Michael White Owes Guido An Apology

The controversial Downing Street Second Email System story is back in the news. In 2007 in the middle of Blair’s Loans for Lordships crisis and the arrest of Downing Street officials by police searching for evidence, Guido alleged that there was a second, unofficial, email system in Downing Street used to send off-the-record emails. The Mail on Sunday ran with the story, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman under questioning from the Lobby denied its existence at two briefings. Guido demanded that the PMOS issued a correction, none was forthcoming. Shortly after on Newsnight, back in his more camera-shy days, Guido repeated the allegation. Michael White in no uncertain terms sided with the PMOS saying Guido’s story was untrue, based on the word of PMOS rather than any research.

Under questioning about this subject by MPs on the Public Administration Select Committee Blair’s Cabinet Secretary Gus O’Donnell also claimed “There is no second email system inside No 10.” Damian McBride two weeks ago confirmed the existence of a second email system in Downing Street. Michael will surely want to correct his naive mistake…

Eddie Mair’s Newsnight Heebie-Jeebies

Lots of confusion last night as Newsnight viewers tuned in to find Eddie Mair from Radio 4 in Paxo’s chair. And he did rather well, if he was a little gloomy:

With a fresh face around, many are wondering if Paxo is too old. Often his heart doesn’t seem to be in the questioning, and new evidence has emerged to suggest he’s getting on a bit:

News of Paxman’s demise has been greatly exaggerated though- he’s on holiday apparently.

Newsnight Hits Rock Bottom

The TV viewing figures for the first half of 2012 contained one very significant side note: Newsnight has been outperformed by Channel 4 News. A blow to the pride of Newsnight, Channel 4 News had an average of 0.699 million viewers while Newsnight managed only a meagre 0.664 million.

Michael Crick, who was pushed out of Newsnight and went back to Channel 4 News, will be laughing…  

WATCH: Cocky Ken Promises to Publish

“Good, that’s easy.”

Just hours after declaring that he would release his income details Ken has shattered another promise.

Video via Liar Politicians

Play #Newsnight KEN-GO!

Tonight Newsnight is hosting a four-way debate – with the BBC giving the Greens the fourth seat despite UKIP currently polling higher. During the debate Ken will no doubt make his usual magic money promises and claim that Boris plans to kill all London’s first born sons. So, to make it easy for you to keep track of Ken’s unfounded claims during the debate, the NotKenAgain.com website has created a positive fun little game they’re calling KEN-GO.

Download the KEN-GO scorecard, fill it out during the Newsnight debate and Tweetpic a picture of your completed scorecard to @NotKenAgain to win a signed T-shirt…

Watch:  Crick Gets Cricked

Filmed live at the Barley Mow, Westminster.

Newsnight Fashion Report

Last night Jeremy Paxman hosted the final round of Twitter’s Next Top Model. And what a heated final it was…

Taking Newsnight by storm was GQ’s cover-girl Louise Mensch. The successful chick-lit author sported a vintage cocktail dress, with a simple yet elegant jacket, Mensch perfectly mixed old school Tory for a sexy new-age feel.

Joining her was the recent New Statesman cover-girl Laurie Penny, the former burlesque dancer turned political pundit went for the classic little black dress, accessorised with a small pink badge. A bold colour palette was on display with her hair. With Laurie wearing her political allegiances on her head, we now know why they call her Penny Red.

It’s hard to choose a winner, as all the ladies looked so lovely.

UPDATE: The full cat fight:

Allegra Up

Guido understand’s that Allegra Stratton is the new Newsnight political editor, a welcome successor to Michael Crick. She actually started years ago on Newsnight, before going on to the Daily Politics and This Week in the not too distant past. She hails from the left whilst sharing a pillow with the Spectator’s James Forsyth, which provides her with a reality check. She will be a fresh, younger face for late night political telly. Guido will try to stay awake…

Newsnight: Oborne Calls Guilty Men “Idiots”
Eurocrat Storms Off, Ex-FT Editor CBI Director Lambert Livid

Sir Richard Lambert, was not amused, demanding “do we have to go on with this rubbish Jeremy” when Peter Oborne threw his  Guilty Men pamphlet at him across the table with the words “you’re in it, read it”. At […]

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Gove v Harman

Give it a few minutes, but some popcorn worthy stuff from Newsnight last night:

There’s a rather warped transcript here.[…]

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Sunday Mirror’s Tina Weaver Isn’t “Fit and Proper” for the PCC

Those of you following Guido on Twitter will know that for weeks Guido has been using the hashtag #CircularFiringSquad to drip out names of journalists from other newspaper groups, in particular the Mirror group, who are as guilty as those […]

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Tom Watson: Lobby System Against Public Interest
Lobby System Pinnacle of Implicit Politico-Media Corruption

Imagine a secretive organisation whose members have privileged access to Downing Street. Imagine that the members of this organisation receive information covertly. Imagine that the rules of this organisation force the members to withhold information from outsiders if the Prime […]

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Charles Clarke says Cameron is the most successful PM for over a century…

“Under Margaret Thatcher the Conservatives gained 99 seats. They lost 211 under John Major, gained one under William Hague, quickly and wisely got rid of Ian Duncan-Smith, gained 32 under Michael Howard and have so far gained 133 under David Cameron who, to the great surprise of many (including senior Conservatives), has turned out to be the most electorally successful Tory leader since 1900.”

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