Thursday, November 27, 2014

ITN Girl’s Sambuca’d Pirouettes in Central Lobby

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Guessing Sarah Vaughan-Brown, ITN’s Communications Director, won’t be feeling so very right this morning…

UPDATE: The morning after the night before…

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tin Foil Trickett Strikes Again
Loony Ed Adviser’s Latest Conspiracy Wheeze

Ed Miliband’s new political adviser is in Norman Baker territory with this latest conspiracy theory. Jon Trickett reckons he can explain the lack of press coverage for the  prosaic #CameronMustGo campaign, which was started by an internet loony who claims the Tories are Nazis, and shared by dozens of simpleton Labour MPs. “The official media suppressed any comment,” tin foil Trickett claims, “you won’t have seen anything about it in the mainstream media”. (It’s been covered by the BBC.)

Could it be that Labour supporters tweeting that they don’t like David Cameron is not really that interesting? No, says Trickett, “the press barons and their hired hands fear that their power to control the flow of opinion and information is, daily, slipping away from their hands”. Tell that to the barons at the top of the Daily Mail Group and Telegraph Media Group. Papers owned by both have covered the ‘story’.

Thornberry Silences Father-in-Law

Emily Thornberry has silenced her eminent father-in-law from speaking out to the press about Ed Miliband and the White Van Dan row. After Edward Nugee was contacted by a diarist from the Daily Mail, Thornberry called the paper back threatening to report them to IPSO and claiming that her husband’s old man was non compos mentis.

For some context ‘Ted’ Nugee remains a practising QC and recently wrote at length to the Times about the legal intricacies concerning sanctions on Russia. But according to a raging Thornberry, the octogenarian was confused because he’s sick and ailing.

When the journalist then phoned Sir Ted to apologise, the QC denied anything of the sort and said he was jolly cross at the suggestion. In fact Nugee Sr. later apologised to the journalist in question for causing them any trouble.

Guido has, to coin a phrase, “never seen anything like it before“.

Sun Victory in Court

Andrew Mitchell libel verdict expected tomorrow…

UPDATE: Hartley’s husband speaks:

New Daily Politics Mug: Thornberry Edition

Guido has never seen anything like it.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Today in Court: Tory MPs Question Mitchell’s Account

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Andrew Mitchell’s former colleagues in the whips’ office do not believe his account of Plebgate, describing it as “extraordinary”, a court heard today. Tory MP John Randall claims “Mr Mitchell told me he could not recall what he said to the officer” in a whips meeting at the time. Michael Fabricant told the court of his reaction to seeing the former Chief Whip’s verbatim account of the incident at the gates of Downing Street in the Sunday Times“I found Mr Mitchell’s account surprising and somewhat amusing”. The court also heard evidence from protection officer Duncan Johnston, who recalled Mitchell refused to shake his hand the first time they met, instead telling him “you must be the hired muscle”. Johnston alleges Mitchell was “prone to temper tantrums” and was “verging on out of control”. Judgements are expected on Thursday. The case continues…

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

In today’s Sun on Sunday, Guido reveals Emily Thornberry’s real back story. Is her rags to riches tale stretching the truth? Guido spoke to Snob-erry’s childhood friends and neighbours to find out. Don’t miss out on:

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  • The week after the Tories’ by-election thrashing, Theresa May picks Abba for Desert Island Discs…
  • …And is also hosting the Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year Awards. Almost as if she wanted to guarantee being in the spotlight this week for some reason…

  • Brooks Newmark is out and about again, recovered from his “demons”
  • Could Boris follow in Arnie’s footsteps?

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

Friday, November 21, 2014

Lucy Powell Meltdown

BBC on #Snoberry: It Was Guido Wot Won It

Gove Goes to War on the BBC (And Can’t Resist a Dig at May)

The Chief Whip was in punchy form with a bad-tempered Eddie Mair on PM:

EM: “Will you resign as Chief Whip is there’s another defection before the general election?”

MG: “Well, I’m convinced that nobody will, so the matter doesn’t arise.”

EM: “But you won’t put your job on the line? You’re not that certain?”

MG: “Well, I’m certain that we need a Conservative majority at the next election and I’m going to do everything possible to ensure that we get that.”

EM: “Is that the kind of answer that puts people off politics?”

MG: “Sorry?”

EM: “Is that the kind of answer that puts listeners off politics?”

MG: “In what way?”

EM: “It’s not a direct answer to the question.”

MG: “Yes, but your question was, if I may say so, the type of political game-playing that puts people off BBC interviewers.”

Gove went on to say Theresa May would not be as successful a Tory leader as David Cameron. Pow!


Media Reader

Clodagh’s Law | Press Gazette
Meanwhile, in Russia… | Media Guido
Christmas TV Tips | Laura Perrins
All Star Line Up for New BBC Theme Park | David Keighley
City AM’s Kate McCann Joins The Sun | MediaGuido
What Has 57 Heads, 12 Controllers and 321 Editors? | Press Gazette
Where are Brand’s Ideas? | Nigel Farage
BBC’s Biased Drama | Tim Montgomerie
Yet Another Press Freedom Row | Mail
Blair Gong for Deng Dong | Speccie
Philosopher King of Networked Journalism Stands Down | Charlie Beckett


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