WATCH: Joey Barton Compares UKIP to An Ugly Girl

In case you missed it on Question Time last night, here is the moment footballer Joey Barton gave us his somewhat colourful metaphor to describe UKIP:

“If I’m somewhere and there was four really ugly girls I’m thinking, well, she’s not the worst. That’s all you are.”

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Not sure the outraged reaction from UKIP’s Louise Bours was the best response…

LibDem Hissy Fit at Being Dropped From Question Time

Guido isn’t sure that publicly declaring your relegation to the fourth party of British politics is a wise media strategy, but that is what the LibDem press office has decided to do this afternoon:

Turns out 7% doesn’t get you much representation on the Question Time panel. Instead tonight you can tune in to see Piers Morgan and Joey Barton. Who are still probably more popular than the LibDems…

WATCH: Farage BBC Interview From 17 Years Ago

Nigel Farage, in 1997, a candidate for a new party going by the name U.K.I.P:

“What started as a murmur in the pubs and clubs and wherever people congregate in this country is now beginning to reach a crescendo roar and what people are saying is get Britain out… I joined the Conservative Party when I was 13 or 14 years old. I was excited by much of what Mrs Thatcher was trying to do during the 1980s. I felt that I was always going to be a Conservative. It didn’t seem possible to me that the Conservative Party would so actively betray all that this country stands for.”

Seventeen years later…

BBC News Warn All News Staff Over Anti-UKIP Tweets

After Guido revealed anti-UKIP outbursts from senior BBC staff, the head of the BBC newsroom, Mary Hockaday, has emailed all Beeboids telling them to keep schtum online:

From: Mary Hockaday
Sent: 22 May 2014 15:59
To: Newsroom-Wider Management
Subject: Social media

A reminder that we have well established and very clear social media guidance that applies to all staff in news. It’s in the attached PDF and also here: http://bbc.in/1kZVjPk

Social media is now a vital part of our work, allowing us to get our journalism to new audiences, connect with people, and gather news as it happens.

But the guidance is clear when it comes to personal activity: “As a BBC member of staff – and especially as someone who works in News – there are particular considerations to bear in mind. They can all be summarised as: ‘Don’t do anything stupid’.”

I’d also specifically draw your attention to the following section: “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.”

Thank you, Mary

A bit late now the votes have actually been cast and the tweets already sent.

Another BBC Producer Publicly Attacks UKIP “Lunatics”

After Guido slotted BBC News Channel’s Jasmine Lawrence for her anti-UKIP online ranting, forcing the BBC to divert the deputy editor from political duties, others have been frantically deleting tweets. BBC producer/reporter Sally Challoner chose today to delete her anti-English Democrat postings, but Radio 4’s  Rosemary Baker has not been so quick:

https://twitter.com/Rombren/status/469015249908404224

You can run, BBC Bolsheviks, but you cannot hide. 

UPDATE: Baker has protected her account so the Tweet is no longer publicly available. As ever Guido has the screenshot:

WATCH: Nick Herbert Says “F**kwit” on Daily Politics

Rule number one if you are an MP appearing on the telly: don’t drop the F-bomb. That’s what Nick Herbert did on the Daily Politics just now:

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Poor JoCo!

Another Pro-Labour Newsnight Hire

David Lammy’s ex June Sarpong is Ian Katz’s latest hire at Newsnight, Mandrake reveals. What they didn’t mention is that Sarpong’s Labour connections do not end there. The photo above shows her fronting a Labour election rally in April 2005 alongside Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. The Telegraph at the time reported that the former Channel 4 presenter seemed awe-struck”, fangirling on stage over Labour leaders present and future. Having Labour links on your CV seems to be a prerequisite for a Newsnight job these days…

UPDATE: Sarpong will, according to Newsnight’s Ian Katz, apparently only be an occasional contributor.

VICTORY: BBC Pulls Anti-UKIP Editor From Election Coverage

Following MediaGuido’s story yesterday revealing the anti-UKIP rant of BBC News Channel deputy editor Jasmine Lawrence, the Beeb has gagged her and relieved her of her duties for this week’s election coverage. A BBC spokesman tells Guido:

“Jasmine Lawrence was tweeting from a personal account. She has been reminded of her responsibility to uphold BBC guidelines. She has deactivated her twitter account and will now be playing no part in the BBC’s election coverage in coming days.”

We’re always watching…

BBC News Channel Editor Broadcasts Anti-UKIP Rant

Jasmine Lawrence is the editor of the BBC News Channel, where it is safe to say she has significant influence over the BBC’s coverage of the European elections and politics in general. Lawrence’s Twitter feed largely consists of retweets of […]

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Paxo Asks Silvio: Did You Call Merkel an Unf**kable Lard-Ar*e?

On tonight’s Newsnight, Paxo interviews Silvio Berlusconi:

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We’ll miss him when he’s gone…[…]

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WATCH: Dougie Alexander Gets Brutally Brillo’d

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Robbo and Dave’s Data Protection Blooper

Kind, caring Dave showed his soft side on the News at Ten last night, letting the cameras into No. 10 to film him responding to a letter from a little girl. Of course Nick Robinson and the PM will have […]

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