Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Win a Romantic Loverson Holiday in Santorini

Buried BBC Poll Results: 350,000 On Way to UK

“No indication of huge Romanian-Bulgarian influx”, is the BBC spin from their poll of potential migrants to the UK. The reassuring results show just 4.2% of Bulgarians and 1% of Romanians are making definite plans to come to Britain in 2013 or 2014. For some reason the Beeb haven’t mentioned how that translates into actual real numbers. 4.2% of 4.67 million working age Bulgarians equals 196,140, and 1% of 15.3 million working age Romanians equates to 153,000, making a pretty daunting total of 349,140. Not that you’d hear that number from the BBC themselves…

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Farage Confirms Hancock By-Election Plan

A month ago in his Sun column Guido revealed that UKIP are already up and running on the ground in Portsmouth South in anticipation that self-confessed teen fondler Mike Hancock will be forced out, triggering a by-election. Today Farage has confirmed he is predicting a by-election this summer, telling a press gallery lunch that he thinks UKIP will win. Dave will note the several Tory MPs quaffing Merlot with the hack pack as Farage confessed he had been a frequenter of lap-dancing establishments, laid into Leveson and endorsed Gove for PM. He knows his audience

Polly’s Singapore Spin Unravels

Taking Polly Toynbee’s increasingly fact-free rants with a pinch of salt is generally good advice, but there is a difference between her standard spin and a complete falsehood. In a typical Gove-bashing piece for the Guardian today Polly asserts:

“Gove, calling for payment by results, cited Singapore’s high-achieving school system, “where expectations are higher”. What he didn’t say is that Singapore, like top performer Finland, is one of the most equal of developed nations. As his government drives up inequality, his schools face an ever tougher task compensating for the society they inhabit.”

Only Singapore isn’t one of the most equal developed nations. In fact, it is one of the most unequal. The country is currently dealing with one of the most severe income gaps in the world, indeed it has one of the highest Gini coefficients – the standard measure used to gauge inequality – of developed countries. But why let the facts get in the way of your see-through agenda, eh Polly?

The Ultimate HuffPo Story

Monday, April 22, 2013

Monday Media Movements

Note that the Telegraph dropped “Media” from Rushton’s old job title – Chris Williams will be just Technology & Telecoms editor. The Barclay brothers don’t like hacks sniffing round secretive media businesses…

WATCH: US TV Anchor Turns Air Blue on First Day

Suspended on his first day…

UPDATE: He has now been given the push:

UPDATE II:

Another DCMS Blow to Free Speech
ECHR Uphold UK Censorship on Political Adverts

Culture Secretary Maria Miller is rather chirpy this morning that the government have won their case in the ECHR  against opening the door to the freedom for political parties to reach a wider broadcast audience:

“We welcome the fact that the European Court has upheld the UK’s blanket ban on political advertising.  Political adverts are – and have always been – banned on British TV and radio.  That ban has wide support and has helped sustain the balance of views which is at the heart of British broadcasting – and ensures the political views broadcast into our homes are not determined by those with the deepest pockets.”

Pity.

UPDATE: PA has more:

“An animal rights group has narrowly lost a bid to open up paid political advertising in the UK. Human rights judges in Strasbourg ruled in a 9-8 test case verdict that Government refusal to allow Animal Defenders International to screen a TV advert promoting animal rights was not a breach of ADI’s freedom of expression.”

It was close…

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Read Guido’s Column in The Sun Today

In Guido’s Sun on Sunday column today you can read all about:

  • Ed Miliband getting the better of Goldman Sachs
  • The modesty of Alan Duncan
  • The ironic codename of Adam Afriyie’s plot
  • Proof that parliament is full of thieves
  • The anti-corruption blogger set to make a monkey of the Tories by running in South Shields
  • “Whatsa Matter EU?” Labour Euro candidates are failed Italian politicians
  • Bercow’s own-brand short
  • The Tory MP with Saddam on the wall!

Politics for the many not the few, only at your newsagents and all for just 60p…

Friday, April 19, 2013

Can You Say Who It Was Yet?

rolf-sun-front-pageThree months after Guido first reported that the star had been questioned and three weeks after this blog reported his arrest, the old media have finally run the Rolf Harris story. There was never any court order or injunction preventing publication, the delay was the decision of the editors alone. Harbottle and Lewis can put pressure on the papers to keep stories quiet, but it merely hands the scoop to the free press on the unregulated internet. Chilling..

See also: Can You See What It Is Yet? and Rolf Harris Arrested By Operation Yewtree Police


Media Reader

Mirror’s ‘UKIP Goggles’ App Backfires | Press Gazette
Guardian’s IPSO Alternative Less Independent | Press Gazette
BBC Still Ignoring Savile Evidence | Telegraph
Mosley Offered Labour £1 Million | Indy
BBC: It Was Guido Wot Won It | MediaGuido
Nick Robinson’s Britain First Selfie | Metro
Endless Hypocrisy of Russell Brand | Speccie
Can Anyone Believe A Word Roy Greenslade Says? | TFA
Censorship Hashtag Campaigns Harm Free Speech | Guardian
Plebgate Trial Kicks Off | Sun
I Stung the Fake Sheikh | Speccie


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Boris on his fellow Islingtonista Emily Thornberry:

“It was an entirely run-of-the-mill English townscape, with some straightforward words to go with it. There was no obvious insult, no abuse, no overt sneering. She might have got away with it entirely, had some alert blogger not spotted it. He instantly detected the coded message that Emily Thornberry was sending to all her right-on, bien-pensant, Labour-luvvie friends in Islington, or wherever else it is that they follow her on Twitter.”



Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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