No US Embassy Election Night Party

Guido hears that the US Embassy was briefly hopeful of a November 3rd Presidential election night event and was in the early stages of planning one over the Summer. Unsurprisingly, however, these plans have since been scuppered. Despite being US soil, and US laws applying within the embassy, there is a coronavirus edict from the State Department demanding embassies follow pandemic restrictions of their host countries, rather than potentially more lax US rules. Guido is disappointed…

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Deep Dive Investigation: Ben Bradley on Food Vouchers

Ben Bradley continues to lead the pack of Tory MPs willing to stick their head above the parapet on the current free school meals debate, today telling his constituents that parents of hungry kids could be squandering food vouchers on “scuba gear” in Aldi.

Ben has naturally got flak from the left over this. Guido’s not sure either side is right here – after all, give a poor family a fish and they’ll eat for a day; give a poor family scuba gear and they could catch fish to eat for life…

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Victoria Derbyshire Apologises for Saying What Millions are Thinking

This morning, Victoria Derbyshire was shamed into apologising for confessing her plans to break current Covid restrictions at Christmas by having 7 people at her family gathering. The comments came in this week’s Radio Timeswhen she let slip:

“If the rule of six is still in place at Christmas, we’re breaking it to have the rule of seven. We just are. Joining me, my husband and our two boys will be my mum, her partner and my husband’s dad. It’s fine. We’ll do it knowing what the risks are.

We’re not stupid. We’re going to be sensible and buy a thermometer gun. But we have to be together at Christmas. It feels almost irresponsible saying that, but I don’t think we’re alone in feeling that way. We need to see my elderly mum and my husband’s elderly dad. We just do.”

This morning – no doubt under pressure from above – Victoria performed a U-turn, tweeting that her comments had been a “hypothetical” breaching the Rule of Six in a “Tier One area (medium)“. She went on to say “We’ll of course continue to follow whatever rules are in place on Dec 25th”…

From what Guido can tell, Victoria’s completely in-touch with a nation growing tired of restrictions. While it’s clear the country supports measures in the round, people have become increasingly at ease with gently bending them around the edges. It is a shame to see the BBC covering up a real representative view…

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Extinction Rebellion Intimidate Attenborough after He Criticises their Intimidation Methods

A troupe of Extinction Rebellion activists turned up outside David Attenborough’s personal home in South West London today – where the 93-year-old broadcaster shields from Coronavirus – in order to intimidate him into backing their extreme political agenda. In a live-streamed Facebook video, one activist criticised the veteran naturalist for failing to back “systemic” change.

“He is not yet speaking the truth about what needs to be done to tackle this existential crisis. He is speaking of needing to take individual action… he is not yet talking about the need for the major changes in government policy, the major systemic and societal changes that are necessary.”

Earlier this year Attenborough criticised Extinction Rebellion, saying:

“I don’t think it is sensible politics to break the law… If you are any good at all, some of your demands will be met and then you will be demanding people abide by those new laws. You can’t have it both ways.”

Are you an influential environmentalist who doesn’t agree with lawbreaking attempts to overthrow democracy or a free society? Extinction Rebellion may come knocking on your door next…

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EHRC Labour Antisemitism Report Coming Out Thursday

Guido learns the Equalities and Human Right’s Commission report into antisemitism in the Labour Party now has a confirmed publication day of this Thursday by 11 am at the latest. Expect Labour’s press operation to ramp up into overdrive…

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Trust in Government and Media Falls During Pandemic

The Reuters Institute has a study out claiming there is a “coronavirus communications crisis in the UK” which is “characterised by declining news use, eroding trust in news, low trust in platforms, and a dramatic decline in trust in the UK government as a source of information about COVID-19.” Guido is reassured by the findings; the government and the media have constantly changed their contradictory advice, so why would rational people not lose trust in them?

Politicians on 22% are half as trusted as the government and media on 44%. Way behind medics, scientists and health organisations who are trusted by around 80% of the population. This seems about right…

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