I am writing to you to check your availability the weekend of August 24-26th.
It would be fantastic if you might be available at some point that weekend (most likely the Sunday) to take part in this year’s MediaGuardian Edinburgh International TV Festival. We were hoping you will be free in principle for a high-profile session we intend to put on titled “The Power of Gossip.” This session which will involve panellists including the author of the websites/mailouts “holymoly” and Adam Bullmore of October Films – will entail discussing the power of blogs and the internet and will question whether TV will ever be able to produce gossip as successfully.
It would not be a problem to arrange your participation behind a screen of sorts if you wish to protect your identity.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
With best wishes
Lucy Crystal | Interview Producer | BBC Newsnight
Guido is not falling for that one again…
Silverfish.TV are Labour’s preferred new media / video producers, doing most recently Scottish and Welsh Labour’s Party Political Broadcasts. They also did the “Dave the Chameleon” video for Labour, for free. Obviously it costs quite a lot to do an expensive CGI animation, but they didn’t charge the Labour party a penny. They do however have a number of juicy contracts awarded by Labour cronies and paid for by the taxpayer.
Do you see a pattern here? The Smith Institute is paid thousands of pounds to organise seminars for HM Treasury at the taxpayers expense. The Smith Institute gets to use No. 11 Downing Street for seminars for free. Opinion Leader Research is paid huge amounts to do polling for HM Treasury. Opinion Leader Research does polling for the Smith Institute for free. Silverfish are paid by Downing Street at fat rates, subsidising them to do “Dave the Chameleon” attack videos and coincidentally buy campaign websites on Gordon’s behalf for free.
It is a corrupt practice, Gordon’s campaign bills are being picked up by the taxpayer indirectly. In a secretive, behind closed doors, third-world style, “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours way”. He is running an undeclared campaign, it is funded, and no declarations are being made to the Electoral Commission because the funding is covert. Donors get tax relief from HM Treasury on donations to the Smith Institute, which is a charity of which Gordon is the only identifiable beneficiary. His pollster gets HM Treasury contracts and produces positive push polling for him. Labour’s friendly new media production outfit similarly wins Whitehall contracts and does work for Labour and Gordon for free. It has come to something when Nigerian newspapers are running stories about political corruption in Britain which feature the Smith Institute.
*Notice how despite Channel 4 News and the Times running with it, no credit was given to Dizzy. They say bloggers are parasitical leeches on the Dead-Tree-Press etc.
See Recess Monkey’s Newsnight Interview on Guynews.
Every day Guido wakes up with the sole intention of inciting rebellion and insulting leading figures in our own regime – so a sense of solidarity is natural.
Guido ventures into foreign matters only because the dead-tree-press are getting into a bit of a lather about us hoi polloi writing, horror, what we like on blogs, Jonathan Freedland is today’s worrier about the health of the blogosphere. His focus is on unruly comments. He notes the quip “First they came for the commenters, and I said nothing because I did not comment.” That sentiment is Guido’s feeling. The comments here do get out of hand occasionally (imagine what they’d be like if Guido didn’t hit delete). The house rules are mysterious, arbitrary and sometimes inconsistently exercised. But this blog is not a public service, it is private property, no taxpayers were harmed in the production of this blog. Nobody forces you to come here, you don’t have to read it, so if you don’t like it, don’t come back.
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Some of them are very strange indeed. God help London.
UPDATE :Added missing bits with the help of co-conspirators, presumably he just sat at home on Easter weekend (7th to 9th) brooding and snapping at the wife and kids.
*Still haven’t figured out how to make it interactive on the blog yet.
After four days Tony Blair’s YouTube welcome message has been watched 11,000 times, but one video featuring Mr Wyatt has been viewed just 86 times.
That compares with 800,000 viewings for the PM’s Comic Relief sketch, and about 100,000 viewings of clips saying they show Gordon Brown picking his nose.
After only four days Guido’s video of Gordon picking his nose was more popular than all the 16 cabinet members’ videos combined. Still fascinatingly watchable in a creepy way…
Red Balls Going Down | Speccie
BBC’s Lord Patten Under Pressure | Guardian
Leaked Tape Raises Thompson Questions | Press Gazette
Tim Yeo to Fight Deselection | EADT24
BBC Trust Challenges Pollard Over Tape | Mail
BBC Trust Demands Savile Recording Explanation | ITV
Tape Lord Patten Does Not Want You to Hear | Media Guido
David Ward on the Big Issues | Trending Central
Story Behind Selfie Picture | AFP
Birmingham Council Should Cut Waste Not Services | ConHome
Mandela Sign Language Interpreter “Fake” | The Age
Dave on selfie-gate:
“When a member of the Kinnock family asked me for a photograph I thought it only polite to say yes. Nelson Mandela had a history of bringing people together.”