Media Bitch Fight of the Week: Owen on Owen

Our generation’s Owen Bennett took on our generation’s George Orwell on Sky this afternoon:

“The thing for Owen Jones, and I think it’s wonderful that his career’s going so well that he’s now in the top 1% of earners in this country, but people like us who actually care how they’re gonna pay the bills need a government that’s based in the centre ground…”

Read how OJ made it into the 1% here

Rain on Dave’s Parade

The PM brought back up to his summer bash for Peroni-guzzling Lobby hacks last night, but it was the weather that rained on his parade – literally. As damp Tory leadership contenders worked the thinning lawn of the Downing Street rose garden, a relaxed Dave stood side by side with Theresa May doling out titbits to a ‘doughnut’ of senior correspondents, while Saj put in a good innings. By pure coincidence, Osborne was hosting a rival party upstairs and his guests soon milled out to join the PM’s. The high turnout of ministers included Matt Hancock and Nicky Morgan, Fallon was presumably busy blowing up Syrians. Boris was conspicuous by his absence…

By contrast to the Chancellor’s austere offering of pretzels and Skips last week, the PM generously put on a decent spread of sausages, vol-au-vents and lovely little fried feta cheese pastry nibbles. Asked by mischievous visitors how much holiday he would be taking this summer, Dave zinged back: “I’ll take the same amount of time off as the Lobby”. After an hour or so’s mingling, the PM was hurriedly called back into No.10 just as the heavens threatened to open…

Ban This Sick Filth

Liz Kendall memorably told the Mail on Sunday’s Simon Walters to “f**k off” when he asked her if she is “about the same weight as the Duchess of Cambridge”. Liz was so outraged that she told John Pienaar:

“I just think it’s unbelievable that in the 21st Century women still get asked such very, very different questions from men. Can you imagine the Mail on Sunday asking the weight of the prime minister, George Osborne or any other leading politician?”

Well, now you mention it…

Here is Walters’ MoS interview with the Chancellor last year:

“it is more intimate matters that we discuss first. It is impossible not to notice his dramatic weight loss. He is a real skinny malink. ‘Am I?’ he says, modestly patting his slim line waist.

‘You reach that point in your mid-40s where suddenly the weight doesn’t drop off and you have to … it’s a hard fact of life. I found myself putting on weight being stuck in here [No 11] and the Treasury. I asked my doctor which diets he thought worked. He recommended the 5:2.’ Is he still on it?

‘No, the 5:2 diet helps you get down the weight – I lost a couple of stone – and once you’re there, you just have to be careful. I just eat less and go running round the park.’”

In fact the men of Westminster get scrutinised just as much as the ladies…

Read Guido in the Sun on Sunday Online

Guido’s Sun on Sunday column is free to read online over on SunNation. Find out why David Cameron left Jeremy Corbyn “visibly shocked” in a Commons corridor, and don’t miss out on:

COKE

  • George Osborne and the Treasury coke fiend

GHOST

  • Why the ghost of Miliband lingered at Harriet Harman’s summer party
  • Inside the summer parties: There was an austerity feel at Osborne’s bash
  • Revealed: How MPs can automatically give their bumper pay rise to charity… but how many will?
  • Which Tory mayoral candidate has recruited a fitness guru to lose 6st?
  • It’s not just Labour’s chances at the next election on the verge of oblivion — their HQ is facing destruction too

SCREW

  • Why party hands have nicknamed Labour’s Brewer’s Green HQ “Screwers’ Green”

You can read it all today, for free, without a paywall, only on SunNation

Beth Rigby Swaps FT for the Times

MediaGuido understands the FT’s deputy political editor Beth Rigby is joining the Times as their media editor.

Can also reveal the Sun’s Kate McCann is joining the Telegraph as their Senior Political Correspondent.

On a busy day of media moves:

  • Ann Treneman quits as Times sketchwriter to be chief theatre critic
  • Patrick Kidd replaces her
  • Jane Merrick leaving Sindy pol ed

Summer transfer window well and truly open…

UPDATE: And Buzzfeed continue their hiring policy of giving a job to every tedious lefty from Twitter, taking on the Guardian’s James Ball.

Burnham’s Media Grandstanding Falls Flat With Labour Supporters

Following Andy Burnham’s amusingly hypocritical grandstanding earlier this week, LabourList have polled their readers on whether they think their next leader should refuse to talk to the Sun. It’s bad news for Andy:

Turns out most Labour supporters think talking to the 27% of The Sun’s millions of readers who voted Labour in May is a sensible idea…

Chris Bryant Caught on Camera

Poor old Chris Bryant was due on the BBC News Channel after Whitto had finished his down-the-line, when they cruelly cut to him at the most unfortunate of moments:

After all his hard work defending the Beeb, this is how they go and repay him…

Top Mirror Hack Nicked in Canary Wharf Raid

The Mirror’s pugnacious ‘Head of Agenda’, Lee Harpin, who was heading up the paper’s election coverage, is lifted in a police raid on their Canary Wharf offices:

The tenth Trinity Mirror journalist to be arrested. He’ll be harpin’ on about this one…

UPDATE:

harpin

Who’s ya friend Ed?

Roll Call of Luvvies: BBC Turkeys Protest Christmas

Some surprise names on the list of celebs who have written in the Telegraph today calling on everyone to “leave the BBC alone”.

Why would they bite the hand that feeds them?

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Comrade Owen Jones Backs Brexit

Last week he flirted with the idea of supporting leaving Europe, today comrade Owen Jones joins the cause:

“David Cameron is now proposing a renegotiation that will strip away many of the remaining “good bits” of the EU, particularly opting

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Standard: Morgan Marries Fellow Minister

Gauke-ward.[…]

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Corbyn Boycotts Jewish Chronicle

Jeremy Corbyn has run the risk of appearing to shun the Jewish community by pulling out of an interview with the Jewish Chronicle, Britain’s most widely read Jewish newspaper.

Guido understands that Corbyn’s people approached the JC offering them […]

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Janan Ganesh on Labour’s soft left

“Ms Cooper does not believe the previous Labour government was wrong to run a fiscal deficit after 15 years of economic growth. Both she and Mr Burnham think families should be entitled to tax credits for a third child. These views are not mad. They are just a bit too left-wing for Britain. For any serious party, that amounts to the same thing. The soft left is more electable than the hard left but then Mars is more habitable than Neptune: neither planet will host human life anytime soon.”

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