Monday, September 28, 2009

Marr Defends His Line of Questioning

Andy Marr is quoted on the front page of the Daily Telegraph as saying: “I thought very carefully about asking the question. So many people in the Westminster village and beyond are talking about it that it seemed to me a fair question to ask.”

By way of counter-attack Peter Mandelson is throwing accusations about “We have seen out there on the Internet, the blogosphere, all these extreme right-wing people trying to put these smears and rumours about…” Of course in private emails, as we know from reports he never denied, Mandelson drips his own poison “Gordon has developed fewer ways of masking and managing his insecurities… He is a self-conscious person, physically and emotionally. He is not as comfortable with his own skin as, say, Tony was (is).” Hardly a ringing endorsement from Mandy of Brown’s state of mind.

It is the unchanged, firmly held and often stated view of this blog that Gordon is manifestly a weirdo.  In the words of Alastair Campbell, the master of making the political personal, Gordon is “psychologically flawed”…

Pill Popper PMNote to editors : It was not this blog that was the first widely read publication to refer to the specific pill-popping-PM allegation.  The laurels belong to the Indy’s Matthew Norman, it was only then followed up here (Who Will Ask the Prime Minister?).  Andy Grice, the Indy’s political editor might want to correct his front page story accordingly and give credit where credit is due.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

+++ Marr Asks : Are You Taking Pills? +++

Gordon denied it in unclear terms.

UPDATE : Who Will Ask the Prime Minister? was Guido’s question earlier this month.  All credit to Andrew Marr, who has often been criticised by Guido for pulling his punches in interviews with Gordon Brown. 

Gordon looked furious.

UPDATE II : James Forsyth and Sam Coates both question whether it was right to ask the Prime Mentalist if he was on pills, Guido suspects they don’t think it right.  However there are not only persistent rumours going around about Gordon’s mental health, there are also rumours and speculation (even in the Spectator and Times) that he will be removed from the leadership in a choreographed ill health waltz off into the sunset.  Gordon was given a chance to slap those rumours down.  After the Charles Kennedy cover-up the Lobby needs to get these issues out into the open instead of worry about getting the cold shoulder from a Downing Street press officer.  Bravo Marr.

UPDATE III : Strangely Guido is unable to find the clip on the BBC site so this is courtesy of ToryBear -

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Osborne’s Command Economics

Guido just watched George Osborne on Marr argue that because banking is regulated, he should be able to order the financial regulators to order private enterprises to limit the pay of their employees (and further he wants international agreements to limit banker’s bonuses). In other words he is advocating a neo-Heathite incomes policy for the private sector.

Marr Osborne

Command economies have been out of fashion since the seventies when they were tested to destruction around the world. Television is another heavily regulated industry, why not cap Simon Cowell’s pay? Telecommunications is regulated – Telecoms tycoons earns hundreds of millions, why shouldn’t they be on maximum wages?  The football transfer market is heavily regulated in Europe as well…

Why single out bankers?  Guido doesn’t think it worth getting too worked up about this policy lurch because it will never happen and he doesn’t think Osborne really believes in what he is saying.  The Tory treasurers Stanley Fink and Michael Spencer know something about huge bonuses and might be in a better position to advise the Shadow Chancellor.  Bankers will simply re-organise their affairs so as to avoid socialising their rewards.  The Cameroons show a depressing lack of leadership in making the argument at any level on any area of policy that is a hard sell.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Marr Book to Be Pulped

From the Bookseller yesterday

Macmillan Recalls Andrew Marr book

06.03.09 Katie Coyne

Pan Macmillan has issued an “urgent” stock recall notice on Andrew Marr’s A History of Modern Britain for legal reasons. Pan Macmillan md, Anthony Forbes Watson, refused to elaborate on what the legal issues around the recall were. It is understood that the publisher plans to re-issue the book when changes have been made.
This can only be because someone living is threatening to sue. Any co-conspirators have any idea?

UPDATE : Apparently Erin Pizzey is angry with Marr.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Guardianista Accuses Boss of Too Much Testosterone

Sorry to bore on about Guardianista hypocrisy, but it just keeps coming. Jackie Ashley (Mrs Marr) writes this morning under the headline To Chop City Bonuses, Start by Cutting the Testosterone. Leaving aside the casual sexist stereotyping, is it really true? After all her boss the Guardian Media Group chief executive, Carolyn McCall, was paid a package of £827,000, comprising a salary of £424,000, plus a bonus of £385,000 and benefits in kind of £18,000.

Does she have too much testosterone?

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Did Marr Do the Usual Hard-Hitting Interview?

Guido stayed in bed this morning and missed the Andrew Marr show, which doesn’t appear to be up on iPlayer yet (forgot to set the digicorder as well).

