Should Guido Audition to Replace Crick?

Guido occasionally gets calls from producers asking him to go on TV and turns them down. Newsnight have tried a few times without success. But they finally made Guido an offer he couldn’t refuse, his own production team, a free hand with the script and five minutes of prime time to do whatever he wanted. So despite never wanting to get his face on TV, Guido decided to take on our political broadcasters; Nick Robinson, Adam Boulton and Paxman. Crick’s old job is up for grabs after all…
The piece is online here. Now the editors have moved the goalposts and want a studio discussion as well. Sir Michael White will be defending the cosy lobby system, Paxman will be back to asking rather answering the questions. What do you think? Stay in the shadows or do battle with Sir Michael? Vote using the box in the middle column.

Miliband ‘s Pro-Labour Blogging is a Repeat OffenceMandarins Do Sock-Puppetry Too

Guido was (as normal) perusing the Farmer’s Weekly Interactive when he noticed that Peter Ainsworth, Miliband’s Tory shadow, has joined in the complaints about the Miliblogger making partisan pro-Labour propaganda points on a civil service run website paid for by the taxpayer despite promising he wouldn’t do that when he started.
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The Miliblogger has now taken that Civil Service Code breaking post down. But this is not the first time he has broken the rules and his promise, he has previous. On March 9, in a post headlined Land fit for Heroes he claimed that “One of the great achievements of the 1945 Labour Government was the 1947 Town and Country Planning Act. It was inspired… blah blah blah”

So another partisan claim, another breach of the rules, paid for by taxpayers whom he promised that “because this is a Government site I won’t lapse into party ranting”. Will he take this one down as well?
A co-conspirator called to draw Guido’s attention to a comment by Owen Barder, formerly Blair’s economic private secretary, latterly a mandarin at DFID and not a person unknown to the Miliblogger himself. He says of the Miliblog “..this is excellent value for money. People should be impressed that a Cabinet Minister is blogging at all, not whinging about the very reasonable costs.” Now that is sock-puppetry of the highest order…

UPDATE : A Whitehall satsuma tells me that Owen Barder actually worked for Miliband when he ran the No. 10 policy unit.

Hilary Benn’s Arms Length Viral

Just as the anti-Hilary attack ad made by an “independent” supporter of Obama turned out to not be so independently made after all, this independently made ad will, Guido has no doubt, have the blessing of Hilary Benn’s team.
Why not run the ad officially? Because firstly it breaches Zephyr Film’s copyright, it is also a little bit risky in that humour can often have disastrous and unexpected consequences. Gweirdo (James Mason) carefully takes responsibility for it in case Benn’s team need to avoid getting any backwash. Humour has hitherto been sadly lacking in political videos, now that anyone with a laptop and a digital camera can make one, that is going to change. This one works and won’t harm Hilary Benn at all, but as Sion Simon’s anti-WebCameron debacle proves, it can backfire badly.

See the Benn viral on Guynews.

Benn’s Arms Length Viral

As Usual With Upgrades, Things Need Tweaking

Consider the blog to be in Beta version…

UPDATE : Colour error fixed, apparently an errant { was responsible. Those complaining about the width of the text box being too small should know it is unchanged, the page is just more wide-screen. The text column on the left is, if you are one of the increasing number of people reading this on a mobile device, a better format. More tweaks coming.

Bogey Man Update

Over 70,000 people have so far watched Gordon’s two minute bogeytastic excavation via YouTube, making it by far the most watched political video outside the US. Guido put the video together in a bit of a hurry and looped the Twilight Zone theme tune on repeat.

According to a source the “dee doo dee doo” tune echoed around the new Millbank Tory open plan HQ all day as the boys and girls watched it on their screens mesmerised. Back to work chaps before Hilton finds out…


You can still watch it over on
GuyNews.TV

That Taxpayer Funded Non-Political Blog Again

When the Treasury finds out it is paying for this someone is going to be in big trouble. How did this get through moderation? If you have a civil servant paid a pro-rata rate of some sixty grand to do the moderation you’d at least expect them to be attentive given the controversy.

Da Fink reckons that the Miliblogger would be liberated and change from the Steve Davis of political blogging into something more interesting if he was on a Labour party hosted, rather than a Civil Service restricted, blog. Guido is not convinced that even uninhibited free association wonk-speak would be that interesting. Ever.

Punters Reckon Straw Backs Gordon for the Vacancy

Betfair punters now reckon Jack Straw is the favourite to succeed Gordon as Chancellor when the position becomes vacant. Which has a certain logic to it, but did Gordon actually make Straw an offer he couldn’t refuse? If Gordon “I don’t bear grudges” Brown asks you to run his campaign, what are you going to do? Learn to swim with the fishes? Alastair Darling won’t be pleased, but what can he do? Has Gordon calculated that another Scot at the Treasury will be too much?

The question is why hasn’t Gordon asked Miliband to be his deputy campaign manager? Seems awfully uncharacteristically brave to leave Blair’s chosen successor at a loose end…

Jack Straw is obviously going to need to top up Gordon’s male dominated team with some women to give it a more inclusive feel. Why not people he has some experience with? Gisela Stuart, the Labour MP who sat on the EU convention’s 13-strong presidium has experience, and Oona King has a younger funkier appeal with the bonus of ethnicity thrown in. She also charmed Gordon at the Fabian conference recently with the improbable (pre-Kylie) claim that “If you want celebrity and glitz, Gordon is not your man.” No harm in boosting Gordon’s campaign with some female talent…

Politicians are Better Off In the EU

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the Better Off Out campaign is holding a Better Off IN reception (junket) tonight at the Old Bank of England from 7 until closing time. The theme is that

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Miliband’s Blog Assistant Costs £62,400 a Year

Further to the stories about the Miliblogger’s taxpayer funded blog, Tory Radio has calculated that since Miliband says

…he has an official effectively acting as his blogging assistant who does about 10 hours work a month at a cost of

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Rich & Marks Monday Morning View(Suspect Edition)

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Miliblogger Sulking, De-linking

Miliband has, in an incredibly revealing fit of pique, now removed his link to this blog from his blog-roll, (he only added Guido to his blog-roll a month ago for some blogospheric street cred). This follows the New Statesman

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