Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Oi, Ed, Shut Up You Slaaaaag
VOTE: Who is More In Touch: Boy George or Danny Dyer?

Who is more in touch with public opinion: Boy George or Danny Dyer?

In scenes reminiscent of Malcolm Tucker’s Zeitgeist tapes in the Thick of It, Ed Miliband revealed to Danny Dyer at the Attitude awards this week that he “researches” Eastenders online to keep up to date, even though he doesn’t watch the show. A source tells the Sun:

“[Ed] immediately made a big point of saying he knew a lot about the show. Then he started saying how the character of Martin Fowler has had three different actors playing him and how Ben Mitchell’s character has had five. Danny was a bit confused so asked him if watches the show. Ed shook his head and said, ‘No, I don’t have time any more but I’ve been doing a lot of research about it online’.”

Soap hard man Danny later reflected: “It was all a bit too heavy for me. I had to sit the f*** down.” Perhaps he could use the experience on the next series of “Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men”. But who is more in touch with reality?

Voting open until Close of Play…

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Let the Greens Take Part in Leaders’ Debates

To be fair to the Greens, and this blog rarely is, Guido cannot think of a single reason why they should not be allowed to take part in at least one of the leaders’ debates next year. They have an MP, won a considerable proportion of the vote last time round, and poll at a not dissimilar level from the LibDems. They have as much right to be in at least one of the debates as UKIP. 30,000 people have already signed a petition calling on the broadcasters to invite the Greens too. You can join them here

Tax Avoiding Guardian Sets Up Rival to Tax Avoiding Amazon

Are you a bookworm who can’t bring yourself to boost the profits of a nasty offshore tax-avoiding corporation? Alan Rusbridger has a suggestion for you:

Of course the anti-Amazon Guardian bookshop neglects to mention to potential customers that the newspaper’s offices are owned offshore. Nor do they disclose their owner’s use of a Caymans Islands corporation to avoid stamp duty. Nor that for three quarters of a century the Guardian has been shirking taxes. Even worse, the first thing that appears when you click on the website is Russell Brand’s face…

Who Says Newsnight is Dumbing Down?

Some cruel people have suggested that Newsnight has dumbed down in recent months. Guido thought this new promo deserved a wider audience. More Newsround than Newsnight…

Monday, October 13, 2014

Have We Reached Peak Buzzfeed?

Twitter Mensch Fight of the Week: Nads v Louise

It’s a day ending in ‘y’ so Louise Mensch has been at the internet again, with predictable results.

Round one of this weekend’s transatlantic duel saw her go after Nadine Dorries, who she probably should have known from previous experience is a brave choice of sparring partner.

Seconds out…

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If that were not enough, Louise then decided to swing for someone she clearly presumed would be a softer target:

Except Karen is in politics. Elected politics. She is a politician. A Labour councillor, and Louise isn’t, having abandoned her seat. No one has a pop at Mrs D and gets away with it…

2015 Election Leaders’ Debates: Details in Full

These are the proposals from the broadcasters:

  • One head-to-head debate between the two leaders who could become Prime Minister – Conservative and Labour. This debate will be co-produced by Sky News and Channel 4 and chaired by Jeremy Paxman. Kay Burley will introduce the programme and present the post-debate analysis. The whole programme will be carried live on Sky and Channel 4 and their digital platforms, as well as having a major presence across social media.
  • One debate between the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat leaders. This debate will be produced by the BBC and presented by David Dimbleby. It will be broadcast on BBC One with extensive live coverage on other BBC TV and Radio networks and online.
  • One debate between the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and UKIP leaders. This debate will be produced and broadcast by ITV. The ITV debate, chaired by Julie Etchingham, will air on ITV’s main channel and online

They have written to the four leaders inviting them to take part…

UPDATE: Farage says yes but might want more: “if the political landscape continues to change we would expect and ask for inclusion in a second debate

UPDATE II: The LibDems say no: “We do not accept proposal that the Lib Dems, as party of government, should be prevented from defending our record in one of the TV debates.”

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

It’s Brooks Nude Mark 2 in the Sun on Sunday as the once cock-sure Tory quits parliament over new photos to a second woman, this time a real one. He is resigning to spend more time with his psychiatrist. Read all about it here.

Guido’s column this week reveals that Nigel Farage and Patrick O’Flynn are at loggerheads after Nige slapped Paddy down over his proposed “wag tax” on luxury goods. Also in today’s column:

  • Theresa May’s Spads are fighting – each other
  • Ed Davey the “wasted” energy minister
  • Unionists’ haggling pact terms

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  • Labour Shadow Cabinet Reshuffle rumours – Balls to Shadow Foreign Secretary?

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

Friday, October 10, 2014

Et Tu, Owen Jonus?

Don’t believe Guido, take a look at what the Labour commentariat’s enfant terrible has to say:

Meanwhile John ‘McPangloss’ McTernan has gone all Dan Hodges this afternoon:

“We have lost the power of hearing… We talk about housing policies when people want a home. We talk about jobs as an end in themselves when people see them as the start of something – the ability to make a downpayment on a dream. We see life as a set of problems to be solved by policies when people see life as something to be lived and enjoyed. We are in deep, deep trouble. We are lost and our voters want us back. They keep sending us messages. When will we listen?”

Even the loyalists at LabourList and Left Foot Forward are telling Miliband to wake up. These are not the usual suspects…

WATCH: Farage-Gasm Descends Into Lynch Mob

Douglas Carswell didn’t fancy answering questions about Farage’s suggestion that immigrants with HIV should be banned from Britain, though not for the want of trying of the Guardian’s Nick Watt. UKIP’s new MP managed to deflect being reminded “Douglas your father was a pioneer! Your father was a pioneer in discovering aids!” by talking about Australian points systems. A party advocating a free NHS for all comers worldwide on the doorstep will lose a lot of votes…

Via @liarpoliticans.

Media Reader

Give Journalists Public Interest Defence in Law | Guardian
Cameron Mustn’t Scupper TV Debates | Steve Hewlett
Double Standards of Police Leaks to Guardian | Mail
Legalise Pot | NY Times
How Police Hack Phones and Email | Times
Guardian Journalists Paid Above Market Worth | Tom Utley
Phillip Blond is the Opposite of a Champagne Socialist | Speccie
Did FBI Informant Hack The Sun? | Guardian
Newmark Was No Fishing Expedition | Press Gazette
Shapps: Voting UKIP Risks Ebola | Sun
Naomi Wolf is a Feminist Conspiracy Theorist | New Statesman


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“I don’t think I’ve had sex with him. He says we had sex in Clapham. I’m fairly certain I’ve never had sex south of the river”



Progressive Inclusion Champion says:

Great to hear Carswell call for inclusive policies and that UKIP must stand for first and second generation immigrants as much as the English.


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