Maid Mary Ann’s Misjudged Moan

The Independent’s Mary Ann Sieghart has joined in the ongoing debate about women hacks in Westminster. Guido was on about this last week, with the Guardian and Telegraph following up on the issue. Sieghart claims:

“It took years of campaigning for childcare to be seen as a mainstream political issue rather than a private matter for parents. That was because politicians didn’t think it was important and nor did political editors. They were, on the whole, workaholic men with wives at home.”

Which hasn’t gone down very well with those same male political editors:

Guido was particularly amused by the suggestion that Mary Ann wasn’t very happy with Andrew Neil and the BBC:

“I had the uncomfortable feeling all the way through that I was being forced to play second fiddle, but it wasn’t till I watched the programme back on iPlayer that I realised why. The presenter, Andrew Neil, had gone to Danny first with every single question and had often given him, but not me, the chance of a follow-up.”

If her choice of outfits for Brillo’s show was anything to go by , she can’t have been that cheesed off…

Twitter Media Bitch Fight: Brillo v Paul Mason

Newsnight must not exactly be the most relaxed place to work at the moment, and the cracks showed as the Beeb’s favourite communist hero-worshipper Paul Mason lost it with Andrew Neil:

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Mason went on to delete his tweet and say sorry:

Tetchy…

The Godless Daily Politics Christmas Card

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Not the first time I’ve seen Giles with a red nose…

Sunday Politics Line Up Changes

Fans of BBC1’s Sunday Politics may be a little disappointed when Andrew Neil’s show returns this month. Sadly, sexy journalist and part-time Labour councillor Rowenna Davis will no longer be seen on the show’s pundit panel. Westminster is full of people with faces for radio but she will be replaced on the panel by the Guardian’s chief political correspondent, the equally pretty Nick Watt.

Guido reported this first in his Daily Sunday Star column.

Picking up the Penny

Guido won’t bother with the fashion round up this time, but devout nicotine addict Laurie Penny popped up on our television again this lunchtime, complete with a fake cigarette. Jackie Ashley had dropped out at the last minute from appearing on the Daily Politics, so our favourite flame-haired firebrand was called up to fill in. In the course of the interview she offered her services as chairman of RBS, declaring that she could do Hester’s job without the paycheck. Guido is sceptical…

Leaving aside the differences between turning around an enormous multinational financial institution and jetting around teenage trouble-spots with a smartphone, let’s just see what Penny’s comrades at the Occupy movement could teach us about running a bank:

“Following criticism of the way in which the camp’s financial affairs have been run, the finance group quit en masse. That included the person who has the key for the safe — with the result that no one could access the money. Coupled with the fact that donations are now lagging behind expenditure, there has been a serious shortage of money to pay for things such as food and power. Protester Leo Ashford, 20, …told reporters that despite generous donations by supporters, money had been squandered. ‘We’re protesting against bankers, and no one on our finance team knows how to use a ledger or a receipt,’ he said.‘In the second week we had public opinion on our side and enough donations to sustain ourselves. We all could have had brand-new tents and blow-up mattresses. Now no one knows where the money has gone. ‘I’m sad, but I knew a month ago that it would get to the point where we would collapse in on ourselves on essentially our own stupidity.’”

Watching the Penny, you better hope the pounds could look after themselves.

Video via @LiarPoliticians

Labour Trying to Have it Both Ways on Polling

More bad news for Boris today as a ComRes poll echoes last week’s YouGov offering that had Ken in the lead. The jubilation in Labour circles is on the up, but they obviously didn’t get the same lines Chuka was sent for his appearance on the Sunday Politics yesterday: “Polls go up and down… you’re obsessed with polls Andrew”. Heads in the sand…

Leaving aside Brillo’s cutting riposte “I’m sorry Mr Umunna these just go down”, Labour are clearly trying to have it both ways. Do polls matter or not? Why is a poll showing Ken in the lead any more valid that one showing Ed tanking? Any suggestion that polls aren’t devoured by people like Chuka is nonsense… 

Brillo’s Bedroom Secrets Revealed

Brillo’s trailer for his much anticipated Sunday Politics show, launching next week, reveals that the man about town wears the classic night time attire favoured by playboys from Hugh Hefner to Frank Sinatra. Black silk pyjamas…

Watch: This Explains the New Daily Politics Mug

It’s amazing what turns up on a DVD that you find down the back of a sofa at Annabel’s:

Brillo and Co. are launching the new Daily Politics and Sunday show next week, which is said to have a Newsnight style politically balanced pundit panel. They are keeping the pundits under wraps…

Guido notes with some interest that Osborne’s biographer and Economist hack Janan Ganesh has just started tweeting, as has the Sunday Times’ Political Editor Isabel Oakshott. The Labour Party councillor and Guardian writer Rowenna Davis  has also upped her twitter game recently. Could they be preparing for some regular debate?

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What a Mug

Nothing like a global exclusive for an idle Thursday morning. The Daily Politics mug is a much coveted prize. It’s nearly impossible to win one, so much so that Guido had to steal his old ones. With the rebranding of […]

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The Sunday Roast

The announcements coming out today about the re-jigging of the Beeb have confirmed Guido’s scoop that Andrew Neil would be taking over The Politics Show on Sundays, bringing the Daily Politics up to a six-day, ninety-minute episode operation. As Guido […]

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Andrew Neil Raps to Simon Hughes

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