Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Silence of the Spinners

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“He doesn’t want to speak to you” Guido has been told many times. We’ve never had a problem being put in the “sin bin” by politicians, we don’t seek to do interviews, so if a politician refuses to speak to us, it doesn’t matter too much, we can still talk about them. In fact we will probably shout about them even more. (Some free advice to any MP in our crosshairs, we don’t go away if you ignore us, we redouble our efforts.) These days however it is usually a party press officer – a professional spinner – who refuses to do his job and comment.

After a string of negative stories the LibDem press office earlier this year decided not to engage with us, did it help their cause? No. Stories on the blog went unchallenged and into print the next day in the national press. To be fair to the LibDem press team, our guess is they usually haven’t been told anything by the Deputy PM’s office in Downing Street, so it is not as if they can say anything of consequence. Amusingly after the Guido Fawkes Tenth Anniversary party they called, hurt, to inquire why press officers from the Tories, Labour and UKIP were all there eating caviar and drinking champagne whilst none from LibDem HQ were invited. “We put you in our sin bin” we told them…

Janan Ganesh in the Financial Times this morning analyses Labour’s attitude to the press

They blame the “rightwing press”, particularly the chunk of it owned by Rupert Murdoch, not only for the leadership tremors but for Mr Miliband’s low reputation in the country. If voters disdain Mr Miliband, the party seems to believe, it is because they are brainwashed. The best that can be said for this theory is that it has ideological pedigree; the one morsel of Marxist doctrine still evidently cherished by the British left is false consciousness.

Labour’s view of the press has soured to the point of self-harm. The Sun is read by more than 5 million Britons every day, many of whom vote Labour or entertain the prospect of doing so. Yet the party talks of the Murdoch-owned tabloid as a remote Other. It is just about conceivable that Labour can win power while ignoring anyone who disagrees with it. How it expects to govern a plural nation with such a sectarian cast of mind is harder to understand.

Unhinged by indignation, Labour MPs even joined a hashtag campaign on Twitter to insist that “We back Ed”, like Brezhnev-era Kremlin officials denying rumours of a coup. To repeat: a major political party decided that having to affirm support for its own leader six months before a general election would somehow leave him an enhanced figure.

The idea that being put in the “sin bin” will hurt Guido is bizarre. We’re going to light up those pixels and fill up those column inches regardless whether or not you engage. The pixels on the #1 political website in the country, the inches in the political column in the biggest selling newspaper in Britain…

We want to get the facts right when we run a story, press officers and party apparatchiks may not like the tone or the thrust of an article coming down the line, nevertheless running away won’t help. Look at Sadiq Khan‘s recent 48 hours of bad publicity. Sadiq thought he could tough it out with “no comment”, that didn’t work with us because – unlike the Leveson leery dead tree press – we ran the pictures without a response anyway. In the end ignoring this blog meant the broadcast and print media eventually joined in the mêlée. As Tom Watson once said, if you can’t take a kicking from Guido, then you don’t deserve to be in politics…

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

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Read Guido on Nigel Farage and political celebrity in today’s Sun on Sunday for free, simply by clicking here and enjoying a free 30-day trial. Don’t miss out on all the news and gossip from today’s column, including:

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  • Tom Baldwin, Miliband’s under pressure spin-doctor, in shocking Malcolm Tucker outburst

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  • Red Prince Will Straw campaigns against “NHS privatisation”, takes £5,000 from NHS contractor
  • Shadow minister on Miliband plot: “should have been done 12 months ago”
  • Creagh’s brutal demotion
  • Bucket of human waste landing on an MP
  • Trickett’s tricky loyalty call

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Politically Correct ASA Bans Sun “Date” Advert…
But Gives Green Light to Rivals to Do the Same

This is the Sun fantasy football advert banned in the latest politically correct ruling from the censorious Advertising Standards Authority. The light-hearted offer gave readers the chance to be “entered in to a prize draw for a date with a Page 3 girl”, the sort of competition prize regularly offered recently by other media outlets, such as the Daily Echo’s “win a date with Amy Childs”, Capital FM’s “win a date with Enrique!”, and the Star’s “win a date with Danielle Lloyd: Dani is naked and she wants you!”.

For some reason the ASA, chaired by renowned part-time floods expert and Labour peer Chris Smith, decided that only the Sun’s advert was “demeaning to women”, “objectified those offered as prizes” and was “likely to cause serious or widespread offence”. Almost as if the ASA has a massively unsubtle political agenda

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

The man who put Obama in the White House blasts Ed Miliband in Guido’s column in the Sun on Sunday today.

