Trump’s Golden Shower Gate

What a leak this is. BuzzFeed has published an unverified document it says was shown by US intelligence to Trump and Obama about the President-Elect’s links to the Russians. Here’s the bit everyone will be talking about: the claim the Russian security services caught Trump enjoying golden showers from prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room. Wikileaks have spared us by not releasing the video…

Egalitarian Tories Bashed the Rich

Once again it falls to Guido* to point out that Cameron and Osborne were embarrassed egalitarians. Taking from the productive classes to give to the unproductive. Under Thatcher the rich got richer and so did the poor. The latest ONS figures show that unfortunately we are not all prospering. Under Cameron and Osborne equality increased without us all getting richer…

*Graphic courtesy of Newsnight.

Last Orders! MP Ousted in Parliament Pub Coup

Last orders for LibDem Greg Mulholland, who has just been usurped as chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group in a coup in favour of Labour’s Toby Perkins. Trouble was brewing when Mulholland re-nominated himself as chair only for Perkins to be counter-nominated, and then go on to win. Unsurprisingly, the Save the Pubs group is one of the more popular APPGs. Guido is told by a top sauce: “The group’s members thought Mulholland had been using the APPG to promote himself and that he wasn’t a very effective chairman“. Won’t even be able to drown his sorrows…

Labour’s New Immigration Policy

Fits nicely on a mug…

Now Corbyn U-Turns on Maximum Wage Law As Well!

This morning when asked if he wants a law to limit income, Jeremy Corbyn said“I would like to see a maximum earnings limit”, adding “I would like there to be some kind of high earnings cap”. In his speech this afternoon he has massively watered down this rhetoric. Labour’s new policy only applies to companies awarded government contracts, and it will be a 20-1 ratio rather than an outright limit. For other firms Corbyn says:

“We could allow consumers to judge for themselves, with a government-backed kitemark for those companies that have agreed pay ratios between the pay of the highest and lowest earners with a recognised trade union.

We could ask for executive pay to be signed off by remuneration committees on which workers have a majority.

We could ensure higher earners pay their fair share by introducing a higher rate of income tax on the highest 5 percent or 1 percent of incomes.

We could offer lower rates of corporation tax for companies that don’t pay anyone more than a certain multiple of the pay of the lowest earner.”

Corbyn says these are four “options” Labour are considering. None of them is the national maximum earnings limit he was talking about this morning. That Corbyn relaunch in full: On the maximum wage law he has u-turned, on immigration he has u-turned on his u-turn of a u-turn. Going round in circles…

Jeremy Hunt Blanks Sky’s Beth Rigby

Corbyn’s clusterf**k of a relaunch grabs the headlines, letting Jeremy Hunt off the hook for this disaster of a doorstep…

Momentum Spent Thousands to Gain 0.4% Votes

Momentum have spent thousands on Facebook advertising to recruit supporters to Unite to vote for Len McCluskey in the union’s forthcoming election. People in the know estimate well over £10,000 was spent…

The Guardian reports that just an

“extra 659 people joined as community members in December compared with the previous month, part or all of which may be the result of the campaign group asking its supporters to join Unite to vote to keep McCluskey, a key ally of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

In total the union has 1.4 million members, though only about 15% voted in the last election of its general secretary in 2013. Were all the new members to vote, the turnout could be expected to increase by around 4%.”

Not fake news just poor mathematics, the increased vote would be a mere 0.4%.  A rounding error…

Sunday Times Deputy Political Editor Runners and Riders

The Sunday Times deputy political editor job is one of the toughest in political journalism, requiring scoops that hold and set the agenda every weekend. The paper will be looking at candidates who fall into more than one of the following three categories; journalists who are good on Labour – Tim Shipman has top Tory contacts and wrote the book on Brexit so he may want someone who can look after the Corbyn beat, as James Lyons did previously. Journalists who have Sunday experience – Guido can tell you that writing for the Sundays is hard and requires a different skill set, so those who have already done so in their careers are at an advantage. Journalists who break awkward stories  – surely the most important category, the Sunday Times gig requires a candidate with a track-record at breaking news the powers that be wanted out of the public domain. Half the Lobby will fancy themselves, as ever MediaGuido gives you your runners and riders…

John Stevens, Daily Mail: Since coming back from Brussels he has made an impact with Westminster scoops, the Twitterati particularly enjoyed his recent hit on aid. EU knowledge obviously valuable in the next few years. 

Jim Pickard, Financial Times: Well-connected across Labour, from the leader’s office to the unions and moderates. Comfy on the Remainiac patch at the FT, where he’s been for yonks. Time to join a Brexit-backing paper?

Kevin Schofield, PoliticsHome: Hates being described as a “Blairite hack”, however he has excellent Labour sources and enjoys kicking Corbynistas. Ex-Sun, would he relish making more high-profile splashes?

Harry Cole, The Sun: Earned his print credentials at Britain’s raciest red top, the Daily Star Sunday. Not just a tabloid muckraker, as proved by four years at the Spectator. Number 10 would be thrilled.

Ben Riley-Smith, The Telegraph: A rise up the Telegraph hierarchy akin to being on the Western Front, joining as a private and quickly becoming a general. Writes the Sunday paper now everyone else has left.

