No, Le Pen Did Not Endorse May’s Conference Speech


Less thorough elements of the online media are claiming that Marine Le Pen last night tweeted an endorsement of Theresa May’s conference speech. According to Huff Po UK:

Le Pen, who was once tried for inciting racial hatred for comparing Muslims praying publicly to the Nazi occupation, responded: “Exactly.” She even threw in an applause emoji.

And according to the Independent:

Theresa May’s Conservative conference speech has received a ringing endorsement from French far right leader, Marine Le Pen.

No, she didn’t. The account which sent the tweet was clearly marked “compte non officiel”, which you really shouldn’t have to be French to be able translate. The Indy have now deleted their article (cached version can still be seen here), but HuffPo’s is still up. Story is complete BS but, hey, at least it gets you some clicks…

No Colleagues Attend Remain MP’s Brexit Whinge

The Independent’s puff piece for Remain Tory MP Neil Carmichael and his Conservative Group for Europe event yesterday makes it sound as if someone cared. According to the Indy there were “loud cheers” at the “80-strong reception”, where “Pro-EU Tory rebels” “revealed” a “plan” to “fight a hard Brexit”. You have to wait for the final six words of the Indy news story for it to completely unravel: “no other current MPs were present”. What about those “Tory rebels?” It was one man’s lone whinge in a room with a bunch of kids and some health lobbyists. Makes NiMo look serious.

Smith Calls Corbyn a “Lunatic”

The Indy revealed Oily Smith lashing out at his elderly rival at a rally last night, implying Corbyn was “some… lunatic at the top of the Labour Party”:

“We’ve got to get two million people who actually voted Tory, 12 months ago, to vote Labour, in 106 seats. And what you won’t get from me, is some, you know, lunatic at the top of the Labour Party, you’ll have someone who tries to form a coherent narrative about what’s wrong with Britain.”

Oily has since offered a limp non-apology, claiming “I wasn’t talking about Jeremy Corbyn.” This hasn’t calmed Team Corbyn, who slammed the latter-day Blairite’s campaign:

“Owen Smith has degraded this contest by descending into personal abuse.”

What should have been a winning, post-TrainGate morning for Smith has turned into yet another speech disaster. Oily’s big announcement today that he would, suicidally, commit Labour to blocking Brexit is now over-shadowed…

It Isn’t

The deadest of the dead tree press…

Media Diversity


The Times, Telegraph and Independent all went for the same cliché headline, used to cover countless budgets and spending reviews beforeThe rest of the unpopular press following in the Indy’s footsteps is not a good omen for the Times and Telegraph…

H/T thhamilton

Sinister Nexus of ‘Eurosceptic’ Think Tank Staff (Who Actually Back Remain)

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“Exposed”, screamed the Indy’s front page last Thursday, dramatically claiming the Institute for Economic Affairs is part of a sinister axis of think tanks conspiring to help the Vote Leave campaign. The spirited piece told of a revolving door culture and an ominous-sounding nexus of right-of-centre organisations whose staff, board members and even offices are linked”, with the IEA at the centre. All good fun, but does it ring true?

In response, the IEA polled their staff to find out if they are indeed a conspiratorial bunch of secret Eurosceptics. It transpires that 37.5% of IEA employees actually support Remain, and another 12.5% are undecided. The IEA confirm they have

“no corporate position on whether Britain should stay in the European Union and a wide range of views are held by the Institute’s staff, trustees and wider supporters”

Hope the Indy’s track-record of rigorous investigative journalism continues in its online offering…

Indy Recriminations Begin


Now the hypocritical condolences from rival journalists are out of the way the bickering begins at the Indy. Guido hears some staff have already confronted the Indy’s management over bullying allegations against the new digital overlord Christian Broughton. Several staff say they would rather take redundancy than work for him.

cb-is-a-cThe above Indy restroom artwork seems to suggest people have strong feelings about Broughton. That they want to share…

Amol Rajan, the outgoing Indy editor, will apparently have no direct role driving the digital-only Indy. Many suspect he is waiting for the editorship of the Evening Standard to become available…

Kelvin MacKenzie on Indy’s Demise

Was he wrong?

Confirmed: Indy Closing March


Confirmed: the Indy and the Sindy are closing. Last edition of the Indy will be on 26th March and the last Independent on Sunday on 20 March. Online only after that…

UPDATE: The i’s editor tweets:



Job Culls Coming at Indy, Guardian, Telegraph


Evgeny Lebedev is expected to close the Indy and Sindy print editions as soon as tonight. Of the 150 full-time staff, just 20 or so look like they’ll moving over to the i paper. It will not be difficult for the owners to find voluntary redundancies. […]


Lebedevs Looking for New Standard Newsroom

This week’s Estates Gazette makes interesting reading in light of today’s news about the Indy. A report in the property trade journal claims the Lebedevs are planning to move the Evening Standard from their current offices sharing with the Indy and the Mail in Kensington.[…]


Indy Editor Emails Staff “No Comment”


Indy editor Amol Rajan just sent staff this curt email to worried staff:

Dear All,

Further to Steve’s email just now, I am very conscious that this morning’s news about Johnston Press will prompt a lot of questions and uncertainty.

I am very sorry to say, however, that for the time being we really are bound by strict rules on what we can and can’t say about this potential deal.



Rumours Indy / IoS Set to Close


The Lebedevs look set to sell the i paper to regional publisher Johnston Press for around £24 million, escalating rumours that the Independent and the Independent on Sunday could be set to close. ESI Media, Lebedev’s company which owns the i, Indy, Sindy and Standard, admits this morning: “At this stage no decision has been made and we realise the uncertainty that this news will cause our employees and customers”.[…]


Alas SunNation, We Knew It Well


Farewell SunNation, the Sun’s outside-the-paywall experiment with a blog format has now gone with the raison d’être of the paywall. This again brings into focus the future of tabloids now it has been established that in the age of social media paywalls for popular papers are counter-productive.[…]


Indy Buries Front Page Cock-Up Confession

Gotcha!” exclaimed Tuesday’s Indy splash, exclusively revealing that the Sun had been “told” to put an “apology” for a story about Jeremy Corbyn on its front page. The top scoop revealed how “The Sun was ordered to publish a front page correction“.[…]


Indy: “Time to Grant ISIS Diplomatic Recognition”

The Stop the War disease is spreading. This article published on the Independent’s online opinion section today says the international community should “grant ISIS diplomatic recognition”:


The writer claims:

“Only by recognising and treating Isis as a bona fide state can we hope to understand its workings and motivations”

Going on to argue that recognising ISIS’ legitimacy will “moderate their behaviour”:

“History shows that diplomatic recognition of extremist governments can make them more likely to moderate their behaviour.



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