Leveson Wrap Up

For those of you who are interested in this type of thing:

Incidentally the allegations made today under privilege have been made previously without the protections of privilege. Nobody has sued.

John Higginson of the Metro explains Quantitative Easing:

“There is £100 and 100 loaves of bread costing £1 each. QE creates another £100. Each loaf now costs £2.”

Ken’s Gay Gaffe Clean Campaign Pledge Goes Out of the Window

With his usual tact Ken has told the New Statesman that he believes the Tory party used to be “riddled with it like everywhere else is.” What was this “it”? Gay people.

There is never much doubt about how people feel when the use the expression “riddled”, but for the avoidance of doubt let’s see what the dictionary says:

“Riddled: Fill or permeate (someone or something), esp. with something unpleasant or undesirable.” 

Guido has to wonder how this is going to play at the “LGBT London For Ken” fundraising dinner in March. It seems Ken has been hanging out with Al Qaradawi too much.

In the same interview Ken has made references to Boris’ alleged love child. Yesterday he emailed his supporters a clean campaign pledge:

“We are determined to win this election and unlike the Tories, who are resorting to dirty smear attacks, we are running a very positive campaign.”

That didn’t last long…

UPDATE:

BBC Jimmy Savile “Cover Up Scandal” Coming

Whispers in the wind of a potential BBC scandal developing. Guido understands that tomorrow’s edition of The Oldie magazine will shed some more light on rather unpleasant allegations about the late Sir Jimmy Savile and why a Newsnight report suggesting that he molested underage girls was mysteriously spiked.

Apparently The Oldie will reveal that the Newsnight report contained evidence that the abuse of minors involving Savile that took place on BBC premises in the 1970s and that two other celebrities – both still alive – were involved as well. Boom…

The BBC said in December that Newsnight’s report was never aired because there was not enough proof, but that line is now looking shaky. The article will allege that Mark Thompson has known of this contentious story for weeks. It seems there could be some intriguing questions for the DG to answer in the coming days…

IPSA Freeze Members’ Pay

IPSA say that MPs pay will be frozen for 2012/13. Good.

Meanwhile the subsidy in their food and drink is up by £87,000 to £5.8m.

So on top of their salary, pensions and expenses, they each just shy of ten grand extra from the taxpayer. All in it together…

And We’re Back

After a break for lunch, Guido is back in front of Lord Justice Leveson from 2pm. The Telegraph have a transcript of the earlier part if you missed it. 

Chris Huhne’s Webmaster Has a Sense of Humour

Whoops…

Leveson Showtime!

Guido is up in front of Lord Justice Leveson imminently. You can watch a live stream here.

UPDATE: Break for lunch, back at 2pm.

PMQs LIVE: NHyes Edition

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Gordon’s Legacy Sulk

Last week the Number 10 website was updated with a full history section about previous Prime Ministers. For balance and independence the biographies were outsourced to Queen Mary University’s Mile End Group, but their historical impartiality wasn’t enough for one person concerned about their legacy. Downing Street sources say that Gordon had a mighty strop about it, vetoed various photographs and demanded revisions as the text “was not flattering enough”. Seems remarkably generous to Guido…

The Bank of England’s Priorities

According to PR Week “the embattled Bank of England has launched a hunt for PR support to promote itself as a place that encourages diverse employment.”

Shouldn’t they be running a PR campaign to, help control inflation, if anything?

Just a thought…

About that Blogger’s Code of Conduct, Lord Hunt

Lord Hunt, Chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, was a charmer when Guido met him last November. He claimed to be a fan and said his kids printed out the profane comments from a previous Guido blog piece about him and stuck them on his fridge. The meeting followed some comments he made suggesting that blogs were a regulatory problem. This blogger thinks statutory regulations are a problem.

It was reported that Lord Hunt told the Leveson Inquiry last week that we had a “very good” discussion and Guido told him that what he writes is “always accurate”. Guido recalls, more precisely, that he said this blog always strives for accuracy.

It was also reported that Guido “promised to go away and consider” being kitemarked under the new beefed up PCC successor. It is true to say that when pressed Guido may have told Lord Hunt that he would consider it, not saying “no” there and then. It is however a very definite no to kitemarking, or any other form of self-censorship.

This blog aims to amuse, inform and entertain our readers, reporting the truth as we see it. That sentence is this blog’s entire code of conduct.



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Tory MP Nick Boles says what everyone thinks…

“There is a timidity and lack of ambition about Mrs May’s Government which means it constantly disappoints. Time to raise your game, Prime Minister.”

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