Guy News: Staggers Continues to Promote Smears

Despite having paid substantial damages and apologising to Daniel Hannan, the New Statesman‘s website is still actively promoting James Macintyre’s smear from last August against the leader of the conservative grouping in the European Parliament, Michal Kaminski:

Macintyre better hope Kaminski isn’t feeling litigious about this accusation. The Chief Rabbi of Poland accused Macintyre of misrepresenting  his views.  Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich cleared Kaminski of the charge of being an anti-semite, and if anyone should know, he should know. Macintyre, as this video shows, still accuses Kaminski of being “a former neo-nazi”.

UPDATE: A gruff James Macintyre couldn’t get off the phone quick enough when Guy News asked whether he stood by the accusation that Kaminski was a “former neo-nazi”. “I refer you to my original email and have nothing else to say“, whatever that means. Let’s see what his boss and New Statesman publisher Spencer Neil has to say about it…

Staggers Coughs for Slurs

Former intimate friend of Derek Draper, James MacIntyre, the New Statesman’s wayward political editor, got his fingers well and truly burnt in a smear straight out of the MacBride/Draper play-book. Macintyre has been moaning about the apparent easy ride the Tories are getting in the press. It seems he likes to hold them to extreme accounts, regardless of the truth. It took Guido days to trawl around for the last edition of the New Statesman but he finally managed to snatch one from a passed-out tramp. Hidden away in it was this apology:

A Carter-Rucking later and a substantial five figure sum gives us confirmation of what was already common knowledge in the  Westminster village: make-it-up-Macintyre smears Conservatives as racists.

Balls : Damian McBride is My Friend, Still Speak to Him

With rumours circulating that Damian McBride will be spinning for Ed Ball’s forthcoming leadership campaign,  (if , and it is an if, he holds his Morley and Outwood seat).  Brillo got straight to the point at this morning’s Labour Party press conference:

C’mon down Damian, Guido misses you…

Guy News : Big News from Battersea

Watch out for the stuntwork in the Guy ‘Copter…

Aged Beat Young Tories To Power Station

For Dave and the Cambridge-blue clad Conservative Future kids it was a new dawn yesterday under clear blue skies for their manifesto. However they weren’t up early enough to beat the manifesto launch for Age UK, the new name for the combined Age Concern and Help the Aged. The oldies had earlier this week projected their manifesto demands on Battersea power station, beating the Tories to the political use of the iconic London building. Intergenerational power struggles…

If They Can’t Even Run a Press Office…

This is the height of an election campaign and you would think a party desperate to be taken seriously would have nailed basic proof-reading  and checking before emailing out their releases. Guido isn’t really enjoying the experience of receiving a press release a minute as he seems to be this week, but especially irritating is the frequency of corrections and amendments from Cowley Street every day.  The Liberal Democrats really need to raise their press operation’s game.

Some Aren’t So Keane

Well they weren’t on the stage as apparent cheerleaders, but the Tories use of Keane’s “Everybody’s Changing” as warm up music hasn’t gone down too well with their public school swampy drummer Richard Hughes. He tweetedam horrified. to be clear – we were not asked. i will not vote for them.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement. The Foo Fighters, Bowie and Basement Jaxx, who made up the rest of the play-list on Hilton’ iPod, were unavailable for comment…

CCHQ Outwits the Broadcasters

CCHQ pulled a trick to keep the cameras rolling and broadcasting throughout today’s Tory presser: bookend all the most presentable Shadow Cabinet members with Osborne and Cameron. Cameron was introduced by Hague and Osborne long before he appeared. The trick worked for Cameron’s happy-faces “Big Society” launch and it worked today – by the time Baroness Warsi was on tiptoes at the podium the media were just desperate for Cameron to come out. Next trick on the broadcasters: book up all the post-manifesto launch air time with Shadow Cabinet, then keep them all sitting on the stage while Dave answers questions. The resulting empty air time gets filled up with continuing coverage of the stage, instead of Eric Pickles or Grayling embarrassing themselves…

UPDATE : Michael Salter, CCHQ’s head of broadcast is on a roll.  He was “Tory of the Day” yesterday for smoothing things over with the gay community this weekend.

Found! Labour Leaflet Featuring Gordon Brown’s Picture

Guido had been wondering for a while whether anyone on the Labour side would take the foolish risk of putting Jonah Brown on their election literature. Scrolling through the multitudes of leaflets uploaded onto the leaflet archiving site TheStraightChoice.Org, […]

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Clegg Will Be the Big Winner of the TV Debates

All credit to Nick Clegg for braving Paxman and coming through unscathed. Tim Montgomerie is advising Dave to duck Paxman and the chances of Gordon Brown finding the courage to endure a grilling are even more remote. The bookies currently […]

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State of the Campaigns

Above is the Guy News rolling poll of polls from the last seven days.

This week last year saw the biggest move in a party’s rating ever recorded by YouGov.  On April 4th, 2009 Labour were on 34%, the following […]

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The Road Ahead Leads to Athens

Don’t miss the Labour Party’s broadcast tonight: “The Road Ahead” will be broadcast tonight at 17:55 (BBC2), 18:25 (ITV1), 18:55 (BBC1), 19:25 (Five) and 19:55 (Channel 4).  Above is Guido’s look into the future if we stay on this road…[…]

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