Sunday, April 7, 2013

Read Guido’s Column in The Sun Today

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Guido shares a page with the Prime Minister in today’s Sun. Dave makes the case for welfare reform, and in Guido’s column you can read all about:

  • Lynton Crosby’s effect on Osborne
  • Ed Balls and the bookie
  • Michael Meacher’s bedroom tax fears
  • Ed Miliband’s sauna
  • Where’s Chuka? Somewhere far cooler than “full of trash” London
  • Gorgeous George and his harem
  • Tony is still a “straight kinda guy”

Politics for the people, all for only 60p…

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Indy Anoint New Deputy Prime Minister

WATCH: Guido v Owen Jones on This Morning

Kelvin Joins the Telegraph

A great signing for the Telegraph: Kelvin MacKenzie has been snapped up as a weekly columnist. His first effort asks why the Prime Mentalist has been popping in for cosy chats with Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions.

That’ll be one for the PCC then…

A Tip-Off For the Guardian Investigations Team

Today’s Guardian splashes on millions of leaked emails revealing the “secrets of the super-rich” using offshore tax havens to hide vast sums of money from the Exchequer. One company was missing from the list: GMG Hazel Acquisition 1 Limited, registered and still active on the Cayman Islands. The last time Guido asked the company’s owners, Guardian Media Group, for an explanation he was told their spokesperson was, er, abroad. When Guido asked Liz Forgan of the Scott Trust what was going on, she tried to blame it on Apax, GMG’s investment partner. Even Alan Rusbridger promised to look in to it, making a note of the company name on his phone.

Always one to help their journalists get to the bottom of the mystery, Guido suggests the Guardian’s investigations team take a look at the following:

  • If GMG Hazel Acquisition 1 Limited holds no assets, why have its owners continued to pay registration fees since 2007 so it can remain an active company?
  • If it does hold assets what is the total present value of GMG and associated companies’ assets held via the Cayman Islands or other offshore tax havens?
  • Does GMG Hazel Acquisition 1 Limited have “sham” nominee directors, if so, who are they?

If they could answer these questions, now that would be a great story…

Further reading on the Guardian’s tax hypocrisy:

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Telegraph Digital First Insults

Scottish Sun Deny They Will Say No to Freedom

Much has been made of the Scottish Sun’s apparent decision to say no to freedom for Scotland over recent days. The Indy reported that “Rupert Murdoch’s interest in winning independence for Scotland has ended” as the paper “will not be backing independence”. It seems they’ve jumped the gun. Today the Scottish Sun have released a statement insisting it is “far too early” to make a decision on whether to back the yes or the no camp. One to keep an eye on…

Tories Formally Complain to Lord Hall Over IDS Interview

First day in the job and already the Tories are complaining to Lord Hall. Media Guido has a letter sent by Tory MP Dominic Raab complaining about the “market trader” David Bennett who was used by the Today Programme to put that question to IDS. Like many, Raab is confused as to where the Beeb found Bennett and what checks were done. He asks:

  1. How was Mr Bennett selected by the BBC for this interview?
  2. What background checks were made by the BBC to ensure the veracity of Mr Bennett’s claims?
  3. Mr Bennett claims that he ‘put a comment on [the BBC website] saying David Cameron can stick his Big Society where the sun doesn’t shine’. Why did the BBC not take this as an indication that his claims merited deeper examination?
  4. Why did the BBC not act to ensure that Mr Bennett was not left vulnerable to media criticism of his personal circumstances?
  5. Was the BBC contacted at any point by the Labour Party or any third party campaign groups before the interview was broadcast?
  6. Will the BBC be investigating this incident, to ensure that in future all interviews broadcast meet the highest standards of impartiality and accuracy?

The question to IDS was fair enough, but given Bennett claimed that he was working 70 hours a week for less that three thousand pounds per year, you can see where Raab is coming from. A bit too late though…

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Edwina Curries Favour

Rule number one when wading into a debate on welfare, don’t do this:

Doh…

Ingrams to Hislop: Time to Move On

An interesting snippet from the Press Gazette interview with Richard Ingrams, who reflects on Private Eye:

“It’s very, very different from what it used to be, I think the satirical part of it is different – it’s become a lot of little pieces as opposed to a few quite long pieces. It’s much more bang, bang, bang. There’s a lot more factual stuff than there used to be, particularly at the front of the magazine. I find I could do with less of it. I think Ian Hislop’s attitude is that the punters have to be given their money’s worth but you do feel slightly that every page is crammed with as much copy or jokes as you could get in.”

Ingrams, who is 75, ended his official involvement with Private Eye at the beginning of 2012 when he gave up as chairman, though he points out that this was always an “honorary” title after he stood down as editor in 1986. Although Ingrams appointed Hislop to replace him, he also suggests that perhaps it is time for his successor to start thinking about stepping down – “I’m a great believer in resigning”.

Guido is hearing more and more moaning about l’enfant terrible turned BBC six figure game keeper. A subject he shall return to…


Media Reader

Channel 4 to Spoof UKIP Election Win | Guardian
The Threat to Press Freedom | Paul Dacre
White House Scoop Strategy | Post
Licence Fee ‘Worse Than Poll Tax’ | Guardian
BBC Feminist Police Gag John Humphrys | Kathy Gyngell
Standard Doesn’t Declare Luvvie Love Interest | Media Guido
Nevile Thurlbeck’s New Years Surprise | Speccie
Rise of Brandy Wandy Signals End for Silly Mili | Boris
Beeb’s Brand Fawning Plumbs New Depths | David Keighley
The Piers Morgan Connection to Hacking | Indy
BBC Marr Pinko Trying to Ban the Queen | Speccie


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