Grauniad Woes

Guido hears a rumour that since Comment is Free has flopped (some geeky critical acclaim, but financial failure due to trivial advertising revenue) it is going to be “revamped”. Ben Hammersley is, Guido understands, spearheading the new not-so-secret project.

Guido could be wrong, if so he will make a correction. Ros Taylor, the inventor of the “political totty” tool of evaluation, had to make a correction yesterday. She wrote a rambling 400-word story about Today’s James Naughtie interviewing a dissembling Margaret Beckett on the programme. Beckett flustered had told the interviewer “Oh – pack it in.”

Small but embarrassing problem with Ros‘ story was that the interviewer was Ed Stourton (the posh one) not Jim Naughtie (the Scottish one). So easily confused…




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