Ben Glaze, Daily MirrorObviously well in with Labour and the path has been trodden before. Might he follow in the tiny footsteps of a previous Mirror deputy pol ed? 

Rowena Mason, The GuardianNowhere to go at the Guardian now there’s the successful pol ed sisterhood jobshare. Not your usual Guardianista, though would she take the Murdoch shilling?

Steve Hawkes, The Sun: Strong trade union contacts, has broadsheet experience. Could expect plenty of business-themed Brexit scoops. An inter-News UK sideways move is possible…

Tom MacTague, Politico: Is beginning to make Politico a worthwhile read, his in-depth analysis would not be out of place in the Sunday Times. Has Sunday experience at the IoS when it existed. Though after that would he ditch digital for the dead tree press?

Lucy Fisher, Times: Good on Corbynista Kremlinology and has had some revealing Momentum scoopettes. Has worked at the Sunday Times before…

Kate McCann, Telegraph: Another fast riser up the Lobby ranks. A web of contacts helped her break the arachnid-based story of the year.

Matt Chorley, Times Red Box: Another former IoS man. Would do everyone a favour limiting those fun emails to once a week. Change would have a serious impact on sleeping patterns.

Matt Holehouse, MLex: Brexit wonk who has Brussels experience and a better grasp of the minutiae than most. Would he want to give up the reasonable and well paid hours at newswire platform MLex? 

Camilla Tominey, Sunday Express: Quietly broken some big scoops that no one saw because they were at the Sunday ExpressOutside chance, deserves a bigger platform…

Good luck to the many Lobby hacks throwing their hat in…

Maguire Demands £230,000 Salary From Mirror

The Mirror’s associate editor Kevin Maguire has backed Corbyn’s salary cap, writing: “the maximum wage is an idea whose time has come… I’ve advocated a maximum for years and personally favour a 10-to-1 limit within companies”. Well, last year Trinity Mirror chief executive Simon Fox earned £2.3 million, so if the company was to implement the Maguire Doctrine it means the Mirror’s minimum wage would be £230,000. Kerching!

NHS Crisis Buried on Front Page of Mail, Sun and Times

Sunday: Paul Mason reveals his theory that Fleet Street is conspiring to keep the so-called NHS crisis off their front pages.

Today: NHS crisis on the front page of the Mail, Sun and Times.

Must be a conspiracy to keep Corbyn’s speech out of the news…

Mosley: I’m No Longer a Fascist, I’m Now a Labour Member

Adam Boulton: “Are you still a fascist?”

Max Mosley: “No, I’m a member of the Labour Party.”

Read Mosley on banning “coloured” immigrants here. He now says he would “phrase it differently”. Max would’ve liked Labour’s first immigration u-turn today, though not the second

Corbyn Confirms Wage Cap Will Target Footballers

Corbyn tells Sky News his maximum wage cap will target footballers, arguing that £8 million a year Arsene Wenger would support a salary limit in the Premier League. A cap of say £1 million a year would mean all the top footballers move abroad and Premier League teams are left fielding teenagers…

Snapchat Headquarters in Britain, Rolls Royce Rolls Back on Brexit Scares

Snapchat today makes London its main hub outside the US and announces it will book all its non-US sales in Brexit Britain. Remainers had predicted the UK tech sector would be hit particularly hard by leaving the EU, but Claire Valoti, general manager of Snap Group in the UK, said:

“We believe in the UK creative industries. The UK is where our advertising clients are, where more than 10 million daily Snapchatters are, and where we’ve already begun to hire talent.”  

Meanwhile, car-maker Rolls Royce U-turned on its pre-Brexit plans to leave the UK, instead confirming its commitment to its West Sussex HQ. A letter from CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös leaked to the Guardian last year said Brexit would affect the firm’s “employment base”, but now he says:

“Success for Rolls-Royce is success for Great Britain and we reaffirm our commitment to maintaining the home of Rolls-Royce in the UK.

Brexit Britain: A booming tech and design hub…

Corbyn’s Unpopulism: Maximum Income Law Not Supported By Public

There’s an argument that Corbyn’s maximum wage law is an example of left-wing populism, that the public will quite like the idea of wages being limited for the rich. The polls show otherwise: when YouGov asked about public support for a maximum wage cap of £1 million per year in September 2015, 44% opposed and just 39% supported the policy. Turns out people don’t like the idea of the state deciding how much you can earn…

Corbyn Calls For Law to Limit Maximum Income

Corbyn is supposed to be talking about Brexit and immigration this morning so instead he has gone on the Today programme to call for a law to limit the maximum wage. Jez said “I would like there to be some kind of high earnings cap” though wouldn’t give a figure. Asked to clarify if he wanted a law to limit income he replied “I would like to see a maximum earnings limit”. What will the limit be until Labour think you shouldn’t be allowed to earn any more money? Presumably above the £140,000 he earns…

Corbyn U-Turns on Free Movement U-Turn

Jeremy Corbyn has entirely predictably backtracked on the overnight briefing saying he would ditch his commitment to free movement. Speaking to Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain, he clarified that “If the EU says access to the single market requires freedom of movement I would say… economically we’ve got to be able to trade with Europe”.[…] Read the rest

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