says:

    Two bags of lentils and a stirring song to Gaia with a Lute accompanyment.

  71. 71

    He just wanted to multi-culturally enrich her

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