Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ben Brogan: Digital First

The “Digital First strategy” clearly hasn’t reached all parts of the Telegraph. With his slightly more technical assistant on holiday, new Associate Editor (Politics) Ben Brogan had a bit of a struggle writing yesterday’s morning briefing all by himself:

“Tim is off. I can’t find the right button thingy. I’ll try tomorrow.”

Did he fare any better this morning?

“Nope, sorry, can’t quite manage it. Digging out links and fighting with this software is taking ages. But nothing’s happening, believe me. @TimWig is still on holiday.”

If things get any worse we’ll all have to read the WaughRoomMemo…

Farage Fingers Wrong Blonde

The Times have done over Nigel Farage this morning, reporting that £60,000 of taxpayer cash paid into his personal bank account is unaccounted for. The £15,500-a-year was for the upkeep of his constituency office in Bognor Regis, but since Farage gets it rent-free the accusation is that he only spends £3,000-a-year on running costs. Leaving around £12,000-a-year missing. No doubt it will turn out to be within the European parliament’s lax rules. It doesn’t smell right, even if the payments are automatic.

UKIP pre-empted the Times splash yesterday by naming the anonymous ex-party official who has grassed Farage up to the EU anti-fraud office as Jasna Badzak:

“Jasna Badzak is a convicted fraudster serving a suspended sentence, whose allegations are unfounded and vexatious. She has never been a press secretary or confidant of Mr Farage’s. Your use of her indicates that you are writing an article with a defined end by inventing a road to achieve that end.”

Just one problem: the Times tells Guido that Badzak was not the source of the story. This could get messy…

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

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  • Exclusive: Newark by-election alert as sleazy Patrick Mercer expected to be kicked out of parliament
  • Llama love affair tweeting not really why Fabbers fired, was joking about kangaroos caught
  • IPSA gonna be around for a long time, signs new 15-year Millbank lease for double the current size office
  • Sajid Javid gets his feet under the table and his own art on the walls at Dept of Culture. Chooses Maggie T painting!
  • Tories vent at Home Sec: “Theresa should apologise to Evans.. It’s time for a campaign for Nigel’s Law.”
  • One Tory MP who definitely, definitely wasn’t involved in the gay orgy at conference.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Michael Rosen’s Expert Opinions

The unrivalled commissioning editors at Comment is Free have graced their readers with an open letter from children’s novelist and poet Michael Rosen to Sajid Javid. Rosen’s main point is that because Javid used to be a banker he is unqualified for the role of Culture Secretary. Guido will spare you most of his drivel, but here is the gist:

“It’s very difficult to see from your Wikipedia entry… how you are qualified to do this new job as culture minister… You’re an ex-banker who made millions during the fatal bubble of the early 21st century… So, I’m very curious about how you’re going to explain why my sort of culture will have to take a hit from the Treasury even as you are someone who benefited from the false boom, the very same boom that caused the crash, and to continue the chain, which is what has given your party the excuse to slash public services and cut waged and unwaged people’s standard of living, and further enrich the mega-rich.”

Rosen reckons Javid, who like T.S. Elliot is a former banker, is not qualified to have an opinion on culture. However Rosen, a poet, is apparently qualified to have an opinion on the world of finance. He wrote this pinko first year politics student analysis on his personal blog in 2012:

“Reading around on the net, I think there is some evidence to suggest that we’re moving into a new phase in this drawn-out world economic crisis. No matter how many meetings the politicians from the countries with the largest economies have, they find that both the particular crises of their own countries’ banks and their own countries’ sovereign debt cannot be solved. I take it that capitalism (or capitalists) don’t have a strategy to deal with this because the fundamental motive power of capitalism is competition. “

Perhaps if Rosen thinks bankers should steer clear of talking about culture, he himself should steer clear of talking about banking…

H/T @michaelpdeacon

Tony Grew Misses the Scoop of His Career

Last night’s Channel 4 News investigation found that young men working in parliament were more likely to be sexually harassed than women, and specifically that there were a group of gay MPs who preyed upon men in Westminster. Back in January Guido publicly tipped off one journalist to the story on Twitter, he didn’t want to investigate, instead PoliticsHome’s Tony Grew said the allegations were untrue:

Today the story is on the front pages of two newspapers, has been heavily followed up by the rest and is dominating the airwaves on 24 hour news channels and radio, yet gets only a fleeting mention on PoliticsHome. They should have a word with their Lobby correspondent about his news values…

Another Guardian Writer in Prison

Campaigners at English Pen are giving Chris Grayling a kicking by asking famous writers to join a “mass protest” by naming the book they would most like to send a prisoner. Martin Amis, Carol Ann Duffy, Hermione Lee and many other authors have so far taken part, suggesting classic reads for lags by the likes of Dickens and Mark Twain. Guido is tickled however by the book chosen by the Guardian’s foreign correspondent Luke Harding. He recommends:

“The Snowden Files, Luke Harding. The book describes how an overweening state can behave in an undemocratic manner (among other things)”

Modest much.

H/T @jackblanchardyp / @mattkmore

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sun’s Message to Maria Miller

Monday, April 7, 2014

Katz Attempting to Force Out Paxman

When Newsnight’s Ian Katz is not singing along with his eyes closed at private gigs with Dave, Samantha and Tom Ford, Guido hears he is sharpening his knife. As revealed in yesterday’s Sun, BBC sources suggest that Katz is trying to push out Jeremy Paxman from his half-hearted role as anchor. “He’s shot his salary load on Laura K”, says a senior BBC source, forcing Katz to “hire kids and Nazis.” The removal of the well-remunerated Mr Paxman would certainly free up a massive chunk of the show’s budget. £800,000 a year could hire a lot more staff, but would anyone watch without the show’s most famous star?

Will Lewis Partying Like Its 2009
Organising “Telegraph MPs’ Expenses Re-Union Party”

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In what will surely add to the feeling that it is 2009 all over again, Guido hears that Will Lewis, formerly editor of the Daily Telegraph during its MPs’ expenses exposing high point, is organising an “MPs Expenses Re-Union Party” in May to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the award winning scandal. Which seems as fresh today as ever…

Awkwardly Will is now Chief Creative Officer of rivals the News Corporation. Guido looks forward to his invitation…

Hunt for the @DCMS Truth Tweeter

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The Maria Miller media witch hunt took a surreal twist on Saturday evening when the official Department of Culture, Media and Sport Twitter feed started tweeting the truth. This morning there will be an embarrassing situation in the department. Should they have a Whodunnit? investigation to find out the culprit and fire them for telling the truth? Meaning the only person fired as a result of, as the Twitter feed rightly said, Maria Miller embezzling and cheating the taxpayer, will be the only person who told the truth? Probably best if the Permanent Secretary just has the password changed and no more is said about the matter…


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Mirror’s Lazy Lie | Guardian
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BBC Still Loves the Guardian | Breitbart
Establishment Times Chums Appeasing Tory Europhiles | UKIP
Andrew Pierce v Owen Jones | MediaGuido
Michael Rosen’s Expert Opinions | MediaGuido
Metro Editor Leaves | Buzzfeed
Local News Stories That Rocked The World | Poke
An Evening at Scarfes Bar | Speccie
Another Miller Aide Invokes Leveson | Mail


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Cathy Jamieson MP, Labour’s Shadow Treasury minister, commenting on Treasury analysis of the economic impact of tax changes…

“If the Treasury is looking at the economic impact of tax changes, then surely it should examine the impact of the rise in VAT and cuts to tax credits? George Osborne’s £12 billion VAT rise knocked confidence, helped to choke off the recovery and has cost families £1,350 over the last three years.”



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