Friday, October 17, 2014

WATCH: Daily Politics Week in 60 Seconds

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Who Says Newsnight is Dumbing Down?

Some cruel people have suggested that Newsnight has dumbed down in recent months. Guido thought this new promo deserved a wider audience. More Newsround than Newsnight…

Thursday, October 9, 2014

WATCH: Disappearing BBC News Presenter

BBC Confirm the Word is ‘Chairman’

Rona Fairhead, the new boss at the BBC Trust, has sent out a cringe-worthy welcome email to all staff on her first day:

“Today is my first day as Chairman and I wanted to write to say “hello” and to say how excited I am to be joining this great organisation. I feel privileged to be here and can’t wait to get started.”

Naffness aside, full marks for the correct usage of the English language. There is no such word as ‘chairwoman’. It’s comforting to see such a respected and august national institution lead the way against politically correct butchery. A good sign…

 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Poor BBC Social Media Execution

Speculation that Nick Clegg is going to use his speech this afternoon to announce his resignation has been replaced by a much graver threat:

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He’ll do anything to get people interested. Seven months to wait until he actually gets the bullet…

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

WATCH: Have I Got News For You on ‘Sophie’

Friday, October 3, 2014

LEGAL WARNING: DEFENCE ADVISORY NOTICE:

Appointment of successor to Sir John Sawers as Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service

Please see the reminder below circulated today by the DA Committee.

Date: 3 October 2014

Subject: Appointment of successor to Sir John Sawers as Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service

To All Editors

You will be aware of the announcement made by the Foreign Secretary that Alex Younger is to succeed Sir John Sawers as Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service.

Although Alex Younger’s appointment is now a matter of public record, DA Notice 5 asks that details of the families and home addresses of members of the intelligence agencies and any other information, including photographs, which could assist terrorist or other hostile organisations to identify a target, should not be published without first seeking DA Notice advice.

If you have any doubts about material you plan to publish or broadcast about the appointment of Alex Younger then please do not hesitate to contact me.

David Adams
Deputy Secretary
Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee

UPDATE: Joined up government:

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Putin won’t notice, will he?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Labour Parachute Carpetbagging Harman Ally Into Dobbin Seat

Local Labour activists in Heywood and Middleton are unhappy about the selection process to find a replacement for the late Jim Dobbin. Just a few days ago the Manchester Evening News named Richard Scorer, a local lawyer who has represented Rochdale child abuse victims, as the front runner. Voters seemed set to forgive Scorer’s employers Slater & Gordon for having the most annoying advert ever, and were ready to make him their next MP. 

article--0BE83951000005DC-691_233x563Yet for some reason Scorer’s name didn’t make the shortlist for tonight’s hustings.  LabourList reports that “party members have apparently raised concerns about the lack of “local” candidates on the list, despite several local councillors putting their names forward”. Instead members will have to choose between a trade union crony from Essex, two councillors from elsewhere in the North West and Miriam O’Reilly, who according to the Mail is “poised to ride to Ed Miliband’s rescue”. O’Reilly was the Countryfile presenter who sued the BBC for age discrimination and now serves on Harriet Harman’s commission investigating discrimination against older women. Amusingly, when O’Reilly tried to get selected in Nuneaton last year she lost, to a 22-year old. At the time Miriam promised “I’m moving to the area, whether I’m selected or not”. Born in Ireland and raised in Birmingham, she instead decided to move to Wales.

Will the people of Heywood and Middleton spot the second choice carpetbagger at the selection tonight?

Journalists Are Not Above Criticism

A lot of journalists are getting very prissy about the above banner which was paraded on Sunday as Yes supporters staged a march towards the BBC’s Scottish headquarters in Glasgow. Many have taken to Twitter muttering support for Nick Robinson and that this bodes badly for freedom of speech if the SNP win the referendum. Given the SNP have been in government for years with no noticeable damage done to a free press, this is a bit of hyperbole. That Charlie Whelan, formerly Gordon Brown’s bruiser spin doctor, could tweet that he was frightened is laughable. New Labour’s tough operators Mandelson, Campbell and Whelan himself were not above bullying the media and calling for firings of journalists on a regular basis. That is one of the many ways they pressurised editors – particularly at the BBC.  

The suspicion of an imperial BBC amongst Yes supporters is pretty much universal and has become focused on Robbo after he asked a tricky question of Alex Salmond based on a briefing from the Treasury. Fair to say Salmond didn’t like it one little bit…

The personalistion aside, the feeling is that the BBC is a partial propagandist is inevitable given the British Broadcasting Corporation is seen as institutionally biased in favour of the British status quo. The clue is in the name…

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Journalists are remarkably thin-skinned when it comes to being on the receiving end of what they dish out – that is why they invariably hate unfiltered comments below their articles and the feedback of the mob on Twitter and the streets. Tough, freedom of speech is for everyone, not just journalists…

Thursday, September 11, 2014

WATCH: Salmond V Nick Robinson

You have to admire Salmond’s sense of humour by inviting the BBC to join the Basque media at his International Press Conference. And he decided to have a pop at Nick Robinson – a noble pursuit in most circumstances.

Stuffing the press conference with activists who clap at every word from the dear leader does not, however, bode well for accountability in a Free Scotland.


Seen Elsewhere

Oxfam Rapped For Political Bias | Telegraph
Twitter Should Not Ban Racist Words | Alex Wickham
Guardian Staff’s Elite Schooling | Chris McGovern
Term-Time Holidays Were State Encouraged | Liberal England
What Did Britain Really Look Like in 1930s? | CapX
Who Is Steering Labour’s Strategy? | Ballot Box
Greens are UKIP for Young People | Telegraph
Short-Termism of CCHQ | ConHome
May Aide: CCHQ Are Being Misleading | Telegraph
Tories Planning For Second Election | Guardian
We Are Losing Cyber War | Fraser Nelson


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