Naked Sun Intern Reaps Rewards of Harry Stunt

One the day we learn Cait Reilly’s experience of working in Poundland helped her to get a job at Morrisons, readers will remember the Sun’s mocked-up naked Prince Harry pics, starring intern Sophie Henderson.

At the time self-appointed left-wing moral arbiters accused the paper of exploiting Sophie, but judging by her tweet this afternoon the internship was well worth it:

Yesterday almost 4,000 voted in Guido’s poll, with 55% choosing to save Page 3. The readers have spoken…

Tory MP's Speedy Reply To LibDem Donation Begging Email

When the LibDems sent out their latest begging email for cash for the Eastleigh campaign, sending it to a Tory MP probably was not the best plan:

From: Paddy Ashdown
Sent: 12 February 2013 12:47
To: ADAMS, Nigel
Subject: Please do this today

Dear Nigel,

When we won Eastleigh in 1994, it was a breakthrough for Liberal Democrats. This by-election can be as well.

To give you just one example, a donation of £25 today will allow us to contact an extra hundred voters in Eastleigh before the weekend. Only Mike Thornton can beat the Conservatives in this campaign, and cannot afford to lose by a few votes.

Give whatever you can afford today, and you’ll make all the difference.

Thank you,

Paddy

From: ADAMS, Nigel
Sent: 12 February 2013 13:08
To: ‘Paddy Ashdown’
Subject: RE: Please do this today

Dear Lord Ashdown,

Thank you so much for your email asking me to donate £25 to the Lib Dem campaign fund for the Eastleigh by-election.

I have given your appeal very serious consideration and decided that on balance, a donation to the speeding awareness charity BRAKE is a more appropriate donation to make at this time and I have duly done so.

Thanks again for getting in touch and the best of luck in your campaign.

Nigel Adams MP
Conservative Member of Parliament for Selby and Ainsty

Gloves? What gloves. Broom broom!

No Policy in Miliband's "Major Speech on the Economy"

Ed Miliband will make a speech on Thursday that Labour spinners have trailed as one to watch. The Staggers dutifully report that “the Labour leader will make a major speech on the economy, outlining his party’s priorities ahead of the Budget on 20 March”. Rather awkwardly though, party foghorn Christine Quigley has let the cat out of the bag. The Labour hack turned Edelman lobbyist has been emailing colleagues in an attempt to drum up sympathetic attendees from the public affairs world to come along to the speech:

“Ed Miliband is going to make a ‘major’ speech on the economy on Thursday. It won’t have any new policies in it, but the plan is for Labour to release two or three big economic policies over the next couple of months.”

Quig, the cat’s out the bag! 

The draft Royal Charter plan for press regulation has just been published by the government. 

Read it over on MediaGuido

READ: The Draft Royal Charter Plan Has Just Been Published

It can be changed by two thirds of Parliament.

UPDATE:

It seems the Tories want to try to regulate Guido:

“relevant publisher” means a person (other than a broadcaster) who publishes in the United Kingdom: a. a newspaper or magazine containing news-related material, or b. a website containing news-related material (whether or not related to a newspaper or magazine)”

Mensch's Fashion Tips

After her last online venture didn’t quite go to plan, fellow Sun on Sunday columnist Louise Mensch has decided to rival Guido’s fashion tips and try her hand as a fashion blogger. Offering a “lazy girl’s guide to gloss”, the new New Yorker styles herself as an “unfashionista”, which translates to maximum style, minimum effort. She even includes a slideshow of her least flattering photos and a John Rentoul-inspired Fashion To Which The Answer Is No. This one can’t go wrong…

Meanwhile in Birmingham…

You can’t accuse them of missing the local angle…

Via @lukelewis

Dave's Personal Trainer To the Stars

A great little spot from Richard Kay this morning: the PM has received £7,500 worth of personal training from fitness guru Matt Roberts. Guido has been checking out what’s on offer, it turns out Roberts’ other clients include none other than Naomi Campbell, Mel C and John “David Ward” Galliano.

He promises “bespoke settings that represent the fitness and health industry equivalent of a fine dining restaurant or a beautiful boutique hotel”, and has clubs in Mayfair and Chelsea.

