Musical SpAds: Giles Kenningham to CCHQ

Eric Pickles’ door-kicking media SpAd Giles Kenningham is taking over the running of the CCHQ press operation for year while Susie Squire covers for Gabby Bertin’s maternity leave.

He’s good…

BBC News Runs Fake Palestinian Casualty Spin Footage

Have a look at this footage running on BBC News of a Palestinian “casualty” being carried away, apparently injured. Then keep watching:

See the whole package here. Lazarus has been found alive and well in the Holy Land!

UPDATE: This just in from a BBC spokesman:
To the best of our knowledge the pictures do not show any kind of ‘staged’ event – and were run in good faith. The footage shown by BBC News was edited from a longer sequence provided by the Reuters news agency in which the man in question is shown being lifted from the ground. He is then given attention at the roadside, before appearing later having recovered. We ran a shorter edit of those pictures, and would point out that some re-uses of our output by others online have compressed the sequence further. Steps have been taken to ensure any re-broadcast reflects the full sequence so that it is absolutely clear to our audiences. 

McAlpine Sues Sally First

Think they call that “making an example of someone”. You bet Sally is regretting be so flippant in her apology earlier in the week…

UPDATE:

http://twitter.com/SallyBercow/status/269100444561838080

Pizza IDF: Show Your Support For Freedom

Once Britain’s grannies knitted woolie hats and gloves for our boys in the trenches, nowadays modern technology means that you can give your support online to those fighting on the side of the righteous by simply clicking on a link.

Guido independently verified the last time the IDF were on the march, that this is a genuine way to show support for Israel’s front-line troops.

PizzaIDF.org organise the delivery of pizzas and Pepsi to troops risking their lives on the frontier of freedom.

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Quote of the Day

Richard Delingpole muses:

“I’m worried that Tories might split the UKIP vote in Corby election.”

Twitter Bitch Fight of the Week: Blanchflower v the Treasury

You know you’ve lost an argument when you threaten to consult your learned friends over a minor twitter spat.

Last night David Blanchflower, Gordon Brown’s favourite former appointee to the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, had a meltdown his old friend would have been proud of:

Guido reminded Danny that, actually, he had made the unfortunate prediction:

If only…

Dave Lee Travis Arrested By Savile Cops

This morning it was reported that a man in his sixties has been arrested by police investigating the Jimmy Savile allegations.

Mark Williams-Thomas, the man who made the original ITV Savile documentary, reports that former BBC radio presenter Dave Lee Travis is the man the cops have taken in for questioning:

Developing…

Rompuy Rehashes Rebate Debate

Herman van Rompuy is not exactly making encouraging noises ahead of the EU budget negotiations next week. Not only does the EU council president’s trillion €uro proposal remain higher than the PM’s target of a real-terms freeze, but he also wants a cut to the UK rebate.

Even Dave will have to say no to that…

Eddie Mair’s Finest Hour

New Balls Please

Over the last year one of Ed Balls’ favourite lines has been to remind us that Britain was almost unique among our G20 friends in entering a double-dip recession. He gleefully twisted the knife in his conference speech, a column in the Tribune and various press releases, also reeling off the line in an op-ed for the Standard. Now that the Eurozone has fallen into a double dip this morning, it’s back to the drawing board.

A new hand gesture too, perhaps? 

Ofcom Launch Investigation Into Newsnight and This Morning

It’s all kicking off in media world this morning…

Quote of the Day

Pollster Andrew Hawkins warns Cameron…

“…the party loses more votes than it gains as a result of the policy, and that former Conservative voters are especially less likely to return to the fold.’

ITV have taken disciplinary action against Phillip Schofield…

…Find out what they have said over on MediaGuido… 

ITV Punish Schofield for PM Blunder

ITV have taken action against Phillip Schofield and three other members of the This Morning team following paedo list-gate last week:

“Last Thursday we began an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the mistake on that day’s This Morning programme, for which both Phillip Schofield and ITV apologised. This investigation has now concluded and the appropriate disciplinary action has been taken. We sincerely apologise because the way in which the issue was raised was clearly wrong and should have been handled differently. We have taken steps to make sure our editorial processes are always properly followed, which was not the case in this instance, and to ensure such an error will not be made again.”

Just what that disciplinary action entailed they have not said…

Full Downing Street Gay Marriage Poll Deceit Letter

The Tories take it as a given that George Osborne is some sort of brilliant electoral strategist, despite clear evidence to the contrary. On Monday he announced that gay marriage would be at the heart of the 2015 push for a majority. While it may appeal to non-Tory voters, vast swathes of Cameron’s core vote are up in arms. Despite this, Dave told Pink News recently that his party was behind the legislation. As the Speccie revealed last night, that is nonsense – Andrew Hawkins from ComRes has given Downing Street a dose of reality, and someone leaked it. Whatever your views on the issue, the data is very clear – the Tories will lose support if they go ahead. Guido is fairly certain Andrew Cooper knows how to read a poll:

Despite barefaced claims to the contrary, gay marriage legislation will lose the Tories more votes than it gains. Expect a swell in support for it from Labour. How exactly is that a election winning strategy?



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Quote of the Day

Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner:

“We have no plans to write off existing student debt.”

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