Dods CEO Simon Presswell Steps Down With Immediate Effect

Political publishers Dods said earlier today that its earnings would decline year-on-year yet again. Earnings are expected to fall 20% to £2.8 million from £3.5 million the year before. Presswell lasted 17 months as CEO before falling on his sword. Dods’ CEOs seem to last on average 2 years before they get fired. Dods blamed uncertainty and the election for the poor performance. Guido expects to have a bumper 2020. If they are looking for a CEO who knows how to make a profit out of digital political publishing…

mdi-timer January 22 2020 @ 18:07 22 Jan 2020 @ 18:07 mdi-comment Comments
Twitter Bitch Fight of the Week: Zarb versus Chorley

The Times’ Matt Chorley found himself in a scrap with Rebecca Long-Bailey spinner Matt Zarb Cousin this morning when pointing out that Long-Bailey conducted an interview in which she tried to distance herself from Corbyn… inside one of Corbyn’s office rooms. Zarb-Cousin tried to hit back with what looks like a denial…

However, as with other Matt Zarb Cousin denials, this one quickly fell apart…

Long-Bailey’s interview was in Corbyn’s suite of offices. Zarb-Cousin, who used to work for Jezza, claiming that this is materially different from inside his core office, seems to be a stretch…

As ever Guido will let you decide who won…

mdi-timer January 22 2020 @ 14:44 22 Jan 2020 @ 14:44 mdi-comment Comments
Downing Street Press Briefing Descends Into Chaos

The Lobby did not take kindly to Guido’s live-Tweeting transparency initiative today, as one-by-one Lobby hacks erupted into a cacophony of complaints that their cartel is being chipped away. All in a day’s work…

Urgent clarification was sought from half-a-dozen journalists over whether the Number 10 briefing was only for the Lobby or not. The Prime Minister’s spokesman James Slack told the room the rules of Downing Street’s press briefings are determined by the lobby for members of the lobby. As Guido is not a signed-up member of the cartel, this was useful to hear reiterated…

One hack spitefully joined in with the chaotic chorus, saying Guido reporters “aren’t really journalists.” In the heat of the moment Lobby Chairman Chris Hope agreed – something for which he has since apologised. Assorted Lobby hacks asked what the punishment would be for journalists breaking their self-imposed rules. They were none-too-impressed when Slack reminded the Lobby they enforce their rules for their members and Number 10 was not going to get involved…

One hack complained that Guido named the Prime Minister’s spokesman as James Slack, saying “you’re spokesman, aren’t you?” Slack retorted “It’s been convention that I’ve not been named, but some news agencies name me and others don’t. I have no view either way.” This current government is, after all, not afraid to break with precedent…

After around ten minutes of hectoring, Slack wearily asked the Lobby if they had any questions that weren’t to do with themselves, and pertained to actual Government business. They reluctantly accepted…

The post-meeting huddle – led by the chief instigators of the cacophony – Tom Newton Dunn and Pippa Crerar – cornered Slack to demand a discussion about who can turn up to the briefings, presumably pushing for even more of a closed shop. Which would be a bizarre move given the Lobby claims to be all about embracing transparency…

mdi-timer January 21 2020 @ 14:45 21 Jan 2020 @ 14:45 mdi-comment Comments
What Readers Think of Live-Tweeting Downing Street Briefings

Guido’s looking forward to shortly making his way over to Downing Street for another 11 O’Clock government press briefing. Yesterday there was outrage from the Lobby cartel when – purely in the public interest and transparency the Lobby purports to serve – Guido live-tweeted the contents of the meeting. Resulting in a telling off from the Lobby chairman…

Ahead of today’s meeting, Guido thought it worth highlighting reader’s comments to the Lobby, to remind them that this is a battle they will not win with the public:


One Minister last night accurately described the Lobby as the last vestige of Westminster’s old boy’s club. Tune into @GuidoFawkes in half-an-hour for another live-tweeting…

mdi-timer January 21 2020 @ 10:28 21 Jan 2020 @ 10:28 mdi-comment Comments
Kay’s Capital Punishment for on Camera Cock-Up

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland had the pleasure of being the first ministerial guest on Kay Burley’s breakfast show since James Cleverly was empty chaired by her during the election campaign. Keen to heal the rift, when Burley’s teleprompter wrongly called Buckland the ‘Shadow Justice Secretary’ she was a little overzealous in what should happen to those responsible. GMB is yet to make amends with the Government. Perhaps suggesting the execution of a producer might help…

mdi-timer January 21 2020 @ 09:57 21 Jan 2020 @ 09:57 mdi-comment Comments
Cartel Attempts to Enforce Anti-Competitive Rules, Guido Tells Lobby There Will Be No Regulatory Alignment

Guido got a complaint in writing from the Chairman of the Lobby this morning after the briefing from the PM’s spokesman in 9 Downing Street. We live-tweeted comments as they happened, as we have whenever we choose to attend. Lobby hacks still think they are monopoly gatekeepers.

Here’s our reply:

Christopher Hope
Lobby Chairman

Dear Christopher,

Happy new year. Thanks for sending a copy of the Lobby’s rules to Christian, our junior reporter. He tells me he has no recollection of joining your Lobby cartel.

You highlight your cartel’s quaint rules which state: “No information revealed during the Lobby briefings must be put into the public domain – via social media or a third party – until the briefings have concluded.”

Apparently a number of your cartel colleagues have complained about tweets sent from this morning’s 9 Downing Street briefing and published on the Guido Fawkes Twitter feed.

As the Prime Minister’s Spokesman James Slack made clear this morning, those are your rules not Downing Street’s rules. If your cartel wants to enforce anti-competitive rules on its members that is one thing. If you attempt to enforce those rules on us, or restrain us from going about our business in any way, we will not hesitate to seek a remedy under the law.

You say this rule exists so that “no one gets an advantage”. A prominent Brexiteer like yourself should understand the advantages of avoiding regulatory alignment with a sclerotic organisation.

Be in no doubt that, as he has since the beginning of this year, Christian will be live tweeting to our readers from 9 Downing Street tomorrow.

Paul Staines
Editor, Guido Fawkes

No doubt the Lobby hacks will be there tomorrow taking shorthand with their quills, follow Guido for the news straight from Downing Street in realtime, as it happens…

mdi-timer January 20 2020 @ 15:51 20 Jan 2020 @ 15:51 mdi-comment Comments
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