Red Len Accuses Staggers of Publishing Untruths Says Never Called For Blairites to Be Sacked

Speaking of awkward letters, union fat cat Red Len McCluskey has written to “all Unite MPs” and New Statesman editor Jason Cowley accusing the Staggers of “distortion”, “sensationalism” and running “untrue” statements from his interview with George Eaton in April. McCluskey reckons “George was intent on a particular story and was not leaving until he had this story” and insists he never called for Liam Byrne and other Blairites to be sacked:

Apparently Unite will now “regard all approaches from the New Statesman with deep suspicion”. Standard practice really…

UPDATE: George Eaton hits back here, in turn accusing McCluskey of “inaccuracies and innuendos”.

Tories and Guardian v UKIP, Staggers and a Delingpole

It takes something pretty special to unite the Tories and the Guardian, and then have UKIP and the New Statesman team up against them. UKIP candidate Dick Delingpole’s photoshop of himself with Hitler and subsequent Telegraph blog “confessing” to a non-existent Nazi past were so obviously a joke surely no one could fall for it. Step forward Simon Geraghty, Delingpole’s Tory opponent in Worcester, to bore us all with a cringeworthy sense of humour bypass:

“I find it absolutely sickening and abhorrent. I think the vast majority of British people will find this shocking – it’s not funny at all, it’s dreadful and I can’t believe he’s done it.”

The Guardian‘s Nick Watt even managed to bring himself to write the non-story up in full high-minded glory, apparently using the headline “Ukip in fresh Nazi row after candidate Photoshops Hitler image” without irony. You knew the whole thing had reached farcical proportions when the Staggers came out in defence of Delingpole this afternoon. CCHQ, a Tory candidate and the Guardian versus UKIP, the Staggers and a Delingpole – roll on Friday.

New Statesman: No Now But Not Never

What a difference a week makes. Last week they were comparing Merkel to Hitler, now the Staggers could not be any more on the fence if they tried:

“The New Statesman, which has an ever-growing website and digital presence, currently does not see its interests served by regulation designed to suit politicians, nor by a revanche regime cooked up for the comfort of newspaper barons. Until a better plan is put forward we reserve our right to continue publishing “news-related material” in print and online without deference to either of those parties.”

So that’s a no, but not on principle of being  regulated. They do want to be regulated, they just want better regulation than is on offer. As ever, on their own…

New Statesman Officially More Evil Than North Korea

Sabre-rattling nuke nut Kim Jong-Un might be threatening to annihilate his enemies, but at least he and his communist friends pay their interns. North Korea News is advertising on W4MP for a part-time editor to carry out online housekeeping such as uploading content and, er, “fact-checking”. Unlike the poor, exploited unpaid interns over at the Staggers‘ progressive workhouse, the successful candidate will earn $500-a-month. It’s official…

Hitler, Merkel and the New Statesman

Judging by the lefty commentariat’s reaction, Guido says they know what they’re doing…

The New Statesman's Cruel Mistress

The only highlight of a shouty PMQs came when the Leader of the Opposition tore the Staggers a new one, telling Dave:

“he’s scraping the barrel by quoting the New Statesman.”

That’s how he repays them after they endorsed Ed. They ejaculated in 2010:

“Labour needs a bold, charismatic, compassionate and visionary leader to renew the party and begin the journey back to government. Ed Miliband has shown us he could be that leader.”

The magazine went on to force out their best writer to keep Ed happy and yet he still humiliates them in front of all their friends. A cruel mistress…

Quote of the Day

Ed tells Dave:

“he’s scraping the barrel by quoting the New Statesman”

MacShane Finds a Friend In the Staggers

Tin foil hat time over at the progressive workhouse that is the Staggers. Apparently the police have re-opened their investigations into proven liar Denis MacShane because of David Cameron’s speech on Europe. No, really:

macshane-cake“What’s really going on with this new police investigation into Denis MacShane’s expenses? Months ago, the police said there would be no charges, and there’s no new information. There’s a reason why they have suddenly reopened it, now of all times, and it’s got nothing at all to do with Denis’s expenses, and everything to do with David Cameron’s speech about Europe.”

Francis Beckett froths on before admitting MacShane is a old friend and then saying it’s all fine because David Laws thieved more. He then has a go at Guido for doing his job of exposing crooks. Yes Guido is vindictive, MacShane would still be at it if he was not…

Quote of the Day

To mark the New Statesman’s George Orwell week, here is the man himself on the Staggers:

“An adolescent in a Glasgow slum worships Al Capone. An aspiring pupil at a business college worships Lord Nuffield. A New Statesman reader worships Stalin.[…]

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Speccie v Staggers: New Statesman Loses £1.35 a Copy

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Guido often teases the intern-exploiting, chauvinist vanity project that is the New Statesman. Is this constructive criticism warranted? Let us see how the Staggers’ money-making – or more accurately losing – capabilities compare to their great rivals at the Spectator.[…]

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Lobby Faces Female Backlash

Last night Guido stood in solidarity with the shunned female journalists of the Lobby. After No.10 explained Dave and Nick only granted questions to men at yesterday’s mid-term review because none of the political editors in attendance were female, we named and shamed the chauvinist Mirror and New Statesman as having no female Lobby hacks between them.[…]

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Where Have All the Women Gone?

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Not many talking points from this afternoon’s snooze-fest mid-term review, though Dave and Nick’s failure to take a single question from a female journalist was noted by many. No. 10 told the BBC that “none of the TV or newspaper political editors there” were female as an explanation. […]

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Happy Christmas: From the Guy News Team

This year, while you’re sitting warm around the fire, opening your presents or tucking into your Christmas dinner, spare a thought for the poor unpaid interns at the New Statesman. Guido has sent them a much-needed food package, after all they won’t be receiving any charity from their Scrooge-worthy proprietor Mr Danson (net worth, £310 million). […]

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New Statesman Internship Auctioned for £1,000 Intern Aware Say Staggers Should be “Ashamed”

At the recent Olympics Ball raising money for Britain’s young athletes, the New Statesman, that paragon of equality of opportunity, auctioned off internships £1,000-a-pop. A great scoop from Dave Lee this lunchtime. “You will have the chance to contribute your ideas and writing to their hugely popular website” gushed Lot 75 with a starting bid of £1,000.[…]

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Laurie Penny Leaves Indy

An intriguing media move today as Laurie Penny leaves her post at the Indy:

Could it possibly be that Indy bosses wielded the axe?[…]

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Ed Not So Intern Aware

The papers are all going with Millionaire Miliband this morning, as the fine details of Tuesday’s speech begin to unravel. It’s also worth noting how Ed pledged to “crack down” on unpaid internships in Manchester. Just who are these evil predators who don’t pay their exploited young staff?[…]

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