Wake Up and Smell the Losses

Guido has done his best to provide free advertising for the Guardian’s ill-fated coffee shop, yet it all seems to have been in vain. This is the scene in Shoreditch sent in by a reader this afternoon:

At the time of going to pixel just 41 cups have been sold today, well short of the 270-a-day they need to flog to break even. Perhaps they are being put out of business by all those fake GCHQ coffee shops they’ve been telling us about…

WATCH: Future Indy Editor’s Awkward TV Debut

Amol Rajan the unfortunate man holding the mic on Channel 5’s Wright Stuff a few years back. In fairness he was a good sport about it:

“Camera 4, the one that gets right up in your face – my face – caught my swivelling around to Wright in bafflement, shamelessly revealing myself to be the kipper that had been proverbially “done”. What the camera could not detect, but which posterity should nevertheless record, is the sound of the gallery staff – the director, producers, editors, autocue bunnies – screaming in my ear: “Get the bloody mic away from him, Amol! Move the mic away!” And, for reasons I still cannot fathom, I declined this request, so that the microphone sat just below Eric’s lips as he ventilated his final enquiries: “You know, like a bit of man-on-man action? Do you fancy a bum?””

How far he has come…

Mercer Declares £2,000 Payment From Fake Sting Company

Alistair Andrews Communications was the fictitious company created by the Telegraph and Panorama to string disgraced Tory MP Patrick Mercer. Its non-existent offices in Sydney and London and less-than-convincing website somehow duped Mercer, whose suspicions failed to be raised.

Deliciously, Mercer has just declared a £2,000 payment from Alistair Andrews Communications in his Register of Members Interests. Apparently he did two days’ “consultancy” work for them back in May. The fake name, fake Old Queen Street address and fake job all on official record. £2,000: the price to sting a corrupt MP…

Labour Complain to Attorney General Over Stuart Hall Sentence

Dear Dominic,

I am writing with regard to the 15-month sentence handed down to Stuart Hall for 14 counts of sexual assault on young girls. This sentence surely cannot be strong enough for the seriousness and circumstances of the crime.  Sexual assault is in itself a very serious offence and there were many aggravating factors present in this case: the victims were young; there was pattern of behaviour over a long period of time; there was an abuse of trust; and, as the trial judge has said, Hall’s initial response to the charges will have compounded the victims’ distress. Given all this, 15 months is not just a lenient sentence, it is unduly lenient. I urge you to use your power to refer unduly lenient sentences to the Court of Appeal and argue for it to be extended. I am also sending a copy of this letter to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC and I urge him formally to refer the case to your attention.

Best wishes

Emily Thornberry MP

Shadow Attorney General

How things change…

See also: Labour MP’s EDM: Stuart Hall is “Icon With Youth Of Today”This Won’t Be On Labour Leaflets

Adam Boulton Visits Titanic, Makes a Picture of Himself

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Amol Rajan New Indy Editor

A big promotion for the man previously in charge of Indy Voices, the paper’s online blog. Another young appointment to a high position. Chris Blackhurst becomes “group content director”. According to the Guardian he has been in “Lebedev’s inner circle for a number of years”Evgeny’s new editor has a beard he would be proud of…

UPDATE: Amusingly Amol was in line for redundancy in 2009, he was told he was going to have to go and refused to leave. Amol carried on turning up to the office and made noises about unfair dismissal, so they kept him on. Proof that the key to success is persistence…

UPDATE II: MediaGuido is told the Indy and Evening Standard will undergo “a considerable period of change and reorganisation”. Editorial is relocated to the second floor of Northcliffe House, Commercial is relocated to the first floor. A newly designed News operation will be located alongside a TV news studio on the second floor.

Read Guido’s Column in The Sun Today

In Guido’s Sun column today:

  • 16 6 13Downing Street’s marital casualty rate rising under 24/7 pressure
  • The Case of the Missing Home Secretary and the Google Lobbyist
  • Lord Ashcroft’s wine and dine charm offensive
  • Tom Watson up to his Mr Fix-It tricks in West Midlands MEP selection squabble
  • Sajid Javid’s tax cut cheers
  • Dave & Ed M, still not speaking
  • What are the odds Stephen Timms MP will be in a two faced hypocrisy shocker?
  • IPSA blow £3/4m on lawyers and spin

All this and more in your Sun on Sunday. Politics for the people, just 60p…

Glenn Greenwald: In His Readers’ (Predictably Unkind) Words

The award for the stupidest idea of the week goes to the Guardian, who are encouraging readers to fill out a template offering their opinions on Glenn Greenwald and publishing the results without moderation. Cue the predictable:

Fair to say there are lot in a similar vein. Read them and share your own thoughts here. Why do they do it?

Hacked Off Break Parliamentary Lobbying Rules

Who would have thought that Hacked Off, the lobbyists granted private access to Downing Street and given a sofa in Ed Miliband’s office during the crucial press regulation talks, could have possibly broken parliamentary lobbying rules? John Dickinson-Lilley, Hacked Off’s […]

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WATCH: Scottish Independence Day

One for Will Smith then. This is what happens when you lower the voting age…

Via Kebab Time.

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Smash the BBC: Harman Wants 15% Market Share Cap

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harriet-harman-280_1037951aAt last a politician with the courage to stand up to the dangerously influential, scandal-hit corporation that dominates the British media. Harriet Harman’s proposed 15% market share cap would, once and for all, break the unrivalled power of the BBC[…]

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Guardian Will Give Your Data to Intelligence Agencies

Google, Microsoft, Apple et al denying Glenn Greenwald’s claim that they allowed the National Security Agency “direct access” to their servers was pretty awkward for the Guardian. Obviously the last brave freedom fighters defending us against an omnipotent surveillance […]

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