Rebekah Will Be Appointed News UK CEO As Of Monday

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Rebekah Brooks will replace Mike Darcey as the chief executive of News UK on Monday according to Guido sources.  An official announcement will be made later today…

UPDATE: As was widely rumoured Tony Gallagher is transferring from the Daily Mail to become The Sun’s editor-in-chief.

Pro-EU Lobbyist in Heart of Whitehall

A key figure from the ‘remain in EU’ campaign has been given unique access to the heart of Whitehall ahead of the referendum. Guido can reveal that the Campaign Director for the Business for New Europe group, Lucy Thomas, was allowed to go ‘on secondment’ to the Department of Health’s HQ last year. According to Thomas’ LinkedIn CV, the role also included work at the Cabinet Office, though she now claims it was limited only to the Department of Health. Sources suggest the placement was organised with by the puppet-master of UK Europhilia, the mega-rich lobbyist Roland Rudd. Arch-Europhile Rudd is famously close to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt…

Lucy’s CV is hardcore Europhile; LibDem, BBC, Business for New Europe, Whitehall, then back to Business for New Europe as the Campaign Director.

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When she was at the BBC in 2008 she won the European Parliament’s Prize for Journalism – demonstrating once again the BBC’s famed “impartiality” on Europe. Strangely she has no previous campaigning experience…

Guido has requested details of outside secondments from all departments under the Freedom of Information Act. Of the departments which responded, no staff from the various EU ‘leave’ campaigns have been on secondment. The revelation is reminiscent of the row caused in 2013 by Guido’s story revealing Prince Charles’ “spy” on secondment in the Cabinet Office, which made front page news at the time. Thomas says:

“My six-month stint working to raise the awareness of dementia and the need to speed up the search for a cure was neither policy-related or anything at all to do with the EU.”

On a day when Downing Street is trying to look neutral on Europe, it’s suspicious that a government department has been handing out cushy Whitehall placements to the Campaign Director of the pro-EU campaign… it is not what you know, it is who you know…

Nonsense and Insensibility: Emma Thompson’s Poetry Protest

Following former celebrity Charlotte Church’s musical protest against Shell last week, Greenpeace have wheeled out Emma Thompson to fight climate change… with a poem.

Choice lines include “do you think we should just burn, baby, burn” and “do you just think we should boil, baby boil“. She also appears to compare energy sector workers to Nazis. Safe to say it went on much longer than the presenter was expecting…

Anti-UKIP Burnham v Patriotic ‘Purple’ Andy

Internationalist lefty Andy Burnham has UKIP in his sights this morning, vowing to “fight nationalism wherever I find it“:

“Across Europe, we have seen the rise of nationalist parties… And established parties have begun to follow suit. Here in this country, the governing party spent an election playing to English nationalism… As Labour leader, I will fight nationalism – an ugly brand of politics that seeks to divide people one from another – wherever I find it. It is a dead-end towards division, separation and conflict… Labour has been too weak in standing up to nationalism.”

Yet, after Labour lost in May, patriotic ‘purple’ Andy Burnham claimed “every single place that I went to” was concerned about immigrants. “Standing up to nationalism” meant he invited local ‘kippers to a meeting to try and win them over, saying they are “not xenophobic or racist“. His speeches echoed Farage’s “divisive” rhetoric on the train, sympathetically recounting the concerns of one anti-foreigner voter:

“When you’re at work and you have a tea break, you go into the tea room and have a chat with people. When I’m at work I have my tea break on my own because I’m the only one who speaks English”

What was that about “an ugly brand of politics”?

