Paul Mason Sent to the Gulag?

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There has been much speculation that Paul Mason was sent to the gulag by Jeremy Corbyn after that infamous Sun recording of his candid conversation in a Liverpool bar. In the new Spectator Life, WikiGuido reveals the complex relationship between Mason and the Corbynistas goes far deeper than that. Read the piece on Mason’s reincarnation here

“Best Speech of Osborne’s Career”

More than one Tory MP at the Spectator awards last night described this as the best speech of George Osborne’s life. “There won’t be much time for chit chat, a bit like when Theresa and I last spoke…”

Theresa May: Craig Oliver’s Gong Made Me Retch

A hard-hat and hi-vis clad Theresa May accepted the Politician of the Year award at last night’s Spectator awards, before delivering as cutting a put down of Craig Oliver as Guido has ever heard. Made all the better by Craig being there to hear it.

“I’m particularly pleased to see Craig Oliver is here tonight. Sorry, Sir Craig…

I understand that in his book on the referendum campaign, Craig says that when he heard the result of the referendum he walked out of the office, he walked into Whitehall and started retching violently. I have to say I think we all know that feeling. Most of us experienced it too when we saw his name on the resignation honours list.”

In ten years of going to the Speccie awards Guido has never heard more jibes with such pointed sharp edges…

Fraser Nelson Contextualises IDS Exit

Speccie Parliamentarian of the Year Award Winners

Speech of the year – Johnny Mercer

Lifetime achievement – Harriet Harman

Backbencher of the year – Natascha Engel

Insurgent of the year – Ruth Davidson

Minister to watch – Amber Rudd

Newcomer of the year – Tommy Sheppard

Peer of the year – Molly Meacher and Patricia Hollis

Guy Fawkes award for guerrilla politics – Michael Gove

Campaigner of the year – Jeremy Corbyn

Parliamentarian of the year – David Cameron

British Journalism Awards Bunfight! Speccie v Newsnight / Buzzfeed

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It wouldn’t be the British Journalism Awards without a good old barney about the nominations. Newsnight and Buzzfeed are jointly nominated for Investigation of the Year for the Kids Co scandal – a story on which they did a lot of good follow-up work but was broken by Miles Goslett in the Speccie. Five months earlier…

Buzzfeed’s ‘Head of News’ Stuart Millar is probably regretting engaging:

Media organisations can pay £75 for a vanity-satisfying nomination, something Newsnight and Buzzfeed apparently wasted no time in doing but Miles Goslett, who is a freelancer, didn’t. As Goslett explains:

“Until February 2015, when The Spectator published my article on Kids Company, not a single bad word about it or its chief executive Camila Batmanghelidjh had appeared in the mainstream media.”

You can read the original Goslett scoop here

Payne to the Pink ‘Un

The Speccie’s all-round internet wizard Seb Payne is joining the FT as digital comment editor, heading up a complete revamp of their online comment. Best known for touring the country in his Mini during the election, Payne is an Islington new media darling with an encyclopedic knowledge of UKIP, and can probably now afford to pay his mechanic.

Worth watching how his sound political views fit in at the Pink ‘Un, Payne (left), starts in January. Congratulations…

New.Spectator.co.uk

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Just in time for Tory conference the Spectator has had an online refresh. As with the New Statesman‘s recent refresh it has gone more tablet friendly and swipe-able. The design is responsive to different screen sizes. The Speccie has a lot of advert-free Kindle subscribers so the servers have to work hard to cope with the various formats. It appears to be paywall free currently – so give new.spectator.co.uk a try…

Dave Meets UKIP

Guido is very hungover after last night’s Speccie bash. It was very hot and there was a lot of Pimms involved, also an inexplicable number of pretty models there…

Sadly no Miliband this year, instead it was Harman’s turn to pretend she wanted to be there.[…] Read the rest

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Covering the Election in a Mini? Original

Channel 5 News have announced they will be covering the election in a Mini:

Which sounds rather familiar…

Sebastian Payne from The Spectator has been doing just that for months:

Payne’s is a real British Mini too, rather than C5’s German made and British sprayed copycat…[…] Read the rest

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Oborne on Ill Mannered MPs

Grandstanding on Fleet Street’s moral high ground has not always paid off for Peter Oborne, the Daily Telegraph hack who resigned claiming his paper corruptly buried the HSBC bank scandal. In his days with The Spectator, Oborne once named and shamed ‘ill mannered’ MPs who had not penned him a thank you note for taking them out to one of his liquid lunches in Pall Mall.[…] Read the rest

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Rifkind Defends Tech Giants

This week’s Speccie cover on the state’s war on tech is well worth a read. Its author wisely warns against heading down the slippery slope of surveillance:

“There’s no means of monitoring terrorists that doesn’t leave every-body else thinking you’re monitoring them, too… Think of Britain’s experience over the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa), which was introduced to allow the surveillance of serious criminals, and expanded, chaotically, to enable councils to spy on people suspected of fiddling school places.

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Posh People Politely Tell Scotland to Stay

Speccie readers really do need somewhere to go stag hunting…[…] Read the rest

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Former Telegraph Editor Launches Coded Attack on Seiken

Former Telegraph editor Charles Moore has launched a blistering coded attack on the paper’s editor-in-chief and ‘chief content officer’ Jason “Psycho” Seiken. Writing in this week’s Speccie, Moore uses the metaphor of Horse and Hound magazine, criticising the countryside periodical for replacing its editor with a “content director”, and accuses other publications that have made up similar new digital job titles of “suffering an identity crisis”:

“Horse and Hound, my other magazine outlet, is to lose its excellent editor, Lucy Higginson.

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The Wandering Hands of Westminster’s Gay Mafia

As anyone who has ever spent 30 minutes in Westminster will know, it’s not just the girls who receive unwanted attention from pervy MPs.

“As I walked out of the bar, I noticed a Conservative MP following me. It had been an evening for young political activists, mostly teenage boys, and it was drawing to an end.

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Speccie Hits a Million Online Readers as Staggers Still Obfuscates

Today the Speccie have hit a million unique users every month after their relaunch and redesign last year:

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By comparison, Guido’s readership nowadays (excluding feed readers and app traffic) is about a third of that:

So come on then New Statesman, get your stats out for the wags.[…] Read the rest

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