How Many Beeboids Does it Take to Watch US TV Coverage?

Reportedly “no fewer than 472 BBC staff were hanging on the telephone 10 days ago to discuss its coverage of the upcoming US party conventions.” Why? Because there is no serious budget control, no profit motive and unlimited access to funds courtesy of a feudal taxation system to the benefit of the broadcasting barons.

Realistically the coverage could be done by the BBC’s existing American correspondents. Every news and current affairs show however wants a jolly and to enjoy the buzzing excitement. Guido was told by one Democratic insider that the BBC had a bigger presence at the U.S. conventions than any other domestic broadcaster – more than ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, Fox or PBS. It was ridiculous he said because none of the main players had the time to waste speaking to viewers who weren’t voters. The best they could hope for would be an answer to a shouted question.

It is a complete waste of money, there is no reason why the BBC could not provide a comprehensive service with one tenth of the 427 people on that conference call. Why does every news and current affairs programme have to send a team over the Atlantic at a cost of millions of pounds of telly taxpayers money? Reform of the bloated BBC should be high on the next government’s agenda.

Gordon : “I’m the Result of a Failed Experiment”

This just in from a cultured co-conspirator in Edinburgh:

Gordon was the guest interviewee at the opening event of the Edinburgh Book festival this morning. Interviewed by author Ian Rankin the PM told the audience that he’d gone to university aged 16 as the result of a school “hot-housing” experiment which had later been dumped. “I’m the result of a failed experiment….” he said.

Before the interview, as the audience waited, they were regaled with an appropriate piece of music, “The Dying Swan” by Tchaikovsky.

Guido still feels no pity.

+++ Stamp Duty Fiasco : Source – McBride Leaked Sun Story +++

Caroline Flint on Newsnight last night was hilarious – “Kirsty, Kirsty, Kirsty” she kept forlornly shouting on the two-way to studio.

In all fairness she has the worst job in government right now – Housing Minister. It can’t have helped that some moronic briefing to the Sun has brought a stagnant property market to a complete halt – why exchange now when if you wait until September you can save thousands in stamp duty? Which genius clumsily leaked the plan scheduled for September?

Damian McBride has the hotline to the George Pascoe-Watson

Friday Caption Contest (Only Way is Up Edition)

Another Day, Another Downing Street Press Officer

Remember the end to spin that Gordon’s premiership ushered in?

PR Week reports that a new spin merchant chief press officer role has been created at Downing Street.

When appointed, the new chief press officer will report to interim head of news Tom Hoskin. Downing Street is currently seeking candidates… the role ‘involves helping to run the press office day to day and ensuring that we have all we need to carry out the daily lobby briefings’.

However hard you try, you can’t polish a turd…

Number10TV

Gordon’s charisma and engaging personality are bound to make Number10TV a vote winner. Rosa Prince has written a story about the forthcoming launch of the channel. (The story mistakenly links to the spoof site Number10TV.com).

All this is so Gordon can reach voters without having to answer tough questions from TV interviewers. Don’t they already have a YouTube channel? Isn’t this just a waste of taxpayers money to promote the PM which should really be paid for by the party?

Wilf "We Had a Brilliant Report"

Sir Michael White this morning confirms the accuracy of Guido’s exclusive report yesterday. Through gritted teeth the left-wing journalist reported that “right-wing bloggers celebrated what they see as two Brownite scalps”. Too right.

Comical Wilf told Sir Michael that there is nothing to see here, the savaging that the Institute’s trustees got from the Charity Commission was “brilliant”, he told the Telegraph: “The Commission’s report was excellent in every respect and it is only because it was so good that I am able to step down now at this time” and that he always intended to resign as director, presumably Lord Haskel, donor to Brown’s leadership campaign and chairman of the trustees, always planned to resign as well.

Nothing then to do with the direct criticism of the trustees, finding “evidence of unchallenged party political comments being made at Institute events by politicians and also party political comments made by or on behalf of the Institute… combined with the predominant involvement of Labour Party politicians in the Institute’s activity, compromised the Institute’s independence. Bearing in mind the previous engagement between the Commission and the trustees in 2001/02 on this matter, the Commission concluded that the trustees had not safeguarded or adequately supervised the risks posed to the independence and reputation of the Institute… the trustees had allowed the Institute to become exposed to concerns that is supported Government policy and was involved in party political activity inappropriate for a charity”.

Haskel was damned as “not sufficiently engaged to ensure the proper supervision of the charity”.
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Guido doesn’t entirely agree with Iain Dale that the “Institute will cease to be”, it will however cease to be what is was, a slush fund for Gordon Brown. It will become a more normal think-tank, not a partisan vehicle for one politician’s ambitions.

+++ Wilf Stevenson Resigns From Smith Institute ++++++ Lord Haskel Resigns Chairmanship of Trustees +++

Guido has learnt that following the condemnation by the Charity Commission of the trustees of the Smith Institute, Lord Haskel has resigned as chairman of the trustees, Wilf Stevenson has also resigned as director after the unprecedented criticism of the charity for partisanship.

Paul Hackett, a wonk who has written some pamphlets for the Sith, is the “acting director”. The offices are closed and Guido has confirmed that the Smith Institute will no longer be based at the New Statesman’s offices. The rumour in wonk-land has it that the IPPR has taken pity on them and will be giving them space at their offices.

Mission accomplished, Sith in disarray. Guido won.
Don’t forget we also have the prospect of an Electoral Commission investigation into illegal undeclared “donations in kind” by the Smith Institute to Gordon Brown.

Vince’s Naivety on Nationalisation

Vince Cable is with some justice blaming almost everyone for the Northern Rock disaster:

“Taxpayers have every reason to be angry: with the private-sector managers and directors who behaved appallingly and have never been brought to book; the company auditors

[…]

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He’s Changin’, Liberals Losing Belief

“Change you can believe in” was the slogan, now he has sewn up the nomination, gone on his world tour and moved from being the nominee presumptive to the presumptuous nominee, he himself is changing. “The One” is moving right-wards

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Just Like "The Thick of It"

This just in from a co-conspirator’s Crackberry:

I am en route on the 3.18 from Hull to London with two loud mouthed Labourites. Ivan Lewis, [Health PuSS] and his [researcher?].

They are deciding whether to go for a quote based […]

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Harriet Advocates Ageism

The chief author and advocate of the Equalities Bill has released a consultation paper recommending that MPs should continue to be allowed to employ husbands, wives and lovers, but not their children. Isn’t that ageist?

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