Awkward Savile EDM From 2011

Hindsight is a wonderful thing…

Ian Paisley Jr Drags Andrew Marr Into BBC Sex Culture Row

“Just a matter of weeks we had one of their senior ‘talent’ caught in photographs in the grips of a young woman with his hands down her trousers in a public place and gets away with it with nothing more than a shrug of the shoulders and a silly excuse. Is the culture really changing? Has it really changed?”

Ouch…

Quote of the Day

Prime Minister Cameron on the threat…

“Iran is not just a threat to Israel. It is a threat to the world.”

Entwistle Will Face Parliament Next Week

George Entwistle will go in front the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee next week. The Director General of the BBC will be grilled on the whole Savile issue, but most dangerously for him will be the questions about the then Director of Vision’s involvement in pulling the now infamous Newsnight report in 2011. With Mensch jetting off and Tom Watson quitting  as well as Therese Coffey and Damian Collins getting promoted, the CMS is sparsely populated right now. Bradshaw has replaced Watson and only Conor Burns has expressed an interest so far for the Tories. Popcorn time…

UPDATE:

PICTURE: Mitchell Surfaces on Green Benches

He lives. In the literal sense at least…

UPDATE: Labour are having some fun tomorrow. The Telegraph reports:

“Labour will tomorrow table a motion calling for his salary to be docked by £1,000, a sum similar to the amount he could have been fined had the police arrested him for breach of the peace – which at one stage in the altercation they threatened to do. Under Section 5 of the Public Order Act, anyone convicted of a public order offence can be fined between 50 per cent and 125 per cent of their weekly income by magistrates. Mr Mitchell earns £79,000 as Chief Whip on top of his MPs’ wage of £65,738. The unusual move by Labour puts Mr Mitchell in the unfortunate position of having to decide whether or not to order his party’s MPs to oppose the motion in a formal vote in the House of Commons.”

Perhaps the Home Office might finally get behind the Reform Section 5 campaign now…

Parliament Can Strip Savile of His Knighthood

Parliament have done it before and they can do it again. Naysayers in the Civil Service and the Palace say that it is not possible to strip a dead man of his title but that’s not quite true. Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, was executed in 1521 for treason but he did not forfeit his titles until 1523, two years after his death. All this “attainder by process” required was an Act of Parliament. Problem solved…

First reported in Daily Star Sunday

Caption Contest Winner

Last week’s caption contest winner was, for once, actually quite witty. “Denis McShane’s Shed” suggested:

“Heckler and C**k.”

Get in touch for your two tickets to the Battle of the Chancellors Spectator debate on 29 October. 

Referendum Agreement Text

Via PA.

National Paper Hushed Up Savile Story ‘Because of Leveson’

Guido has been chatting to Miles Goslett, the former Sunday Telegraph and Mail on Sunday hack, who is now freelance, broke the story about Newsnight dropping the Savile report:

“Before Christmas, when I offered several newspapers the story about Newsnight shelving its Jimmy Savile investigation, Savile hadn’t been dead that long. I was told by several of the papers that taste was a factor in their decision but in at least one case the Leveson Inquiry, which was then at its height, was mentioned as being a problem as well. It’s common knowledge that at that time no paper wanted to take on what could turn out to be a controversial story, so they didn’t.”

As Guido reported in February, no paper touched it and the story ended up coming out in The Oldie magazine. Fast forward eight months and the BBC Director General is preparing to give evidence to an independent inquiry about the cover up. Well done Brian.

This week’s twitter media bitch fight sees Mehdi Hasan take on the world.

Read all about it on MediaGuido

Twitter Media Bitch Fight: Mehdi v the World

It all kicked off over the weekend as poor old Mehdi Hasan waded into the great abortion debate. Having the gall to out himself as a pro-lifer meant, for the first time ever, he was soon experiencing the full wrath of the twitter left.

Things got pretty heated between Mehdi and some prominent lefties:

Guido isn’t quite sure how calling Knowles a “pompous twerp” squares with Mehdi’s no ad hominem attacks policy… 

Rise of the Euro Zombies

Today 2,000 zombies invaded London as part of World Zombie Day, Guido prefers Conservative Way Forward’s invasion of the Euro zombies…

The War Leader’s Priorities

Tory sources have sort of kicked back at Guido’s story in yesterday’s Star about Cameron’s conference priorities:

DURING his leader’s speech at the Tory Conference last week, David Cameron emotively led the hall in a standing ovation for our troops to “show how profoundly grateful we are for everything they do”. Yet this year was the first time ever that a Tory party leader has failed to put in an appearance at the Royal British Legion’s reception at the Conservative Party Conference. Downing Street tells Guido that while “the Prime Minister is very supportive of the Royal British Legion and the excellent work they do…unfortunately he is unable to attend more than a tiny number” of receptions at conference. An event for property developers Canary Wharf Group was one of the tiny number he did manage to attend. It was held at the same time as the Legion’s reception, in the room next door. Seems our wartime leader misplaced his gratitude.

Guido is now told that he missed it a few years ago too.

Which makes it all OK.

Sources in the Royal British Legion are still very put out…

You can read the rest of Guido’s Sunday column here.

A Guardian hack says sorry after being accused of plagiarism.

Find out why over on Media Guido

Guardian Hack Grovels for Lifting Reuters Story

Mea culpas all round at Guardian towers this weekend. The paper has had to apologise after coincidence-happy tech hack Charles Arthur was accused of plagiarising a Reuters story. Again.

Arthur’s report on a Cisco telecoms deal looked remarkably similar to Steve Stecklow’s Reuters exclusive from a day earlier. When accused of lifting the story by an American journalism school Arthur went on the defensive, insisting that he had second-sourced the original story.  That didn’t satisfy his boss.

Guardian comms chief Richard Lindsay said in a statement that Arthur’s name only appeared in the byline in error, again, and that it had now been corrected to “staff and agencies”. The paper admits that “the original byline did not reflect that the article was substantially based on a Reuters story”, and has issued a grovelling apology to Reuters. This is becoming a regular occurrence…

Via Staff and The Baron.

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

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Mitchell at Risk

His first big Commons test coming up this afternoon with two emergency statements. Will the Chief Whip be forced to hide again?



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