Friday, January 23, 2015

WATCH: Daily Politics on Nando’s v Harvester

After the Prime Minister provoked outrage with his admission that he prefers foreign Nando’s to good old British Harvester, the Daily Politics investigated:

Delicious.

Via @liarpoliticians

GCHQ Threaten “Ethically Worse” Tactics Over Snapchat Row

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Sir David Omand, a former Director of GCHQ, has told an audience at the LSE that spooks will be forced into “ethically worse” behaviour because of the trend towards end-to-end encrypted communications used by apps such as Snapchat and Whatsapp. Sir David, who in his role as security and intelligence co-ordinator at the Cabinet Office insisted to Tony Blair that Daivd Kelly’s name should be given to the foreign affairs select committee, warned that spies will be forced into “close access work” because they can’t monitor en masse the encoded information sent through mobile messaging services.

Close access work means agents getting physically close to and monitoring suspects. i.e. doing their job.

“One of the results of Snowden is that the companies are heavily encrypting end to end, that’s probably inevitable, it would probably have come anyway. But Snowden has accelerated it. The result is that the intelligence agencies and the police are not going give up trying to get the bad guys, they’ve just got to get closer to the bad guys. So what we’re actually going to see I predict is more close access work. Now you can say that’s more targeted so that fits your way of thinking, but in terms of intrusion into personal privacy, collateral intrusion into privacy; we’re actually likely to end up in ethically worse positions than we were before.”

Techno Guido is confused why specifically targeting the bad guys is “ethically bad”…

H/T TBIJ

Tories Deny Photoshopping Miliband to Make Him Look Fat

Tory sources deny any manipulation of Ed’s face to make him look fatter on their new poster.

We report, you decide…

UPDATE:

This is the source image, via Getty:

UPDATE II:

The Tory chairman tells Iain Dale:

“This is clearly a mocked up poster and so clearly it’s a bit of Photoshop work.”

Broadcasters Threaten to Empty Chair Leaders

UPDATE:

Tory statement:

“These new proposals are being considered as part of the ongoing discussions about the debates.”

And Labour:

“We will debate anyone the broadcasters choose to invite and we are pleased to see the clear proposal to have three debates all in the general election campaign. The broadcasters have obviously made a very significant move to adopt wholesale the Prime Minister’s proposals and it surely now not possible for him to maintain his opposition to participating in these debates. We relish the opportunity for Ed Miliband to take on David Cameron directly in a head to head debate.”

Friday Caption Contest (You Having a Giraffe? Edition)

Entries in the comments please…

New Tory Poster Targets Miliband and Salmond

Guido is told this has just gone up to target all those Scottish voters at Vauxhall Cross roundabout in London. Happy Friday afternoon photoshopping…

Government Flies Flags at Half Mast For Tyrant Abdullah

DCMS say in a statement:

It is with great regret that we learn of the death of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, King of Saudi Arabia.

It is requested that all flags be half-masted from 8am today until 8pm this evening.

Any other UK national flags flown alongside the Union Flag when it is at half-mast should also be at half-mast. If a flag of a foreign nation is normally flown on the same stand as the Union Flag, it should be removed.

For shame.

Pic via @suttonnick

UPDATE:

May-nia: Fox / May Hold Public Summit, Standard Claim Deal

Was a deal was done between Theresa May and Liam Fox yesterday afternoon over their long lunch in a brightly lit corner of Westminster’s Osteria Dell’Angolo / ‘Tavern on the Corner’? The Standard says yes:

“Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox has met Theresa May to discuss backing her in a future Tory leadership contest, it emerged today. The Standard understands Dr Fox is willing to support the Home Secretary in a bid to stop Mayor Boris Johnson winning the Conservative crown.”

If there is a kernel of truth to this latest bout of May-nia, was it the wisest choice of location for a quick round of Game of Thrones? Carving out a future frontbench in the middle of the only Westminster in vogue, looks a little bit tacky. It’s almost as if they wanted the throng of journalists that frequent the establishment every lunch time to clock it…

World Leaders Fight Poverty and Hunger at Davos

As the billionaires at Davos hand out ‘Hunger Hero awards’ to princesses, good of Islington-based chef Yotam Ottolenghi to share what is on the menu for attendees:

Presumably they’ll be leaving a tip of 1%…

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Hoban Standing Down

The sacked employment minister has had enough. He is about to tell his local association he is standing down in May, leaving a cosy 17,000 majority in Fareham, Hampshire. Peerage expected.


Seen Elsewhere

Cutting Taxes is Good For You | Art Laffer
Suspects Will Now Have to Prove Innocence | Laura Perrins
Labour Cllr: Cops Shouldn’t Stop Petrol Thieves | HandF Forum
Creeping Cultural Acceptance of Anti-Semitism | Eric Pickles
Time For Greece to Leave Eurozone | Allister Heath
Boris: Jihadis are W*nkers | Sun
Ed Miliband: International Sex Symbol | Telegraph
Javid: Let Tories Campaign For Out Vote | House
Ministry of Justice Loses Death Inquiry Data “In the Post” | TechnoGuido
Europe’s Crisis is Cameron’s Opportunity | Speccie
Sajid Javid is the Ultimate Thatcherite | Buzzfeed


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Boris on British Jihadis. Apparently based on MI5 intel:

“If you look at all the psychological profiling about bombers, they typically will look at porn. They are literally w***ers. Severe onanists. They are tortured. They will be very badly adjusted in their relations with women, and that is a symptom of their feeling of being failures and that the world is against them. They are not making it with girls, and so they turn to other forms of spiritual comfort — which of course is no comfort.”


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