Totty Watch: You Ogled It Here First

Scotland Tonight’s live boob caused some debate in the Guy Newsroom about its news value beyond a titter. Guido doesn’t want to milk it, but he thought he would keep you abreast with the latest developments. The story bounced out of control and STV have been forced to issue an apology after Guido busted the inappropriate background to an interview with Dan Hodges. The Drum, Daily Record, Standard, Sun and Mail have all copped a feel…

Exclusive: Look Inside the World of Andy Coulson


Before Christmas Andy Coulson lost his bid to have News International continue to pay his legal  fees. We exclusively revealed that he was going to have to take his kids out of private school and that he would have to sell the five bedroom family home in order to pay the legal fees. Well now it is on the market for £1.6 million:

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From plasma TVs, marble bathrooms, modern art and Philippe Starck furniture, to the dock. A long way to fall…

Watch: Dromey’s Apology

What a  gracious and dignified man. Good on him for not playing down nearly sixty thousand pounds in secret payments… 

The Last Word on Prezz-a-Manger

“FORMER Hull MP John Prescott has been cleared of misusing a public credit card after officials revealed it had been cloned” screamed This is Hull before Christmas. Prezza briefed them that  £2,000 worth of camera equipment that had been bought on a government card was in fact theft. True, but Prezza then decided to spin this that he had been completely cleared of overseeing any inappropriate spending. He’s got greedy and is demanding an apology. It was left to Baroness Hanham to set the record straight in the Lords on Tuesday:

“For the avoidance of doubt, we have no evidence that spending in this period at venues such as the Star City Casino, Doyles Seafood Restaurant in Sydney and at Sydney Aquarium, all of which were associated with the visit of the then Deputy Prime Minister (the noble Lord), were cloned transactions.”

Give it up Prezza.

See also: Prezz a MangerPrezza’s Cabinet Office RantPrezza Should Chus His Battles More Wisely

Boris Has Squandered Eight Point Lead Since June

YouGov, who called the last Mayoral election with the most accuracy, have Ken in the lead today 51-49. Boris has squandered an eight point lead since the summer. Kellner says it’s too close to call with margin of error…

Dromey Was in the Pay of Lobbyists While an MP

Jack Dromey, aka Mrs Harman, aka Unites’ man on the inside, will be forced to issue an apology to the House for failing to declare he was still in the pay of the union when he became an MP. While many Labour MPs benefit from union cash, such a formal arrangement was enough for John Lyon to gently toss an abridged version of the book at Dromey’s feet. Imagine if it had been any other form of lobbyist giving secret payments of £57,000 to an MP…

UPDATE: John Lyons said the matter was serious but has given leniency due to Dromey being “a new an inexperienced MP”. He’s been political operator for decades. He knew what he was doing…

Boris and the Liberals

By all account the Mayor’s  turn at the 1922 Committee hit the spot last night. James Forysth reports that Boris “left no erogenous zone unstroked”, but what Guido hears he said of the LibDems is worth noting. When asked “what are you doing about the Liberals?” he replied:

“Ah, our beloved coalition partners. Crikey. Haven’t even thought about them. What am I doing about the Liberals? When they become a threat I’ll come up with a strategy. What are we doing about the Liberals? …what should I be doing about the Liberals?”

Apparently the Tory backbenchers replied with cries of “love-bomb them”. “What’s that? Love them? Righty ho.” Classic Boris, but rather dampened by the news this morning that the LibDems will not be budging on his proposed airport. The Guardian claim that Downing Street is blaming Boris for letting the yellows throw a spanner in the works with his briefing to the TelegraphHe’d do well to remember that the love-bombing is not mutual… 

Simon Hoggart writes that…

“The Labour frontbench resembles those Glenda Slagg-type columnists who believe with passion and certainty whatever they happen to believe that day.”

Government Consultation to Examine Union Lobbying

The much awaited government consultation paper on the statutory registration of lobbyists will be released on Friday morning. Even if it recommends putting cowbells on these spinmeisters, it wouldn’t stop them…

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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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