This Week’s Guidogram, Written By the Intern…

The Guidogram round-up goes out weekly. It covers all the goings on and the best bits of the blog you may have missed in the week. This week we made the successful summmer-intern-to-be have a three bottle lunch with us, and then write the Guidogram. We explained to him that over 10,000 Westminster insiders from Downing Street and all the newsrooms are on the list.  No pressure.

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You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…

Does Gobby Have a New Hobby?

Has everybody’s favourite Beeb field man joined Twitter? Guido is looking forward to the first online “are you going to resign Prime Minister?”

More Labour Referendum Positioning

https://twitter.com/JonCruddasMP/status/208206556746100738

Via @OnTablets

Tim’s Tatler Totty Shot


Looks like Tim Montgomerie is June’s Babe of the Month in Tatler…

Via Iain Dale

Follow the Money

There is an editorial split in the Guy Newsroom over Hunt: Neo-Guido thinks he’s politically toast, but Guido cannot see any LEGAL bullet that will force him out, yet. If you disagree Guido is the offer on Smarkets and is backing Hunt to survive. Come and take his money if you think he is wrong…

As it stands, punters think Hunt has a 36% chance of survival. Which is up from this morning…

“Only Ofcom To Go”

It’s going to be a very long day for Jeremy Hunt and Downing Street. Already just an hour in to his evidence the Culture Secretary has admitted he was  “sympathetic” to the bid, that he didn’t understand the process and that his SpAd Adam Smith knew his views on it all. One of the texts we will be hearing about a lot was from Hunt to James Murdoch when the European competition regulators approved the bid: ” Congratulations on Brussels. Just Ofcom to go.” That was the day he was appointed to oversee the bid…

UPDATE:

UPDATE II: Coulson, on oath again, said he didn’t have anything to do with Cable decision or BskyB, yet Hunt admits he was emailing and texting him about it.

UPDATE III: Hunt has conceded that he was communicating with News Corp through his private email address and that his DCMS account is not run by him.

Hunt confirms Iain Martin’s account:

“I spotted a large group of media journalists so I moved to a different part of the quadrangle. There may or may not have been trees.”

Warsi’s War

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There is a fascinating exchange of letters over at the Staggers between the Chairman of the Conservative Arab Network and Tory Chairman Sayeeda Warsi. They discuss Guido’s revelations about the group, and show how the exposé set off a chain of events that led to the troubles that Warsi is in right now:

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This may be revenge, but that does not make it any less dangerous for Warsi…

Unionised Greedy Doctors Upsetting Medical Colleagues

The average GP earned £105,700 in 2009-10.

Druggy Dave and Co

An interesting snippet from Damian Thompson’s new tome on addiction – The Fix:

“As with heavy drinking, there was an aspirational aspect to it. Dope smoking was associated with public schoolboys and especially Old Etonians. An acquaintance of mine smoked quite a few spliffs with David Cameron, the future Prime Minister. Whether Cameron tried anything harder at Oxford isn’t clear, but it’s interesting that, in 2012, neither the Prime Minister nor the Chancellor of the Exchequer had denied snorting cocaine. Neither, come to think of it, had the current President of the United States, nor his predecessor. One of these days someone should write a book entitled Tory MPs Who Have Done Drugs. It wouldn’t necessarily be a slim volume. One former MP whom I know for a fact has a nose like a vacuum cleaner recently told his local radio station he’d never touched anything stronger than alcohol.”

Guido reckons he could  write a similar “Politicians I Have Done Drugs With”…

Handy Lunchtime VAT Chart

From this morning’s City AM

Vaguely Excited Hague

Guido reckons he’d probably be a little more enamoured meeting Angelina… 

A Mirror insider says:

“You know as much as we do… I just got to morning conference, which strangely the editor is not at.”

Mirror and Sunday Mirror Editors Sacked

Tina Weaver and Richard Wallace have been removed from the building, according to staff there.

The Mirror and Sunday Mirror are merging into a seven day operation…

UPDATE: Current People editor Lloyd Embley is the new editor of the Mirror.

UPDATE II: Apparently Wallace was not even allowed back to his office to get his things. Unlike Sly Bailey, these two won’t be leaving their jobs £14m better off.

UPDATE III:

+ + + Coulson Nicked, Again + + +

Scottish coppers swooped down at six thirty this morning to detain on suspicion of perjury in the Tommy Sheridan trial…

Badge of Honour

Norman Smith doesn’t really seem to enjoy the limelight off camera. After his well publicised run in with Downing Street’s Craig Oliver, the Beeb correspondent was keeping a low profile at the New Culture Forum’s Jubilee party last night. Guido overheard a friend telling a sceptical Smith that “it was a badge of honour”. “That’s not quite how the BBC see it” he replied…

Going for Gove

Gove’s articulate and feisty performance at Leveson has won him plenty of friends this afternoon:

Word is that he would never run against Osborne in a leadership election, but with more performances like today…

First Class Nandy

Labour’s recently promoted rent-a-quote Lisa Nandy has got into expenses bother before, so Guido is always keen to keep an eye on what she is up to with our money. Contrary to IPSA rules she seems to be openly flouting the ban on First Class travel. Almost every train ticket that she has claimed has been for First Class. Guido wonders what the people of Wigan will make of that…

While there is a loophole that says if a pre-booked First Class ticket is cheaper then that is fine, but Nandy seems to have been buying the tickets at different rates. A pre-booked First Class can be got for £36, yet many of her claims are for £77. The occasional standard ticket has been claimed for £44…

Guido put in a call to one extremely grumpy and rude Nandy staffer who didn’t seem too keen to chat: “We don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t book her travel. What’s you number? I might get her to call you back.” Needless to say the call never came, perhaps Nandy had a train to catch.

Michael Gove to Leveson:

“By definition, free speech doesn’t mean anything unless some people are going to be offended some of the time.”

 

Topical Commons Lunch

You’ll want to let those cool…

Via @michaelsavage of the Times.
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