Boris Tells Sky: “Your Story Was a Dud”

A big barney on Sky News as Dermot Murnaghan accuses Boris of lying over his free movement comments. Boris hits back by telling Sky their story was

“cooked up… I’m not entirely convinced your reporter talked to those ambassadors… Your story was a dud, it was wrong, it was a load of old baloney… [the journalist] was offered something that was completely untrue, it was nonsense… I’m glad that it’s been corrected.”

Miaow…

Ambassadors Say Sky News Boris Story Untrue

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Italy’s ambassador to London Pasquale Terracciano has gone on the record to the Sunday Telegraph to confirm Boris did not back freedom of movement, contrary to the Sky News report that caused such a stir this week. Terracciano reveals:

“We do not normally comment on discussion we have at EU Ambassadors’ level with members of Government. But since this particular issue has become focus of press speculations, I will tell you that Boris Johnson chose not to speak about the principle of freedom of movement within the EU. He said instead that he had always been favourable in principle to immigration but also added that immigration needed to be controlled.”

So what Boris said was completely consistent with the 10 times he opposed freedom of movement posted by Guido on Thursday. A second ambassador confirms to the Sunday Telegraph:

“My recollection was that he didn’t say anything that was different [from his public stance]. I don’t think I even made any particular note of what he said on that issue because it was simply in line with what I already knew to be Government policy.”

Who’d have thought those four anonymous ambassadors briefing against Boris to friendly Sky News were up to no good? And surely the BBC will give this new development equal prominence too. Awkward one for tonight’s Sky paper review…

Mortgage Approvals at 7-Month High

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Mortgage approvals are now at the highest rate since March according to the Bank of England. The latest figures show 67,518 home loans were given the go-ahead in October, up from 63,594 in September and the highest number since March. How are the FT reporting the good news?

“The number of mortgages approved in October remained steady despite post Brexit-vote concerns about the strength of the UK economy.”

And what about Bloomberg?

“The pound rose amid mounting evidence the U.K. economy is weathering the fallout from Brexit better than analysts expected. Sterling climbed for the first time in three days against the euro as a report showed mortgage approvals reached the highest since March last month, indicating the housing market remains robust following the June vote to leave the European Union.”

Brexit Britain’s economy – safe as houses.

Was The Guardian Spoofed By Alt-Right Hoax?

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There has been much speculation about the above Guardian article after renowned Twitter hoaxer Godfrey Elfwick claimed he had spoofed them into publishing a parody piece mocking liberals. The anonymous article purports to tell the story of how a lefty became an alt-righter. But was it legit? Eflwick, a satirist who has previously succeeded in hoaxing several other national news organisations, claims he was the author:

The Guardian themselves are not 100% sure, they will only tell Guido they are “confident” they haven’t messed up:

“We are confident of the identity of the author and the sourcing of the article in question.” 

It certainly reads like a spoof, then again with The Guardian comment pages it’s hard to tell…

Media Guardian’s Sneer at City AM Backfires

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“Are you rich enough to bid for a City AM internship?” sneers Roy Greenslade at Media Guardian this morning, reporting that the business freesheet is auctioning off work experience to the highest bidder. “Open to all who have plenty of capital,” sniffs the Guardian. Bravely. 

It’s an odd thing to get upset about since City AM’s initiative is for charity. The money raised is being given to Maggie’s cancer centres, which offer support to cancer victims. Even odder that Greenslade would attack newspapers charging for work experience, given just last year the Guardian charged £600 for a summer work experience placement. The difference? City AM are giving the money to charity, the Guardian kept the cash for themselves…

You can bid for the City AM work experience here. Money goes to Maggie’s.

My Week: Hugo Rifkind*

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Wednesday 23rd

Trying to rack my brains for something I once wrote about the Donald. Have to do it manually in the cuts archive as you can’t find anything on the bloody Times website. Who says staying awake in semi-darkness attempting repetitive hand movements is a waste of time? Eventually I get lucky: “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her,” and her response: “If he wasn’t my father I’d spray him with mace.”

Thursday 24th

Pretty pleased nobody spotted that quote during the entire election campaign. I beat the entire US media – they must be collectively distracted by the intensity of reporting on @realDonaldTrump’s Twitter account.

I tweet out my scoop: “Why does the world recall Trump saying “if she wasn’t my daughter, I’d be dating her” but not Ivanka’s reply?” Everybody’s re-tweeting it. What a story! 500 re-tweets already…

Friday 25th

My find has already been followed up by the Telegraph, Independent, Express, Chicago Tribune, The Hill and The New York Daily News. None of them credit me. Better send another tweet reminding everyone who was responsible.

