Gove Goes to War on the BBC (And Can’t Resist a Dig at May)

The Chief Whip was in punchy form with a bad-tempered Eddie Mair on PM:

EM: “Will you resign as Chief Whip is there’s another defection before the general election?”

MG: “Well, I’m convinced that nobody will, so the matter doesn’t arise.”

EM: “But you won’t put your job on the line? You’re not that certain?”

MG: “Well, I’m certain that we need a Conservative majority at the next election and I’m going to do everything possible to ensure that we get that.”

EM: “Is that the kind of answer that puts people off politics?”

MG: “Sorry?”

EM: “Is that the kind of answer that puts listeners off politics?”

MG: “In what way?”

EM: “It’s not a direct answer to the question.”

MG: “Yes, but your question was, if I may say so, the type of political game-playing that puts people off BBC interviewers.”

Gove went on to say Theresa May would not be as successful a Tory leader as David Cameron. Pow!

BBC on Sadiq: “Irony Is He’s Now Turned His Phone Off”

The BBC are on the case. Today’s Daily Politics had more on the Khan story:

Tory MP Justin Tomlinson explained he only went to the police because Khan went into hiding:

“There were two things that got me angry yesterday. Firstly that he had worked with the very same charities I had, he was the parliamentary champion for road safety, and he had personally boasted that he had campaigned on this issue for nine years. And secondly we are all human, we all do make mistakes yet he has gone into hiding. The irony is he has now turned his phone off.

His local media, the radio, your programme today – no one can get hold of him and he should put his hands up and say I am sorry I understand the importance of this issue.

I want him to say… I am going to learn from this. We as politicians are all human and are happy to come and take the credit when things go well, but sometimes you make mistakes and you’ve got to hold up to that. Frankly if he had put his hands up straight away and apologised I wouldn’t have taken this any further. It is not acceptable. We have a duty – especially those of us who have been involved in these sort of campaigns to set a good example. You cannot simply disappear when things don’t go your way.”

He Khan run, but he can’t hide…

WATCH: Daily Politics Week in 60 Seconds

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…

WATCH: Disappearing BBC News Presenter

The BBC empty chairs its own presenter:

A technical hitch tackled with consummate professionalism by Joanna Gosling.

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…

 

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:

bbctweet

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

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

“I always get them confused with ISIS,” says Armando Iannucci of IPSO…

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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