Labour HQ Pulling #MiliFandom Strings

Telly sources say that the Labour Party were calling the #MiliFandom in as a story all morning, and now this:

So we’ve gone from Ed Miliband conversing with a random teenage girl who tweets out her sex dreams about him, to it looking suspiciously like a Labour stunt. Guido is not sure which is worse…

Happy Earth Day Sheeple

HAPPY EARTH DAY

It’s Earth Day, the “largest civic event in the world” that was started to give bored anti-Vietnam hippies something else to protest about. It’s also an annual excuse for earnest news publications to run eco-garbage scare stories. Just take a look at this gem from the Guardian:

“Earth Day: scientists say 75% of known fossil fuel reserves must stay in ground.”

The Guardian story is following in a fine tradition, here’s some choice quotes from 1970, the year Earth Day was founded.

“[By 1995]…somewhere between 75 and 85 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct” Sen. Gaylord Nelson, the founder of Earth Day, Look Magazine

the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be bornNewsweek 

By 1985, air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one halfLife Magazine

Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from the intolerable deteriorations and possible extinctionThe New York Times

Gaia has heard it all before…

Salmond: “I’m Writing the Labour Party Budget” Full Video

The Tories are cock-a-hoop at getting their hands on this footage of Alex Salmond from last week, which they have kindly sub-titled for English speakers:

“He [Labour spokesperson on TV] said famously: “The Scottish Labour leader will not be writing the Labour party budget.” But then I knew that already, because I’m writing the Labour party budget”

Labour won’t find this joke very funny…

Full video without sub-titles here:

Jamie Reed Bottles Brillo Rematch

Jamie Reed was invited back onto the Daily Politics today to finish yesterday’s clusterf**k NHS interview:

He declined.

In fact, Labour refused to put anyone up to talk about the NHS on today’s programme.

Instead BBC reporter Iain Watson was forced to explain their policy position to viewers.

Labour’s “NHS week” is going so well they are running away from the chance to talk about it…

Masterful LibDem Graph

A LibDem leaflet from Wantage: 

Guido was commended by Royal Statistical Society at the Statistical Excellence in Journalism Awards 2014, so is in a strong position to pass judgement on such matters. Looks fine to him…

Off-Cameron: Dave’s This Morning Salmond Quip

Phillip Schofield introduces the next segment following his interview with the PM:

PS:“Up next a man who can pinch your wallet, your watch and even your tie without you even noticing”

DC:“Who’s that, Alex Salmond?”

Zinger!

More BBC Website Bias: Food Bank Headline Claim Made Up

The BBC website lost all semblance of editorial impartiality yesterday, but how are they faring today? This headline makes their homepage this morning:

The claim comes from a report by the Trussell Trust, press released this morning as “Food bank use tops one million for first time”. It would be reasonable to assume from both that title and the BBC headline that, currently, one million people are using food banks. Is that the case?

Scroll down to the very bottom of the Trussell Trust press release, and of the “million” in the headline, they admit “on average 49 percent of foodbank users only needed one foodbank voucher in a year”.

In fact, “only 15 percent needed help more than three times in a year”. So it is misleading in the least to imply that a million people are currently using food banks.

What’s more, the Trussell Trust ‘fess up: “We cannot measure unique users on a national scale”. The “million” is not even a unique figure, it counts those who use foodbanks on more than once occassion twice.

But don’t let the facts get in the way of a good election story…

UPDATE: Full Fact also take issue with the headline:

“The claim that over a million people are using Trussell Trust food banks is inaccurate. It comes from confusing the number of different people using Trussell Trust food banks in a year with the number of times they use the food banks.

The Trussell Trust collect their data from the vouchers used by people referred to their food banks. If one voucher feeds a family of 4 people, that’s 4 instances. If the same family visit again next week, that’s another 4 instances. The Trussell Trust say that on average people needed two food bank vouchers annually, so the number of people using food banks is likely to be around half of the 1.1 million figure.”

#MiliFandom: Fantasy versus Reality

Is Miliband sexy? We report, you decide… 

The fantasies:bedmiliband

The reality:
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Guido suspects this mass hysteria was triggered by Caitlin Moran in The Times last week (Are women ‘perving’ over Ed Miliband?) and the Daily Mail (Red Ed’s VERY tangled love life). Apparently the whole #MiliFandom thing is driven by teenage girls. Remember kids, socialism is never cool…

Tesco Was Doomed

With Tesco posting a record breaking pre-tax loss of £6.4 billion, questions are being ask about where it all went wrong.

The trouble has been brewing for a while at the supermarket giant…

At the beginning of the month Tesco […]

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Shapps Comes Out Fighting

It is fair to say all the evidence against Grant Shapps is purely circumstantial, there is no conclusive smoking gun, on that basis the Tory chairman would have a good case for defamation against The Guardian.  It is not […]

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LibDems Troll Shapps

The LibDem press office are having a laugh:

Coalicious![…]

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Piers Morgan Questioned By Hacking Police Today

Piers says in a statement to the Guardian:

“Some time ago I was asked to attend an interview with officers from Operation Golding when I was next in the UK. 

This was further to a previous voluntary interview I

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