Thursday, January 8, 2015

Today’s Front Pages: UK v Europe

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

RIP Charb, Cabu, Wolinksi et Tignous

Hollande Arrives at Charlie Hebdo Offices

François Hollande has arrived at the scene of the shooting:

“We’re a country of liberty and because of that we receive threats.”

This is the Charlie Hebdo cover on the French president’s personal life:

They mocked politicians, Jews, Muslims, Christians, black people and white people…

Charlie Hebdo’s Last Tweet Before Shootings

10 people have been shot dead at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, which famously pubilished a cartoon of Mohammed. This is the last thing the magazine’s account tweeted before the shootings: a cartoon mocking the leader of ISIS, wishing him “good health and best wishes”.

UPDATE: Image from the scene. Shooters had Kalashnikov AK47s and, reportedly, a rocket launcher:

UPDATE II: 

UPDATE III:

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Isabel’s Pursuit of the PM

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Isabel Oakeshott is one determined journalist – “gangster” is how one of her admiring colleagues described her to Guido – her forthcoming biography of David Cameron is looking under all the rocks. Alas no interview with the man himself has been possible. Still, she is trying hard

Monday, January 5, 2015

Labour Room Meat Turn on “Pillock” Norman Smith

Ed Miliband had to intervene after his crowd started heckling and booing the BBC at his first speech of the campaign. When Norman Smith had the temerity to question Labour’s NHS spin, the crowd erupted demanding the “pillock” should “go back to London”:


“We will hear everyone with respect,” bleated Ed, “particularly Norman” – which will surely endear the BBC News Channel’s politics chief to already sceptical Tories.

Sadly there was no one from Sky or ITV to ask questions, despite prompting from Ed. It’s ok though – he managed to win over a swing voter. The “Joint Chair of Greater Manchester Against the Bedroom Tax. She was heard “with respect”. Video to follow….

Sunday, January 4, 2015

2014 Awards in the Sun on Sunday Today

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The accolades that politicians dread more than the end of the summer recess – the Guido Fawkes Awards for Westminster’s top chancers, cheats and chumps. Guido sticks the knife – and Fawke – into the past year’s award winners. Click here to read Guido’s Sun column with a free 30-day trial…

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Guido’s World Exclusive Interview With Johann Hari

“Look,” said Johann, his dark eyes welling up with emotion. “I can talk to you about why what happened in my life happened. But I just think that’s a way of trying to invite sympathy, and that would be weaselly.

Thinking this was the moment, Guido leaned in closer to the disgraced former Indy columnist, waiting for that magic word to come from Hari’s lips:

“If you tell a detailed personal story about yourself, you’re inherently asking people to sympathise with you, and actually I don’t think people should be sympathetic to me. I’m ashamed of what I did. I did some things that were really nasty and cruel.”

“I’m very reluctant to go into a personal narrative and give the why,’ the disgraced columnist sighed. “Most people restrain their self-aggrandising and cruel impulses, and I failed to. I failed badly. I think when you do that, when you harm people, you should shut up, go away and reflect on what happened.”

Or say sorry, thought the interviewer…

“Going on about myself would just be arrogant and actually repeating being nasty, and that’s what I’m trying not to be. When you fuck up, you should privately reckon with the harm you have caused and you should pay a big price.”

And apologise perhaps, but still no…

Of course Johann Hari didn’t say any of this to Guido, but to Decca Aitkin of the Guardian.

See attribution isn’t so hard after all.

Apparently Hari is back promoting his new novel about drug addiction.

So much for shutting up and going away to reflect on what happened…

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Hacked Off Fail to Issue Prominent Correction and Apology

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“A significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distortion once recognised must be corrected, promptly and with due prominence, and – where appropriate – an apology published.” That is the view of Hacked Off, who have just been censured by the Advertising Standards Authority for misleading the public. An ASA investigation found a Hacked Off advert endorsed by celebs including Benedict Cumberbatch and Gary Lineker “breached CAP Code (Edition 12) rules 3.1 and 3.3 (Misleading advertising)” and was “likely to mislead”. Yet, despite this significant inaccuracy, misleading statement and distortion, there is no correction on the Hacked Off website this morning and no apology published. Instead, they are whinging that the decision was “political”, a unlikely story giving the leanings of the ASA. What would Leveson say?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Diane Abbott Pockets £110,000 of Licence Fee Payer Cash

Not only does the taxpayer fork out £67,000 a year to keep Diane Abbott in the style to which she has become accustomed, her salary is also subsidised by the licence fee payer to the tune of £110,000. As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun on Sunday, Diane has raked in a six figure sum from Auntie Beeb for her appearance fees since April 2007. Despite the BBC Trust admitting two years ago that Abbott was overpaid. You can see the full breakdown of her BBC cash via the BanTheBBC blog hereThat means Diane has trousered nearly £600,000 from the British public in the last seven years…


Media Reader

Page 3 and the Art of the Self-Pity Statement | Guardian
Here is What a 7 Way Debate Sounds Like | BBC
Poll: Sun Readers Want Page 3 to Stay | Business Insider
The Sun: An Apology | Press Gazette
More Women Prosecuted For Telly Tax | Mail
Je Suis Page 3 | Toby Young
Page 3 Website Enjoys Huge Surge in Traffic | Media Guardian
No One Was Ever Forced to Read Page 3 | Will Walter
Why is Roy Greenslade Doing Labour’s Dirty Work? | Peter Oborne
Today’s Actual Sun Page 3 | Media Guido
Has the Sun Scrapped Page 3? | Guardian


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George Galloway says of his former Respect candidate the UKIP MEP turned Tory, Amjad Bashir…

“Clearly Bashir does not have any real political principles or commitment, only naked opportunism and self-interest. He represents the revolving door principle in politics. The Tories are welcome to him because he will cause them embarrassment. Fortunately Respect was able to act before he did it to us.”


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