Quote of the Day

On the Andrew Marr show Ed Miliband was asked…

“Do you accept that before the crisis happened, actually Labour was spending too much?”

“No I don’t.”

SHAC Attacks Go Mainstream – You Read It Here First

Back in November Guido wrote that he was “still waiting for the first fearless broadsheet political editor to detail to his readers, in a lengthy article” the tensions between Steve Hilton and Andy Coulson which run deep and throughout Whitehall. Roughly speaking with some exceptions, policy SpAds are mainly loyal to Hilton and press SpAds are loyal to Coulson.

Guido has been highlighting the spats between the two, which by and large go unreported, despite being well known to Lobby journalists with connections to the Tories.  The reason you don’t get to read about them is that Hilton and Coulson are key sources for the lazier type of hack who fears that if they write about them, they won’t be privy to the briefings and titbits they hand out.  It turns out that the first political editor to risk being frozen out is the Mail on Sunday’s Simon Walters. In a story about Andy Coulson offering to resign over the continuing phone-hacking saga he details some of the SHAC Attacks. The Mail story reports that Hilton and his Zen Men have been briefing against Coulson, who still enjoys the support and protection of Cameron and Osborne. Truth will out…



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Quote of the Day

The FT’s Wolfgang Munchau on the “fake maths” of economic forecasts:

“The truth is that our ability to forecast the future beyond the current quarter is limited… The curse of our time is fake maths. Think of it as fake news for numerically literate intellectuals: it is the abuse of statistics and economic models to peddle one’s own political prejudice… The fakeness of the maths lies in an exaggerated inference. Economic models have their uses, as do opinion polls. They provide information to policymakers and markets. But nobody can see through the fog of the future.”

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