- Tim Shipman, for his recent series of undercover recordings.
- Tom Newton Dunn, Plebgate
- Chris Hope, for the Smeargate spoiler.
- Heather Brooke for MPs expenses
And the winner:
Guido couldn’t have blown it up any better himself…
And the winner:
— Heather Brooke (@newsbrooke) October 22, 2014
— Christopher Hope (@christopherhope) October 21, 2014
Guido couldn’t have blown it up any better himself…
Tough one to explain…
A new raft of made up job titles at the Telegraph. Weekday editor Chris Evans move upstairs to become ‘group director of content’, Jason “Psycho” Seiken remains chief content officer and editor in chief and adds “future strategy and direction” to his job title. Allister Heath and Rob Winnett become deputy directors of content. Guido can reveal a raft of further changes:
Associate editor Richard Preston has been appointed head of world news. He replaces David Munk who is joining Guardian Australia at the end of October.
Beijing correspondent Malcolm Moore has been appointed deputy head of world news. Moore is due back from Beijing in December.
Senior video planner Jon Laurence has been appointed to the new role of head of planning, to help deliver digital content across all of editorial.
This post brought to you by Guido’s Deputy Chief Group Content Editor (Media)…
Craig Oliver is facing a misconduct hearing as smears return to the heart of Downing Street. As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun, Labour have reported him to the Cabinet Office for breaking the Special Advisers Code of Conduct after he accused Peter Oborne of being “tired and emotional” on Newsnight. The rules prohibit any adviser from the “preparation or dissemination of inappropriate material or personal attacks.” Labour MP Sheila Gilmore has written to Jeremy Heywood calling for an investigation:
“It is disgraceful that such a senior adviser to David Cameron has behaved in this way. This shows Craig Oliver to be as nasty as the rest of the Tory party. Jeremy Heywood should treat this incident with the utmost seriousness. The taxpayer should not be paying the wages of someone so unprofessional.”
When the spokesperson needs a spokesperson…
Labour have reported Craig Oliver for smearing a journalist in breach of the strict Special Advisers Code of Conduct. Details only in Guido’s column in the Sun on Sunday. Don’t miss out on:
Click here to read Guido’s column for free with a free 30-day trial…
As this video of Michael Gove wandering through James Delingpole’s garden went viral yesterday, Guido wondered if James, who joined UKIP but then failed to pass the party’s selection process, might be heading home to the Tories. He certainly seems to be enjoying Owen Paterson’s return to the limelight, and his tweets on UKIP have been very critical of late:
The way UKIP is playing the left's outrage game over Lord Freud makes me want to resign my membership.
— James Delingpole (@JamesDelingpole) October 16, 2014
He tells Guido:
“It’s a great rumour. I think where UKIP and Conservatives are concerned I’m going to remain bisexual. Basically, I f**king hate politics.”
Having it both ways…
Peter Oborne went on Newsnight on Wednesday to express a rarely vocalised view in Westminster, namely that Craig Oliver is a “particularly grubby individual”:
No.10’s Super Spinner has responded in a letter published by Ephraim Hardcastle this morning, accusing Oborne of being drunk:
I just wanted to check you are OK. Some BBC people have been on to me worried you were a bit tired and emotional last night.
Let me know if I can help.
To which Peter replies:
“I am absolutely astonished that an official working for the Prime Minister would use such terminology. It is offensive and inaccurate. I hope that when he has taken time to consider it he’ll withdraw these remarks which are unworthy of a Downing Street Director of Communications.”
Who was right?
Let the people decide…
Owen Jones in “The Establishment” quotes one powerful statistic to exemplify the incestuous nature of Britain’s elite, so good that since the book’s release it has gone viral. Jones claims a 2012 study shows 92% of the top 50 publicly traded firms in the UK have a British parliamentarian as a director or shareholder. It is a ‘fact’ he repeated in an article for Channel 4 News, and during his speech to the LSE this week:
It also turns out to be a big fat blooper. Jones sources the stat to a Democratic Audit report (page 290), but as internet sleuth Jeremy Duns points out, there are two glaring problems with this:
Here's where he got it from. See if you can spot the problems (there are two): pic.twitter.com/i0xwdERCQO
— Jeremy Duns (@jeremyduns) October 16, 2014
First, Jones’ source references the stat to a 2006 study, so the figure is from considerably earlier than Jones writes in his book. More importantly, Jones’ source actually says “46 per cent of the top 50 publicly traded firms had a British MP as a director or shareholder”. Not 92% but 46%, half of what Jones claims. OJ now says it was a typo:
— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) October 16, 2014
Except it hasn’t been corrected, the 92% figure is still there if you download the e-book this morning. And if Jones is telling the truth when he says he knows it is wrong and has been corrected, why did he repeat the incorrect stat to the LSE just three days ago? Jones is now blaming his publisher for the error, but his publisher didn’t give the LSE speech. Could it be that it just doesn’t suit his overinflated conspiratorial narrative?
Before MR JUSTICE MITTING
Thursday, 16th October 2014
At half past 10 Jury List
TLJ/14/0554 Mitchell v News Group Newspapers Ltd
TLJ/14/0554 Rowland v Mitchell
Another round in the £1 million Plebgate legal skirmishes which are making the lawyers rich.
The latter application is a damages claim by Police Federation backed police officer Toby Rowland against former chief whip Andrew Mitchell…
Guido is off to see Owen Paterson deliver his speech at the Global Warming Policy Foundation tonight. But is it really his speech?
Viscount Ridley’s sister is O-Patz’s other half…
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New Improved Internships, Fellowships! | NY Times
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Guardian’s IPSO Alternative Less Independent | Press Gazette
BBC Still Ignoring Savile Evidence | Telegraph
Mosley Offered Labour £1 Million | Indy
BBC: It Was Guido Wot Won It | MediaGuido
Nick Robinson’s Britain First Selfie | Metro
Endless Hypocrisy of Russell Brand | Speccie
Tony Blair threatens Ed:
“If you had a strong political lead that was combining the politics of aspiration with the politics of compassion, I still think that’s where you could get a substantial majority… If I ever do an interview on [the state of the Labour Party], it will have to be at length…”