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The Chief Whip was in punchy form with a bad-tempered Eddie Mair on PM:
EM: “Will you resign as Chief Whip is there’s another defection before the general election?”
MG: “Well, I’m convinced that nobody will, so the matter doesn’t arise.”
EM: “But you won’t put your job on the line? You’re not that certain?”
MG: “Well, I’m certain that we need a Conservative majority at the next election and I’m going to do everything possible to ensure that we get that.”
EM: “Is that the kind of answer that puts people off politics?”
EM: “Is that the kind of answer that puts listeners off politics?”
MG: “In what way?”
EM: “It’s not a direct answer to the question.”
MG: “Yes, but your question was, if I may say so, the type of political game-playing that puts people off BBC interviewers.”
Gove went on to say Theresa May would not be as successful a Tory leader as David Cameron. Pow!
Europhile apostate Mehdi Hasan renounces his faith in the EU in this week’s Staggers:
“Today, Europe is only marginally more popular with the public than ebola; hard-right parties are sweeping to victory in European elections in the UK, France and Denmark; and the eurozone has only narrowly dodged a triple-dip recession. With all this going on, it’s pretty difficult to mount a credible defence of the single currency or, for that matter, the EU itself.
The left across Europe has been seduced by the EU’s promise of workers’ rights – forgetting that you can’t enjoy those rights if you don’t have a job to begin with. Mass unemployment is now a fact of life across swaths of the EU and, especially, the eurozone. More than half of young people are jobless in both Greece and Spain…
This is a political and economic scandal, not to mention a human tragedy. And progressives should be saying so. But the left in the UK has ceded all the Eurosceptic terrain… to Ukip and the Tory right. We were wrong then. Let’s not be wrong now.”
Time for another job application?
An “agitated” Andrew Mitchell called policemen “f**king plebs” in a “Mexican stand off” at the gates of Downing Street, it was claimed in court today. PC Toby Rowland claimed he threatened Mitchell with arrest because passers by could have been caused “distress” by his abusive language. Told by James Price QC that the allegations were an “invention” to justify the threat of arrest, PC Rowland insisted “all the evidence I’ve given is the truth…I have not written anything to cover my arse”.
Former No.10 officer PC Ian Richardson testified that he heard PC Rowland tell Mitchell “please don’t swear at me sir”, but did not take detailed notes because “I was eating my sandwiches and couldn’t be arsed to write too much more”. PC Richardson concluded: “At the time, it was just a quirky incident of a gentleman on a bicycle who had the hump”. The case continues…
Emma Reynolds – one of the few Labour members of the Reality Based Community – came unstuck on the Daily Politics earlier when confronted with her party’s double standards on immigration. As reported by the Spectator yesterday, Yvette Cooper directly lifted Michael Howard’s words from 2005 as part of Labour’s immigration crackdown. At the time they said suggesting “it’s not racist to talk about immigration” was a “scurrilous, right-wing, ugly tactic”. Squirm…
Andrew Mitchell told policemen at the Downing Street gates they were “just f**king plebs” who should “best know your f**king place”, a court heard today. Giving evidence against Mitchell, PC Toby Rowland claimed he did not know what the word “pleb” meant when the then Chief Whip allegedly called him one in September 2012. Rowland also told the court: “I didn’t have a clue who the Chief Whip was. I knew he’d changed recently. I needed to confirm who he was”. Describing Mitchell’s behaviour as “completely inappropriate and offensive”, Rowland insisted: “All my evidence has been the truth”.
Earlier, Mitchell concluded his evidence by admitting “I was ill-tempered” but “didn’t lose my temper”. He described as “completely wrong” suggestions he had changed his story, also insisting “I’ve always told the truth about this incident”. After leaving the gates that night, Mitchell phoned Bob Geldof and told him he had had a “row”. The following day Mitchell had two meetings with Craig Oliver, telling the court “He still is… [Downing Street Director of Communications]… I think”. He then had a telephone conversation with No. 10 Chief of Staff Ed Llewellyn, who informed him “Houston, we have a problem”. The case continues…
Andrew Mitchell “could not recall” what he said to police officers at the gates of Downing Street, courtroom 13 at the Royal Courts of Justice heard today. That is what former Deputy Chief Whip John Randall and former whip Michael Fabricant will testify at the Plebgate libel trial, despite Mitchell providing a verbatim account of the incident to the Sunday Times and telling the court “I would never call a policeman a pleb let alone a f**king pleb”. Presented with their testimony, Mitchell responded: “They were not on my side. Mr Fabricant has campaigned against me through out this period”.
Desmond Browne QC, representing PC Toby Rowland, alleged that on another occasion Mitchell told a security officer he was “a little s**t”, and that he told a further officer “that’s a bit above your pay grade Mr Plod”. On the second allegation, Mitchell replied “it’s possible”. Asked if he sneered at officers that they had been “sunning themselves by the pool for four days”, again Mitchell admitted: “it’s possible”. In a witness statement, Bob Geldof said Mitchell is “no slouch” when it comes to swearing.
Gavin Millar QC, for News Group Newspapers, told the court “when The Sun published the story it was because it truly believed the account..to be true”. James Price QC, representing Mitchell, insisted he is an “innocent man”, “not a snob”, “a good man” who is victim of “a web of lies, deceit and indiscipline”. The case continues…
Guido thought this deserved a wider audience:
The Guardian failed to disclose that the author of an article, Sunil Khilnani, is married to the subject of his feature story, Katherine Boo. Khilnani’s article in The Guardian reports on the adaptation of Boo’s book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, into a theater production, her research for the book, as well as the economic issues in India. Boo published the non-fiction account of life in the Mumbai slums in 2012. At the bottom of the article, the only disclosure for Khilnani is that he is “the author of The Idea of India.”
iMediaEthics e-mailed The Guardian to ask why there was no disclosure of the conflict of interest. As of publication, we haven’t heard back from the newspaper. However, by 3:30 PM EST, the following disclosure has been added to the article:
“Sunil Khilnani is the author of The Idea of India and is the husband of Katherine Boo.
“The footnote was amended on 16 November 2014 to include the fact that the author is married to Katherine Boo, in line with the Guardian’s editorial code.”
64 year old Paxo complained Newsnight had been taken over “by 13 year olds” when he quit in a huff in April, but will he be equally guilty of usurping his elders when he fronts Channel 4′s election night coverage next year? Spare a moment for Jon Snow, who, at 67, has been booted out of the way for the incoming younger man. Guido hears Jon is in a right tizz about it. Not the first time two grumpy old men have fallen out on TV.
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Nick Robinson’s Britain First Selfie | Metro
Endless Hypocrisy of Russell Brand | Speccie
Can Anyone Believe A Word Roy Greenslade Says? | TFA
Censorship Hashtag Campaigns Harm Free Speech | Guardian
Plebgate Trial Kicks Off | Sun
I Stung the Fake Sheikh | Speccie
Labour’s War on the Media is Working | Speccie
Battle for Fleet Street | Mark Wallace
Bill Cosby’s Massive Social Media Fail | NY Post
Silence of the Spinners | Media Guido
Ralph Miliband on the English…
“The Englishman is a rabid nationalist. They are perhaps the most nationalist people in the world.”