George Osborne Skewered By Kay Burley On Deficit Failure

Kay Burley had George Osborne on the spot today on the key policy failure of this government, in a way that other heavyweight interviewers like Evan Davies and Robert Peston failed to achieve. She asked: is the UK deficit higher than Greece’s deficit? Kay challenged him to give a yes or no answer, he kept trying to misdirect her and waffle. When he refused to answer she asserted that the answer was yes. Osborne stuttered and looked badly flummoxed. Then he claimed untruthfully that the Greek deficit is ballooning. It isn’t, the Greek deficit is lower than the UK’s deficit and the IMF forecasts they will be in surplus before the UK.

According to IMF data last year the Greek deficit (-2.4%) was lower than the UK deficit (-5.7%), it will be lower this year at -0.78% versus -4.78% and they are due to be in surplus next year – before the UK. Osborne has failed to meet his own deficit targets because he put off the hard decisions and switched to neo-Keynesianism whilst spinning austerity rhetoric. Lying about Greece doesn’t help his case…

Sky News One Direction Lip Sync

Ok, this is pretty good…

Sky News Ballot Ballad

Sky News Ballot Ballad

Have You Seen This Man?

First he stood up to Murdoch.

Then the Leader of the Free World.

Now he’s wanted by the police…

Those Who Can, Do. Those Who Can’t…

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Media Guido has been invited to pay £210 plus VAT to learn about the future of news as told by keynote speakers from Twitter ($1.8 billion in debt), Buzzfeed ($96.3 million in debt after 8 years), Sky News (reputed to lose £10 million annually) and the BBC (not-for-profit). Where has Guido gone wrong?

Angry Rifkind Doorstepped By Sky News

 

“None of your business,” Rifkind told Sky earlier when asked if he was going to resign…

‘New Owen Jones’ is Scion of Media Elite

Look out Owen Jones, there’s another younger, prettier, chippy, extremely privileged left-winger on the scene. Public schoolboy Jacob Diamond has been on Sky News this afternoon, telling Kay Burley:

“More people are in favour of increasing income tax to solve the problems in society. That is how you fund it, easy.”

As a borderline Marxist student, obviously Jake knows all about the realities of paying tax. 

Thankfully, Diamond told Sky that he does not want to be a politician, instead he wants to be a journalist:

In an already tough market and extremely competitive field, life is tough for any aspiring young hack.

Luckily for Jake, he’s the son of broadcaster Anne Diamond and telly executive Mike Hollingsworth.

Which has nothing to do with how he’s able to start his national broadcast career whilst still a student…

Harman Van Crash: “I Don’t Think We Overthought” Colour

Understatement of the day…[…]

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Ed’s Teenage Wild Child Years

Fresh from wowing everyone with his CV, Ed was asked about his teenage night-time exploits in his first selfie-stick interview*:

Sky: What were you like when you were 18? What were your interests? What were you up to?

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Wake Up and Smell the Strong Arabica Coffee

Was there a commercial reason Sky News cut away from the cartoon of Mohammed last night? The state-owned Qatar Airways, with 29 Sky News ad spots per day and a new two year deal just agreed, wouldn’t be too pleased […]

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Sky News Stop Charlie Hebdo Writer Showing Mohammed

This is the moment former Charlie Hebdo writer Caroline Fourest showed the front cover depicting Mohammed tonight, only for Sky News to cut away and apologise. Yikes.[…]

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Adam Boulton says David Cameron campaigned as a neo-Thatcherite…

“The manifesto programme, with its sell-off of social housing, clampdown on public sector strikes, EU in/out referendum and benefit cuts, represents a much more traditional, neo-Thatcherite conservatism than that offered by Cameron Mk 1…”

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