The Many Apologies of “Dr” Eoin Clarke

He’s sorry, he’s sorry, he’s so, so sorry… Eoin Clarke has been busy apologising again this afternoon. Clarke came to prominence with his seminal PhD study of the history of Irish feminism entitled ‘Feck arf, get me dinner’ and has now risen to the very top of his new field: conspiratorial online left-wing smearing. Last month he was forced to grovel to Ashcroft for smearing him with false allegations, then it was Health Minister Anna Soubry, and now the left-wing loony has had to apologise to Circle Health:

“In several posts on my blog “The Green Benches” in 2012, I made a number of defamatory statements about Circle Health. I now acknowledge that there was no truth to those statements … I would like to offer my sincere apologies to Circle Health for any inconvenience and damage which the untrue statements in my blog have caused. I have removed the offending posts from the blog and undertaken not to repeat the allegations which I made.”

You have to wonder what Eoin’s only reader – Ed Miliband – has to say about it all.

Fifteen-Love, Actually

They’re having a bit of a nightmare over at Political Scrapbook towers this afternoon. Borrowing a quote from the Racing Post, the lefty blog ran a story that David Cameron had snubbed a phone call with Barack Obama because he was playing tennis with Rebekah Brooks’ husband, Charlie. Funny they weren’t so vocal about Gordon Brown pathetically begging Obama five times for a fifteen minute meeting in a kitchen, or Tony Blair bombing countries on the whim of an American president. In terms of the special relationship, a stand-up-for-yourself Hugh Grant-style approach should surely be cheered…

In any case, it looks like the story has little foundation anyway:

Doh!

UPDATE: King of spin Damian McBride has another explanation:

DJ Watson Spins Leveson

Touchy Tom Watson tends to get testy when people bring up his links with the lefties Political Scrapbook. He pointedly told the Leveson Inquiry that he had nothing to do with them, which was news to some:

Watson:“I know the guy, the young guy that runs it. I have no relationship with it in terms of management or anything else.”

Jay: “Have you provided information to them for their use?”

Watson: “No.”

Watson would have us believe there is no cosy relationship here, despite obviously feeding them stories. Fellow Labour MP Kerry McCarthy let the cat out of the bag this weekend though when she revealed Scrapbook‘s special guest for their Labour party conference shindig:

Hmm, surely that comes under “or anything else”.

LibDem Blogger Advising Tories

This year’s Tory party conference fringe events are jam-packed with the usual suspects, however Guido was amused to see the name of one surprise guest due to speak on Tuesday lunchtime. LibDem blogger Mark Pack will give a training session on “campaigning with social media“:

Coalicious… 

Benefactor Bails Out Bankrupt Bloggers, But Still They Beg

Last week Guido revealed how bankrupt bloggers Left Foot Forward were in such dire financial straits that they had resorted to advertising for slave labour interns. After managing to raise only a third of their target since the online busking began, a “generous donor” has now agreed to match every pound given in a double-your-money guarantee. Judging by the furious reaction of their readers to the news that they were refusing to even pay for lunch and travel expenses for their unpaid young staff, it’s hardly surprising they are relying on a wealthy individual to keep them afloat. Maybe if they paid their interns people would be more willing to part with their cash…

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Intern Aware Slam Slave Labour Bloggers

There was a time when broke blog Left Foot Forward could do no wrong in the eyes of Intern Aware, but the fair pay campaigners have attacked their old friends this morning after Guido exposed their slave labour internship scheme.

“We’re unimpressed. Organisations should live their values even when times are tough.”

This morning the bust progressives sent out their third email begging for money in just a week, but you have to wonder who is going to dip in to their pockets to prop up such rank hypocrisy…

Bankrupt Bloggers Resort To Slave Labour

Bankrupt lefty bloggers Left Foot Forward are in such dire financial straits that they have resorted to advertising for slave labour interns. They’ve spent too much and are running a deficit – you couldn’t make it  up.

Back in 2011 the blog was among the fiercest critics of unpaid internships, jumping aboard the Intern Aware campaign lobbying the government to ban the practice. It ran posts including one titled “Unpaid Internships Are Wrong“, which suggested that offering young people jobs with no pay could be illegal and even asked for readers undertaking unpaid internships to contact them in confidence. Left Foot Forward also set up a “Living Wage Appeal“, part of which involved them promising to pay their interns. Their position was crystal clear.

Their stance hadn’t changed earlier this year either when they waded into the great workfare debate, arguing that: “The claim that it is aimed towards providing useful work experience that will lead to jobs is demonstrably untrue…Not only is it wrong, but it may actually reduce young people’s job prospects“. Pretty damning stuff…

Imagine Guido’s surprise, then, when he saw that the very same Left Foot Forward were advertising for an editorial intern to work in a “voluntary” capacity, without pay. Candidates are required to have “knowledge of HTML; picture editing; data analysis and presentation; journalistic experience; and a knowledge of progressive organisations”. Sounds like a real job to Guido, and they aren’t even paying travel expenses. Judging by the furious reaction in the comments, Left Foot Forward readers don’t approve of their new policy on slave labour. Guido is happy to report that he always pays his interns…

Deficit Denying Bloggers Beg For Bailout

Guido was not surprised to learn that the deficit deniers over at Left Foot Forward have gone into debt themselves, ending up £3,000 in the red this year. They’ve been forced to beg their niche readership for money:

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Prezza’s Conspiracy Theory Unravels

Guido has a sore head from Political Scrapbook’s drinks last night. As revenge he has some bad news for them. They thought they were on to a winner earlier this week with a story claiming that John Prescott was the […]

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