Just got £100 on Labour to win Glasgow East tonight @ 1/2. A 50% return overnight? Seems way too generous. Labour should be home easily…
The Sun’s desertion of Labour and spirited onslaught on Gordon Brown, is clearly inspiring the Mirror to become ever more shrill in their attacks on Cameron. Which promises to be quite good fun to watch.
The attack today is a little bit bizarre. The Mirror has an expose of Cameron being photographed in the Garden of Remembrance yesterday. They’re outraged that, shock horror, he posed for a photographer. Terrible.
On a different page a Guido co-conspirator, MisterE, has spotted the appearance of this obviously non-exploitative picture.
Could they be related?
The PMOS, Simon Lewis, and the chairman of the Lobby, Jean Eaglesham, yesterday announced that the system of Downing Street Lobby briefings is to be reviewed “in light of the changes in the reporting of the work of government in an increasingly fast-moving and on-line media world”. On hearing the news Guido – enjoying a two bottle lunch since PMQs was delayed – paraphrased lyrics from the Buggles hit on Twitter in celebration.
A working group of six lobby hacks and five government spin doctors is going to come up with recommendations to be implemented next year. No one from the fast-moving online media world is on the working group. Guido has made his views about the Westminster embedded client media that constitutes the Lobby system clear over the years (see Newsnight and The Times). The meek acceptance of non-attributable briefings, often of questionable truth, is hardly helpful to the functioning of an open democracy. This method of information distribution is glorified as “on Lobby terms”.
Friends of Mandy have spun the Guardian the idea that the Dark Lord himself should give twice weekly televised briefings* in a new information minister role. The prospect of Comical Mandy batting off questions from the Lobby has some appeal. It will all be a pantomime until the clubby culture of the Lobby changes.
*Guido has long supported televised Lobby briefings, ask yourself why is it that Lobby hacks oppose televising them?
ONS numbers reveal that youth unemployment continues to rise, with the number of 16 to 24-year-olds up by 15,000 to 943,000, giving a rate of 19.8%, a record high.
Gordon says youth unemployment is his priority…
Mobile phone firm Ericsson opened a shiny new building in Coventry earlier this year. They invited Gordon Brown to pay a visit, which he did. Inevitably the curse of Brown has hit the newly opened plant quite hard. Months later 700 new jobs are to go at the hi-tech plant. When will business people learn? The hand of Gordon will curse your business, it will cost you jobs. If Downing Street calls, run from any offer of a visit.
In recent months he has cursed a local Fife firm, a metals plant, a high-tech healthcare research facility, an academy, Manchester United, Sellafield, boxer Ricky Hatton, the U.S. dollar (two years in a row), Southampton docks, Liverpool radio DJ Phil Easton (fatally), Honda and Velux Windows, Tottenham Hotspur team captain Ledley King, Media Wales, Nissan and KPMG was struck by arson following his visit. This is all just this year.
We should never forget who opened Lehman’s London HQ – dooming them by lauding their greatness and telling the now collapsed investment bank “I would like to pay tribute to the contribution you and your company make to the prosperity of Britain. During its one hundred and fifty year history, Lehman Brothers has always been an innovator, financing new ideas and inventions before many others even began to realise their potential.“ A century and a half of financial success f****d and cursed globally by Gordon.
His presence is booed by crowds at sporting events with good reason:
When England were knocked out of the 2006 World Cup against Portugal – Jonah was there. When they lost 2-1 at Wembley against Germany – Jonah was there. When Scotland lost to Italy– Jonah was there. When England lost the rugby World Cup final – Jonah was there.
Nationally youth unemployment, which Brown says is his priority, is tragically going to reach one million. The accursed hand of the one-eyed son of the manse has doomed our children, when will we be freed from this jinxed Jonah?
Guardianistas and the unpopular parts of the blogosphere are raging about the Sun’s full on assault on Brown and all things Labour. When Labour delegates were ripping up copies of The Sun on prime time TV what did they expect the response would be? There is a logical inconsistency about their rage; on the one hand they said the Sun wasn’t important and on the other hand they froth about it almost continuously. That they keep on repeating the mantra that it isn’t really important tells you it is really hurting and they fear it. The Mirror is an avowedly Labour supporting paper whereas The Sun is the biggest swing-vote paper, and it has swung decisively to the Tories. That is why Bad Al Campbell and the rest of the Labour spin operation are bleeding so badly over the Sun’s shift…
This morning’s reporting of Brown’s conversation with Mrs Janes was a good news story, news is after all what people don’t want you to hear, the rest is spin. The left is now in full on “Murdoch is evil” mode, Fox and the Sun will be characterised as liars. They will take presenters like Glenn Beck and columnists like the great Kelvin MacKenzie and make out that this is biased news – it isn’t, it is opinionated infotainment. Audiences like that, it is provocative and entertaining, Jon Stewart and Polly Toynbee do the same thing from the other side.
Murdoch does not have a monopoly on bias, the BBC and the Mirror are not exactly objective – though only the BBC pretends to impartiality. Look at the Mirror and every day you see made up news, not just opinionated comment. If you think the Currant Bun is tough on Gordon here is a selection of recent Mirror headlines resulting from a site-search for “Cameron”:
Cameron Choker, Cheap Cameron, Confused Cameron, Slippery Cameron, Bad Joke Cameron, Big Guns Turn on Cameron, David Cameron: Cheesy And Sleazy, England – It’s the Curse of Cameron (bloody hell, Kevin Maguire’s nicked the idea of a political leader who is a sporting jinx) and Cameron’s Credit Crunch Christmas.
The Mirror is no different from the Sun, yet you don’t hear the Tories whinging about it…