Just £150-a-session, but of course Dave gets it for free…

Standard Editor: "Media Guardian is Wrong"

From: Sarah Sands
Date: 12 February 2013 13:07:14 GMT
To: “ES ALL (Editorial)”
Subject: Media Guardian

Just to reassure you that the information and interpretation of events on Media Guardian is wrong and is being corrected.

Sarah Sands, Editor, Evening Standard

C’est la vie…

Head over to MediaGuido to read the full memo to Standard and Indy staff about the restructuring and scrapping of the Independent on Sunday.

First on Media Guido.

READ: The Full Memo to Standard and Indy Staff on Restructure

 

Exclusive: Indy to Go to Seven Day OperationStandard and Indy to Merge Newsrooms

BREAKING FIRST ON MEDIA GUIDO:

A memo has just gone out to Indy and Standard staff:

  • The Indy and Sunday editorial will be completely merged.
  • The Sindy editor John Mullin is a goner.
  • The Standard and Independent to move to the same floor.
  • A TV studio will be built in the shared newsroom.
  • Chris Blackhurst in charge of 7-day operation.
  • Redundancies expected. The Standard is making money, the Indy isn’t.

Developing…

UPDATE:

Standard staff are jittery. One source tells Guido:

“The Standard’s staff – editorial, commercial and management – have turned things around against all expectations in the last few years and don’t want to lose their jobs to save the hugely loss-making Indy. There’s excitement about the TV stuff, but no one really knows what it will mean.”

Tories Turn On Osborne

George Osborne is under fire from all sides this morning. He can expect more of the same until the Budget on March 20, it is going to be a very long six weeks for the Chancellor.  

One usually loyal Tory MP raged to Guido yesterday about the new social care plans paid for by breaking the inheritance tax promise: “This is a ridiculous, socialist idea. God know what they are doing… We haven’t even begun to address to the problems facing our economy and we’re going to create another NHS – and this from a Conservative government.”

Lord Forsyth, once sympathetic to the Chancellor, describes yesterday’s Tory death tax as “very disappointing”, accusing him of breaking promises and admitting “it’s hard to see how this squares with the Prime Minister’s declared intention to support the striving classes”. David Davis goes further, seeing the move as “dismaying” and noting the irony of him abandoning his flagship policy for a Gordon Brown stealth tax. Douglas Carswell’s continuing comparisons of Osborne and the Prime Mentalist still hurt.

The commentariat is just as damning. Stephen Glover of the Mail attacks it as “a betrayal of Tory values that shatters the hopes of ordinary families”, Peter Hoskin at ConHome notes that he is becoming  “a locus of Tory discontent”. It isn’t just the death tax, Jeremy Warner says no one knows what is going on with the economy, Rachel Sylvester warns Osborne is in real need of a trump card.

It is worth remembering the Afriyie plotters hinted they would go for Osborne first…

George Os-browne pic via @carlamillar1

Right Here, Right Now, In Parliament Fat Boy Slim to DJ Westminster

Guido is preparing to relive his more youthful days as Fat Boy Slim is playing in Parliament on 6 March, thanks to the Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foundation. Norman Cook is excited too: “I’ve played some exciting and unique places around the world from Bondi Beach to The Great Wall of China to an Igloo but playing in the House of Commons might be the most unique to date.” See you at the “House The House” event. Sorted.

Where is the Stafford Summit?

You know it’s a crisis when a summit is called. Owen Paterson is meeting representatives of the industry, while Labour have called an Opposition Day debate this afternoon on a matter that has yet, and probably never will, kill anybody. Compare the horse meat saga reaction to near silence that greeted the Francis Report into the death of 1,200 people at the hands of the NHS. After a flurry of concern on the day the report was published, it’s now back to business as usual and criticism for anyone who speaks out again the Envy of the World. While Labour are gunning for scapegoats in government for the food industry, those actually to blame for what happened at Stafford Hospital remain under the radar at the Department of Health, presumably loving the giant equine distraction.



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Alan Sugar on Jeremy Corbyn:

“It’s clear you alluded to students refunds to get votes from young impressionable people. You are a cheat and should resign.”

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