Guardian Online Doesn’t Have Much to Boast About

The Guardian was boasting this week that it has 3.6 million UK users a month. Guido has got the breakdown of those numbers from the online industry’s competitive intelligence monitors Hitwise.

In December the Guardian politics pages had some 455,000 UK users, compared to Guido’s 305,000 users. Iain Dale is on a similar number. In fact any two of the top five blogs get more British readers in a month than the whole of Guardian Online’s politics pages. Something that should be worrying the boys and girls on the Farringdon Road…

More Orwellian Behaviour

On Tuesday Guido drew attention to the Orwellian re-writing of speeches after they had been delivered by Gordon to cover-up mistakes. Today we have another 1930s Soviet-style propaganda technique being used by McStalin: airbrushed old photos being used in government publications.
The picture on the left is taken from Gordon’s introduction to Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives published yesterday. The first picture looks ten years old, the picture of the unhealthy figure on the right was taken more recently. Who are they trying to kid, him or us?

Hat-tip : LFAT

This story is a bit confused, not least by the Mayor’s office issuing denials and spin. The few facts that are clear are that the Mayor’s Deputy Race Adviser, Rosemary Emodi, had visited Kamp Afrika, a holiday resort in Nigeria. Errol Walters, who styles himself the Managing Director of Brixton Base Limited, also claimed to represent the Mayor’s Office. According to the Nigerian press, Errol offered Kamp Afrika support and promised London offices for the project, to support the Nigerian diaspora, courtesy of the Mayor’s taxpayers.

Questioned by the BBC, Rosemary Emodi denied attending, she later admitted she had attended and was forced to resign. (Googling quickly comes up with pictures of her in full African costume at the resort) The Mayor’s Office denies any support for the project. Brixton Base is at the centre of an investigation into £2m in grants allegedly given because of links to Jasper. The sleaze is lapping at Ken’s door. He still supports Lee Jasper unreservedly…

Gordon is a Jonah

Gordon goes to Heathrow. Airplane crashes. Lands in India. Bombay Stock Exchange has record all time losses falling 15%. Returns to London, London Stock Exchange crashes. When he first became PM, God punished the people of England with floods, pestilence and Islamic fires of terror. Every national sporting event he visits, the home team loses. God must really hate Gordon…

Northern Rocky

Stolen from : Channel 4 News

UPDATE 30 January 2008 : Seems that the humorous “Stolen from” reference has set someone off – for the record, Channel 4 News have given written permission for the occasional use of artwork on condition that they get a back-link.

Guido Writes, Downing Street Deletes

Nice to know that despite the change of regime from Blairites to Brownies, Guido still has a following in Downing Street (Wegg-Prosser and Matthew Taylor were avid Guido readers).

Yesterday morning Guido mocked Brown’s speech where he innumerately claimed that a billion people were a third of humanity. The posted linked to the speech transcript on the Downing Street website.Within an hour of that post being published, some modern day successor to Winston Smith had deleted the wording from the transcript. Doubleplus ungood malquote.You see if they delete it from the transcript record, Gordon never made the mistake. Just like when Gordon says he will bring a “thousand troops home for Christmas”, the Sun will report a thousand of our boys coming home for Christmas. We have always been at war with Eurasia… our glorious forces have achieved a total victory in Basra…

London’s Loony Left Return

When Hugo Chavez came to town Guido thought to himself, hello, here we go again. The revelation in Dispatches that Ken has surrounded himself with members of a far left sect, Socialist Action, shows just how far the Cuddly Ken of 2000 has reverted to form, the Red Ken of the 1980s has returned with his old friends. This time they have six-figure salaries.

Doing a deal with Chavez so that impoverished Venezuela subsidises fuel for rich London in return for putting El Presidente’s face on the side of the buses shows just how loony things are getting in London. Ken’s embassy in China, his globe trotting, his delusions of grandeur and conduct of a foreign policy without a mandate from Londoners is worrying enough.

Combine this with a manifest smell of corruption that pervades around the shakedown merchant Lee Jasper, both financial and political corruption of a kind that we haven’t seen since the days of Militant in Liverpool under Derek Hatton.

Garnish all this with appeasement of Islamist extremists at the same time as Livingstone demonstrates an implicit distate for Israel. It is a toxic concoction. The Loony Left is back in London… this time Ken is not just drunk on power…

Schillings Really are Clowns

Schillings, the lawyers specialising in reputation protection from online threats, are making a complete arse of themselves. See their correspondence with Wikileaks over the Northern Rock summary. Schillings look very foolish, realising that the writ of an English High Court Judge does not extend beyond England, they tried to claim breach of copyright.

Guido thinks it important to face down the clowns at Schillings. They are easily defeated in the age of cross border information distribution. They boast to clients that they can even suppress the truth. Not if Guido knows it they can’t…

Charity Commission Warns Ken Backing "Charities"

The Charity Commission has rapped a dozen Muslim charities for supporting Ken Livingstone’s bid to be re-elected as Mayor of London. They wrote a letter which was posted on the Guardian’s CiF a few weeks back (3 January).
It read:

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Brown Broke Pledge to Bring 1000 Troops Home for Christmas

Guido fears Brown’s innumeracy may cost taxpayers dearly when a deal is done on Northern Rock. Two examples illustrate Gordon’s tendency to be numerically misleading. On the Downing Street website Brown’s second sentence in his recent speech on developing the

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Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

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Des Browne’s Scottish SpAd Says Scots,"Narrow, Presbyterian, Racist"

John McTernan, the mastermind of the Labour Party’s historic defeat in Scotland wrote to a Labour MSP describing Scotland as “narrow, Presbyterian, racist”.

Seems largely accurate, but unwise a thing to say if you are a Catholic working for a

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