Sunday, December 7, 2014

Shock as Gobby Leaves BBC for UKIP

Gobby is quite simply a Westminster legend. His actual name is Paul Lambert and he says “UKIP is today the place to be if you want to be a part of a party that is changing the face of British politics for the better…”. When a senior UKIP source told Guido this was on the cards last week, Guido just did not believe them. Let’s see how he copes with being on the other side of the camera…

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

First it was Andrew Mitchell, then David Mellor and now the PM himself is the latest Tory to be caught sneering. Read what staff at Stonehenge had to say about grumpy Dave following his bad-tempered visit this week in Guido’s Sun on Sunday column. Don’t miss out on:

  • Before Penny Mordaunt’s saucy speech… read Ann Widdecombe’s filthy Commons innuendo

  • Tories cancel Braintree candidate selection, is Brooks Newmark looking to make a comeback?
  • Burnham backs Miliband basher Brand
  • Ed’s energy boost

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

Friday, December 5, 2014

Public Think Liberal Elite Media Biased Against UKIP
54% Believe Politico-Media Class Trying to Stop UKIP

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Stitch-up2[1]Fascinating research from YouGov, confirms what Guido has always believed, you can’t fool the public all the time. The mainstream media’s campaign to demonise UKIP is recognised by the public to be a result of a biased media. UKIP have the Tory press and the left-wing papers / BBC against them, so it is hardly surprising that the public recognise the bias against that party most clearly. It is widely accepted by political strategists that the over-the-top press campaign against UKIP during the European elections in May was so transparently biased that it had no negative effect and probably counter-productively bolstered UKIP’s vote.

You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time…

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Yet Another Telegraph Departure

Still they come. Telegraph assistant comment editor Tom Chivers is the latest name to leave Buckingham Palace Road, joining his former boss Rob Colvile at Buzzfeed. The paper of Bill Deedes has stooped to listicles and cat pictures in recent months, so Buzzfeed is a natural stable for the exodus. If his witty and fascinating Twitter feed is anything to go by, Chivers will fit in well…

UPDATE: And another! Stephen Bush is off to edit the Staggers blog. Will the last person to leave the Telegraph please do the Morning Briefing…

BBC Spinners Bash Giant Straw Sun Man

The delicate flowers over at the licence fee-funded spin arm of the BBC are terribly upset with the Sun:

One problem with this supposed fisking. Auntie Beeb’s spinmeisters completely fail to address the original charge, that the number of senior BBC managers earning more than the Prime Minister has gone up. Instead, they claim “Senior Manager numbers fell again last year”. An entirely different point, and a straw man erected to deflect from the original, evidently accurate Sun claim about how many of them earn more than the PM. When the state broadcaster needs a propaganda arm…

Autumn Statement Panned on Inside Pages

Look only at the front pages and you would think Osborne’s Autumn Statement had been met with almost universal approval. Delve inside and the analysis is very different. The Telegraph’s business team in particular are scathing, with Ambrose Evans-Pritchard calling for “a change of course”:

“For sheer brass, it is hard to beat the mellifluous assertions of the Chancellor. “We do not shy away from the problems that remain unresolved in the British economy,” he began. From there George Osborne escalated to an outlandish claim. “Out of the red and into the black for the first time in a generation, a country that inspires confidence around the world because it seeks to live within its means.” This comes a day after Société Générale said the UK “cannot compete”, is on an “unsustainable” course and has carried out “zero structural reform” – a view held to varying degrees by a great number of economists around the world. Britain has a current account deficit of 5.2pc of GDP, in spite of the post-Lehman devaluation. It is the worst of any major country, and just about the worst in our peacetime history. The Office for Budget Responsibility has now raised its estimate of the likely deficit by 1.5pc of GDP annually to 2018. It is becoming entrenched. This is prima facie evidence that we are not in fact living within our means.”

Allister Heath meanwhile condemns the new wealth tax on homes:

“this improvement [to stamp duty] has been ruined by the fact that George Osborne has conceded the philosophical ground to the property and wealth-hating Left and turned stamp duty into a horrendously graduated tax. People with more expensive homes will pay cripplingly large amounts to the Exchequer for the privilege of buying a home, a move which is bad on all levels. The top marginal tax rate will hit 12pc; time and again, it seems, the Government adopts Labour or Scottish National Party policies. For decades, property transactions were rightly barely taxed; now they are a milch cow.”

