Emily Sheffield Replaces George Osborne at Evening Standard

From the first of next month, Emily Sheffield will replace George Osborne as editor of the Evening Standard. Osborne himself will move upstairs to editor-in-chief. Osborne has overseen tens of millions in losses at the paper and had no idea how to turn it around. As many have pointed out, Sheffield is Samantha Cameron’s sister. 

She is charged with making it a profitable digital first offering. That’s not an easy trick for a paper dependent on property and consumer advertising with little must read content. Congratulations!

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Channel 4 News Surveys SAGE Members With Unscientific Leading Questions

Channel 4 News is attempting to build up a hit piece on the Government versus SAGE advice, sending a sneaky survey to members of the advisory group. In a classic example of leading questions aiming to confirm a narrative, the survey focuses on disagreement with the government, diving into granular detail emphasising potential points of variance between SAGE and the Government. Guido understands not many members will be inclined to fill it out…

The poll is systemically flawed, the bias in the questions slants the data in an artificial direction that will provide Channel 4 News with the narrative they want. Given that SAGE has been out-of-touch with advice from other countries on lockdowns, testing, and the effectiveness of face masks, perhaps some more dissent from its recommendations wouldn’t be so bad…

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Who’s On Tonight?

Back at 10:45 pm tonight…

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Farage Stepping Down from LBC

LBC has announced that Nigel Farage is stepping down from his LBC show with immediate effect.

Nigel Farage’s contract with LBC is up very shortly and, following discussions with him, Nigel is stepping down from LBC with immediate effect. We thank Nigel for the enormous contribution he has made to LBC and wish him well.

The question is: what next for Nige. It’s noticeable his Youtube channel has been much more lively recently – might be worth keeping an eye on…

Guido also wonders whether Nigel might find himself more at home at TalkRadio…

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Peston Chats Sh*t

“I’ve got to talk to you, I’m afraid, about poo” probably wasn’t the line of questioning DCMS Secretary Oliver Dowden was expecting when he agreed to appear on Peston last night. Asking about the opening of public toilets in line with increasing freedom to visit parks and other attractions, Dowden did a cracking job of keeping a straight face as one of the nation’s supposed top political broadcasters asked him whether the public can poo in a loo at a zoo. The public now has clarification that it is not government policy to allow excretion in public parks – where would we be without Peston…

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Surely Guardian Must Fall

Guardian columnists are revelling in the destruction of imperfect historical figures, perhaps unaware their employer’s past is one rooted in being on the side of the US Confederacy and opposition to Abraham Lincoln. Will Black Lives Matter protestors begin marching towards 90 York Way?

Back in the 1860s, The Manchester Guardian gave unqualified support to the confederacy during the American civil war; even reprinting confederate propaganda against the slaves’ liberator Abraham Lincoln.

“it was an evil day both for America and the world when he was chosen President of the United States”

–  Manchester Guardian, 10th October 1862

Upon the news of President Lincoln’s assassination, the Guardian described the president’s time in office as “abhorrent”, specifically the Proclamation of Emancipation – the act that declared “all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.”

Perhaps the opposition to emancipation of slaves was driven by the views of their founder, John Edward Taylor, who made his money in the cotton trade – an industry that prospered on the backs of cotton-picking slaves. After the death of their founder in 1844, the paper continued its relationship with its cotton merchant advertisers, going as far as demanding Manchester’s cotton workers, who refused to touch cotton picked by US slaves, should be forced back into work. Guido’s proud that his heritage is rooted in a history of toiling to end the despotic rule of oppressive leaders… 

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