Speccie v Staggers on Communism and Circulation

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In the week we celebrate the Fall of the Wall (more in this coming week’s Guidogram) the covers of our political weeklies are worth comparing.  The Speccie reveals and condemns Soviet agents at the highest levels of the Labour Party.  The New Statesman glories in a cover with a flattering (old) picture of the communist tyrant Fidel Castro.  On the inside is a feature on his allegedly ‘popular’ variant of socialism.  So popular is Castro’s socialism that he has turned the island into a prison, locked up dangerous poets, not held an election in half a century and jailed dissident democrats.  No mention in the article of the people who to attempt to flee to Miami on floats made out of car tyres or the level of destitution to which the country has been reduced.  Perhaps Castro is popular in the same way that the Staggers is ‘popular’.   Up to date ABC circulation figures are no longer available, but the suspicion is that since they have got rid of the adult political reporters the weekly circulation has gone below 20,000 – less than the daily readership of this blog.  Online data  since the beginning of the year shows the relative downward trend:

Relative Trends

Perhaps if it was more in the real world politically – the latest claim is that the Chief Rabbi of Poland is a Tory stooge – the downward trend of the Staggers might be arrested.  Perhaps they are hoping, vainly in Guido’s view, that a change of government will boost circulation…

Listen to Mrs Janes Berate Gordon Brown

Here.

Brown Shame‘Mr Brown, listen to me… I know every injury that my child sustained.  My son could have survived but he bled to death’

“How would you like it if one of your children, God forbid, went to a war – helping protect his Queen and country – and because of lack, LACK of helicopters, lack of equipment your child bled to death? “And then you had the coroner have to tell you his every injury?”

Do you understand Mr Brown? Lack of equipment.

The PM replied: “I do understand but I think you have got to also understand that I feel very strongly about this as, as you do.”

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….

JJ: Right, can I now just say how I feel?

GB: Yes please.

JJ: Many many years ago, in 18-something, somebody said the biggest enemy of our Army was our Treasury… they were so right.

GB: I, I…

JJ: Even to this day..

GB: I, I…

JJ: Mr Brown, to this day, I know as fact helping my sons buy equipment themselves before they go to war, I know of every mother, the letters I have received off mothers whose sons have been killed, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, you know, friends of mine that were killed in Northern Ireland.

I know that our Government are letting our troops down, big time.

GB: But I’m sorry I would not send anybody abroad unless I felt that they were properly equipped and, er, what I’ve told the Army chiefs that we cannot send people abroad unless we can properly equip them.

JJ: But they’re not properly equipped and we both know this.

Full transcript.

Guy News : Fifth November Edition

Notice that the Mail on Sunday and The Times followed up on the story broken first on Guy News of the lewd Labour MP and Nadine Dorries.  Guidogram subscribers knew first and got the “behind the blog” back story of last week.

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About that “Independent” Report Mr Kilfoyle…

Peter Kilfoyle MP made a bit of a splash in the local paper last week:

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As reported he commissioned a study that called for a directly elected mayor with tax and spend power.  Kilfoyle said his aim was to “put the cat among the pigeons” and was attacking “.. a cosy local cabal”.  The study was carried out by a local Liverpool firm, KIP Research Ltd.  Guido called them up to find out more…

Guido Fawkes :  Who commissioned the report?
KIP Research : Well you obviously know.
GF : Who paid for it?
KR : How did you get my phone number?
GF
: It is on your website.
KR : I’m not comfortable with this conversation, it is intrusive. [Puts the phone down.]

peter_kilfoyleGuido has tried contacting Peter Kilfoyle via his offices in both his constituency and parliament.  No one there seems to know anything about the report.   Strange because the “independent” research firm is run by Lucy Kilfoyle, Peter’s daughter.  She used to be his parliamentary researcher before she set up KIP Research Ltd, offering services like, errm, “press and PR support”.

Guido wants to know:

  • Did the taxpayer pay for this report?
  • If so, how much did it cost?
  • In what sense is it independent?

So could someone from Mr Kilfoyle’s office could get back to me, if it isn’t too intrusive, the number is 070 9284 0531…

UPDATE : Precious line in the report criticising the local authorities as a “closed and incestuous shop”.

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Swimming in Blood

PM Couldn’t Even Get My Son’s Name RightSun

LibDem Councillor Demands Truth About Hampshire UFO Base

He also met an alien in his local shopping centre.  She was wearing a tutu…

Hat-tip : Hampshire Chronicle

Saturday Seven Up

7upIf you were not one of the 61,017 visitors viewing 354,850 blog pages over the last seven days, here are the seven most popular stories (in order of popularity) that you missed:

You are either in front of Guido, or you are behind…

Guidogram Out Later Today

The Guy News broadcast is only available to Guidogram subscribers this weekend.  In it we report on the guys who went to parliament this November fifth and Guido will also tell you about his week from behind the blog.  Gossip?  Well if you want to know the name of that Labour MP who revolted Nadine Dorries with his lurid fantasy you’ll just have to subscribeThousands already have…

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Nadine v HM Government

Damian McPoisonWhile Nadine Dorries has settled her claim for libel against Damian McBride (with Damian having to pay legal costs including for Guido’s time spent serving him with the papers) she has not yet settled her claims against HM Government.

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Friday Caption Competion

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Correction

In a story yesterday Guido reported that

Guido has been told that three weeks ago Margaret Thatcher wrote a personal plea to her great admirer Václav Klaus, to stand firm, in the hope of strengthening his resolve. It was to

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Triple Curse Whacked British Football Hopes

Could journalists not agree a moratorium on asking Gordon to pledge support for our sporting teams?   Last night, as prophesied, Everton fans knew they were doomed to lose the moment the Prime Mentalist wished them well.  Gordon added “I […]

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