Friday, June 13, 2014

Open Letter to the CEO of Index on Censorship

 

 

Jodie,

I’ve happily done a little bit here and there for Index. A speech at an event, an article, a bid at an auction or a table at a fundraiser. I don’t claim to be the biggest donor to Index, over the years perhaps my support has been in the low thousands.

I will never give another penny to Index as long as Steve Coogan is involved.

Paul Staines

Editor Guido Fawkes’ Blog
Guido.Fawkes@Order-Order.com

Claims that Miliband said: “I am Very, Very Sorry”

It has been claimed that Ed Miliband was forced to apologise to the people of Liverpool after seemingly the entire city jumped aboard the outrage bus over the Labour leader’s photo holding the Sun. Politics.co.uk report on a meeting with Scouse MPs yesterday:

“[Miliband] was left in no doubt whatsoever about what they thought. Ed Miliband said he was very, very sorry.”

The sincerity of these words should be looked at in perspective: Miliband gratefully accepted the chance of an op-ed for the Sun on Sunday in January and was photographed and filmed going around London with the Sun cabbie just last month. He also posed with the paper in 2011 and 2012. It is almost as if he has calculated that Liverpool will vote Labour anyway…

Steve Coogan: Bouncing Back

Sad to see Steve Coogan hit his career low at Hacked Off, Guido welcomes the news of his rehabilitation today. Coogan becomes a patron for free speech pressure group Index on Censorship, who campaign on press freedom around the world. Presumably this meansethical standard bearer Coogan admits he was wrong to try to gag newspapers from writing about coke and hookers. He says:

“Creative and artistic freedom of expression is something to be cherished where it exists and fought for where it doesn’t. This is what Index on Censorship does. I am pleased to lend my support and patronage to such an important cause.”

Of course it could just be that Index, once brave and noble fighters in the name of freedom, have badly lost their way, as Nick Cohen argues here

UPDATE: Quote of the day is also from Steve Coogan.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Carla In Jealous Bikini Huff

Guido is beginning to wonder whether Huffington Post UK editor Carla Buzasi is smoking crack:

Really Carla, really?

Shall we have a look at what HuffPo have been up to recently. For starters, the word bikini brings up 24,700 on a search of the site. Recent additions include:

Beach Babes: 150 Hot Celebrity Bikini Bodies (PICTURES)

Abbey Clancy Shows Off Her Figure In Barely-There Bikini (PICS)

And Guido’s personal favourite:

‘TOWIE’ Star Bobby Norris And Boyfriend Harry Derbidge Let It All Hang Out In Bizarre Swimwear In Marbella (PICS)

The caveat must be ‘successful’ – not a word often associated with Arianna’s London vanity project.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

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Nine politics stories in Guido’s Sun on Sunday column this week, including why Theresa May’s sacked special adviser Fiona Cunningham was already on thin ice with Downing Street. Also in today’s column, don’t miss out on:

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  • Red Prince Joe follows in Mum (Harman) & Dad’s (Dromey) red carpeted footsteps as councillor
  • Penny Mordaunt breaks backbench hearts
  • Eric Pickles still believes – 3 lions on a flag
  • Sayeeda Warsi is lost in translation
  • Why are Commons Select Committee chairman standing down from their coveted, well paid jobs just now? Follow the money…
  • Remember Eleanor Laing ran for deputy speaker, promising to step down if Nigel Evans was cleared? Has she forgotten?
  • Osborne steals Shapps’ glory
  • Parliament hiring 100 “buddies” to help new MPs to settle in

Also in today’s Sun on Sunday, nanny to PM’s kids in sex for sale shock. Politics for the people, just 70p down your local newsagents or online here

Friday, June 6, 2014

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Rusbridger: We Need the BBC to Go Out of Business

Evan Davis and Alan Rusbridger got their handbags out at a media luvvie lunch. Davis touched a nerve by arguing that the newspaper industry needs three dailies to go out of business to survive, provoking a much more sensible alternative suggestion from the Guardian editor. Press Gazette has the video:

ED: “Really, we need, don’t we… a healthy, vibrant, five-newspaper industry, good newspapers, well resourced, print and online. We need three dailies to go out of business don’t we? There’s just a ridiculous over capacity in this market. How does that happen? We don’t seem to be seeing papers exiting the market, which is what happens when the technology changes and the demand for that product diminishes.”

AR: “Well, I’m going to make a very cheap point here, Evan, and say that the same is true of the BBC. We need the BBC to go out of the market.”

Elsewhere this week, Harriet Harman raised the possibility that Labour would support the abolition of the licence fee. Auntie’s friends are turning on her…

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Nick Robinson Accidentally Tweets His Own Mobile Number

Oops!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Islam & Co Show No Go

Adam Boulton’s replacement as Sky News pol ed is Faisal Islam, formerly the Channel 4 News Economics reporter. Faisal will not be doing a re-branded ‘Boulton & Co’ lunchtime political chat, as the name is being dropped.

Bosses were worried that the “Islam & Co” show might confuse viewers…

Bookies Suspend Newsnight Betting on Krishnan Guru-Murthy

Both Paddy Power and Ladbrokes have suspended betting on Channel 4′s Krishnan Guru-Murthy replacing Paxman at Newsnight. Paddy Power tell MediaGuido “we suspended the bet as people were lumping on Krishnan”, who at one stage was a 20/1 long shot. Over the weekend several media sources placed him in the chair. Last night MediaGuido asked a coy Krishnan if the bookies were correct to stop taking bets, after taking some time to come up with his line he replied:

“I’ve not commented on any speculation for obvious reasons and never do. Let’s have a drink sometime”

Guido was tempted to just ask him the same question 14 times to get Krishnan in the inquisitorial mood for NewsnightPaxman leaves this month so Guido will put the champagne on ice for that drink with Krishnan…


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“I came to bring this conflict to an end.”



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