And Jeremy Warner isn’t exactly impressed:

“Listening to the Chancellor’s statement, the overriding sense was of déjà vu. Rewind five years, and almost exactly the same things were being said. There was George Osborne announcing plans to close the Budget deficit within the five year lifespan of a single parliament. There was his then Labour opponent, Alistair Darling, saying it couldn’t be done, would send unemployment rocketing, would destroy the fabric of society, and to boot would undermine growth and therefore prove self-defeating. And here we are again today, listening to much the same script, only with the positions reversed; Mr Osborne has had nearly five years as Chancellor, and Labour is in opposition. It scarcely needs saying that in terms of what the Government said it would do back then, it has failed.”

The Sun’s Pol Ed has a pop:

“It’s also quite a left wing move… what effect will all this have on economy with a new housing and mortgage debt bubble now possible, you may well ask? Well that’s a problem for after the election, of course.”

As does their City editor:

“For the moment George is still borrowing tens of billions a year to make ends meet. The Government can borrow more easily than families because it sets its own interest rates. But this is still a colossal bet that we will all, somehow, get much richer soon, and be able to pay the debt back. The Chancellor’s failure to cut the deficit as much as he hoped is a black mark against him. Cute ideas about a “Google tax” or a cut to stamp duty on cheaper houses can’t disguise that.”

Osborne will take the splashes, but will hope no one reads too closely inside…

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Quote of the Day

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

First Times Profit for 13 Years

2009: -£70 million

2013: -£6 million

2014: £1.7 million

First time they have been in the black since 2001. News UK say their “paid for” strategy is “working well and is helping to secure a sustainable future”…

Permanent Revolution at the Telegraph Continues

Via Gorkana, the permanent revolution at the Telegraph continues:

Malcolm Coles has been appointed to the position of Director, Digital Media, replacing Ben Clissitt who leaves TMG at the end of the year. Malcolm joins from the Mirror Online where he is Digital Director. He will be responsible for all of TMG’s Digital Media. Malcolm will start in early 2015.

In addition, the following appointments have been made:

Robert Winnett, Deputy Editor and Deputy Director of Content, will be responsible for News content both online and in paper. Rob will oversee The Telegraph’s homepage, UK News, World, Politics, Breaking News, Print Production as well as Sport, Comment, Obits, Court & Social & Letters.

Allister Heath, Deputy Editor and Deputy Director of Content, will oversee all Business content including personal finance. In addition he will be responsible for the Tech and Property sections both online and in paper.

Ian MacGregor is appointed, Director, Leisure in addition to Weekend Editor. Ian will oversee the following sections: Travel, Arts & Entertainment and Cars as well as the specialist channels of food & drink, gardening, interiors, health & wellbeing and puzzles.

Kate Day is appointed Director, Future Media. Kate will help to shape strategy for digital media for TMG, identifying trends, opportunities and requirements. As part of this expanded role, she will liaise with a range of technology and media companies. Kate also assumes responsibility for devising and implementing all editorial staff digital training.

Additionally, there will be an announcement of Director of Lifestyle, overseeing magazines, features, fashion, luxury and beauty in due course.

Poor Ian Macgregor, once editor of the Sunday Telegraph, has been reduced to commissioning the sudoku. It’s almost as if they’re trying to force him out.

No Sun, No Comment

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Well done to the FT’s Chris Giles, George Parker and Vincent Boland for the front page confirmation today of Guido’s story from back in October about the Tory offer to the Northern Irish unionists on corporation tax. As Guido’s readers in The Sun and here already know, the Tories have promised a deal on business taxes to allow Northern Ireland to compete with the Republic’s lower taxes. Guido’s unionist source told him it was likely the corporation tax rate would be cut from 20% to “12% or 13%” to compete with the lower tax rates offered by Dublin. “Anything but 12.5%, we’re not harmonising with the Republic. No!”


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