Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bercow Fails to Explain Donor Mystery

bercowGuido’s story in the Sun on Sunday revealing John Bercow’s donation from a businesswoman to whom he gave a parliamentary pass makes the front page of this morning’s Mail. At the weekend a spokesperson for the Speaker refused to confirm Sally’s drinking pal Farah Sassoon was granted a pass. Today they admit the Bercows did give a pass to Sassoon, also confirming her company made a donation to the Speaker’s campaign for re-election:

“For security purposes, House officials do not confirm names of pass holders. However, the Speaker would like to confirm that his wife applied for a pass for a female friend in 2012. It is not unusual for residents living on the Parliamentary Estate to be able to apply for passes for close friends and family. All applications go through security clearance checks.”

Farah Sassoon made a donation to ‘the Speaker’s seeking re-election’ campaign fund on 7 June 2014 (it was accepted on 1 July 2014).

The donation was towards the Speaker’s re-election fund, not to his office. As you are aware, the convention that the Speaker is independent of party dates back to the mid-18th century. When a Member of Parliament becomes Speaker of the House she or he resigns from his or her political party and run as an independent candidate under the banner of ‘the Speaker Seeking Re-Election’. The donation is for this purpose, and is listed as being so in the Register of Members’ Interests under ‘Sponsorships’, in accordance with the rules.”

Far from explain the Speaker’s position, this statement raises further questions about the probity of the donation. Why was Sassoon given a pass? How often does Sassoon visit parliament, and for what purpose? Who does she meet there? Did Bercow consult with parliamentary authorities, such as the Clerk of the Commons, on the propriety of accepting a donation having issued this pass? Does the Speaker think accepting a donation from a woman to whom he gave unfettered access to parliament is appropriate? His reply to Rob Wilson’s letter will be one to watch out for…

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

John Bercow is facing accusations of ‘cash for access’ over a donation from Sally’s party-loving pal Farah Sassoon, who is security-cleared for parliament thanks to the Speaker. Read all about it in today’s Sun on Sunday. Also in Guido’s column today:

  • Family misfortune over Harriet Harman’s latest fun tax on betting

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  • Tory women in parliament are writing a letter to their party demanding David Ruffley resign
  • Spooks and politicians fly off on an all-expenses paid trip to Israel at height of Gaza conflict
  • How Tory headbangers are spending a penny on finding out what Lord Hill really thinks about Europe

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Searching New Sun App

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The new Sun app is good looking with a clean design to rival even the Guardian’s mega app. Two small niggles. Guido can’t find a search function, which means you can’t find anything not current. Nor can he find any links to any columns, ahem *cough*…

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

George Osborne tells Guido that David Cameron was not to blame for his awkward high-five with Juncker in today’s Sun column, revealing he has also given the new European Commission president some skin. Pick up your copy of the Sun on Sunday to read all about:

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  • New Education Secretary Nicky Morgan’s private school dilemma

  • Sacked Owen Paterson swears bloody revenge on PM
  • Which big name is being lined up by Labour as the replacement for outgoing Frank Dobson in Holborn?
  • How does Lynton Crosby keep in the running with the Tory leadership?
  • Red Ed’s mojitoh no

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

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Pick up your copy of the Sun on Sunday today to read all about Blair’s bank JP Morgan backing the IPPR think tank to the tune of millions of pounds. The full story on Blair, the bankers and Labour’s favourite charity think tank is online here.

Also in Guido’s column today:

  • Super-cool Sajid Javid rubs shoulders with pop stars
  • Simon Danczuk replaces napping Tom Watson as Paedo Finder General
  • Find out which MPs claim on expenses for calligraphy pens, breakdown call outs and footrests
  • Labour looking for B’stard to fight David Davis

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Slap in the Face for Stan Collymore
Ex-Footballer Loses PCC Case Against The Sun

Former footballer Stan Collymore has suffered a humiliating defeat after the Press Complaints Commission ruled that they would not uphold his complaint against the Sun. Collymore accused the paper of publishing an “inaccurate and misleading” article in January this year about his infamous violent attack on former girlfriend Ulrika Jonsson, claiming the Sun “had seriously misrepresented” him, “had misled readers” and had also “engaged in harassment”. The PPC has ruled none of Collymore’s complaints have been upheld, and that there was no breach of the Editor’s Code of Practice.

