Mazher Mahmood Jailed and Sacked By The Sun


“Following the sentencing of Mazher Mahmood today, News UK can confirm that his employment has been terminated.

Mazher was suspended after the Tulisa Contostavlos trial collapsed, pending an internal inquiry. That inquiry was superseded by the criminal process.

Mazher has led scores of successful investigations during his 25-year career with the company. His work has led to the exposure of criminality and wrongdoing. It is a source of great regret that his time with the company should end in this manner.

The previous criminal cases that have resulted from his investigations were tested by the courts or guilty pleas were entered. We are aware that the Crown Prosecution Service has reviewed some cases and understand that the Criminal Cases Review Commission is looking at whether a small number of matters should be referred back to the Court of Appeal. We await their decisions.

We have noted the threats made after Mazher’s conviction of civil claims against this company in relation to his previous work. Should such claims be brought, they will be vigorously defended.”

Mazher Mahmood has been jailed for 15 months and sacked by the Sun…

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Man on Yesterday’s Sun Front Page is NOT an Interpreter


Yesterday a rumour went round Twitter virtue signallers that a man the Sun reported is a supposed child refugee is in fact a Home Office interpreter. It was too good for the tabloid-bashers to resist, soon hundreds of people had tweeted it without checking, as if it was fact. Including some very famous types like Gary Lineker, David Schneider and Caroline Criado Perez. Guido has asked the Home Office, who confirm the man in question is NOT an interpreter. They say they do not comment on minors, all but confirming he is a refugee claiming to be a child. As reported by the SunA lie will go halfway round the world while truth is pulling its boots on – will the Twitterati above be issuing corrections?

UPDATE: Tact Care, the charity which claimed he was an interpreter, say they “regret any concern caused”:

“With regard to a recent tweet by TACT questioning the status of an individual male in a photograph at Calais, our information was from a credible source.  However, if the male is indeed a migrant and not an interpreter, TACT regrets any concern caused.  The tweet has now been withdrawn as we do not want to cause any further distress to the individual depicted.”

Guido’s Guide to Tory Davises/Davieses


The geniuses at HuffPo are very angry with Brexit Secretary David Davis, accusing him of proposing dental age checks on refugees arriving in Britain and illustrating their story with a picture of him at the desptach box. Also boarding the outrage bus are the amateurs at the LibDem press office, though they are upset with Philip Davies over the dental checks idea. If these Remoaners had checked before rushing out their Brexiteer bashing stories and press releases, they’d have seen that it was actually proposed by backbencher David Davies. Guido has produced a handy graphic to help HuffPo and the LibDems:


There’s also Mims Davies, though less likely that mistake will be made. These Tory MPs all sound the same…

Graphic credit: @mrharrycole

Buzzfeed Books Profit in UK, Making Losses in Brazil, Spain & Japan


Guido understands that Buzzfeed UK has booked a “middling six-figure profit”, is breaking even in Germany and making six-figure losses in Brazil, France and Spain. Congratulations…

No, Commons Vote on EU Trade Deal Does Not Threaten Brexit


A strange FT splash this morning claims that MPs getting a vote on the government’s eventual EU trade deal means a real Brexit is less likely. This is just wrong. MPs will be given a choice between the government’s deal or no deal which would mean trading with the EU under WTO rules. Either way, it will be a ‘hard Brexit’ by the FT/Remoaner definition, which is Brexit. As for the pound rising on the back of this? Almost as if traders don’t have any particular political insight, the rises and falls in the pound are just them trying to make money off the back of newsflow rather than fundamentals…

Caitlin Moran’s “Hipster Begging” Forgets to Mention Her Massive Bank Balance


Writer Caitlin Moran has got out the begging bowl, asking her fans to crowdfund the £320,000 needed to create a new episode of her sitcom. She says:

“the more people support the campaign, spread the word and fund us, the bigger the chances we have of continuing to make the show. We’ve got the scripts right here! We know what happens next! All we need is your help to get them onto the screen. But if we don’t hit that £320,000 – IT’S ALL OVER. We won’t take your pledged amount of moolah and Raised By Wolves will be dead by Christmas Eve.”

