The Ralph Miliband Lecture has been no stranger to some rather explosive characters recently. Readers will remember how in 2010 Ed’s mate at the LSE David Held invited Saif Gaddafi, the Butcherer of Bengazi to be, to speak as a “representative of the Miliband program”. Held buttering Saif up as a great reformer and humanitarian will surely go down as one of the most ill-fated welcomes of all time:
Almost as lavish as Ed’s own praise for the discredited lecture program:
Surely no self-respecting defender of the downtrodden would want to follow in the footsteps of Gaddafi?
This year’s Ralph Miliband programme is being headlined next week by Len McCluskey. The former Unite union baron will presumably be explaining how the general strike would work as he eulogises about the Labour leader’s late Marxist father. And just to round things off the following week? Laurie Penny will be sharing her pearls of wisdom. The whole thing has about as much credibility these days as the Orwell Prize…
An intriguing media move today as Laurie Penny leaves her post at the Indy:
News: I'll be leaving the Independent in November and rejoining the New Statesman as Contributing Editor http://t.co/qPq87409
— Laurie Penny (@PennyRed) October 10, 2012
Could it possibly be that Indy bosses wielded the axe? Or maybe £23,000 was just not enough…
“Any time one of my sisters mentions any past or present romantic disappointment I get the urge to hunt someone down with sharp things” read Laurie Penny’s twitter feed last night. Momentarily at least – the tweet was soon deleted. After making a living out of lambasting “violent misogyny” Laurie finds herself in the glass house of violent misandry…
Guido understands that Johann Hari’s close friend, protégé and replacement at the Indy “Laurie Penny” could be about to get caught up in a similar quote fabrication scandal. With the Indy’s terrible handling of one star’s demise, Guido does not imagine that their new £25,000 per annum columnist could, or would, receive the same leniency afforded to Hari.
I'm just getting in first on this hashtag, #pennygate – be back tomoro morning.
— Brian Whelan (@brianwhelanhack) April 16, 2012
Hari slayer Brian Whelan is up to something, but many have long suspected that the “voice of a generation” was actually listening to voices in her head. Take this correction to her infamous Guardian article about her alleged time spent taking her clothes off on a stage:
“This article was amended on 8 July 2009. Changes were made to the second paragraph to make clear that the author was not persuaded by the managers of a local burlesque troupe to get into stripping, but did so voluntarily. The Burlesque troupe, with which the author performed, created a new format for the show after the Edinburgh 2005 run, not before, as the article originally suggested. The sentence beginning “Peeling off my fluffy underwear…” was moved from the end of the relevant paragraph to the beginning to correct this impression.” The words “after I left” were added before “as my troupe became more successful” to make clear that Laurie Penny did not perform in the new show.”
If you read the article without the words “after I left”, it is a riveting personal read and once added it becomes clear that the second half is almost totally embellished. Guido is confident that the Indy would have done a full and thorough check up of their recent hire in the wake of the Hari scandal. Once was bad enough, but twice…
Laurie gets in touch to state that she's not on £25k at the Indy but a mere 22. Happy to correct the record.
— Harry Cole (@MrHarryCole) April 17, 2012
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“Labour MPs will unite behind Ed Miliband, once we find out what our policies are.”