Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Public Backs Independent Royal Charter Proposal

More bad news for Maria Miller. A poll for Survation has found that the public back the press’ independent Royal Charter proposals over the government’s proposal, by a distance. The cross-party Royal Charter crucially gives politicians the power to change the system of press regulation in the future. 67% oppose this and back the independent Royal Charter’s alternative. Just 16% agree with Miller’s position. Survation also found that 76% believe any Royal Charter should be subject to a public consultation, something she has so far refused. Overwhelming…

Bill Roache AKA Ken Barlow Arrested on Suspicion of Rape

Corrie star Bill Roache, he of the 1,000 lovers, has been arrested on suspicion of rape involving a 15 year old girl in 1967. In March Roache was sticking up for celebs nicked by the Savile cops by saying sex abuse victims had brought it on themselves:

Roache: “If you accept that you are pure love, and if you know that you are pure love and therefore live that pure love, these things won’t happen to you.”

Interviewer: “To some people that sounds perhaps like you’re saying victims bring things on themselves – is that what you’re saying?”

Roache: “No, not quite, but and yet I am, because everything that happens to us has been a result of what we have been in previous lives or whatever.”

He also says society should “forgive” convicted sex offenders:

“There’s a fringe of people who, particularly pop singers, they have these groupies, these girls, who come, they’re sexually active, sexually mature, they don’t ask for their birth certificate, they don’t know what age they may be. If someone has done something wrong, the law will take its course. But even so, all of them, whether they are proven guilty or not, we should not be judgmental about anybody, ever. We shouldn’t go around condemning, unforgiving. We should all be totally forgiving about everything.”

Oops.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Read Guido’s Column in The Sun Today

Guido shares a page with John Whittingdale in today’s Sun, who makes the case for politically independent regulation of the press. In Guido’s column:

  • MPs claim cuts mean they should get another inflation busting staffing budget increase
  • Tories aren’t moving in the polls, so why is CCHQ calling Pickfords?
  • How Tessa Jowell confused Ed’s guru Arnie Graff
  • Who heckled Liam Fox and why?
  • Why the PM brought Jessie Norman in from the cold
  • The tale of the SpAd who “forgot” to meet Craig Oliver in Downing Street

There’s also a fantastic picture of BoJo with a bunny. All for just 60p…

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Max Moments: Clifford on Paedophiles

MAX-MOMENTS

In “Read All About It” Max Clifford recounts his work bringing the likes of Gary Glitter and Jonathan King to justice, making clear in no uncertain terms his disgust for paedophiles. On Glitter:

“Max punched the air in triumph when he was sent down.

‘It was meant he was known for the vile sick person he is and that wherever he went parents would watch out for him…despite the tightening up on the law relating to paedophiles, it remains very difficult to get victims to testify. Many paedophiles are rich and powerful, which sometimes wrongly helps them get away with it.'”

Yesterday afternoon Clifford was charged with 11 indecent assaults by the Savile cops…

Friday, April 26, 2013

Lisa Markwell New Sindy Editor

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Majority of Papers Reject Royal Charter

The majority of the newspaper industry has rejected the Royal Charter. They will submit their own rival version to the Queen. Full details from the World at One:

  • All national papers except Indy and Guardian have signed up to alternate charter free from political interference, but Indy and Guardian editors think this is a good idea “to get the ball rolling” and “reopen” the conversation.
  • Principle of Royal Charter accepted, but on own terms.
  • Fines up to £1 million for systematic wrongdoing.
  • Full and prominent corrections.
  • Open and transparent appointment of members to independent overseeing board.
  • Public involvement in code of practice.

Evan Harris isn’t going to be happy…

UPDATE:

The Editors of the Times and Sunday Times, as well as the the Managing Editor and CEO of News International have all put out video statements explaining the new plan. Here.

Ipsos Mori v LabourList

For some reason Ipsos Mori haven’t taken kindly to a ‘Labour source’ telling LabourList’s Mark Ferguson that they “consistently brief highly selective data to create misleading impressions”. In a withering riposte on their website, they insist things really are that bad for Ed:

“Mr Ferguson’s complaint appears to be about Joe Murphy’s coverage of our questions about Ed Miliband in the Evening Standard. He states that “To read the report you’d think that the results were abnormally bad for Ed Miliband (as it happens, Cameron was far further behind Brown at this stage than Miliband is behind Cameron)”, and Joe Murphy himself reported that “A Labour source said David Cameron was further behind Gordon Brown at the same stage in the last Parliament.” But the results are, all, abnormally bad for Ed Miliband, and Cameron was not further behind Brown at the same stage in the last parliament… We therefore request that Mr Ferguson:

  • provides evidence for or corrects his assertion that Cameron was further behind Brown than Miliband is behind Cameron at this stage of the parliament;
  • makes it clear in his piece that the changes in satisfaction for both Cameron and Miliband since last month are not statistically significant.”

Fight…

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Alex Forrest Leaving the Lobby

MediaGuido understands that ITV News political correspondent and Vince Cable pacemaker Alex Forrest is leaving the Lobby. She is off to live in Copenhagen for a couple of years. Congrats…

UPDATE:

AP Changes Password

One hacked tweet yesterday and the DOW plunges 100 points, only to regain it all in a matter of minutes. The AP twitter account has been restored this afternoon, the offending tweet deleted, and normality returns to the markets…

Guardian Misfire on Qatada ECHR Withdrawal

A big scoop for the Guardian’s home affairs editor Alan Travis…

…but one that will remain exclusive. Theresa May has confirmed withdrawal has not been agreed, so a spectacular misfire from the Guardian. Home Office sources tell Guido they have no idea where the briefing is coming from. Oops.


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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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