Judging by the comments below he let Jacqui Smith off the hook (surprise) over Damian Green. According to PoliticsHome’s transcript when “asked about claims Mr Green had been bugged she said she would have had to sign a warrant for that to happen and she had not”. More when it is up on iPlayer.

UPDATE 11.50 : According to comments below the PoliticsHome transcript is incorrect. Pretty crucial detail to get wrong if they have.

UPDATE 12.20 : Have now watched the interview. She gave the impression, but did not state that she had not authorised bugging. Marr actually seemed better than average.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Mauled Mandy Shows His Claws

Can we drop the Andy Marr Show for the Sophie Raworth Show? Unlike Marr she was no patsy and even when Mandy went into full on poisonous “you’ll never work in this town again” mode. She held her ground. The petulance is well worth watching if you missed it (41 minutes in). Watch his face…

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Marr Does the Usual

“Is it fair to say that the country…..and the economy have been let down by people in the city?” “So why is that if you’ve made the right decisions and the Tories have made the wrong decisions do the polls not reflect this?” …. and so on and so on. Even when Brown told complete lies like “we have reduced debts”, Marr remains mute.

Jeff Randall on Sky really laid into Brown this week when he tried to pull his usual line in “Brownies”, not that it made much difference, Brown just stuck to his lines. The viewer was able to make up their mind who to believe. Marr really should stick to reporting, his interviews are pathetic.

Gordon seemed to be testing out a new line, that he had been telling all the other finance ministers (who were not as brilliant and as far-seeing as him) that we need a global regulator for years. One that would allow 125% mortgages, not monitor liquidity and wrench the central bank away from the government debt markets. If only the Americans had listened to him…

Monday, July 7, 2008

Marr Gets All Aggressive

The Indy this morning has an interview with Andrew Marr, this passage made Guido laugh:
“I can be exceedingly aggressive when I want to be,” he says, claiming that encounters with Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling on his Sunday morning BBC1 programme, The Andrew Marr Show, “were as aggressive as any interview you will have seen for a long time”.

Yes we all remember that aggression when a nervous Gordon Brown gave him an exclusive interview immediately post Gordon’s attempted coup d’ etat and was a crucial opportunity to get to the truth. Gordon’s fingerprints were all over it, he was clearly lying about his knowledge of, and attitude to it. He had even met Tom Watson on the eve of the putsch. It was clear for all to see and Gordon was in difficulties. Nick Robinson, Paxman or Andrew Neil could have crucified Brown, Frost would have ambushed him silkily. Even Ant and Dec would probably have scored a goal. What did Marr do? This pathetic interview was the political equivalent of fellatio. Marr had an open goal yet Gordon left smiling and relieved.

It was hardly a fearsome interrogation that revealed Gordon would not be having an election., more a summons for an official communique delivered by Marr (see picture above). The eve of premiership biopic in Kirkcaldy was more soft-focus than hard questions was hardly aggressive. Marr may now regret being a patsy, but that is what he was, so spare us the false claims to aggression Andy. The reason he is Brown’s preferred interlocutor is not because Brown is courageous…

N.B. Guido’s favourite Rich and Mark’s cartoon featuring ol’ Jug Ears is here.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Not in Front of the Voters

Peter Oborne pulled back the curtain showing us a little vignette of the political class on Marr’s show this morning. In the midst of a paper review he deliberately blurted out that Alan Duncan had just a few minutes earlier button-holed Marr in the green room, lobbying him not to ask questions about donations from a dodgy oil trader, citing legal issues. Marr look panicked and said in a revelatory moment “we don’t discuss what is said in the green room”. Actually the political class don’t like to discuss it in front of the voters at all…

Seen Elsewhere

Tories Choose Anti-Israel Candidate in Rochester | JC
Osborne’s Daycare Obsession is a Time Bomb | Kathy Gyngell
BBC Marr Pinko Trying to Ban the Queen | Speccie
Eric Hobsbawm: Companion of Dishonour | Standpoint
Guido Party Gossip | Iain Dale
Russell Brand Comes Out as 9/11 Truther | Guardian
Health Revolution is Underway | Fraser Nelson
UKIP Gets Professional | Red Box
Kelly Tolhurst Wins Rochester Open Primary | BBC
No.10 Ambushed by EU Prosperity Tax | Times
10 Years of Guido | Iain Dale


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Rob Colvile reviews Russell Brand’s new book:

“Oddly, the person I feel sorriest for isn’t Brand himself – although he certainly comes across as a rather pitiable figure, projecting his own brokenness on to the world around him – but Johann Hari. Drummed out of Fleet Street for plagiarism, the former Independent columnist has washed up as “my mate Johann, who’s been doing research for this book”. For a genuinely talented polemicist, it would have been a humbling experience to have to treat this sub-undergraduate dross as the scintillating wisdom of a philosopher-king.”



Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!


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