Also in Guido’s column this week:

  • Gabby Bertin talks to Isabel Oakeshott
  • Satire is dead for council flat dwelling fat cat Frank Dobson
  • Are Whistles’ T-shirt profits feminist?
  • UKIP learning campaigning from the Republicans
  • Danny Alexander’s optimism
  • Cheering Gyles Brandreth

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Read Guido in the Sun on Sunday Online

In today’s Sun on Sunday Guido exclusively reveals George Osborne is set to party like it’s 1914: the Chancellor is guest of honour at a white-tie Downton Abbey Halloween Tory fundraiser. Read the full story here. Meanwhile, in Guido’s column this week:

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  • David Cameron’s trusted aide Ed Llewellyn wants to quit

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  • LibDems go wacko with Jacko selection

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  • Hammond memo leak reveals suggestion to change Foreign Office to “British Office”
  • Ed appoints soft on immigration McFadden to take on UKIP over Europe
  • Peter Hain’s stitching up his safe seat for Tracey Ullman’s daughter
  • BoJo’s Eton mess-mate
  • The Tooting tweeting UKIPper who wants to nuke ISIS

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Judge Bins Much Mitchell Evidence

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Over at the Royal Courts of Justice the judge – Mr Justice Warby – ruled that 9 of Mitchell’s 16 previous incidents with police officers were admissible as evidence. A blow to Mitchell who tried to block the evidence being put before the Court. It got worse for Mitchell, he also banned the former Chief Whip from discussing “reputational damage, hurt feelings and the effect generally on Mr Mitchell of the Plebgate affair” at the upcoming trial.

Mr Justice Warby said evidence from Mitchell’s chums; Lord Coe, Sir Richard Ottaway MP and others expressing doubt Mr Mitchell would ever use the word ’pleb’, would be permitted. Submissions about Metropolitan Police officers creating fake witnesses were refused.

Mitchell will give evidence first, and the trial of the preliminary issues in the case is set for 17 November. Having switched lawyers word has it that Mitchell is directing his new lawyers closely…

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

Labour have reported Craig Oliver for smearing a journalist in breach of the strict Special Advisers Code of Conduct. Details only in Guido’s column in the Sun on Sunday. Don’t miss out on:

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  • The staff and nonsense of wannabe Tory leader Phillip Lee

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  • Nigel woos Platell
  • O-Patz finds Wood

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

It’s Brooks Nude Mark 2 in the Sun on Sunday as the once cock-sure Tory quits parliament over new photos to a second woman, this time a real one. He is resigning to spend more time with his psychiatrist. Read all about it here.

Guido’s column this week reveals that Nigel Farage and Patrick O’Flynn are at loggerheads after Nige slapped Paddy down over his proposed “wag tax” on luxury goods. Also in today’s column:

  • Theresa May’s Spads are fighting – each other
  • Ed Davey the “wasted” energy minister
  • Unionists’ haggling pact terms

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  • Labour Shadow Cabinet Reshuffle rumours – Balls to Shadow Foreign Secretary?

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Loads More Page 3

Guido is all for promoting the work of models on Instagram, so… As the No More Page 3 Anti-Sex League snipes at the Sun’s breast cancer and healthy body image campaigns, Page 3 star Rhian and pals, who she describes as the “#BoobTroop”, have hit back with an alternative t-shirt slogan: Loads More Page 3. Who do you think has more support?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

Friends of Boris and George insist they have “no hatchet to bury”, but are they really best pals? Find out in Guido’s column in the Sun on Sunday here. Also in today’s column:

  • BBC Sunday Politics/Comres poll shows LibDems worried about winning anywhere with Clegg

  • Bercow tells Australia “I’m not the shortest Speaker ever”
  • How ABBA embarrassed the PM
  • The minister for scandal
  • Reckless loses neighbourly love

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Seen Elsewhere

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Tories Planning For Second Election | Guardian
We Are Losing Cyber War | Fraser Nelson
Osborne Aide Lands Pay Rise | Mirror
The Sick Of It | Sun
UKIP MEP’s Welfare Hypocrisy | Channel 4
Rise of Angela Merkel | New Yorker
May SpAd Removed From Candidates List | ConHome
Clodagh’s Law | Press Gazette
Whitehall Bosses Ban Christmas | Sun


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The Economist asks Tony Blair about Wendi Deng:

“Mr Blair roundly denies any impropriety. Asked whether he was (at least) careless about his reputation, he says calmly that it is “not something I will ever talk about—I haven’t and I won’t”, and then bangs his coffee cup so loudly into its saucer that it spills and everyone in the room jumps. But did he find himself in a tangle over his friendship with Ms Deng? A large, dark pool of sweat has suddenly appeared under his armpit, spreading across an expensive blue shirt. Even Mr Blair’s close friends acknowledge that the saga damaged him—not least financially, since Mr Murdoch stopped contributing to Mr Blair’s faith foundation and cut him off from other friendly donors in America.”


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