Maitlis’s Hull of a Slip-Up

And some people accuse the BBC of being too southern…

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SpAds to Receive Free “Where’s Dom?” Book

The life of a SpAd is not without its perks. Guido hears that all but one of the Government’s 115 special advisers will be receiving a shiny new copy of the cheeky stocking-filler Where’s Dom‘: a picture adventure book where readers are invited to locate “Dom and his friends” as they travel around Britain on their lockdown adventures. Dominic Cummings isn’t receiving a copy, obviously. Well, which address would you send it to?

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Furious Corbyn’s Bitter Review of “Left Out”

The Morning Star’s recent Zoom conference on “Labour and the media” gave Corbyn his first opportunity to review arguably the political book of the year: Left Out. Following on from former Shadow Chancellor who denies parts of the book (that were backed up by multiple sources), Corbyn was scathing:

“… those people that are now being paid a great deal to write books analysing the past five years – what do they concentrate on? Who said what to who, who got the coffee for who, where, who paid for the hotel room for x, what happened to y. Tittle tattle, tittle tattle, tittle tattle gossip passing off as political comment, passing off as if it is a serious analysis.”

And who best to lecture on serious analysis? Guido was amazed to see earlier in his interview Corbyn suggested the leaked trade documents he revealed during the 2019 election didn’t come from the Kremlin because “I don’t speak any Russian”

Spies famously only speak one language…

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Westminster Hall Debates to Resume

Signatories to parliament’s online petitions will be delighted to hear Westminster Hall is set to re-open on the October 5th, allowing MPs who have been growing increasingly frustrated at the limited opportunities to speak in the Commons a new platform for debate.

Guido understands social distancing means only 10-11 MPs will be able to participate at any one time and there are hopes to limit debate to 60-90 minutes. Unfortunately there is such a backlog of petitions that MPs will have to wade through the old debates about Brexit from December before they can move onto Coronavirus…

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Boris Closes Debate On Note of Optimism

“I’m not going to deny for a minute that things are going to be tough for our country and our people for months to come. But we will get through it, and we will get through it well.”

Churchillian rhetoric, Stalinist policies…

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Those New Rules In Full

Boris today confirmed the headline unpopular 10pm curfew time for entertainment venues, along with a host of other measures. He was keen to stress to grumbling backbenchers that the vast majority of the economy is remaining open, as well as social interactions of six or fewer people, and crucially there are no changes to schools. The new measures announced today in full are…

  • Work from home if you can
  • From Thursday pubs, clubs, bars, and restaurants will have close from 10pm each day, with last orders coming in earlier.
  • They will also have to abide by table service only.
  • Face masks will be compulsory in every entertainment venue for staff and clientele
  • Face masks will be compulsory in restaurants and bars when customers are not sat down
  • Face masks will also be compulsory in taxis
  • Rule of Six to apply to indoor team sports
  • Maximum wedding size reduced from 30 to 15 people from Monday
  • No extra shielding for people who were shielding, other than in local lockdown areas

New fines will support the measures, including:

  • £10,000 fine if a venue breaches regulations
  • Potential closure for venues that breach regulations
  • £200 fine for breaking the Rule of Six
  • £200 fine for not wearing a face mask on the first offence
  • Potential involvement of the military to support the police in enforcement

Boris confirmed that the restrictions could last for another six months – taking us to Monday 22, March 2021…

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