Week in 60 Seconds: Sleaze, Greens and Sexy Balls

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UKIP Question Time Absence Explained

Was it the prospect of having to sit next to Gorgeous George for an hour too much for UKIP’s Suzanne Evans?

Alas not. Guido is told that Suzanne is unwell after working late last night and decided to pull out. UKIP offered Steven Woolfe as a replacement but Question Time decided they wanted a woman instead. Which at least saves Galloway from having to debate Woolfe, who is part-Jewish and pro-Israeli…

The Perfect BBC Slot for Hilary Mantel

The BBC have apparently found ‘killer comedy format':

‘The BBC has commissioned a comedy murder-mystery series in which celebrities will be bumped off each week. BBC Three has given the green light to Murder In Successville, a hybrid series set in a fictional town inhabited by famous faces, following a successful pilot last year.’

In order to protect the Beeb’s impartiality, Guido has just the candidate for the show. After the Radio 4 caused uproar by making Hilary Mantel’s fantasy about assassinating Margaret Thatcher the Book at Bedtime, surely, for the sake of balance, it’s time to whack the author on BBC Three. It would be a ratings hit…

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WATCH: Daily Politics on Nando’s v Harvester

After the Prime Minister provoked outrage with his admission that he prefers foreign Nando’s to good old British Harvester, the Daily Politics investigated:

Delicious.

Via @liarpoliticians

BBC‘s Patronising Page 3 Coverage

BBC News at Six decided speculation about Page 3 was more important than ISIS, the NHS strike and even the death of Corrie’s Diedre last night. Lucy Manning went a bit Emily Thornberry as she “went to a building site to ask some of the Sun’s readers” what they thought, being more than a little patronising as she waved a copy of the paper at them. Meanwhile, Have I Got News for You’s charming dig at the unemployed doesn’t really work since the models have been given year-long contracts:

And how did the BBC website describe Samantha Fox? Striking a blow for the sisterhood by dubbing her “Fox, with her big hair and personality”, also quoting an excitable Roy Greenslade: “cheeky and pretty and lovely”. Sneering metropolitan liberals.

Guido Squawks Daily Politics Showdown With Mirror Chicken

Feathers were flying as Guido Squawks made his Daily Politics debut today, though fowl play was suspected as the Mirror Chicken was silent. The Guido chicken revealed he “just wanted to ruffle some feathers” at yesterday’s press conference with Natalie Bennett:

Ed and Nick are being chickens for not explicitly calling for the Greens to take part, instead shirking responsibility to the broadcasters. A poultry excuse…

Vid via @liarpoliticians

Huw Edwards Dragged into Loony NUJ Charlie Hebdo Row

The BBC’s Huw Edwards has been dragged into the growing NUJ row over calling Charlie Hebdo racist. The London Welsh Centre, of which he is president, has agreed to host a controversial debate tonight organised by a bunch of extreme-leftist Socialist Workers Party hippies, who claim that French satirical magazine is evil.

The organisers of the public meeting from the London Magazine Branch of the National Union of Journalists have already been told that they cannot hold the meeting in the union’s own offices due to ‘security worries’. The topic of discussion, written by the branch chair Alan Gibson, states: “Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons lampooning Islam, and particularly the depictions of the Prophet Mohammed, have been racist”.

Gibson, a long-time SWP loon, has already faced the wrath of his members who do not wish the meeting to go ahead – with many poised to resign from the union. In an email announcing the new venue, unrepentant Gibson criticised his union again for not organising such a meeting itself and said: “I make no apologies for my motivation.”

Regular readers will remember that the SWP has faced criticism in the past for courting the Muslim Brotherhood. The Stop The War Coalition, for example, which is dominated by the SWP, has held sexually segregated meetings in an attempt to bolster its alliance with the Muslim-Brotherhood-affiliated Muslim Association of Britain. Wrong-uns.

At a time when the journalistic world seem united in defence of free speech, Edwards is unlikely to be grateful to be dragged into to this row – not least as he is understood to be an NUJ member himself. Over to you, Huw.

BBC Staff Told to Hide Badges in Public

Security is being ramped up at the BBC after Newsnight and News at Ten broadcast the Charlie Hebdo cover depicting Mohammed. MediaGuido understands staff have been sent an email warning them to hide their BBC badges when out in public […]

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WATCH: Miliband on “Weaponising the NHS”

Marr asked Ed Miliband half-a-dozen times did he use the word “weaponise” to discuss cynically politicising the NHS issue as a tool of attack. Ed was even given the chance to disown the “weaponise” word. He didn’t…

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BBC Mo-ment: Depicts Mohammed in Physical Form

This image is a screengrab from last night’s News at Ten. The BBC web page explaining their editorial guidelines on the issue has mysteriously disappeared today.  A very big Mo-ment for free speech…

It seems Dimbleby was still reading […]

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Twitter Bitch Fight: Broadcaster Bun Fight!

Guido understands the ladies of the Lobby are not happy with Nick Robinson. Tom Bradby got an on camera line out of David Cameron about not doing the TV debates unless the Greens were included.

Nick does have some form […]

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