“Be very careful what these numbers mean. [There are] 3,000 journalists in the BBC alone – that’s just one institution,” said O’Donnell, “You could easily turn the statistics round and ask ‘why has it gone up so little’.” Well he could ask that, but taxpayers would ask the opposite.
Guido has in four years only twice been contacted by a government spin merchant unprompted.
Most of the Conservatives I have spoken to have said that Osborne should leave by the weekend. What do you think?’
Nothing leading in that line of questioning at all.
UPDATE : The manufactured headline as required Tory grassroots: ‘George Osborne should resign’.
With billions at stake it was surely inappropriate for the trade commissioner to meet socially with the second largest shareholder in Microsoft when it was in a fierce battle with the Commission. Over to you Peston…
The BBC’s business editor is focusing on political gossip. Guido will therefore have to take up the slack on the business reporting front…
Could it be something to do with the complaints to the FSA and the SFO from Tory MPs which, rightly or wrongly, Peston believes is being coordinated by Osborne’s office. Was there an element of personal animus? Surely not from the objective and impartial BBC….
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New Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has big ambitions in his first meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu today:
“I came to bring this conflict to an end.”