Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Quote of the Day

Sajid Javid on press freedom at the Society of Editors annual conference:

“The press exists not to pander to the powerful, but to hold them to account. And that applies whether they are Prime Ministers, business leaders, police officers or, yes, Secretaries of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Do I have days where I don’t agree with what I read in the newspapers? Of course. Have there been times when I’ve looked at the headlines and despaired at the way you’re treating my friends, colleagues and predecessors? Plenty. But should I be allowed to interfere and dictate what it is you should be saying? Never. As George Orwell said, “freedom of the press, if it means anything at all, means the freedom to criticise and oppose.” It’s one of the fundamental liberties on which modern Britain was built. There is no point in saying “I believe in freedom of the press, but…” Either you believe in it, or you don’t. It’s an absolute. A zero sum concept.”

Monday, November 10, 2014

Quote of the Day

Boris on Ed:

“the logical thing would be for the Tories to start a campaign to save the Panda. It would be in our interests to protect the poor beleaguered Lefty, leave him there masticating his bamboo shoots – in case he is replaced by someone more threatening. If all this stuff about an anti-Miliband plot is true, then it is time for Tories to save Miliband for the nation. We should all chip in to fund his much-ballyhooed American strategists, who seem to be giving the Labour leader such excellent – from the Tory point of view – advice. I am offering myself as the founding president of the save the Panda campaign”

Friday, October 31, 2014

Quote of the Day

Zac Goldsmith: “The hon. Gentleman might like to know that today’s Guido Fawkes quote of the day is the one on drug laws that we have heard cited by a number of hon. Members.”

Mike Hancock: “I am delighted to hear that Guido Fawkes is talking about something other than me.”

Monday, October 27, 2014

Quote of the Day

Labour sources twist the knife into Axelrod in the Washington Post:

““You cannot spend 300,000 pounds on a press release. Axelrod can no longer just cash the checks and send e-mails. You need boots on the ground,” said a Labor strategist who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the news media on behalf of the party. “After all, he doesn’t want to lose to Jim Messina, does he?”

Axelrod said that he is open to the idea of becoming more involved with Labor after his memoirs are released next year but that “we haven’t had that discussion.””

Friday, October 24, 2014

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Quote of the Day

Rob Colvile reviews Russell Brand’s new book:

“Oddly, the person I feel sorriest for isn’t Brand himself – although he certainly comes across as a rather pitiable figure, projecting his own brokenness on to the world around him – but Johann Hari. Drummed out of Fleet Street for plagiarism, the former Independent columnist has washed up as “my mate Johann, who’s been doing research for this book”. For a genuinely talented polemicist, it would have been a humbling experience to have to treat this sub-undergraduate dross as the scintillating wisdom of a philosopher-king.”

Friday, October 17, 2014

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Quote of the Day

The father of the 9 year old Akar Hewa, who was scythed down by Boris during a kickabout yesterday, tells the Standard:

“We have forgiven Boris. Akar was not really hurt. We had a real laugh about it. All his friends have been laughing too. Boris is quite big, so it could have been worse. Boris is very active and good for London. We will continue to support him, despite the foul.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Quote of the Day

Following the revelations about Brooks Newmark’s paisley pyjamas, Hugo Rifkind wonders in this week’s Speccie what other politicians wear in bed:

“Chuka Umunna will sleep in Calvin Klein briefs, all the better to catch a glimpse of himself in the mirror on his ceiling.”

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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Whitehall Bosses Ban Christmas | Sun
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Labour Marginal Fright | Lord Ashcroft
Osborne’ Real Deficit Reduction Record | ConHome
Blameronism | Peter Oborne
Everyone Can Lose | Staggers
Splintering of the Left | Tim Montgomerie
Fallon’s Lawyer Loathing | Quentin Letts
Speaker Bercow Defeated | BBC
Nigel Farage is Bigger Than Jesus | Speccie


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