Friday, February 11, 2011

How To Review the Papers

Love him or hate him there is no denying that Kelvin MacKenzie has still got it.

Last night’s Sky News paper review was certainly a lively affair.

It’s worth waiting for the last minute to see Stephen Pound feel the wrath

One day Guido will get round to making the “What Would Kelvin Do?” t-shirts…

Thursday, February 3, 2011

How the Media Works

Last Friday Guido asked his readers what they thought of Channel Four’s 10 O’Clock Live from the previous night. The reviews hadn’t been too kind and over 3,000 of you voted:

This must have got their attention as tonight Guido will be on the show talking about the government liquidating state assets. Another poll tomorrow perhaps…

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Latham and the Libyans

On the day it is revealed by Wikileaks that a government minister gave the Libyans advice on how to secure Al-Megrahi’s release and Gus O’Donnell announces he is opening up the files, it seems the the Guidoisation of politics is continuing.

Tory backbencher Pauline Latham asked the House earlier whether the government had any plans to start sending British cancer patients for treatment in Libya “given their higher survival rate”. Clearly a fan of Guy New’s Al Megrahi Watch. Fifteen months and counting since the beaks said he would die.

 

Paxman Does a Jeremy *#@*

Poor old Paxo doesn’t seem to have his heart in it any more – he is 60 – and he must be thinking are his 3-late-nights-a-week really worth the million-a-year he trousers?

The C-word came out last night on Newsnight. Once could be an accident, twice a coincidence, but this is third flagship BBC program to drop the c-bomb live on air in recent weeks. Do they have some sort of a bet going on?

Via : Political Scrapbook

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Government Defence Organisation Sold Fake Bomb Detectors

Heydon Prowse has discovered that the UK Trade & Investment Defence & Security Organisation (UKTI DSO) was involved in the selling of millions of pounds of fake bomb detectors to foreign governments. Military personnel demonstrated dud products to gullible buyers. Heydon says the full story will be on Newsnight tonight…

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Downing Street Vacancy : Television Image Maker Wanted

Guido has always been a news junkie, taking it in from all directions; online rolling news, radio, television news channels and the papers, hell even Twitter nowadays. When Guido was a paperboy he read every paper from the Sun to the FT, which must have annoyed the customers wanting their paper before the morning commute. As media pundits go Guido is as qualified as anyone can be after 30 years of news consumption and analysis. What that experience has taught Guido is that one thing is for sure: television is the medium that matters.

It may not matter to the chattering class, but it does influence the voters more than they do. Most voters don’t read the Guardian, they don’t read the Indy, Times or Telegraph either. They watch television, which is why more people voted for the winner of X-factor than the government.


One of the central ideas that inspired the creation of this blog was the “Guidoisation of politics” by which is meant more than just the trivialisation of politics, it alludes to the conveying of ideological messages in simple images and terms. It is also about the personalisation of politics via the character of politicians. Character matters to most voters more than ideology. Gordon Brown’s character weighed against him with voters more than his economic policies. His character was revealed on television to more people, more effectively than Andrew Rawnsley or Tom Bower could ever dream of doing. Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson were masterful televisual image makers – remember them deliberately delaying the acceptance speech that May morning in 1997 until a shaft of sunlight broke through into the Royal Festival Hall - “A new dawn has broken, has it not?” Brilliant imagery.

Roger Ailes is famous as the boss of Fox News, the news channel with the most viewers in America, making it the most profitable news channel in the world, more profitable than all the other US news channels combined. It has so much political influence that Obama’s strategists reckon it costs them 3% at the polls. Roger Ailes cut his teeth as a young TV producer who Richard Nixon hired after he told him to his face “The camera doesn’t like you”, Nixon replied “It’s a shame a man has to use gimmicks like this to get elected”, the young Ailes retorted “Television is not a gimmick, and if you think it is, you’ll lose again.” In a televised democracy, television decides elections, it really is that simple.

It is a given that the coalition is about to enter a period of unpopularity, to win the next election the economy firstly has to come good or be coming good by 2014, that is a pre-condition. Secondly they have to get the credit for the economy coming good as well. Television will help most voters decide who gets the credit, not broadsheet editorial writers. Cameron and Clegg are better television performers than Miliband, if they want to exploit that they should hire a director of communications who understands televisual imagery. The media grid planning can be done by Downing Street drones a plenty and Osborne has a good grip on political strategy. Television requires a certain genius. If they want to win over the voters they need a political maestro equivalent to Simon Cowell or Roger Ailes. If they think that television is just a gimmick…

Bob Crow Even Gets Up His Own Nose

Bob Crow’s penchant for organising transport strikes gets up commuter’s noses. This picture in the News of the World taken on a carribean holiday shows that the £133,183 agitator even gets up his own nose. Remind you of someone?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Looney Left Go Hunting

While the numbers were greatly exaggerated, last night could not have been fun for Culture Secretary and apparently secret Murdoch stooge, Jeremy Hunt, as his talk to LSE was stormed by some rather well spoken protesters:

What they were protesting, no one is quite sure. A little Murdoch, some cuts, some fees, but mainly the fact Jeremy Hunt was alive. Even their organising email seems quite confused:

Hi all,
1. Correction for the open organising meeting this Thursday 5pm in room 3.24 (not 1.24) old building
Hope to see lots there!
2. Tory MP Jeremy Hunt will be speaking at LSE tomorrow (Wednesday) at 6.30pm in the NAB. We will be joining students from LSE, SOAS and UCL by protesting outside the NAB from 6.15. This is the man who has said ‘poor people should have less children’, and is now responsible for pushing through benefit cuts to the most vunerable in society as the dissabilities [sic.] minister.
Bring your anti-fees banners down and lets tell him where he can stuff his cuts!

Witnesses in the room report that the whole thing was rather embarrassing for the event organisers but even more so for the protesters:

“People didn’t know what to look at first – in the end hundreds of us just waited patiently for them to leave. Snoddy was angry; an LSE alumnus who works for Polis said that when Douglas Hurd came along to the LSE 20 years ago they talked to him, they didn’t barrack him, that’s the way to do it.”

Trying to tell that to Red-Fascists is like talking to a brick wall. Hunt was quite right to tell them where to go, there was four times as many people in the room he was already engaging with before thirty overgrown, noisy, children rudely interrupted. Why didn’t they attend the event in the normal way and ask a question like anyone else? If you behave like idiots, you shouldn’t be surprised when you are treated like one.

Friday, December 24, 2010

12 Days of Guido – Remember that Election?

A look back at the very best of Guy New’s coverage of the 2010 General Election:

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Son of Brown

Is it just Guido that found Ed Miliband’s Christmas message rather intense and more than a little creepy?

He’ll be smiling and swaying next…


Seen Elsewhere

Guido’s Column | Sun
NUT’s Loony Defence of Status Quo | Jago Pearson
A Dozen Reasons to Be Cheerful | John McTernan
Political Bloggers Are Equal Opportunities Attackers | ConHome
Michael Gove Should Resign | Conservative Women
Sarah Wollaston’s Naming and Shaming of Bloggers | LibDemVoice
Fraser Nelson: Put Your Money on Ed Miliband to Win | Guardian
Guido Fawkes is Too Aggressive | The Times
Ditch Tobacco Plain Packaging | Grassroots Conservatives
What Farage, Boris and Rob Ford Have in Common | William Walter
Labour Spell New Adviser’s Name Wrong | ITV


new-advert
Guido-hot-button (1) Guido-hot-button (1)


Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



orkneylad says:

What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


Tip off Guido
Web Guido's Archives

Subscribe me to:






RSS


AddThis Feed Button
Archive


Labels
Guido Reads