Coulson Pleads Not Guilty to Perjury

He will stand trial in Scotland on 21 April. 16 days before polling day…

The G-Factor Candidates Audition

The Guardian editor pitches are out, with some deliciously cringworthy brown-nosing submitted in the“candidate statements” of the new wannabe Rusbridgers.

Janine Gibson, one of the favourites, goes for the Islington vote:

“we’re a meeting place for the communities we create around shared passions whether its county cricket, poetry, theatre or watching strangers date wearing Google Glass”

Hotly-tipped Katharine Viner has some innovative crowd-pleasing ideas:

“Themed roles would help us tell a coherent international story: correspondents for water, fossil fuels, women’s rights, a 1% correspondent.”

Meet Wolfgang Blau, the ‘check your privilege’ candidate:

“In regards to our journalistic portfolio, I would like to propose that we substantially increase the diversity of voices – politically, as well as ethnically… I am not a woman and I have not grown up in the United Kingdom. I can only promise to you that as the Editor-in-Chief – should you vote for me and should the Scott Trust choose to appoint me – I will do everything I possibly can to make sure women succeed in their careers at the Guardian.”

While Emily Bell goes for the tried and tested butter ‘em up approach:

“This is a defining moment for the Guardian. You are among the very best journalists in the world. You have produced stories that have challenged the powerful – from News Corp and Scotland Yard to the US intelligence agencies – with courage and brilliance.”

Sluuurp!

Leaders’ Debates Dates For Your Diary

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The provisional dates for the TV debates are:

2 April: ITV – Con, Lab, LibDem, UKIP, Greens, Plaid, SNP

16 April: BBC – Con, Lab, LibDem, UKIP, Greens, Plaid, SNP

30 April: Sky/C4 – Con, Lab

Over to you, Clegg…

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

Flirting with the far-right? UKIP leader Nigel Farage says he reckons French Front National leader Marine Le Pen is “so sexy”. Read all about naughty Nige and more in Guido’s Sun on Sunday column today:

WELBY

  • The Father, the Son and the Labour Ghost: Justin Welby’s son works for Tony Blair

LAURENCE

  • Tory MP divorces his secretary, marries his office manager, keeps them both on the payroll

ROCKY

  • Labour’s General secretary Iain McNicol ‘punches the air and pretends to be Rocky’
  • Why did Chuka dodge tax question 5 times? He’s just taken £5,000 from subsidiary of a firm in Dubai, where rate is 0%
  • How is Labour’s new £33,000-a-year aide in charge of celebrity endorsements getting on?

Click here to read Guido’s column for free with a free 30-day trial…

Telegraph and Guardian At War

Last night the Telegraph dismissed the Guardian as “cushioned from commercial reality by a generously-endowed charitable trust”, this afternoon they accuse them of hypocrisy:

“in July last year Apple bought wraparound advertising on The Guardian’s website and stipulated that the advertising should not be placed next to negative news.

A Guardian insider said that the headline of an article about Iraq on The Guardian’s website was changed amid concerns about offending Apple, and the article was later removed from the home page entirely.”

Shots fired…

Telegraph Whitehall Editor Quits For Guardian

Yet another one jumps: the Telegraph’s Whitehall and Investigations editor Holly Watt, of expenses scandal and Vince Cable sting fame, joins the Guardian. Will the last person to leave the Telegraph please pay back the HSBC loan

Another Telegraph Departure

Landing in inboxes this morning was the last Telegraph morning briefing from Stephen Bush before he leaves for the Staggers. Wonder what that headline could mean…

Oborne Allegations Shot Down By Three-Breasted Woman

In his withering resignation statement Peter Oborne revealed the final straw that left him with no choice but to quit:

“On 22 September Telegraph online ran a story about a woman with three breasts. One despairing executive told me that it was known this was false even before the story was published. I have no doubt it was published in order to generate online traffic, at which it may have succeeded. I am not saying that online traffic is unimportant, but over the long term, however, such episodes inflict incalculable damage on the reputation of the paper.”

Today Jasmine Tridevil hits back, insisting Oborne is wrong and that there is nothing false about her third titty:

“I know my breasts are real and I do not care what anybody thinks.”

Has Peter boobed?

Tories Deny Watson’s Theory re Bryant and the Telegraph

A warning for anyone thinking of going for lunch with Chris Bryant:

“[Telegraph political correspondent] Matthew Holehouse told me at lunch at Quirinale that he had been accidentally included in a series of email exchanges between senior figures at

[…]

Leaked Memo Shows Telegraph Offered Sony “Support Across Editorial”

In their response to Peter Oborne’s explosive resignation, the Telegraph strenuously denied allegations the distinction between editorial content and advertising is being blurred:

“We aim to provide all our commercial partners with a range of advertising solutions, but the

[…]

‘New Owen Jones’ is Scion of Media Elite

Look out Owen Jones, there’s another younger, prettier, chippy, extremely privileged left-winger on the scene. Public schoolboy Jacob Diamond has been on Sky News this afternoon, telling Kay Burley:

“More people are in favour of increasing income tax to solve

[…]

These Election Pundits Are All The Same

The awkward moment when you turn up for an interview on the telly wearing the same outfit as your fellow guest…[…]



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Nigel Farage: “Blighty”

Nick Clegg: “Caribbean”

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