Now and Then, Now and Then

Hugo Rifkind has discovered Savile in his own words too:

Savile writes: “‘Ah,’ says I all serious, ‘if she comes in I’ll bring her back tomorrow but I’ll keep her all night first as my reward’.” He then writes that the girl did go into the club and “agreed that I hand her over if she could stay at the dance, [and] come home with me”. He wrote that he did then hand her over to the “lady of the law…[who] was dissuaded from bringing charges against me by her colleagues, for it was well known that were I to go I would probably take half the station with me”.

Looking bleaker by the minute for the BBC.

More cuts hit the Guardian. Find out who is getting hit over at Media Guido.

Clue: It’s not the boss.

Guardian Hits Hungry Hacks With Price Hike

Troubling times for the children of Kings Place, the pain is being inflicted at the bottom not the top. Not only are swathes of hacks getting the chop, prices are being hiked for the hungry piggies in the staff canteen as the subsidy on food and drink is removed. Writing to all staff, John Cornby, the Guardian’s Finance Director claims to “appreciate these changes come at a time when pockets are being squeezed” – the move will save the troubled paper £200,000 – on the plus side “healthy options such as muesli and toast will be served in the restaurant as usual”.

£200,000 is around a third of the editor’s pay package…

Ed Splits One Nation Into Two

Not quite a comprehensive failure, but Ed’s ‘I’m just like you’ re-branding exercise has failed to convince voters of his one nation credentials. A straw poll by the Daily Politics shows that, even after his speech attacking “posh boy” Dave, 50 percent of people still think the millionaire Primrose Hill-raised Corpus Christi graduate is posh himself. Or as they put it: “the way he comes across, they way he walks and talks, I think suggests posh. But because he’s Labour he doesn’t really want to say that…If I was his dad I’d be disappointed with him”. Hardly a resounding success…

Video: Chuka Skewered by Paxman

Ed has had a good conference, even Balls managed to get the tone of his speech right. Two-faced Chuka Umunna on the other hand has had a nightmare. He spent the first few days pea-cocking about his future leadership potential, but has gone very quiet about that since Ed’s speech. Last night he was utterly Paxo-d, failing to give a coherent explanation of the deliberate millionaire tax cut dishonesty. The facial expressions are Miliband worthy. This was the week that Chuka was found out…

Via @liarpoliticians

Multi-Miliband? Ed Refuses To Answer BBC Questions on Wealth

Ed Miliband’s dubious lines about David Cameron getting a £40,000 tax cut unravelled this morning as he crumbled under pressure from Charlie Stayt on the usually light ‘n easy BBC Breakfast when asked about his own worth. In order to qualify for the cut Cameron would have to have an income of over a million pounds. Ed claims not to be a top rate taxpayer, yet repeatedly refused to say what he is worth. Could it be that he’s a multi-millionaire?

There over 300,000 millionaires in the UK, of which just 6,000 have an income of over a million and will be keeping £40,000 from next April. No one can seriously believe that David Cameron or Ed Miliband fall into the latter category, however with accumulated inheritances, property and generous Westminster pensions there is little doubt they are in the former. People in £1.6 million pound glass houses should not throw stones, Ed…

Mugabenomics: Inflation in UK Higher than in Zimbabwe

Remember when Vince Cable warned that Quantitative Easing (QE) was “Mugabenomics”? Vince flip-flopped on that even before he joined the coalition. Guido remembers when George Osborne said “Printing money is the last resort of desperate governments when all other policies have failed.” In government Osborne has overseen the printing of more money than any other Chancellor in British history. A quarter of the national debt – all this government’s overspending – has been bought by the Bank of England via QE. Guido warned against this madness in 2008…

So it is not a shock that inflation in Zimbabwe (3.63%) is now lower than inflation in the UK (3.66%, August 2011-July 2012). Gold is good.

Miliband Speech Word Cloud Don't Mention the Deficit

Miliband used the phrase ‘one nation’ 46 times.

He didn’t mention “deficit” once…

Tomorrow Belongs To Ed Dan Jarvis Cries "One Leader, One Party, One Nation"

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Barnsley’s Dan Jarvis is exactly the sort of MP the Labour Party need to recruit. The  former Para is usually on the ball, though he probably should have thought through his headline for a late night blogpost lavishing praise on Ed’s speech. German translation “Ein Führer, eine Partei, eine Nation”. Ed’s one national socialism!

Via @OnTablets, @gazthejourno, @jimmanning et al…



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