On the inaccuracy complaint:

“As the article made clear that the complainant had compared his single, “open handed” strike with the harm which may have been caused by a more brutal attack, the Commission concluded that readers would not have been misled by the headline or about the basis for the newspaper’s view that the complainant had sought to “justify” the attack. There was no breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Code on these points.”

On the alleged harassment:

“It was evident that a reporter had remained outside the house for a considerable period of time, but he had had no contact with the complainant or any member of the household during this period, and no request had been made for him to leave. It did not appear that he had acted in an intimidating manner and, once he had spoken to the complainant and been informed he did not wish to comment, the reporter had not persisted in questioning him… There was no breach of Clause 4 of the Code.”

You can read the original Sun story in full here

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

Pick up your copy of today’s Sun on Sunday to read all about Hillary Clinton forgetting Labour during her London visit. Ed Balls was left out in the cold by the US Embassy this week as well. Also in Guido’s column, don’t miss out on:

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  • Clandestine recordings? Piers Morgan and Gordon Brown knew all about it…
  • Hammond crashes in front of navy
  • Why glamorous Gabby is leaving Downing Street

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  • The old Etonian who brought Cameron and Clegg together is leaving Downing Street for Barclays
  • Which top Premier League footballer is a secret fan of UKIP?
  • Boris jumps on Tory MP’s wife in bed

Politics for the many, not the few. Enjoy a free 30-day trial here

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Mitchell’s Plebgate Libel Trial Scheduled for December
Million Pound Costs Risk

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It will be all over by Christmas. Andrew Mitchell’s libel hearing against The Sun is scheduled for the first two weeks of December in the High Court. The losing side will be a million pounds worse off after costs alone. Meanwhile the Metropolitan Police are expected, because it is in the public interest as a matter of public confidence in the police, to publish the findings of Operation Alice –  the investigation into who passed information to The Sun and The Telegraph newspapers about the “Plebgate” incident, including whether the leak came from within the police force or from a third party.

Operation Alice examined a police witness statement from the incident and investigated if there was a conspiracy between the officer and another party. It also investigated claims made by Mitchell that police lied in the police log of the incident. Mitchell himself is also being sued for defamation by a policeman, a case that will be held in January. All this will be aired at the same time as Mitchell is trying to talk up his prospects of becoming an EU commissioner…

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

Pick up your copy of the Sun on Sunday this morning to find out why Dave had his Phil in Europe this week. Elsewhere in Guido’s column, don’t miss out on:

  • 40,000 mums versus Alec Shelbrooke
  • Who does Le Monde call “L’Obama Anglais”?
  • Craig Oliver gets left behind
  • Rennard back on the party scene…
  • The euro gravy-train is cancelled – for one day only…
  • Diane Abbott’s £500 hair do

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Watson: I Was Wrong About Rebekah

On the Daily Politics this morning Brillo made Tom Watson eat his words after accusing Rebekah Brooks of not only being “responsible for wrongdoing at News International, but I believe she knew about it” (July 2011). Watson now admits he was wrong:

“Rebekah Brooks is not guilty. She has been found not guilty of conspiring to hack phones in a court of law. She is innocent, I wish her well with her life… I do accept she didn’t do it, I wish her well with her life and I hope she goes off and does something very productive in the world.”

Despite the mea culpa he says he cannot bring himself to say sorry. She’ll cope with that…


Seen Elsewhere

David Ward’s Holocaust Denier Friends | Harry's Place
Grayling: Bercow Faces Questions | Sun
Paul Flynn Could Learn a Lot From a Trip to Israel | Breitbart
50 Shades of Grayling | Speccie
Bercow’s £12,000 of VIP Sporting Freebies | Sun
Aldous Huxley v George Orwell | FatPita
Blinkered BBC is Ripe for Reform | David Keighley
Calls for Bercow to Face Inquiry | Mail
Labour Mad to Fight Tories on Tax | Dan Hodges
Right to be Forgotten is a Disaster | Padraig Reidy
Dave Could Be Finished Before 50 | James Forsyth


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Knifed former civil service chief Bob Kerslake on his recent troubles:

“Many thks for kind wishes following back opn. Incision measured 16cm. A pretty big knife in the back! Photos on request.”



TJ says:

And i’ve noticed that 100% of Guido Fawkes staff are men. Looks like Guido has a woman problem. Or is it an hypocrisy problem?


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