Sexy A-Levels Top Totty Round Up

Guido was sad to hear of the demise of the Sexy A-Levels blog this morning. Ever one to give the public what they want, here is Guido’s very own definitive round up of this years top A-Level totty:

Top marks…

Photos via Telegraph, Mail, BBC, you get the idea.

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Guardian Management Restructuring Announced Prioritises Not-So-Dead-Tree Edition

Guido understands an email went out to Guardian staff yesterday informing them that there is to be a ‘management restructuring’.. to achieve ‘a renewed focus on protecting and developing our print revenue’. Managing the decline might be more accurate.

Guido’s source thinks this is Rusbridger and the controlling clique on the board realising he’s spent shedloads too much on his over-staffed online folie de grandeur and presages a shift back to basics – the dead tree edition of the Guardian still brings in 75% of the revenue. For now…

UPDATE: Meanwhile the Guardian‘s head of media has been analysing the lads’ mag market.

If he’s using that logic for Nuts and co., he might want to have a look at the figures showing his own paper’s decline. In June the Guardian sold 211,911 copies, a 17.5% drop year-on-year.  Things are not all fine and Dandy… 

+++ Breaking: Assange Granted Asylum +++

The Ecuadorian government has called Britain’s bluff.

Will Hague send in the SAS Maggie-style?

Sexy A Levels Confirmed as BBC Policy

The Beeb have been caught red handed on A Level results day.

Find out why over on Media Guido

BBC Busted Over Sexy A-Levels

Caught red handed…

Ronnie Corbett in the first episode of his new Radio 4 sitcom:

Sharing a bathroom with a younger man? I’m not the Foreign Secretary, people will talk“.

Coulson Court Date

Dave’s former comms man was in court today. It took the clerk fifteen minutes to read all the charges.

…Find out more over on Media Guido

 

Coulson In the Dock

Andy Coulson was hauled before Westminster magistrates court this morning to face charges of phone hacking. Coulson appeared in the dock alongside former NOTW hacks James Weatherup, Greg Miskiw, Neville Thurlbeck, Stuart Kuttner and Ian Edmonson, and they were joined by PI Glenn Mulcaire. They will face a preliminary hearing on 26th September.

The same day that Rebekah and Charlie Brooks are due in court…

Ashcroft Unravels Watson Spin

Last week Guido revealed how Corby’s latest resident Tom Watson was instructing Labour spinners to brief that the party expects to lose the upcoming by-election. At the time the Lobby could see straight through Tommo’s tricks:

Now the latest polling undertaken by Lord Ashcroft has confirmed that Watson was spouting rubbish. Labour have a huge 15 point lead in the up-for-grabs Northamptonshire seat, with a 9% swing from Blue to Red. UK Polling Report conclude: “Labour shouldn’t have any particular problem taking the seat“. It’s an open goal that they simply cannot miss…

Boris on Louise Mensch’s resignation:

I think it’s literature’s gain“.

Half a Million Say Hands Off Our Packs

The Tobacco Manufacturers Association this morning revealed that a staggering half a million people have put their name to the campaign opposing plans to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes. The figure includes the 235,000 who signed the Hands Off Our Packs petition, and over another quarter of a million who contacted the Department of Health directly. They’re calling it the biggest response to a public consultation ever…

UK Threatens to Storm Assange Embassy

There was a dramatic development in the Julian Assange case last night as Ecuador accused the British government of threatening to storm their London embassy. Eduador’s foreign minister revealed the astonishing ultimatum:

“Today we received from the United Kingdom a written threat that they could attack our embassy in London if Ecuador does not give up Julian Assange. Ecuador, as a state that respects rights and justice and is a democratic and peaceful nation state, rejects in the strongest possible terms the explicit threat of the British official communication. This is unbecoming of a democratic, civilised and law-abiding state. If this conduct persists, Ecuador will take appropriate responses in accordance with international law. If the measures announced in the British official communication materialise they will be interpreted by Ecuador as a hostile and intolerable act and also as an attack on our sovereignty, which would require us to respond with greater diplomatic force.”

The Ecuadorian president is expected to the make decision on whether to hand over Assange at around lunchtime today. Watch this space…



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Michael Crick on Safe Seats:

“In effect, new MPs are being elected day by day now, as, amid huge secrecy, small cabals of party bigwigs pick candidates for safe seats.”

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