Shami Squirms Over Selective Schools Hypocrisy

Pesto asks Shami how she can square her opposition to grammars with sending her son to private school. “I live in a nice big house and eat nice food…”

Campaign Report: 13 Days to Go

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 9: (NO ARCHIVE AFTER JUNE 30, 2016) In this handout image provided by ITV, Former Mayor of London Boris Johnson argues for Britain to leave the EU during The ITV Referendum Debate on June 9, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. During the two hour long live debate participants answered questions posed by the audience. Nicola Sturgeon, Angela Eagle and Amber Rudd argued for staying in the EU, whilst Boris Johnson, Andrea Leadsom and Gisela Stuarttake argued for leaving the EU. (Photo by Matt Frost/ITV via Getty Images)

Leave message: John Mann: We can create a more equal society if we Leave.

Remain message: Remain makes travel easier/cheaper.

Cut through: Boris interested in power, not Brexit.

Leave social media count: 474,264 likes, 56,624 followers.

Remain social media count: 465,727 likes, 36,696 followers.

Odds: Remain 1/3, Leave 14/5

Latest poll: Remain 43% (+2), Leave 42% (-3) (YouGove, online). Poll of Polls is now Remain 51%, Leave 49%.

Farage and Cameron Highlights

Farage said we won’t be bullied by Juncker:

And he brought a prop:

This was Cameron’s toughest moment: 

Cameron still doesn’t have a line on immigration – these questions reflect genuine public concern about strain on public services. Hard to paint them as Little Englanders.

Tetchy Dave Snaps at Kate Garraway

Last night Cameron called Faisal Islam “glib” for asking about immigration, this morning he snapped at Kate Garraway:

KG: “You still haven’t answered how we would deal with [immigration] if we stay in.”

DC: “I am answering. Let me give you some answers. First of all, for people outside the European Union, we’ve closed down bogus colleges.”

KG: “So why didn’t we get the numbers under 100,000?”

DC: “You keep asking me a question and then literally not giving me a change to answer.”

KG: “Ok…”

Kate was right – Cameron wasn’t answering about EU immigration, he immediately deflected to non-EU immigration. This question is going to be asked time and time again and he cannot answer…

Minister Media Monitor: Sky Winning Battle of Producers

MMM April the shows

Sky News won the battle of the producers to book ministers for their programmes in April. The usually minister-heavy Today Programme drops out of the top three for the first time, while Newsnight rises up the rankings. Marr features a minister a week. The whole of ITV (The AgendaGood Morning Britain, and ITV News) managed to get just three ministers in the entire month. Overall there were 44 ministerial broadcast appearances in April, expect that to ramp up when the referendum campaign gets going…

Peston’s Downing Street “Movie Set”

ITV’s scoop-getting political editor Robert Peston is annoying Tory spinners in more ways than one. When the other broadcasters film short interviews in Downing Street, they usually bring one camera with them to film the interviewee. Peston however insists on bringing two cameras, one to film the minister, the other to film himself. Apparently Pesto wants a camera on himself at all times so plenty of shots of him looking inquisitive can be edited into the package. This means double the number of camera crew, causing a headache for press officers. A senior government source reveals “he turns up with a f**king movie set”. Don’t disturb the creative process…

Whitto’s £1,000 Charity Bet With Piers Morgan

Piers: Do you want a bet? Let’s have a bet John. I’ll bet you £1,000 to charity that if you guys win, and you may well, David Cameron has two hopes of remaining Prime Minister: no hope and Bob Hope. There’s my hand. For charity?

Whitto: Alright, go on then.

Piers: £1,000 that David Cameron is still Prime Minister after losing the referendum. We’ll see what happens. We’ll get you back on the sofa for when you pay up.

By contrast Owen Paterson suggested on Westminster Hour last night that Dave would have to go…

Peston Out of the Loop


Peston increasingly has a touch of the Faisals about him. ITV’s political editor exclusively learned this afternoon that UKIP and “Vote.Leave” are backing the Grassroots Out campaign. Two things here.

“Vote.Leave” is not a thing. And “Vote Leave” has not endorsed Grassroots Out. He means “Leave.EU”. Whose boss Arron Banks told MPs to back Grassroots Out days ago.

And did he really “learn” it? The UKIP endorsement was press released to every journalist in SW1 half an hour before Peston’s tweet and has been widely flagged since the weekend.

That bugbear of Lobby journalists – “the BBC has learned” – lives on at ITV…

Peston Over-Promoting

ITV’s new political editor Robert Peston is pumping away promoting his big scoop: getting hold of Deborah Mattinson’s “secret” report on the Labour election defeat.

It would be impolite of Guido to rain on Peston’s parade, though the BBC did “reveal details” of the Mattinson report 24 hours earlier.[…]


ITV’s Allegra Stratton

As rumoured last week, Newsnight’s Allegra Stratton is off to ITV:

“BBC Newsnight’s Political Editor Allegra Stratton is to join ITV News’ line-up of specialist experts in the newly-created role of National Editor.

Allegra will work across ITV News’ full range of programmes, appearing frequently on News at Ten.



Tom Bradby Sex Appeal Figures Sexed Up

“Tom Bradby is so hot he got 500,000 new viewers,” claims a headline in the Times today. It follows on from yesterday’s puff piece reporting ITV News at Ten “has put on half a million viewers since Tom Bradby began presenting”.[…]


Robert Peston to Join ITV and Rival Andrew Marr

The Peston job saga carried on for longer than it takes for him to finish a sentence, but he has at last made his decision. According to Media Guardian, Peston will become ITV political editor and will also “host a new Sunday morning chatshow”, rivalling Andrew Marr. […]


Amanda Holden, Gok Wan and David Came-run

A sweaty Dave glistened in the summer sunshine as he video bombed ITV‘s This Morning, jogging past Amanda Holden and Gok Wan making a smoothie on the South Bank:

Ignoring shouts of “Dave” and “DC” from X Factor judge Amanda, the svelte looking PM refused to turn his head as he glided past…[…]


ITV Pol Ed Runners and Riders


With Tom Bradby off to present the ITV News at Ten, a plum broadcasting job is in the offing. Mark Austin is said to be raging that he has been overlooked for the once promised flagship presenting gig…

A tight pool of names are being floated to replace Bradby as ITV Political Editor, including James Landale, Joey Jones, Chris Ship and Lucy Manning.[…]


Spin Room Line UP Revealed


  • Yvette Cooper
  • Lucy Powell
  • Caroline Flint


  • George Osborne
  • Theresa May
  • William Hague
  • Liz Truss
  • Priti Patel


  • Paddy Ashdown
  • Norman Lamb


  • Patrick O’Flynn
  • Paul Nuttal
  • Suzanne Evans


  • Cllr Andrew Cooper
  • Patrick Harvie MSP
  • Dr Jillian Creasy
  • Darren Johnson AM



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