War of the Words

There’s a spin war on and Labour think they are onto a Romney-like gaffe by IDS:

“The Tories renamed the Bedroom Tax the “spare room subsidy”, they claim. Is this really the whole story? 

Back in 2012, a government policy was introduced that remains named the “under occupancy charge” or the “under occupancy penalty”.

It was Labour that started the cultural revolutionary tinkering, branding it the “bedroom tax”.

In doing so, they won the narrative, but lost the honesty war.

Even the High Court ruled that it is not a tax.

And so it a bit rich for the left to complain about renaming policies.

Is it really any surprise that the Work and Pensions Secretary would want to “rename zero-hours contracts flexible hours contracts“? Work without fixed hours guaranteed always used to be called casual labour, before Labour dreamt up the much nastier sounding “zero hours” moniker. War is peace, ignorance is strength…

George Osborne v George Osborne

Labour have helpfully dug out this video of Osborne critcising unfunded spending commitments just 12 weeks ago:

“making spending committments is the easiest thing in the world. Spending commitments are superficially attractive. They get ready applause from lobby groups. They get you headlines. But unfunded spending commitments are made with borrowed money and the price is paid by future taxpayers”.

A few weeks later and Osborne pledged £8 billion in unfunded NHS spending commitments…

UKIP in Scots are Nazis Slur

Is anyone else a bit confused by this latest UKIP advert?

100,000 Scots died in The Great War, and another 50,000 in WWII.

“Don’t let their sacrifice be in vain?”

So if the SNP hold the balance of power, then the memory of the war dead will be desecrated? Errr…

What does a poppy have to do with a hung parliament?

Baffling.

 

Lord Janner Called for Nursing Home Resident to be Prosecuted

Back in 1999, the BBC reported on the discovery that Konrad Kalejs, an alleged Nazi war criminal, was living in a nursing home in Leicestershire:

“Former Labour MP Lord Janner, chairman of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said he would ask Home Secretary Jack Straw to investigate the allegations against Mr Kalejs. And he said that if there was sufficient evidence, Mr Kalejs should be prosecuted under war crimes legislation. If there was not enough evidence for a prosecution, the government should follow the example of the United States and Canada and deport him, he said.  “They only do that if they are sufficiently satisfied that a person is guilty of war crimes. They don’t want him in their country. If that is correct, we don’t want him in our country either,” Lord Janner told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.”

So Janner says you can prosecute of deport elderly wrong ‘uns, but not investigate the claims of his paedophilia because his memory is a bit hazy…

No, The Times Did Not ‘Call Out the Tories on the Recession’

This tweet by Andy Burnham’s favourite Labour fantasist, “Dr” Eoin Clarke, has been shared over 750 times, including by a host of Labour MPs, Eddie Izzard and Alastair Campbell. Unfortunately for Bad Al, it’s a little sexed up.

“Dr” Eoin cunningly cropped his screenshot of the Times article so it looked like an editorial. In fact it was comment piece written by one Richard Layard. The Times helpfully explains: “Richard Layard is professor of economics at the LSE and a Labour peer”.

So “The Times” didn’t call anyone out. It isn’t proof of “something big” happening. Despite what hundreds of Labour supporters have been telling their Twitter followers. “Dr” Eoin Clarke, PhD History of Irish Feminism, strikes again…

Red in the Fed: Housing Critic is Paid Up Labour Member

For immediate release

In response to the Conservative manifesto announcement that Right to Buy will be extended to include housing association homes.

Ruth Davison, Director of Policy and External Affairs at the National Housing Federation said,

“We fully support the aspiration of homeownership but extending Right to Buy to housing associations is the wrong solution to our housing crisis…”

Blah blah blah, etcetera.

That would be Ruth Davison who is a member of Islington North constituency Labour Party.

It is on days like this that the hidden red sleepers in the third sector come to the surface. Organisations like Shelter are stuffed to the gills with former Labour apparatchiks, sitting out opposition in the comfort of quangos and charities. The last Labour government – particularly the Prime Mentalist – stuffed these supposedly neutral groups with sympathetic lefties. Many of whom have direct links to the party, having worked for him.

