Chuka Aide Mail Briefing Unravels

Looks like another row is due between the Mail and the Labour Party after an unnamed aide for Chuka Umunna briefed out that it was their behaviour that so upset their boss, including a toxic claim of doorstepping a 102 year old grandmother:

Mail-land is keen to stress it’s simply not true:

Guido understands that no one from the Staggers checked with the Mail to see if it was true before punting the line…

Mirror Shutters Ampp3d, UsVsTh3m and RowZed

Mirror sources say staff working for their ill-fated online ventures, Ampp3d, UsVsTh3m and RowZed, are being made redundant. The operations will be closed immediately and staff have been told that the paper will try to find new roles for them. Apparently upstairs thought they were shi*e…

Martin Belam the founder of the titles boasted in a statement:

I’ve had the most amazing fun over the last couple of years. Watching millions of people play things like “Are you hated by the Daily Mail?” or read articles like “7 toilets that we’d rather have as justice secretary than Michael Gove” from a national newspaper group has been brilliant.

Wonder why they failed?

UPDATE: Here is an Ampp3d style statistical analysis of today’s news:

UPDATE II: Martin Belam appears to have enjoyed our report

See: National Papers Can’t Do the Internet

Prince Charles Gets Crick’d!

Watch Charles’ aide, the woman on the left, grab the microphone as it kicks off…

UPDATE: Guido understands the Charles aide who took Crick’s microphone cover is Kristina Kyriacou, who used to advise Cheryl Cole. Her nickname, given to her by Gary Barlow, is “The Colonel”.

UPDATE II: Kyriacou also directed Gordon Brown’s ‘No to Knives’ coalition.

Politico’s Oh No! Amateur Gaffe for New Venture

US beltway giant Politico might need to try a little harder in their new European expansion.

In a sloppy piece about Osborne – that appears to be lifted almost entirely from James Forsyth’s Twitter – Politico confuse unelected civil servant Permanent Secretaries with elected Parliamentary Private Secretaries who are drawn from the Government benches:

“Three of Osborne’s last four permanent private secretaries are now in the cabinet.”

Incorrect, and a beyond a rookie error even for a newbie outfit.

Great insight there…

Kevin Schofield New PoliticsHome Editor

Welcome to the internet to the Sun’s chief political correspondent, Kevin Schofield, who is taking over from Paul Waugh at PoliticsHome:

From “politics without the boring bits” at SunNation, to the boring bits at PoliticsHome…

Cabinet Filmed For the First Time

Unprecedented footage as Dave lets the cameras into Number 10 to film Cabinet for the first time…

And here they all are…

BBC Press Office Wastes No Time Attacking New Culture Secretary

This retweet from the taxpayer-funded spin arm of the BBC won’t help them:

Swiftly deleted…

Bye Bye Telly Tax: Whitto in at Culture

Here is what the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport thinks about the telly tax:

“I’m not saying I wouldn’t pay the licence fee – I would go on paying the licence fee. It is a poll tax. It’s actually worse than a poll tax because under the poll tax, if you were on a very low income you would get a considerable subsidy. The BBC licence fee, there is no means-tested element whatsoever; it doesn’t matter how poor you are, you pay £145.50 and go to prison if you don’t pay it.”

Sound…

He continued last year:

“I think most people, almost everybody, accepts that the licence fee as it currently stands need some tweaking to sort out anomalies. People’s viewing habits have changed and it needs to reflect that. That’s a very simple change and I think people see that. You then have the question of whether or not it should remain a flat poll tax, collected through some fairly draconian measures, and whether it should still be criminally enforceable. Government has already announced consultation on decriminalisation. I’ve been looking at other countries and I think there’s quite an attractive option of linking it to a specific household tax – maybe council tax. I think in the longer term we are potentially looking at reducing at least a proportion of the licence fee that is compulsory and offering choice.”

The luvvies will luuuurve that.

Read Guido’s Sun on Sunday Column Online

CHUKA

Guido’s Sun on Sunday column is free to read this morning, not behind a paywall, over on SunNation. Find out what’s really happening with Chuka, as allies urge him to ‘do a Boris’. And don’t miss out on:

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Seumas Milne: Putin Good, Tories Bad

The Guardian’s Kremlin-apologising in house former Stalinist, Seumas Milne, has outdone himself.

The same Shameless Bilge who says we shouldn’t “demonise” Putin is accusing a British political party of an “anti-democratic coup”. Irony is dead…[…]

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‘How to Vote’ Labour Says BBC Website

Media Guido has tracked the absurd bias of the BBC’s election hub throughout the campaign, but their pièce de résistance today is a belter.

On their how to vote guide, the graphic clearly has the pencil poised over the […]

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24 Hours Until Dan Hodges Streaks Naked Down Whitehall

Guido suggests the Red Lion as a suitable viewing spot…[…]

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