Hoyle Raises Glass to Strangers’ Bar Despite Its “Bad Reputation”

Now that Labour MP Neil Coyle has been suspended from Parliament’s bars for drunkenly screaming “f*ck you, lose some weight” to Craig Williams in front of a packed crowd in Strangers’, talks of reining in the bar’s infamous drinking culture has soon picked up steam in some quarters. Luckily, the rumours of Strangers’ death are greatly exaggerated… 

Speaking to Naga Munchetty on BBC Radio 5 Live, Speaker Lindsay Hoyle defended Parliament’s favourite watering hole despite its “bad reputation”, and insisted it should stay open evermore:

“People work very long hours and the fact is that to have a social drink is never a problem. We are a big village and within a village there is usually an outlet. Strangers’ Bar has had a bad reputation. I want it to have a better reputation […] the right standards, the right protection and that it is there for social drinking, not heavy drinking.”

Guido raises his glass…

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WATCH: Naga Implies Naughty Hancock Joke

Despite causing a furore with the “flag-shagger” saga, Naga Munchetty still had trouble containing herself on BBC Breakfast this morning. After playing footage of Boris’s meeting with the Queen, in which the PM interrupted the Monarch to say that Matt Hancock was “full of beans“, Naga muttered “I wonder if she was going to say full of beans…”. What might Naga have been suggesting? Guido couldn’t possibly say…

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Naga Finally Labels the Labour Activist Doctor

After Guido made headlines last year revealing BBC Panorama’s PPE documentary was, in essence, a Labour party political broadcast – rammed with anti-Tory activists who weren’t flagged to viewers – the corporation admitted it had made a mistake. Specifically in the case of Dr Sonia Adesara, a Corbyn activist and former Labour candidate, where the failure to flag her long-time political activity had breached guidelines. It led to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden writing to the BBC to remind them of their duty to be impartial…

The message has penetrated to presenters, it was good to see the corporation learning from past mistakes this morning, as Adesara appeared on BBC Breakfast and was flagged as a “Labour activist” at the end of the interview by Naga Munchetty. Almost there – now the BBC just needs to make sure these biases are flagged at the outset of the interview before everyone tunes out…

Prior to the last-minute declaration by Munchetty, Dr Sonia’s appearance was shaping up to be a classic example of a biased ‘expert activist’ making claims from an anti-Tory point of view, rather than their area of expertise; that the PM is delaying the Covid inquiry to avoid it coming out before the next election – something the government strongly deny – and stems from her political views rather than her medical expertise. Munchetty clearly hesitated before reading the scripted warning – hopefully she’ll get more comfortable doing it from here on out…

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Naga’s Sorry Now

This evening as #DefundTheBBC trended on social media, Naga Munchetty tweeted that she ‘liked’ tweets that, in her own words “were offensive in nature about the use of the British flag as a backdrop in a government interview this morning. I have since removed these ‘likes’.” Apparently she is not above BBC rules

She went on to say “This do not [sic] represent the views of me or the BBC. I apologise for any offence taken.” Guido is a little bit sceptical about the sincerity of her apology here.

Laurence Fox was representative of a lot of social media when he raged: “If the BBC want to sneer at our flag and our Queen they can do so as a privately funded broadcaster. #DefundTheBBC“. Quite…

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Naga Munchetty Defies BBC Social Media Impartiality Rules

Despite Director-General Tim Davie’s insistence that BBC employees will face sanctions for breaking impartiality rules online, it seems a few stars still just can’t help themselves. After sneering at Robert Jenrick for displaying a union flag in his office during a BBC Breakfast interview this morning, Naga Munchetty took to Twitter to continue the fun, liking gems such as ‘the flag shaggers will be up in arms’ and ‘[this] should be done every time the Tories roll out one of their talking head ministers’. Exactly what you’d expect from an impartial broadcaster…

The BBC’s impartiality rules are quite explicit on their employees’ social media use. New guidance released in October says:

“Nothing should appear on your personal social media accounts that undermine the perception of the BBC’s integrity or impartiality.

[…] Be wary of ‘revealed bias’, whether through likes or re-posting other posts, so that a bias becomes evident, and ‘inferred bias’ where a post is impartial but loose wording allows readers to infer a bias where there is none.

[…] Avoid ‘virtue signalling’ – retweets, likes or joining online campaigns to indicate a personal view, no matter how apparently worthy the cause.”

With Davie’s announcement today that the Beeb will be moving thousands of jobs out of London to try and reconnect with the rest of the country, Naga hasn’t timed her stunt particularly well. Naga is a repeat offender and clearly believes she is untouchable and the rules don’t apply to her. BBC Breakfast is already filmed in Salford…

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