This Gramsci inspired march through the institutions was one of the more pernicious elements of the Labour years. Should Miliband get the keys to No 10, he would unleash a new wave of this patronage. You thought Brown was a leftie? Just think who a Miliband administration would court, promote, and place…

The Graph That Ruins Miliband’s Argument

Even after Labour’s manifesto mea culpa about fiscal responsibility, Ed would still not say he thought Labour spent too much before the crisis. He had his audience cheering as he yelled “absolutely we were right to invest in those things”:

Miliband told the Labour manifesto launch:

“It was the financial crisis that caused the deficit…”

Really, Ed?

The financial crisis caused the deficit that Labour ran in 2002/3?

And grew in 2003/4?

And in 2004/5?

And in 2005/6?

“It was the financial crisis that caused the deficit…” in 2006/7?

And in 2007/8?

Really, Ed?

How Buzzfeed’s #BoardGamerGate Played Out

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Back in March Tom Chivers, formerly of The Telegraph, poster a mildly mocking why-oh-why piece about “Why Monopoly Is The Worst Game In The World”. Some time later it was deleted. We now are told at the behest of the Editor-in-chief, Ben Smith. Originally it was claimed that the Tom Chivers deleted it himself, an odd thing for a journalist to do unless he is being sued. Tom didn’t delete his tweets about it:tom chivers monopoly tweet

It is unlikely Tom knew that Hasbro, the makers of Monopoly, had signed a big sponsorship deal with Buzzfeed until perhaps Ben Smith, editor-in-chief, had a word.

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At this point, in breach of all the fancy ethical guidelines that Buzzfeeders boast about…

… the post got deleted.

Critics were on the lookout for this kind of malfeasance after Gawker published an article on Thursday reporting that BuzzFeed deleted an article that attacked Dove’s latest advertising campaign.

On Friday morning MediaGuido was alerted by a reader that this had happened in relation to Monopoly. At 14:30 we reached out to Buzzfeed and Tom Chivers for an explanation. We got no reply. However, coincidentally perhaps, a former Telegraph colleague of Tom Chivers tweeted a reference to the issue at 15:40, at the same time as we published out first story.

The situation at this point was pretty much:

Media Guido predicted it would go like this:

It pretty much did exactly that, except far quicker…

Here’s the cover up:

As soon as New York media types started pushing the story, the statement of regret swiftly arrived:

It turns out that Buzzfeed at the very least self-censors when it comes to lucrative advertisers. The Telegraph did the same with HSBC, about which a Buzzfeed report took a very moralistic tone, reporting that “…Telegraph colleagues had lost all faith in the newspaper’s management”. Turns out hipsters can be hypocrites too…

The article isn’t even that interesting anyway:

LOL.

Sex, Lies and MI5: Labour’s Spinners Weren’t Always So Delicate

The Tories “spent yesterday playing politics in the gutter, trying to smear Labour with lies,” moans a Labour press release sent out this morning. The delicate flowers are still upset with Michael Fallon and stories in the papers […]

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Greenslade Takes the Mick

“Tory press ignores, or underplays, polls putting Labour ahead” screams Roy Greenslade over at Media Guardian today:

“Labour’s positive poll ratings get precious little coverage in the Tory press. It must have been a day for the blue newspapers to

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Ivan Massow’s Meeting Mystery

This afternoon Guido reported that Tory mayoral wannabe Ivan Massow turned up in Thanet to campaign for the Tories, only to leave after taking a few photos:

Massow hit back, claiming that he had to be back in London for […]

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SNP & Labour: Or How I Stopped Quibbling and Learned to Love the Bomb

Labour have just about sorted out their message on Trident today, despite some confusion from Ed Balls. Meanwhile, the SNP are still toying with Miliband on the issue. “I can’t be clearer,” claims Nicola Sturgeon, while obfuscating on what the […]

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Quote of the Day

Miliband is asked if he knows what ‘Yolo’ means by Time Out:

EM“No. What does it mean?

TO: “It stands for You Only Live Once.”

EM: “Is that right? That is a good philosophy for politics! It’s about a sense of adventure and doing what you want. Wow! I’ll use it from now on!”

TO: “Please don’t.”

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