Burnham “raided” UKIP’s manifesto for his leadership pitch. He copied UKIP’s lines and said that “MPs all live in posher areas, don’t see what they go through and hence don’t help them“. He lifted Farage’s “metropolitan elite” buzzword. “Labour has been too weak in standing up to nationalism…”

Corbyn: Quoting Things I Have Said is “Cynical” Journalism

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Jeremy Corbyn has had a good old whinge about nasty journalists having the gall to point out things he has said in the past. Asked by ITV about those bin Laden comments, covered by all papers, Jez fired back:

“They were quite cynically and deliberately mis-reported… the point I made was it was a culmination of awful events all across the region and I said if they were capable of getting to Osama bin Laden then put him on trial.”

Awwww.

Was he cynically misrepresented? Is that really the only point he was making? Here is the quote in full context:

“I can’t answer the question of why [Obama will not release evidence of bin Laden’s death]. We can only guess that there is something fishy here; that Bin Laden wasn’t there, therefore, there has to be a story. Or, the pictures are very gory, or they show something else, such as he was unarmed and was shot – as may well, on this, there was no attempt that I can see to arrest him, to put him on trial, to go through that process. This was an assassination attempt and is yet another tragedy upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center attack was a tragedy, the war in Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy.”

So, we have a) a nutty conspiracy theory about “something fishy” going on, b) Corbyn describing bin Laden’s assassination as a “tragedy“, and c) Corbyn equating bin Laden’s death with 9/11. Apparently directly quoting his own words is a smear…

ITV report Corbyn then moaned that “an awful lot of journalists were spending a lot of time trawling the archives for anything he has said”. Well, yes, the man does supposedly want to be Prime Minister…

Owen Jones Wouldn’t Serve Under Corbyn

Liz Kendall turned the tables on Owen Jones in his latest video, asking the baby faced Guardian columnist if he would serve under Jeremy Corbyn.

Liz “Would you take a job in Jeremy Corbyn’s office?”

Owen “No. No.”

Owen also confirmed to Liz Kendall Guido’s revelation that he was asked to stand to be a Labour MP in the last election. Guido understood that Tom Watson asked him to stand against Nick Clegg in Sheffield. Instead Owen led a throng of left-wingers to knock on doors in the constituency, ensuring that the Tory voters took fright and voted for Nick Clegg in droves to keep Labour out… 

In any event, Owen understandably wouldn’t want to take the pay-cut

Burnham: Corbyn Making Excuses For Putin

Jeremy “Can I finish?” Corbyn’s famous temper frayed at this afternoon’s Channel 4 hustings when Andy Burnham accused him of “making excuses for Putin“:

“No I’m not Andy that is ridiculous, that is ridiculous. Andy, Andy, that is ridiculous.”

Burnham has previously threatened to quit Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet if he pushes ahead with his policy on leaving Nato. You’ll never be Shadow Chancellor if you criticise the dear leader like that, Andy…

Below the Line Comments Update

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Guido went to a system of registration for comment makers last December, above are the numbers for last month (August), comments are still averaging around some 50,000 a month. We’re slowly, when we have time, permanently banning the most boring obsessives. We have neither the time or inclination to pre-moderate comments. If readers see a comment they find particularly disagreeable, flag it.

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Be warned, we plan to ratchet up the number of bores we plan to permanently block…

Grand Theft Euro: Brussels Blows Millions on Computer Games

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The global video game industry is now bigger than Hollywood, yet the EU’s “Creative Europe” programme saw fit to hand out £2.4 million of taxpayers’ money to computer game developers last year.

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Bit of a No Know…

Pretty bad luck to base the entire branding for your Brexit campaign around a pun on ‘No’, only for the Electoral Commission the change the question. That is what has happened to Arron Banks’ ‘The Know’ campaign, who have been […]

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Corbynistas Plan to ‘Drink Blood of Thatcher’

Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters will be partying like it’s 1983 at the Speakeasy Bar in Epping tomorrow night. The Corbyn campaign is sponsoring an official ‘Cocktails for Corbyn‘ bash, offering drinks such as “Dianne Abbotts” [sic], described as “Champagne […]

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Referendum Question: Remain or Leave?

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Guido suspects the out side will be happier with that phrasing…

UPDATE:

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