The Guardian’s Kremlin-apologising in house former Stalinist, Seumas Milne, has outdone himself.
The same Shameless Bilge who says we shouldn’t “demonise” Putin is accusing a British political party of an “anti-democratic coup”. Irony is dead…
Though they warn:
“Of course there are misgivings. The party has some bad instincts – on civil liberties, penal policy and on Trident, about which it is too inflexible. Questions linger over Ed Miliband’s leadership, and whether he has that elusive quality that inspires others to follow…
This newspaper has never been a cheerleader for the Labour party. We are not now. But our view is clear. Labour provides the best hope for starting to tackle the turbulent issues facing us. On 7 May, as this country makes a profound decision about its future, we hope Britain turns to Labour.”
And they say vote for the LibDems in blue-yellow marginals…
Apparently “there had been a concerted effort by the media and political establishment to smear Rahman” and “the story of Lutfur Rahman is a democratic success story”. Today he has been found guilty of bribery and corruption.
Dave Hill also wrote a long defence of Rahman in the Guardian, including how Rahman was victim to “pernicious, glory-seekers’ back catalogue of Tower Hamlets Islamist conspiracy theories”. He concluded:
“the point is, though, that if Rahman has sinned how many others are doing so all day, every day in ways that, in the end, differ if at all only in the means and detail?”
That renowned democrat George Galloway defended his ideological ally:
“Labour should be beating a path to mayor Lutfur’s door and asking him to sprinkle some of his stardust over them instead of expelling him, witch-hunting him and trying to drive him from office.”
While Ken Livingstone spoke up for his old friend:
“He is the subject of an Islamophobic campaign of lies. I have always stood up for people who are victimised.”
Another one of those days when Labour have to say “thank goodness David didn’t win”…
It’s Earth Day, the “largest civic event in the world” that was started to give bored anti-Vietnam hippies something else to protest about. It’s also an annual excuse for earnest news publications to run eco-garbage scare stories. Just take a look at this gem from the Guardian:
“Earth Day: scientists say 75% of known fossil fuel reserves must stay in ground.”
The Guardian story is following in a fine tradition, here’s some choice quotes from 1970, the year Earth Day was founded.
“[By 1995]…somewhere between 75 and 85 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct” Sen. Gaylord Nelson, the founder of Earth Day, Look Magazine
“the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be born” Newsweek
“By 1985, air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half” Life Magazine
“Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from the intolerable deteriorations and possible extinction” The New York Times
Gaia has heard it all before…
With Owen Jones visiting South Thanet yesterday to campaign for Labour, Simon Moores – an economist, Guardian contributor, councillor and pilot – saw his chance to troll the his lefty colleague from a great height. And troll him he did, by flying this banner over the constituency for the afternoon:
Moores tells Guido:
“I did it off my own back because I can’t stand Owen Jones. I can’t stand economic illiterates and Jones drives me crazy.”
One critic Owen can’t block…
Ed Miliband unveils his “big promise” on the front page of tomorrow’s Guardian: no more borrowing. Can you spot the perfect Freudian slip?
No need for a second edition, they had it right first time…
This is a poll of polls average for today only:
Worth noting that the Labour figure is inflated by their very high rating with Panelbase.
As you can see below, TNS, Panelbase and Survation all put Labour ahead, but the latest polls out tonight from ComRes and YouGov have the Tories in first:
Which makes this Guardian splash, released before the ComRes and YouGov polls, look rather premature:
Too late to change the splash?
There was much embarrassment in King’s Place yesterday when the Guardian’s tech writers were forced write up an overview of other newspapers’ reviews of the Apple Watch instead of doing one of their own. Apple had refused to send the Guardian a review unit…
Despite the Guardian’s love of all things Apple – they even built iPads into the tables of their #guardiancoffee coffee shop – Apple snubbed them in favour of the Mail, Indy and Telegraph. Rumour has it that Apple are still smarting after the Guardian ran a withering article about the Apple Watch that was written by chief executive of a marketing company which represents luxury watch manufacturers.
They will just have to buy one like everyone else…
Further reading on the Guardian‘s tax hypocrisy: