Press Plagiarist of the Year Award

A new entrant for the award is The Sun’s new “The Whip” column, (which looks a bit like a blog and asks readers to email tips…) Living up to their name, they whipped Recess Monkey’s story about Andrew Rosindell’s dead dog Spike, the day after it appeared on his blog.

Copyright 2005 NEWS GROUP NEWSPAPERS LTD The Sun, June 8

I HADN’T heard of Lee Scott before, but the new Tory MP for Ilford North might well be a miracle worker with hidden powers. He boasted in his maiden speech of the support he had, when campaigning, from Andrew Rosindell, Romford MP, and his dog Spike. Poor Spike, he died on St George’s Day in 2002.

Not quite word-for-word, but near enough, the copyright notice takes the biscuit. Bobbie Johnson, writing in The Guardian’s webwatch column, rightly notes that Recess and Guido are getting pissed off with plagiarism from press diarists, especially if they don’t give credit. Without, incidentally, tactfully mentioning that the Guardian’s own diarists are front runners for our award.

To be fair, many press journalists do give credit, Alan Connor at the BBC and Ros Taylor at the Guardian always give us a link as well. Some just buy us a drink(s), but its the ones who nick the story without attribution who really annoy. We will have our revenge.

The Whip (and others) can withdraw their entries by merely sending a bottle of Margaux using the handy online facility – just click on the box in the right-hand column.

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Quote of the Day

Writing in this week’s Spectator Diary, the former Chancellor and Evening Standard editor attempted to encapsulate how Boris operates…

“My children have the measure of our prime minister. A couple of years ago, my son and I went for a lovely Sunday lunch at his house in Oxfordshire — where he has a Kalashnikov mounted on the wall. Boris suggested we play a game. A tug of war, but with a difference. The rope is tied around your waist and the contest takes place across a swimming pool. If you lose you end up in the water, fully clothed.

That’s Johnson for you: fun, inventive but ruthless. I suspect his brother Jo had one ducking too many.”


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