New Parliament Petition Site is Going to Be Messy

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The ‘below the line’ anonymongs who spend their days trying to post comments on Guido about David Cameron’s sexuality, Muslims, nonces, Muslim nonces and how the whole world is biased against, or in favour, of UKIP, now have a new outlet for their wild rantings.

Parliament has launched a petition site to which the government must respond after just 10,000 names.

Troll away here.

Guido is not sure they have really thought this one through…

Blairites Prepare for Corbyn Victory

Emma Reynolds, Liz Kendall, Gloria and Chuka have taken to a rooftop in London this morning:

…don’t jump guys, he’s not worth it.

Pic via Conor Pope.

Mystery of EU’s £250,000 Belgium ‘Aid’ Bung

The sinister sounding European Development Fund is the EU’s aid arm, splurging €22.7 billion a year on “aid for development cooperation in Africa, the Caribbean, and Pacific countries”. Or so they claim.

Analysis by the Taxpayers’ Alliance reveals that the fund approved three “grants” of €198,464, €86,860 and €45,873 to that deeply deprived third world country… Belgium.

What’s more, the three Belgian aid projects, totalling almost a quarter of a million Euros, are categorised as “confidential”. The fund refuses to disclose any further information about what the money was spent on.

It’s all a bit Sepp Blatter…

BBC News Editor Trolls Jeremy Hunt

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Auntie has started claiming that the BBC is the “cultural equivalent of the NHS”. That must explain why Lucy Walker, editor of Newshour, is trolling the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Twitter. That famous BBC impartiality on display again… 

UPDATE: And the tweet has now magically disappeared down the memory hole. Just like that in a puff of pixels…

UPDATE: Perhaps Lucy was advised of the BBC Social Media staff guidelines:

Personal social media use –

a) A useful summary has always been and remains: ‘Don’t do anything stupid’. Considering you’re on show to anyone who sees what you do on social media, another way of summarising it would be: ‘You’re a BBC journalist; act like it.’

b) The need for care applies all the time, on all services, regardless of ‘privacy’ settings, the intended audience, or if it’s a ‘direct’ or ‘private’ message. Posts on sites like Facebook, or Direct Messages on Twitter, that you may think are restricted can be easily and quickly shared with much wider audiences. Assume anything you do or say can be seen by anyone.

c) If you’re editorial staff, it doesn’t make any difference whether or not you identify yourself as someone who works for the BBC. It’s fine to say where you work in bios and ‘About’
sections. It’s good to talk about what you do. But the handle, name or main title of your activity shouldn’t include ‘BBC’, to avoid giving the impression what you’re doing is somehow
part of official BBC output (unless it is – see below). You should make clear that any views expressed are personal, and not those of the BBC.

d) You shouldn’t state your political preferences or say anything that compromises your impartiality. Don’t sound off about things in an openly partisan way. Don’t be seduced by the informality of social media into bringing the BBC into disrepute. Don’t anonymously sanitise Wikipedia pages and similar websites about the BBC. Don’t criticise your colleagues. Don’t reveal confidential BBC information, including sensitive stories or deployments you or others are working on. Beware revealing information that may risk the safety of you or your colleagues. If you’re deployed to sensitive or dangerous places, switch off functionality on electronic devices and social media services that reveal your location.

VAZ ACCUSED OF ABUSING POSITION

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A reader writes:

My fantastic girlfriend bought me afternoon tea on the Palace of Westminster terrace as part of a surprise weekend in London for my birthday on Saturday 18th July.  As we waited in the Central Lobby at 1:50 pm, I was asked by a security guard if I “was part of Keith Vaz’s group”.  I replied that I certainly wasn’t, then we were asked to move to one side and a large party was waved through, about 50-60 people heading towards the terrace.

A rather hassled usher explained to a visitor next to us that Keith Vaz had “booked in a large group right at the last minute” and that he “is always doing this”.

When we were let through after a delay, we were shown to an inside room along with the other approx. 50 people who had tickets.  The waiter explained that we were inside because there was an MP’s party using the terrace.  I didn’t mind too much and still enjoyed the time, but my girlfriend was really disappointed that we were not outside on the terrace by the river as she planned.

I know this is really small beer, but thought I would write to you on the off-chance.  Maybe you have some other information this adds to or it will lead you to something.  It wouldn’t surprise me if Vaz is at the very least using his perks to the absolute maximum- quite possibly beyond.  Who are these large parties on the terrace and why so many of them?  If Parliament’s a gravy train he’s always struck me as being in First Class.

Vaz really thinks he can get away with anything…

UPDATE: Guido understands that TV chef Ainsley Harriot put in an appearance and that there was Zoomba dancing.  Naturally…

Rich’s Monday Morning View

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Read Guido in the Sun on Sunday Online

Guido’s Sun on Sunday column is free to read online over on SunNation. Find out why David Cameron left Jeremy Corbyn “visibly shocked” in a Commons corridor, and don’t miss out on:

COKE

  • George Osborne and the Treasury coke fiend

GHOST

  • Why the ghost of Miliband lingered at Harriet Harman’s summer party
  • Inside the summer parties: There was an austerity feel at Osborne’s bash
  • Revealed: How MPs can automatically give their bumper pay rise to charity… but how many will?
  • Which Tory mayoral candidate has recruited a fitness guru to lose 6st?
  • It’s not just Labour’s chances at the next election on the verge of oblivion — their HQ is facing destruction too

SCREW

  • Why party hands have nicknamed Labour’s Brewer’s Green HQ “Screwers’ Green”

You can read it all today, for free, without a paywall, only on SunNation

Saturday Seven Up

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This week 147,350 visitors visited 432,622 times viewing 720,391 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…

Rich and Famous: Owen Jones Joins the 1%

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Political books don’t often sell that well: the latest book charts show that this year Alex Salmond flogged 12,815 copies of his memoir, while Polly Toynbee clocked up 11,178 for her rantings, which will keep her in Prosecco for a […]

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Harman Horror at Penile Drugs Injection

Guido was having a Friday afternoon peruse of the Southwark News when he suddenly crossed his legs and winced:

Southwark council leader Peter John recalls the time Harriet Harman visited the Ayelsbury council estate with a local councillor:

“They were

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Beth Rigby Swaps FT for the Times

MediaGuido understands the FT’s deputy political editor Beth Rigby is joining the Times as their media editor.

Can also reveal the Sun’s Kate McCann is joining the Telegraph as their Senior Political Correspondent.

On a busy day of media moves:[…]

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MPs Bow to Pay Rise Twitter Pressure

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The ever-tenacious FleetStreetFox has done her bit to raise thousands for charity by encouraging the Twittershere to publicly embarrass MPs into passing on their 10% pay rise:

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Plenty of normally chatty MPs are remaining mysteriously quiet…[…]

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