Top Staggers Labour Leadership Insight

Great insight there from ‘Miliband’s favourite journalist’.

Liz Kendall remains a Shadow Health Minister while she runs against Burnham…

Dave’s Balls Up in Bavaria

Tory unity has lasted exactly one month, as has Dave The Winner’s honeymoon with the press. Needless to say his EU-turn today and then an arrogant schooling G7 news conference has gone down like a cup of cold sick with the travelling press pack.

The PM’s suggestion that “if you’re not certain about something I said yesterday, then ask”, has gone down particularly badly:

If Cameron 2.0 is so keen on journalists asking questions, perhaps he might like to reinstate those monthly press conferences that he dodged for the last five years?

Read Guido’s Sun on Sunday Column Online

In Guido’s Sun on Sunday column this week, the Labour MP who writhed, moaned and thrashed around while recreating the infamous swimming pool sex scene from Showgirls. Don’t miss out on:

  • Man who gave Farage £1 million moves business to South Africa putting 150 UK jobs at risk

  • Dear Davey: PM Gives Relationship Advice to New MPs

DAVID

  • David Miliband Squashes Return Rumours
  • Hand of the King (Pin): Cameron’s Game of Thrones Gift to Gove
  • How the PM is appeasing Tory troublemakers
  • Make your mind up time: date of first Tory London mayor hustings revealed
  • Revealed: why Lucy Powell wasn’t invited for a cheeky Nando’s by fellow Labour MPs
  • George Osborne’s Ed Miliband memory lapse
  • Alan Duncan’s “diplomatic knighthood”
  • Meet “The Young Ones” – new group MPs under 35 set up by Chloe Smith

Read today’s column for free, here

Kay Burley Skewers Alton Towers Boss

Chief Exec Nick Varney reckons there was no safety issue with his rides. Really?

Coulson Slams Waste of Public Money

He’ll be looking for a job…

BBC Reporter Apologises for Queen Hospital “Prank”

Well, at least your morning isn’t going as badly as that of BBC journalist Ahmen Khawja, who tweeted then deleted this:

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Alas the statement never came.

First Ahmen claimed false alarm, then foul play:

Ah, the old “my phone was left unattended” banter. Proof, were it ever needed, that you can’t trust the BBC.

UPDATE: A different explanation is offered by the BBC Press Office:

Christian May is New Editor of City AM

Normally hacks go spin, but in a canny move the Institute of Directors’ comms boss Christian May is the new editor of City AM. Having written hundreds of pro-business op-eds under other people’s by-line, May will take over at the paper later in the summer:

“City A.M. has been a daily read for me since I came to London seven years ago and it’s been an essential source of news and comment throughout my time at the Institute of Directors.

Few papers can rival City A.M. for its understanding of business, of markets and of life in the capital. 

I am very excited to be leading the paper into its tenth anniversary in September. I shall work tirelessly to repay the trust placed in me by the paper’s proprietors and to live up to the high standards set by those who have made the paper what it is. It is a great honour to join as editor, and I look forward to working on such a confident, dynamic and respected title.”

Allister Heath was 27 when he became the paper’s most famous editor, so far. May is 28…

Rusbridger Redux

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Rusbridger was banged out of the building by his staff last week. His successor is Katharine Viner:

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He wrote his own obituary for his editorship in his last paper, it seems only right that the Guardian’s fiercest critics should have a look back as well.

Rusbridger bet big on digital; The Times, Telegraph and cash-starved Indy don’t really match The Guardian in the quality of their digital offer. Rusbridger decided on digital first before the other papers – some of which still hold back the best stories for the second edition to serve yesterday’s news in tomorrow’s papers – which doesn’t really cut it in the digital age. The second big bet was on a “free-to-air” model with no internet paywall. The Mail and The Guardian are both close to making this work financially, the jury is still out as to if the greater scale of advertising will trump paywall subscriptions. The Guardian’s mobile app is quite simply way ahead of any other British newspaper’s app.

Rusbridger maintained the liberal traditions of the paper, it is safe to say the editorial values of the Guardian and Guido clash. We’re believers in the liberating power and prowess of capitalism in raising living standards for all. They’re hand-wringing worriers about social justice who want to tax us into equality. So much for economics as politics by other means. However we’re admirers of the tenacity with which Rusbridger pursued some stories – phone hacking was mostly indefensible, the Snowden revelations were in the public interest, as were the Wikileaks revelations – which they handled well in the circumstances.

Rusbridger’s Guardian lost money, this along with their shifty offshore assets tax hypocrisy was a constant theme of ours for years. Guido believes that profit is the best guarantor of independence. A multiplicity of revenue streams means never being so dependent that you are compromised. The Guardian’s business model has profit as a secondary consideration, having succeeded in creating a massive tax efficient endowment from selling Auto Trader. If they don’t overspend too much that will last them for many decades yet and, even if they do, Liz Forgan told Guido that she could see a few billionaires endowing their brand of liberal journalism in perpetuity.

On balance as a news brand Rusbridger’s Guardian is a triumph, as a business less so. However, to be fair, who in the newspaper business has been more successful?

Two anecdotes: Guido was once cornered at an awards ceremony by Rusbridger’s two daughters, they physically pinned him to a pillar and berated him for an age – in no uncertain terms – for being sexist and, far more importantly, mean to their father. On recounting this story to Alan he literally beamed with fatherly pride.

Some years before that, at a think-tank lunch, Rusbridger was the guest speaker and positively glared at Guido throughout his talk on the difficulties of keeping a newspaper viable in the dawning digital age. When it came for questions he seized the moment to have a go back at Guido. Pointing his finger, he sneered “you’d probably be glad to see us go under, wouldn’t you, well?” At this point Guido turned to the chairman of the lunch: “This is under Chatham House rules, isn’t it? None of us can report who says what?” The chairman nodded. Guido turned back to Rusbridger, “Whenever I am abroad on holiday it is the paper I choose to buy for the breadth and depth of coverage. You edit one of the greatest papers in the world.” Deflated, Alan slumped back in his chair with a bemused grin…

Read Guido’s Sun on Sunday Column Online

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Will it be Goldsmith versus Khan in 2016? Get the latest on the London mayoral race in Guido’s Sun on Sunday column, free to read and not behind a paywall over on SunNation. Don’t miss out on:

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  • Labour leadership

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Rusbridger Steps Down After Spending £4.5 Billion

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So, farewell then Alan Rusbridger, stepping down today after 20 years as editor of the Guardian.

Since Rusbridger took the helm in 1995, Guardian Media Group has declared operating costs of £4,495,292,000 for their national newspaper subsidiary.

Around £230 […]

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Channel 4 News Economics Editor: Capitalism “Past Its Best”

Ah, Paul Mason. Channel 4’s resident communist hero-worshipper has taken some time out of spinning for Syriza to write this gem for the New Statesman‘s ironically titled “saying the unsayable” series:

“It’s becoming just about sayable, though to howls

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Treasury Seeks SpAd Gender Balance

George Osborne’s new Director of Communications James Chapman is seeking some gender balance in the Treasury media team, and is “asking every woman in the Lobby” if they want a job. Rumours swirl that the FT’s deputy pol ed Beth […]

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