Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Dear Amol Rajan,

The Cellar
House of Commons
London
SW1 0AA

Mr Amol Rajan,
Editor of the Independent.

Dear Mr Rajan,

I am writing to propose a syndication deal. As you can see below your diarist Andy McSmith deems my work worthy of your pages on an almost daily basis, so I am sure he will be happy to provide a reference.

This week alone Mr McSmith has seen fit to lift yesterday’s lead in your newspaper’s excellent diary revealing that Harriet Harman and Jack Dromey had been put in an awkward spot by their son working for Paddy Power, they of the famous Oscar Pistorius bet. An amusing tale, which appeared on the pages of my blog the previous day.

Today, Mr McSmith has another fine story about a crafty coalition organised by local LibDems so they can keep child rape charge councillor Ryan Hope in the tent. Worrying developments indeed, and a niche story first reported on my blog last Friday.

Mr McSmith was also tickled by a Twitter bitch fight between Sally Bercow and fellow magpie Andrew Pierce, which he duly wrote up in his diary last week. Hardly an exclusive of course, though Mr McSmith’s readers were well behind the curve given the very same words had already appeared on my website.

It is some years since McSmith took a picture of me from the blog reposing in bed with Toby Young and it was with some difficulty that we successfully extracted payment in the end.

I propose that since Mr McSmith appears to lift my copy without payment or attribution, perhaps we could come to an arrangement by which you cut out the middle man and get your diary stories straight from the source? I know that money is tight at the Indy and I would not want you to waste your budget employing a diarist who simply lifts stories from elsewhere.

Yours,

Guido Fawkes Esq.

UPDATE:

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Is the Indy Up for Sale?

Greenslade thinks so. Having gutted the editorial staff and rebranded, it seems the cash strapped Lebedevs have got bored:

“The Independent is up for sale. The paper’s founder, and current chairman of its publishing company, Andreas Whittam Smith, has been authorised to seek out a buyer. The owners, Alexander Lebedev and his son, Evgeny, have been indicating for some time that they would be happy to dispose of the paper and its sister titles, i, and the Independent on Sunday. They have made various cryptic statements over the last six months about their willingness to offload loss-making papers that they see no prospect of turning into profit. Alexander Lebedev’s fortunes, based on a variety of businesses in Russia, have declined dramatically over the last couple of years.”

Don’t all rush at once.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Steve Richards Takes Lobbyists’ Money

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Guido can reveal that Steve Richards, the Indy’s political pundit and sometime TV talking head, has taken up a role with the public affairs lobbying firm Hanover Communications. When Guido spoke to Steve he was a little sheepish and seemed unsure of his role, he said he would be providing political advice to the firm. According to Charles Lewington, the former spinner for John Major who founded Hanover, Richards will be a “strategic advisor”. Hanover’s clients include fracking pioneers Cuadrilla, assorted investment banks like Goldman Sachs, various arms dealers, big oil corporations and pharmaceutical companies. Richards says he has cleared it with the Indy and “it won’t affect his writing”.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Chris Blackhurst’s Kama Sutra

Indy staff have been left baffled this afternoon by an email inviting them to help themselves to “a crate of unclaimed stuff in front of Chris Blackhurst’s desk including some high heels, a copy of the Kama Sutra, an assortment of dog shampoo and a speed camera (hand-held).”

Sounds like one hell of a kinky night…

 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Indy’s Almost Perfect Relaunch

Indy editor Amol Rajan will have come down from last night’s celebrations by now, his stylish redesign of the paper has been well-received almost universally this morning. With all eyes on the new look, the subs forgot to take out an unfortunate comment at the end of this sport piece:

Harsh words.

Via @scottygb.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Indy Looking for ‘Augmented Reality’ Editor

According to the advert, “The Independent is seeking a digitally focused journalist with experience producing and presenting content for a daily news-driven augmented reality service”. Surely there is only one candidate.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Ex-Sindy Editor John Mullin to Head BBC Indy Ref Coverage

The man in charge of the BBC’s Scottish referendum coverage will be former Independent on Sunday editor John Mullin.

Big move…

Meanwhile Tony Blair’s former political spokesperson Godric Smith has been appointed by James Purnell as a £100,000-a-year Beeb PR adviser. A Blairite BBC takeover…

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Indy Falls For Onion Spoof

Cringe-inducing stuff from the Indy today. Quite how they still don’t know the Onion is a satirical website is beyond Guido, yet they have managed to run a ‘quote’ from a supposed CNN boss on Miley Cyrus’ dancing, clearly the only story of the day:

Finally addressed some hours later:

Doh!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Anger Boiling Over as Indy Prepare for Walk Out

As the Indy prepare to go out on strike at 4pm, the Lebedevs are not the most popular Russians in Kensington right now. Though the strike has been cut by one hour as a sign of goodwill for further negotiations, insiders at the paper are not holding their punches. The anger is aimed way above the editor:

“I think this strike is a vote of confidence for some sort of survival plan, for the editor and against the way people above him at senior management have gone about forcing people out of their jobs without even considering voluntary redundancies. 

Others are more candid, accusing Evegeny of only seeing the Indy as “a seat at the top table… it gets you into Downing Street and to w**key parties”. There is particular anger at the way forced redundancies were put on staff before even asking anyone if they wanted to quit…

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Strike Confirmed at the Indy

It’s official: strike action will go ahead at the Indy over editorial cuts.

Bosses won’t be too worried though – the action is planned for two hours on Friday afternoon.

Just enough time for a three bottle lunch…


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