Tom Watson used the Labour Party mailing list to send out a characteristically dramatic email over the weekend, calling for the government to “implement the core recommendations” of the Leveson report:
“We will bring to bear every resource, call in every promise, rattle every skeleton in every cupboard. This is a step too far by Cameron. The whole country knows he doesn’t have the moral legitimacy to do it. We’re going to do everything we can to make sure we implement the core recommendations of the Leveson report. Cameron wants to sell-out to Rupert Murdoch and powerful press interests because he is scared, and he is weak. But that is why he cannot succeed – because he is weak. And he is wrong.”
Despite the celebrity astroturf group calling for full implementation, Watson is using Labour Party resources to direct people to the Hacked Off petition, where you can sign up as many times as you like, with as many fake names and watch the supporter count grow. Guido signed as Divine Brown.
Team Miliband have rowed back slightly from their hook, line and sinker swallowing of Leveson last week. Apparently there are some data protection worries to deal with. Talking of data, Labour HQ are using Leveson as an opportunity to cynically harvest voter data for the next election. A section of the party website features Maddie McCann and Milly Dowler, asking people to pledge their support. Except the small print reveals the postcode and email data will be used for Labour MPs to contact you. Stay classy…
The new Google Nexus 4 is out tomorrow – 02 sent one to Guido to test. Our app looks great on the 4.7″ screen with 1280 x 768 pixel resolution – bigger and better than an iPhone. It is now the top of the class Android phone available – scorching fast, it feels more fluid and smoother. The first 50 people in the queue outside 02 at 8 a.m. tomorrow get a free 32″ flatscreen TV as well! Details here.
What is it with MPs called A Mitchell and their inappropriate outbursts? A row broke out this weekend after Louise Mensch’s husband seemed to let the cat out of the bag about why she really stood down in Corby. Like or loath her, Labour’s Austin Mitchell’s tweet is spectacularly patronising. The 19th Century called, they want their MP back…
Seems Sandy isn’t the only storm brewing state-side.
Some 20% of Guido’s readers now come view the blog via mobile phones and tablets. This new app gives a richer experience – with interactivity. The blog feed on the app is light-format, you can click through to the desktop version with all the comments. Twitter is integrated into the app, as is a tip-off via email function if you have any gossip for us. If you are using the app on a phone you can now call and speak with us just by double clicking. If there is big story we will send users a push notification alert of the breaking news straight to your phone…
It works on on iPhone, Android and BlackBerry as well as iPad and Android tablets. How much for all this functionality? The first 5000 downloads of the app will be free. The Android native app can be downloaded here. For all other devices you can download it here…
Outraged Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell is not very happy about how his party has treated him. Last night he took to Twitter to suggest that he had been thrown under a bus and then the party ‘peed on’ the body:
You didn’t think the headline was about someone else?
Yet another Cameron u-turn is in the pipeline. The man who once said “too many tweets might make a t**t” is set to join Twitter. The news comes despite Dave reiterating his 2009 comment this summer: “I did once say something about people who use Twitter, particularly politicians, and I think in this case I was absolutely spot on.” What could possibly go wrong?[…] Read the rest
Coalition rivals escaping the confines of the department together, heading to trendy “Start App Britain” to launch new funky initiatives for growth. Yes we all saw the Thick of It on Saturday night, but it seems the BIS team were paying extra attention…
Sadly, though probably wisely, Michael Fallon and Vince Cable’s visit to White Bear Yard – Clerkenwell’s trendy privately funded start-up office share – was closed off to pesky press questioners and only a pool camera seemed to be doing the rounds as the politicians chatted awkwardly with the “silicon chaps.[…] Read the rest
After the Scrapbook lot spotted a section of the TPA/IoD’s report, that deals with the entirely correct assertion that lefties are just jealous of the wealth and sexual prowess of the right, it was only a matter of time before #TPAChatUpLines was trending: