Cameraman Taken Down By Labour Press Officer

At least the broadcasters were invited…

UPDATE: 

Informed the cameraman-slaying Labour press officer was an Anna Wright.

Labour HQ Pulling #MiliFandom Strings

Telly sources say that the Labour Party were calling the #MiliFandom in as a story all morning, and now this:

So we’ve gone from Ed Miliband conversing with a random teenage girl who tweets out her sex dreams about him, to it looking suspiciously like a Labour stunt. Guido is not sure which is worse…

Masterful LibDem Graph

A LibDem leaflet from Wantage: 

Guido was commended by Royal Statistical Society at the Statistical Excellence in Journalism Awards 2014, so is in a strong position to pass judgement on such matters. Looks fine to him…

More BBC Website Bias: Food Bank Headline Claim Made Up

The BBC website lost all semblance of editorial impartiality yesterday, but how are they faring today? This headline makes their homepage this morning:

The claim comes from a report by the Trussell Trust, press released this morning as “Food bank use tops one million for first time”. It would be reasonable to assume from both that title and the BBC headline that, currently, one million people are using food banks. Is that the case?

Scroll down to the very bottom of the Trussell Trust press release, and of the “million” in the headline, they admit “on average 49 percent of foodbank users only needed one foodbank voucher in a year”.

In fact, “only 15 percent needed help more than three times in a year”. So it is misleading in the least to imply that a million people are currently using food banks.

What’s more, the Trussell Trust ‘fess up: “We cannot measure unique users on a national scale”. The “million” is not even a unique figure, it counts those who use foodbanks on more than once occassion twice.

But don’t let the facts get in the way of a good election story…

UPDATE: Full Fact also take issue with the headline:

“The claim that over a million people are using Trussell Trust food banks is inaccurate. It comes from confusing the number of different people using Trussell Trust food banks in a year with the number of times they use the food banks.

The Trussell Trust collect their data from the vouchers used by people referred to their food banks. If one voucher feeds a family of 4 people, that’s 4 instances. If the same family visit again next week, that’s another 4 instances. The Trussell Trust say that on average people needed two food bank vouchers annually, so the number of people using food banks is likely to be around half of the 1.1 million figure.”

LibDems Troll Shapps

The LibDem press office are having a laugh:

Coalicious!

Tories Accuse Labour of Stitching Up Shapps

shapps-computers

Punchy kick back from a Tory source regarding the accusations that Grant Shapps did in Tory rivals on Wikipedia:

“This Guardian smear is categorically false and defamatory. It is untrue from start to finish, and was quite likely dreamt up by the Labour press office. Sadly it is typical of the smears coming from those who would rather not debate policy and substance.”

A big shout, but if it was a stitch up, it’s deniable. Better than the “I was hacked” line trailed back in 2007

Domestic Violence: Labour Fans Paint Cameron Strangling Woman on House

This charming mural has been daubed on the side of a house in Filton and Bradley Stoke, South Gloucestershire alongside a placard backing Labour’s candidate Ian Boulton:

It reads “NHS: Safe in his hands?” and shows David Cameron strangling a female nurse:

Another ‘weaponising’ victory in Labour’s ‘NHS Week’.

H/T Bradley Stoke Journal

Labour Weaponising Nurses for Miliband Speech

Labour’s “NHS week” is going well. First, a poll found only 13% of GPs back Miliband. Then Andy Burnham’s big NHS poster launch ended in a gaffe and everyone spent the rest of the day talking about the SNP.

Now Guido can reveal how Labour are cynically stage-managing Miliband’s NHS speech in Manchester this morning. A leaked email from regional party director Anna Hutchinson to the GMB union shows Labour attempting to weaponise nurses ahead of the speech:

From: Anna Hutchinson
Date: 17/04/2015 13:48
Subject: Ed Miliband speech – Tuesday 21st

On Tuesday 21st April, Ed Miliband will deliver a speech on the future of the NHS at the Health faculty at Manchester Metropolitan University… Whilst the majority of the audience will come from the University, a limited number of places are available. If you have members who would like to apply, please ask them to email me direct at xxx@labour.org.uk
 
We would particularly like to welcome those who work in the NHS and would encourage them to wear their uniforms to demonstrate the strong support Labour enjoys amongst health workers.

To think cynics say this election is too stage-managed…

War of the Words

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

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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

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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 […]

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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

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