Tory Manifesto Tracker Launch

Look out on this morning’s Sunday Politics for the launch of their new manifesto tracker analysing how well the Tories are doing at keeping their election promises. It’s a pretty hefty piece of work, recording progress on each of their 161 pledges over the next four years. George Osborne’s section will be worth keeping an eye on:

  • Eliminate the deficit entirely and start running a surplus in 2018-19
  • Cut government waste; plan a further £10 billion of annual savings by 2017-18 and £15-20 billion in 2019-20
  • Continue to control government spending in 2018-19, no longer cutting it in real terms, but instead growing it in line with inflation. From 2019-20, after a surplus has been achieved, spending will grow in line with GDP
  • Britain to become the most prosperous major economy in the world by the 2030s

Red lights appearing against these policies will highlight the Chancellor’s squandermania and properly hold the government to account on some of their more unrealistic promises. Well, Labour are hardly in a position to do it…

Dimbleby’s Questionable Tirade Against “Right-Wing”

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Any Questions last night came from the Royal College for the Blind in Hereford with the Lord Blunkett, David Davis, the dotty General Secretary of CND, Dr Kate Hudson, and Quentin Letts. The mix compered by Jonathan Dimbleby. At the end, as the audience was still sitting there, Dimbleby gave them a lecture about the horrid right-wing wanting to close the BBC and urging them all to write to their MP, ministers etc. Oddly partisan for a Dimbleby…

Not only was this unusual – and quite a test of his status as an impartial presenter – there is also the fact that Hereford is the seat of Jesse Norman, chairman of the Culture Select Committee, which has just launched a savage judgement on the BBC Trust, calling for it to be scrapped. Jesse’s report also took the Beeb to task for organising that round-robin letter by BBC stars to try to speak up for the Beeb. Dimbleby is swimming in quite dangerous partisan waters here, surely…

Who Is On Question Time Tonight?

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Tonight’s episode will be from Llanelli. Guido hopes for a performance of a similar calibre to her ballroom dancing from Leanne Wood…

Sadiq Loses It With BBC Journalist Over TFL Fares Sums

SK: “I don’t accept this nonsense that’s been bandied about… TfL haven’t said there’s a £1.9 billion…”

BBC: “They have to me, Sadiq Khan, they have to me.”

SK: “… Hold on a sec, you’ve asked me a question. You’ve bandied about a figure that’s incorrect and I’m correcting you… you’re throwing about these figures that are complete nonsense… I think it’s important that I correct journalists…”

When you’re explaining, you are losing…

Who Is On Question Time Tonight?

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Tonight’s broadcast will be from Bradford. Not exactly UKIP country for Nige…

Who Is On Question Time Tonight?

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Tonight’s debate will be held in Stamford, Lincolnshire. Jess Philips, Alibhai-Brown and Angus Robertson all feature. Should be eventful…

BBC Fishing For Foodbank Story

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The Beeb must be running out of foodbanks they can use to drive home the anti-austerity message, because one go-getting reporter has taken it upon herself to actively hunt out students who use them. BBC News’ Frankie McCamley sent the following email to the Imperial College Student Union, asking if they knew of anyone who was reliant on food handouts:

Subject: BBC Request: Student Food Banks

Student Union,

I am a reporter for the BBC. I am looking into the number of students using food banks. Do you have a food bank or are you affiliated with one? Is there anyone I could speak to who would be able to help me look into students who have to turn to food banks?

Many thanks

Frankie

Almost as if the national broadcaster has its own agenda.

BBC: Lucy Allan Pulled Out of Interview “Because She Wasn’t Allowed to Veto Questions”

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What’s going on here then? Embattled bullying row Tory Lucy Allan has apparently pulled out of an interview with the BBC because she wasn’t allowed to veto the questions she’d be asked. BBC Shropshire report she was due to be interviewed for the Sunday Politics:

“The Telford MP Lucy Allan has pulled out of an interview with the BBC because she wasn’t allowed to veto the questions she’d be asked. The Conservative politician was due to be interviewed for Sunday Politics in the West Midlands tomorrow.”

Allan says she wanted to make “sure that malicious false allegations made by ‘aliases’ were not repeated as if fact on a mainstream serious political programme”. She now says the suggestion she pulled out over not being allowed to veto questions is untrue:

Curiouser and curiouser…

Who Is On Question Time Tonight

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Tonight’s Question Time will be from Belfast. Guido expects Nigel Dodds will be as forthright as usual[…]

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Who Is On Question Time Tonight?

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Tonight’s episode will be from London. Guido of course sympathises with the Twitteratti, who have been keen to point out how deplorably right wing the panel is…[…]

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Beeb Slaps Down McDonnell’s #BBCDP “Private Company” Fib

John McDonnell is doing his best to keep Labour’s hopeless row with the BBC going, this time bizarrely – and wrongly – accusing the Daily Politics of being produced by “a private company”. McDonnell claims in an interview with […]

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New BBC Three Logo Says BBC Two

Whoever designed the new logo for the soon to be online-only BBC Three clearly didn’t think it through. Bizarrely, it appears to say “BBC II”, with an exclamation mark. Guido will be firing off a Freedom of Information request […]

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