Slight pang of doubt though. Why did no one recall Ivanka’s reply? I wonder how not one member of the whole US media had unearthed such a great quote. Notable lack of people saying, “oh, I came across that already”. Ah well, look at those re-tweets…

Friday 25th – Evening

Oh no. Oh no oh no oh no. Someone has traced the quote back to a joke told by a comedian in 2006. Ivanka didn’t say it at all. And my accidental lie has gone halfway round the world. So this is what they mean by all that ‘fake news’ going round.

I’m going viral again. But in a bad way.

*according to Guido.

BBC Interrupts Snooker to “Remember Castro”

Snooker fans tuning into the BBC’s coverage of UK Championship last night were left disappointed:

“A change to the schedule now on BBC2 means that tonight’s snooker coverage will start at 12:15am. Instead a special programme remembers Fidel Castro.”

A puff piece of a documentary with Peter Hain glossing over Castro’s crimes. Just before, Newsnight had West-hating relic Tariq Ali on to defend Castro’s “social dictatorship”.

Snooker ditched for a Castro love-in double bill. Your cue to switch off…

“Springtime for Fidel”: BBC Cuba Expert Composed Castro Musical

BBC News 24’s coverage of the death of Cuban military dictator Fidel Castro was beyond parody at some points this weekend. They had Richard Gott on as an “Expert on Cuba” without mentioning the role for which he is better known – as a KGB agent of influence and close colleague of Seumas Milne when he was at The Guardian. Dr Denise Baden was introduced as a Southampton University Professor in the Business School – viewers may have thought she was an academic expert. This was far too modest an introduction for Professor Baden…

She is also a musical impresario, writer and composer ofFidel the Musical. Mel Brooks, eat your heart out:

Sing-a-long “Viva Fidel Castro!, Viva la Revolucion!”

New European Calls Remain-Backing Clarkson a UKIPper

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The New European has big feature trailed on their front page today on how Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond “built the Brexit juggernaut” and are are “UKIP on Tour” . There’s only one problem. The ex-Top Gear team backed Remain:

The sacked ex-Mirror columnist Kevin O’Sullivan only mentions this in passing 86 lines after he confidently wrote: “For them, Brexit isn’t a political decision, it’s a way of life.”  Fake news headlines…[…] Read the rest

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Who is on Question Time Tonight?

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Barclays Said to Want £250 Million for the Telegraph

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A rumour is going round the Telegraph newsroom that the paper is on the block for £250 million – though the mood of the Barclay brothers on this is said to be variable – they bought the group for £665 million in 2004.[…] Read the rest

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Standpoint Magazine Searching for Patron

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Standpoint, the highbrow conservative monthly magazine edited by Daniel Johnson, is doing well by most indicators – the last two issues were their best-selling yet and their subscription base is rising month upon month. Like most highbrow publications it is not profitable.[…] Read the rest

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More Fake News from The Times

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The Times today has another exclusive which is likely to remain exclusive. They claim Nigel Farage is planning to abandon it in favour of a new life in the United States. Nigel says it is “utter nonsense”.

This is of a pattern, in the last week alone we have had; the “Deloitte Cabinet Brexit Memo” that turned out to be nothing of the sort, the Whitehall think tank that The Times reported as warning Brexit was an “existential threat” that angrily denied making the warning.[…] Read the rest

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Gove Trousers £150,000 For Times Column

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Michael Gove is another who’s coining it now his political ambitions are on hold. The Gover is making a cool £150,000-a-year for his new column at the Times, which will no doubt delight some lowly reporters on the paper. It is a good column that’s always worth reading and is a fount of gossip and mischief.[…] Read the rest

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War Gaming Ambassador Farage

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Isabel Oakeshott writing in the Mail this morning says Trump’s ‘Farage for ambassador’ tweet was

“… meticulously ‘war-gamed’ by his advisers. … the ploy was analysed at length and the note only sent after consideration of all possible tactics and the likely response.”

Last Friday the New York Observer published an article by their London correspondent Andre Walker:

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Jared Kushner owns the New York Observer, he is married to Ivanka and was Donald’s campaign manager.[…] Read the rest

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Another Bankers Bonus for Our Kev

Kevin Maguire loves a bit of banker bashing, he is as Guido has previously pointed out not averse to taking their money. Last spotted advising BNP Paribas’ clients, Guido’s City co-conspirator now says he’s been cashing in from the semi-nationalised RBS.[…] Read the rest

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