Classic Cabinet Question Heckling & Evasion

Some classic politician heckling from Sam Coates this lunchtime as the Cabinet arrived for their meeting in Stoke. All gave traditional evasive responses to Coates’s question about the latest swathe of No. 10 fines. Though Oliver Dowden wins first prize…

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Field Narrows, Anushka Asthana Shortlisted for BBC Pol Ed

ITV’s Paul Brand was one of the favourites for the BBC Political Editor job on the back of his partygate scoops. Given he’s just announced that he is “Thrilled to be fronting the Tonight programme – UK’s most watched current affairs show – from April” Guido thinks we can rule him out of transferring to the BBC. He’ll be going head-to-head with Beth Rigby Interviews, which is kicking off on Sky News tomorrow night. Sky News’s Sam Coates has seen his odds lengthen dramatically at the bookies, so perhaps he is out of the running too. The field is narrowing…

Guido understands ITV’s deputy political editor Anushka Asthana (formerly political editor of the Guardian) is on the shortlist and is currently offered at even money at the bookiesAlso said to be on the shortlist are Faisal Islam and Alex Forsyth – currently the BBC’s political correspondent.

According to one person who was in the running, the interview process has been arduous, with interviewees asked to improvise on the spot impromptu reports in front of the interviewing panel. The announcement as to who succeeds Laura Kuenssberg is expected next month…

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Media Descend on the Strand Co-Op

Any members of staff at the Strand co-op not abreast of the news won’t know what’s hit them this morning. One detail from last night’s Telegraph partygate exclusive was that No. 10 staff, mid-party, had headed to get reserve booze supplies from the Co-op on the Strand, thus – in the words of Sky’s Rob Powell – making the Trafalgar supermarket branch the “Woking Pizza Express of this whole affair”. 

The Guardian’s Jim Waterson has already inquired how late the alcohol licence is for the store, “asking for a friend with a suitcase”, with ‘Cat’ replying from the official supermarket Twitter account that “Good news – it 24 hours.” Contrary to the Co-op’s claim however, Sky’s Sam Coates turned up at 9.24 to find booze not available for purchase.

In another tweet, Cat from the Co-Op confirmed that only compostable bags are available, it’s “bring your own suitcase”…

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Boris’s Feisty North Shropshire Reaction Interview: Complains Public and Media have been Focussing on Wrong Issues

Sam Coates clearly had his Weetabix this morning…

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Friday Caption Contest (Coates in a Bag Edition)

The winner of last week’s caption contest was Brugen with

“And this will be about the size of the economy come Easter”

Get in touch and a signed copy of Dominic Frisby’s Daylight Robbery: How Tax Shaped Our Past and Will Change Our Future will heading for you stocking. Happy Christmas…

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Boris Backs Sweet Chariot: Biggest Problem is People Not Knowing the Words

In an interview with Sky News this afternoon, Boris has defended the rugby crowd favourite, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, as it comes under pressure from the Black Lives Matter instigated cultural revolution, due to its origin as an American slave hymn. Nothing says ‘defending black culture’ better than erasing a song written by slaves…

Boris rejected the call, saying:

my only thought about this whole issue, frankly, is what people need to do is focus less on the symbols of discrimination – all these issues that people are now raising to do with statues and so on, I can see why they’re very emotive and I understand that – but what I want to focus on is the substance of the issue… we’re going to address all the issues we can in society.”

The PM went on to say his principal objection and question is “wanting to know what the rest of the words are… why don’t people seem to know the rest of it.” Sam Coates failed the PM’s test of whether he knew the song’s full lyrics…

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