If you were not one of the 69,342 visitors viewing 323,166 pages over the last seven days, here are the seven most popular stories (in order of popularity) that you missed:
- Huhne : April to June
- Diane to Brillo “I Have Nothing More To Say”
- The Times’ Paywall of Death
- Boris Caught Playing On Vuvuzela Away from Home
- Labour’s Missing Economic Genius
- Where’s Gordon?™ Obsessing about the World Cup Apparently
You’re either in front of Guido, or you are behind…
Guido was out on the terrace of the Commons last night quaffing the last of the subsidised wine so missed This Week. Diane Abbott may well come to regret the reputational damage resulting from her running for leader. It was as some have commented a humdinger, by popular request here is the five minute battering that Brillo gave to her. Something tells Guido her contract won’t be renewed…
Abortion is a real wedge issue politically and a subject Guido usually avoids. It is in the news because of moves to change the legal time limit for an abortion based on the fact that medical advances mean babies can survive at earlier and earlier terms. It seems counter to reason that unborn babies below 24 weeks are unable to feel pain. Any mother who has been through a pregnancy will tell you that their babies react to external stimuli; light, caffeine and noise will all get a reaction from within the womb.
Yet a review by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ says foetuses are “undeveloped and sedated”. Since it is from their ranks that those who perform abortions are drawn, Guido questions the scientific objectivity of the report. It would certainly ease their consciences to believe that abortions are painless. Guido is sceptical, they would say that wouldn’t they?
UPDATE : Jessica survived despite being born at 23 weeks (pictured). Do you think she was capable of feeling pain?
Gordon broke away from answering the door at his Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency office to briefly show his face during prayers in the chamber of the Commons yesterday.
His visit lasted 6 minutes according to Quentin Letts…
Not exactly giving the taxpayer value for money is he? He never has though, has he?
Picture courtesy of Stramash.
The wall is up at The Times even if payment isn’t required yet. It started on May 24 and traffic has more than halved in the month since. It will probably halve again and then some when the cash register opens…
I’ll wager Danny Finkelstein, who is overseeing the Wapping paywall project, that within 12 months no Times political columnist will have more measurable readers online than Guido. Lunch at the restaurant of his choice…
After some excitement this morning that Gordon Brown might actually be in town to represent his constituents the truth unravels. While he may have put a fleeting five minutes in the chamber, (making the number of days he has been […]
Guido understands that an announcement tomorrow will say that CCHQ digital media guru and former parliamentary candidate, Rishi Saha has been made a civil servant running a to-be-merged Downing Street and Cabinet Office online team as Deputy Director of Communications. […]