What Caitlin ain’t telling her generous benefactors is that she could surely stump up the cash herself. Moran owns a company called Casa Bevron Ltd, which has just one other director, her husband Peter Paphides. According to its latest company accounts, Casa Bevron has has £247,996 in the bank and half a million in assets.


Not to mention royalties from her New York Times bestseller. In the words of her campaign video: “I know crowdfunding, It’s like hipster begging right?Caitlin is doing a Facebook live broadcast at 3pm where she’ll have the chance to explain why she needs your money…

NatWest Reconsiders Russia Today Ban


Yesterday Natwest said they would not be reconsidering their decision to close Russia Today’s bank account – well, under 24 hours later they are. A spokesman now says:

“We are reviewing the situation and are contacting the customer to discuss this further. The bank accounts remain open and are still operative.”

So what’s going on? It could be a response to the Kremlin threatening to freeze the BBC’s accounts in Russia in retaliation. Or maybe they thought again after Russia whinged about their right to freedom of speech/propaganda. Bit of an overreaction given RT wasn’t exactly being taken off air. Bank error in their favour?

BBC Journalist Suspended For Calling Tories “New Nazis”


The BBC journalist who Guido last week revealed had called the government “new Nazis” has been suspended. BBC Look North’s Danny Carpenter, a veteran reporter and lifelong leftie, posted the ill-advised rant on his personal Facebook page in breach of the Beeb’s impartiality guidelines.[…]


Who’s Mourning Russia Today?

An alliance of Corbynistas, George Galloway, UKIP’s nutty wing and internet conspiracy theorists have rushed to the defence of Russia Today after it had its Natwest account frozen:



Jenny Tonge: Rise in Anti-Semitism is Israel’s Fault


LibDem peer Jenny Tonge has worked out who is to blame for the rise in anti-Semitism: Israel, of course! ‘Jihad Jenny’ sent this letter to the Guardian yesterday. They decided against printing it but Guido reproduces it below:

Subject: Tough on anti Semitism/ tough on the causes of anti Semitism?



Russia Today Bank Accounts ‘Frozen In UK’


Putin propaganda channel Russia Today say their bank accounts in the UK have been frozen. Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan says:

“Our accounts in the UK have been closed. All Accounts. ‘The decision is not subject to revision’. Long live freedom of speech!”


Where will Jez get his news if they go off air?[…]


Michael Gove v Tim Walker

A catty encounter between Michael Gove (who’s clearly enjoying his new Twitter account) and diary journalist turned Remoaner Tim Walker:



Morning Star Backs Aleppo Slaughter


The Stop the War Coalition are getting headlines this morning for their tacit support for Russia. The communist Morning Star go one step further, actually endorsing the slaughter in Aleppo as “aerial support to troops”:

“There are no totally accurate historical parallels, but Mitchell’s effort, backed up predictably by Labour MP John Woodcock, to present Russian aerial support to troops fighting to drive extremists out of eastern Aleppo as on a par with the nazi destruction of Guernica during the war to defend democracy in Spain is sickeningly perverse.”

Where should we be looking instead, according to the tankies at the Morning Star?[…]


BBC Journalist Calls Government “New Nazis”


When Boris criticised the BBC’s impartiality in his conference speech the Beeb’s panjandrums mumbled about how everyone complaining means they must be doing something right. Crazy Corbynistas claiming Auntie props up neo-liberal patriarchy is not quite the same as most fair-minded people recognising that on issues such as immigration and Brexit she is out of tune with mainstream Britain.[…]


Guardian Blasts Own Editors For Traingate Blunder, BuzzFeed Turned Story Down


An internal Guardian investigation has blasted the paper’s editors for publishing the original Traingate story by a freelance journalist who turned out to be a Trot. The Guardian readers’ editor rubbishes the article as “a kind of gonzo news release by two Corbyn supporters”, concluding that the paper “misled” its readers and that editors’ “pre-publication checks and balances failed”.[…]


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