Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Loony NUJ Hacks Harass Female Staff At Hebdo ‘Racist’ Event

So it all kicked off at the loony lefty NUJ meeting at the London Welsh Centre last night. As reported yesterday, the NUJ Magazine Branch were told they could not debate their motion calling the late Charlie Hebdo martyrs ‘racists’ at their own HQ due to security reasons. Media Guido understands the LWC staff were misled, simply being told it was a debate about ‘free speech’. That soon unravelled though.

When female bar staff voiced their concern about the aggressive way in which they were treated by NUJ Magazine Branch members – who it’s claimed had harassed staff on the way in, attempted to film them on phones and then verbally abused them – the management called time and shut the bar. Which is enough to send a room full of hacks apoplectic at the best of times. It is understood that the manager then sent staff home for their own safety after the loonies went berserk. 

UKIP Hit Puberty: Slam Doors, Shouts at Parents
Farage/Carswell Fall Out Semi-Denied By Party

Tim Aker is the latest victim of the internal UKIP power play: sacked as the party’s policy chief this morning. Or so the spin goes. Guido understands this is less to do with the time he spent on the manifesto and more to do with the continuing debate raging for the ideological life and soul of the party. Between being an MEP and duffing up Labour in Thurrock, it was only a matter of time before Aker stepped back from his party role, but only a fool would suggest he’s not still a serious player within the party.

Rumours also continue to swirl around the tetchy relationship between Nigel Farage and Douglas Carswell. Guido is told there has been something of a breakdown, with particular anger among UKIP top brass over Carswell’s recent off-message Mail on Sunday intervention describing his new party as “internationalist” and “inclusive”. Guido hears Farage believes that to be “Cameroon nonsense”. This piece written by Nick Wood, the former IDS spinner turned Farage-confidant, has been circulated within party circles as the UKIP leader’s real opinion:

“Various BBC-type Aunt Sallies were erected only to be assailed by the heroic St Douglas. “We must stop insulting immigrants,” asserted the hair-shirted one. “Dislike of foreigners is not merely offensive, but absurd.” Various other Harmanesque pieties followed, including the laughable observation that there has never been anything splendid about isolation. How about May 1940 after the fall of Paris? Our “isolation” then proved the salvation of Western civilisation.”

Long-serving, more traditional, golf clubbing UKIP veterans are said to be “upset” by Carswell’s maverick modernising moves, and things are so bad that they sneeringly call him “that Tory” behind his back. Rumours of a split at the top are denied by Farage’s spokesman: “we all absolutely adore Douglas”. But when were they last seen together?

Page Threedom

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A few months ago Guido had dinner with the editor of The Sun David Dinsmore and asked him about Page 3. His view was that as long as the market research said his readers wanted it, The Sun would run it. Has the research changed or has the No More Page 3 campaign’s success in gaining support from the likes of the Girl Guides risked making the brand anathema to 51% of the population? Guido suspects the reasoning – if indeed it is actually the case that Page 3 has been discontinued – is a mixture of both.

Ending Page 3 would give a victory not just to people who never buy the newspaper, it would give a victory to people who would rather Britain’s most popular paper didn’t exist. Laurie Penny, the former stripper turned left-wing feminist pundit, summarises that view succinctly:

Mind you, the quality of Laurie’s media analysis is revealed in this tweet:

She appears to think newspapers can have an odd number of pages…

UPDATE: You can see today’s actual Sun page 3 here. Note well the bottom of the page… 

Monday, January 19, 2015

We’re Healthier, Wealthier and Longer Living

Oxfam was complaining today that some people were too rich. Truth is globally, thanks to capitalism, we’re all getting richer.

We’re so much better off than our ancestors…

How’s That Social Media Thingy Working Out For Ya?

Remember when Labour tried to boost party morale by claiming that they may be outspent at this election, but at least they were winning the internetz? Well Facebook has not gone very well for them today. #CameronMustGo

Green Solution to Scottish Economic Woe: Pished Fish

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Lefty wonk shop the Green Alliance have come up with a novel way to boost Scotland’s economy: feed the salmon with whisky. Apparently  “biorefining” whisky waste and feeding it to fish is a £140 million opportunity for the Caledonian wannabe petrostate.  This fish food ruse is part of Green Alliance’s crusade to build a “Circular Economy” in Scotland. Guido doesn’t know either…

The Scottish Government is keen to cash in on the fishy scheme, praising the report for demonstrating how Scotland can build a sustainable economic future:

“The circular economy presents a tremendous opportunity for Scotland’s long term economic prospects.”

What a load of old pollocks. 

Putin Finds His Thrill

You want to see Putin singing “Strawberry Hill” to a bunch of stupid Hollywood liberals?

Where’s Team America when you need them?

Cuts Baiting From Tory Whips Sends Labour MPs Round Bend

Last Tuesday’s vote for the “Charter for Budget Responsibility” saw Labour – under the direction of Balls – troop through the division lobbies with the Tories to vote for fiscal restraint. Guido hears that Tory deputy chief whip Greg Hands was greatly enjoying this rare moment of swine aviation, standing at the entrance to the “aye” lobby loudly telling Labour MPs entering “this way for The Cuts”.  Apparently the SNP teller opposite was in fits of ecstasy as various Labour MPs (particularly those from Scotland) did little to hide their anger as they stomped through. “The vast Jimmy Hoods looked tempted to deck him”, says Guido’s co-conspiratorial elected witness. 

Greens on 11% in Latest Ashcroft Poll

Big leap for the Greens in this afternoon’s Ashcroft poll. Both Tories and Labour under 30%…

GUY NEWS: Eco-Chicken Ruffles Feathers at Green Presser

Natalie Bennett welcomed a very special supporter to her press conference this morning: the free range, eco-chicken Guido Squawks! Why did Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg cross the road? To avoid debating the Greens…


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Burnham’s Newsnight Debacle Dissected | Dan Hodges
How I Survived Dry January | Nigel Farage
Greens are Commies in Disguise | Andrei Rogobete


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