Exclusive: Dan Sabbagh New Guardian National News Editor

The Guardian’s Head of Media and Tech Dan Sabbagh has been promoted to National News Editor. After having a good war in the War on Murdoch he clearly deserved a battlefield promotion.

Congratulations…

Leveson Debate: Come See Mosley Get Another Spanking

Get Tickets The German-themed spanking party enthusiast and paymaster of the Hacked Off campaign, Max Mosley, supported by Murdoch-hating Chris Bryant and the media lawyer Charlotte Harris, will be opposing the contention that the Leveson proposals represent a fundamental threat to the freedom of the press. They will be debating against the mild, retiring Daily Mail columnist Richard Littlejohn, Media Select Committee chairman John Whittingdale and Guido. Andrew Neil will be refereeing the debate to ensure that no blood is spilt.

To say that there is a level of mutual contempt between Mosley/Bryant and Littlejohn/Guido is an understatement. They think we’re muckraking, knuckle dragging, right-wing tabloid rabble rousers and we think they’re just so embarrassed by their sexually incontinent, promiscuous indiscretions being revealed that they are campaigning to prevent future exposure of such behaviour. Guido would like to see as many of his readers at the event to ensure Mosley gets another public spanking. Given Max enjoys humiliation, he might even enjoy the night.

The debate is on Wednesday, January 30 at IET London, Savoy Place, WC2R 0BL. Tickets are available online from the Speccie.

Cameron Speech Delay Speculation Grows as Hostages Die

There is an element of the Lobby trying to kick No. 10 around here, but they might just be on to something…

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The Trannies are Coming! Guardian Preparing for Burchill Siege

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Date: 17 January 2013 15:31

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To: ALL NOTES USERS

We have been informed that around 4.30pm today members and supporters of the trans community will be gathering outside Kings Place in response to last Sunday’s Julie Burchill comment piece.

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Guardian under siege!

UPDATE: Observer deputy editor Paul Webster has picked up a megaphone and is apologising to the offended masses outside Guardian HQ:

Pic via @PavanAmara

WATCH: Nick Clegg Calls For In/Out Referendum

Epic Fail.

Via Conservative Voice.

Tim Loughton V the Department for Education: Round II

Guido feels this one is going to rumble on…

UPDATE: And round III: the Speccie have one vicious briefing from Gove’s people.

LibDems: Now is the Time for a Real In/Out Referendum Flashback to Damning Leaflet From 2010

Weirdy beardy LibDem MP Julian Huppert just got hit in the face with this leaflet live on the BBC. Video to follow…

UPDATE:

Cabinet Office Spy's "Specialist Policy" Mission

Yesterday’s poorly worded/suspicious Cabinet Office statement on Prince Charles’ spy in the heart of government had the distinct whiff of a cover-up. Just who is the mystery man, or lady, seconded from the Royal Household? Why is he, or she, there? What exactly is he, or she, doing? Guido has learned that the representative from the Household of the Prince of Wales’ remit centres around a “specialist policy role”. He has reason to believe it is a lady as well.

Despite the obvious implication that someone with close links to the Royal Family is working on government policy, a Cabinet Office spokesman insists that is not the case and they have no role in legislation. The official kick back still refuses to reveal the staffer’s identity, this time on the rather tenuous grounds that it would not be fair since he/she is in a “relatively junior”. Senior sources in the department are now emphasising to Guido that the unnamed person’s role is unrelated to their work with the Prince of Wales and that high-security clearance is not “required”.

So why not just be completely transparent about the arrangement?

Maybe Dave could phone up that shady royal benefactor who got him his job, so we could get to the bottom of this once and for all…

Maid Mary Ann's Misjudged Moan

The Independent’s Mary Ann Sieghart has joined in the ongoing debate about women hacks in Westminster. Guido was on about this last week, with the Guardian and Telegraph following up on the issue. Sieghart claims:

“It took years of campaigning for childcare to be seen as a mainstream political issue rather than a private matter for parents. That was because politicians didn’t think it was important and nor did political editors. They were, on the whole, workaholic men with wives at home.”

Which hasn’t gone down very well with those same male political editors:

Guido was particularly amused by the suggestion that Mary Ann wasn’t very happy with Andrew Neil and the BBC:

“I had the uncomfortable feeling all the way through that I was being forced to play second fiddle, but it wasn’t till I watched the programme back on iPlayer that I realised why. The presenter, Andrew Neil, had gone to Danny first with every single question and had often given him, but not me, the chance of a follow-up.”

If her choice of outfits for Brillo’s show was anything to go by , she can’t have been that cheesed off…

LibDems Smash Another Manifesto Commitment

Vince Cable stood, and was elected in Twickenham, on a manifesto commitment to hold an In/Out referendum on Europe yet today he will say such a ballot will “weaken Britain’s ability to deliver more reform inside the EU”. He is planning on slamming the Tories for encouraging “uncertainty” with a vote. Another smashed LibDem promise. And they wonder why everybody hates them…

Ed Miliband's Today Programme Muddle

We knew that already…

https://twitter.com/ChrisWimpress/status/291823627647725568

So that went well then…

Quote of the Day

Nick Robinson sums up Ed Miliband’s Today programme outing:

“you asked Ed Miliband for clarity on a referendum, he couldn’t give you that clarity”

Suzanne Moore Threatens Legal Action Against Pink News

mooreThe left’s descent into civil war continues. Suzanne Moore exploded back onto Twitter last night to announce that she would be taking legal action against Pink News after the gay online newspaper referenced her now infamous “Brazilian transsexuals” line while reporting the completely unrelated death of a transsexual in Brazil.

Cue more abuse. As the bitch fights get even more petty and desperate, who could ask for more than a no-holds barred fight to the death in Holborn this evening? Moore is part of a panel scheduled to discuss the Leveson Report – chilling effect of, etc – alongside Nick Cohen and Evan Harris tonight. Its chair is none other than the Staggers’ Helen Lewis. They better beware, as Moore promised to her critics last night, she will “turn their balls into Tesco value burgers”…

UPDATE: Moore is now backtracking, saying the threat to sue was all just a joke. Just like she was joking about the trannies…



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“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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