Monday, November 17, 2014

Guardian Let Hubby Write Secret Puff Piece for Wife

Guido thought this deserved a wider audience:

The Guardian failed to disclose that the author of an article, Sunil Khilnani, is married to the subject of his feature story, Katherine Boo. Khilnani’s article in The Guardian reports on the adaptation of Boo’s book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, into a theater production, her research for the book, as well as the economic issues in India. Boo published the non-fiction account of life in the Mumbai slums in 2012. At the bottom of the article, the only disclosure for Khilnani is that he is “the author of The Idea of India.”

iMediaEthics e-mailed The Guardian to ask why there was no disclosure of the conflict of interest. As of publication, we haven’t heard back from the newspaper. However, by 3:30 PM EST, the following disclosure has been added to the article:

“Sunil Khilnani is the author of The Idea of India and is the husband of Katherine Boo.

“The footnote was amended on 16 November 2014 to include the fact that the author is married to Katherine Boo, in line with the Guardian’s editorial code.”

Naughty.

WATCH: UKIP Hit Back at Labour NHS Attack

UKIP’s outbreak of civil war has not stopped them from producing this quick rapid rebuttal on Labour’s NHS attack. Not bad…

How UKIP Became More Attractive to Labour Voters

Writing in the Guardian, YouGov supremo Peter Kellner explains how UKIP’s support has changed in recent months. As Guido’s graphic shows, in January last year the party’s backers were overwhelmingly former Tory voters. Since then, the proportion of UKIP voters coming from Labour has trebled. The RedUKIP effect?

Patrick O’Flynn Denies Leftist Smears

A stinging briefing on UKIPhome this morning:

“Senior members of UKIP are campaigning behind the scenes to have Patrick O’Flynn MEP removed as economic spokesman after his appearance on the BBC’s Newsnight programme last Monday night.

O’Flynn is widely seen as the standard bearer of the left of UKIP leading to “mutterings” against him.”

Pointing to his friendship with David Laws, the latest wheeze being put about is that O’Flynn was in the SDP - something that he categorically denied to Guido this morning:

“I once said in an interview that there was a time that I hoped the hard Owenite trend of the SDP came to something, but I never joined the SDP”

An interesting development in internal UKIP politics.

UPDATE: Guido understands the author of a letter calling for O’Flynn to go is the colourful Sean Howlett.

WATCH: Left Unity Debates Backing ISIS
Jihadis a “Stabilising Force” With “Progressive Potential”

This video was filmed on Saturday at the first annual conference of Left Unity, a interesting new contribution to British democratic discourse whose fans include Ken Livingstone and George Galloway. You wouldn’t know it from the banal voting process, but those present are discussing a motion on whether or not Britain should support ISIS. Several in the room agree that the bloodthirsty jihadis have “progressive potential” and “could only be a stabilising force for the region”. Here is the motion in full:

“Despite the atrocities it has carried out and its attack on the Kurds, IS nevertheless represents an attempt to break fundamentally with the structure of religiously and ethnically divided nation states imposed on the region by Britain and France at the end of the First World War… Unlike a continuation of the framework of western-imposed nation states, it therefore, theoretically, has progressive potential.”
 
“The Caliphate represents an alternative political vision that is gathering support amongst Muslims across the Muslim world because… it stands for replacing the brutal regimes in which they live with a political system based on Islam that sets up an accountable executive, an organised judiciary, representative consultation, inal motions and amendments for the rule of law and citizenship; such a state could only be a stabilising force for the region and the European Left has to acknowledge and accept the widespread call for a Caliphate among Muslims as valid and an authentic expression of their emancipatory, anti-imperialist aspirations.”

Er, what?

You Present Nothing, Jon Snow

64 year old Paxo complained Newsnight had been taken over “by 13 year olds” when he quit in a huff in April, but will he be equally guilty of usurping his elders when he fronts Channel 4′s election night coverage next year? Spare a moment for Jon Snow, who, at 67, has been booted out of the way for the incoming younger man. Guido hears Jon is in a right tizz about it. Not the first time two grumpy old men have fallen out on TV.

+ + + SUSPECT PACKAGE FOUND IN PORTCULLIS HOUSE + + +

Building is being evacuated…

UPDATE: False alarm:

Labour Metropolitan Elite’s Money Bags

grayson-bag

How is Labour fighting UKIP charges that it is out of touch and London-centric, essentially a party for the metropolitan elite? By flogging transvestite avant garde artist Grayson Perry’s bags for a minimum donation of £19. Guido suspects, in the words of Herbert Morrison, “The Durham miners won’t wear it.”

Rich’s Monday Morning View

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

It’s the Great Downing Street Bake Off! Number 10 held their own version of the TV competition for charity this week – find out who won and who played Mary Berry in Guido’s Sun on Sunday column today. Don’t miss out on:

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  • The Labour candidate who gave away more than she intended
  • Fiscal responsibility from John Reid
  • The kid who called Bercow short

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  • Is billionaire Lord Ashcroft backing Theresa May for leader?
  • Apprentice boardroom’s Karren Brady is Tory party’s new secret weapon
  • Paxman and Jon Snow are Channel 4′s grumpy old men

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  • What are they smoking? Ed’s new slogan is a type of hashish

Click here to read Guido’s column for free with a free 30-day trial…


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Thornberry a Gift to Farage | Nick Wood
Is Left Finally Turning Against EU? | Dan Hannan
Labour Votes Going Green | Guardian


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Ralph Miliband on the English…

“The Englishman is a rabid nationalist. They are perhaps the most nationalist people in the world.”



Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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