Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Prize Winner

Guido is inclined to belatedly give the prize for last week’s caption competition to Apricot Fox who (a) managed to grasp the contest rules (b) come up with a credible potential thought for the Head of Protocol greeting Gordon on the Brown carpet with his trousers tucked in his sock.

Bemuses Guido that so many when asked to describe what she is thinking, put words in the Prime Mentalist’s mouth. You losers.

“Gee, you are a great Cyclops…I mean, CYCLIST!”

If Apricot Fox emails Guido her address he’ll get round to mailing her A History of Political Trials: From Charles I to Saddam Hussein and a copy of The Big Red Book of New Labour Sleaze. Congratulations.*

*Congratulations also to Hugo Rifkind for getting an advice column out of the picture.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Telegraph: "It Was Only a Little Bit of a Hack"

Nothing to worry about apparently.

Just as well. Wouldn’t want an august journal of record being hacked in any way that would be disrespectful. This is the paper that had Gordon Brown as guest of honour at their big party this year after all.

James Kirkup’s article today has an amusing angle:

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/gordon-brown/4961897/Gordon-Brown-is-a-Hunt.html

Murphy’s Tax Law

Richard Murphy, the proselytiser for taxation given so much credit as an “expert” by taxaholic hacks at the Guardian as the leading authority, has just made a startling admission on Sky News. He said it is worrying for everyone left behind that more corporations are leaving Britain fearing higher taxes – for which he campaigns – because the tax burden will fall harder on fewer taxpayers. That is what happens when looters try to fleece the productive too much.

Union Boss "Wins" With 5.4% of the Vote

Unite, the union which effectively controls the purse strings of the Labour Party, had an election for leader and nobody bothered. 85% of voters were in the none-of-the-above category.

With only 15% bothering to vote, only 60,048 (5.4%) out of a claimed membership of 1,096,51 voted to keep Derek Simpson in the bling style to which he is accustomed. Not exactly a resounding endorsement.

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Sunday, March 8, 2009

+++ Telegraph Users Passwords and Emails Hacked +++

You should change your password if you are one of the 700,000 registered Telegraph.co.uk users.

Hackers boasting here. Security warning here. The Telegraph, as far as Guido can tell, has not alerted users that their passwords have been compromised. Shane?

Trans-Atlantic Refusal to Apologise :
Brown Rants “Let’s Have It Out Now”

It is worth reading the account pieced together from witnesses to the mid-Atlantic back-of-the-plane confrontation between Brown and his press tormentors. The Mail on Sunday gives a pretty full account of Brown’s aggressive refusal to give the Lobby even an off the record acceptance that he is in any way culpable in the tiniest way for the particularly dire economic situation Britain faces.
ITN’s political editor Tom Bradby says that after an interview ‘Off camera, the mike was ripped off and we exchanged a few tart remarks… He has a bad temper.’ So it was mid-air with the off-the-record, no notebooks, no tapes, Lobby briefing turned rant:

Pressed to admit he had made mistakes, he said: ‘No, it was supply. If inflation is low, people are going to borrow money to buy houses. You can’t stop that. You don’t understand it.’

At one point the man from the Labour-supporting Guardian threw him a lifeline saying: ‘Can I just make it clear we aren’t all saying that?’

When another journalist tried to defuse the situation, Mr Brown refused to be diverted. ‘No, let’s sort this out now, let’s have it out now,’ he said, jabbing his finger.

Not exactly the bonhomie of the Blair Force One days on the return flight. The Mail’s report does not identify the cringe-makingly obsequious Guardian hack doing the journalistic equivalent of bringing teacher an apple.

Guido can tell you it was the political editor, Patrick Wintour.

+++ Police Follow Custard Trail, Leila Deen Arrested +++

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Marr Book to Be Pulped

From the Bookseller yesterday

Macmillan Recalls Andrew Marr book

06.03.09 Katie Coyne

Pan Macmillan has issued an “urgent” stock recall notice on Andrew Marr’s A History of Modern Britain for legal reasons. Pan Macmillan md, Anthony Forbes Watson, refused to elaborate on what the legal issues around the recall were. It is understood that the publisher plans to re-issue the book when changes have been made.
This can only be because someone living is threatening to sue. Any co-conspirators have any idea?

UPDATE : Apparently Erin Pizzey is angry with Marr.

Another Obama Movie DVD for Brown


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