Brexit Film Extended Trailer

A new extended trailer for Channel 4‘s Brexit film starring Benedict Cumberbatch has been released by HBO, who will be broadcasting it in the United States. Being produced by Channel 4, it looks like it might go hard on wild data conspiracies, and Vote Leave veterans have already noted some inaccuracies, but over all it should be well worth a watch. It will air on Channel 4 at 9pm on 7th January 2019…

Dimbleby’s Musical Question Time Farewell

Last night at the Question Time party thrown in celebration of David Dimbleby’s time in the chair of the BBC’s flagship political programme, a song (composed by Question Time’s recently promoted producer Poppy Bullard) was sung in his honour, set to the tune of ABBA’s Dancing Queen. Guido has obtained the lyrics…

It’s David Dimbleby
Young and free
Only eighty
Dimbleby
Longest serving chair of QT, oh yeah

Read the brilliant homage in full here:

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Dimbleby Bows Out of Question Time to Standing Ovation

Last night saw David Dimbleby’s last ever time in the Chair of BBC Question Time, drawing a remarkable 25 year era to a close. Panelist Jo Brand led a touching standing ovation in tribute to the veteran broadcaster.

“From me a happy Christmas, and not goodbye, but goodnight.”

Dimblebot is an institution and Guido wishes him well.

Question Time returns to our screens from Islington on 10th January, hosted by Fiona Bruce.

Who Is On Question Time Tonight

It’s Dimbleby’s last ever show as host…

Mail Rebuffed By Times Columnists

It is a good time to be a Times columnist. Smarting from having Quentin Letts lifted from their pages to be spread across News UK’s titles, Daily Mail editor Geordie Grieg is on the hunt for columnists to fill the inches previously filled by Quentin. He is looking to nab a Times columnist in revenge. Rumour is that Giles Coren has been an object of his attention, as has the well-remunerated Jeremy Clarkson. So far we understand he has been rebuffed…

How the Papers Reacted to May’s Victory

The papers have given their responses to last night’s drama, with most characterising it as a Pyrrhic victory that secures Theresa May’s survival for now but leaves her in limbo with her authority diminished. In a sign of just how much the British media landscape has changed since the referendum, the only two papers to come out fighting for May are the Mail and the Express – both instructing restive Tory MPs to “now just let her get on with” it.

The fact that over two thirds of her backbenchers expressed no confidence in her is a stark reminder of just how little support there is for her deal in Parliament. May is now heading to Brussels to plead for concessions from EU leaders. She will need to come back with much more than just empty words if she is going to have a hope of getting her deal through Parliament, and perhaps even her Cabinet. Whatever happens now, it won’t just be business as usual…

Osborne Twists the Knife

The Evening Standard’s front page this afternoon echoes Margaret Thatcher’s famous words said on the steps of Downing Street the day after she won the support of 55% of Conservative MPs in November 1990’s confidence vote:

She resigned seven days later…

Standpoint Editor: Runners & Riders

After more than 10 years at its helm, Daniel Johnson the founder of the conservative-leaning magazine Standpoint is standing down as editor, though he will continue writing for it. He is moving on to be the launch editor of a new online publishing platform TheArticle.com. Standpoint has stabilised financially and is appointing a new editor. Regular contributor Douglas Murray could be in the running, other contributors such as Nick Cohen would probably be ruled out for his broadly left-of-centre outlook even if he does have neo-con tendencies. Edward Lucas has been writing for the mag on and off for a decade. Oliver Wiseman now editing CapX used to work for Standpoint. Of previous contributors to the magazine, Toby Young has got to be in with a chance now he isn’t currently editing anything, he would certainly be a lively editor…

From outside the ranks Jamie Whyte formerly of the IEA could be available. ERG wonk Christopher Montgomery’s name has been put to Guido, Daniel Hannan will have time on his hands when his term as an MEP comes to end soon. Could Juliet Samuel could combine her Telegraph columns with an editorship?

Stephen Bush Becomes New Statesman Pol Ed

The New Statesman’s editor Jason Cowley has made George Eaton joint deputy editor with Tom Gatti. Congratulations to Stephen Bush who is promoted to political editor. Cowley says: “These appointments are to prepare for a planned expansion of the New Statesman in 2019. We have had another successful year…” Losses last year were £477,271.

Boris: Do Not Underestimate the Deep Sense of Personal Responsibility I Feel for Brexit

Punchy stuff…

DUP: Tories Should Uphold Their Side of the Confidence and Supply Agreement

“We’re abiding by our side of the bargain… to deliver control of our laws borders and money for the UK, and also that the UK would leave the European Union as one United Kingdom. If Theresa May wishes to go down a different path from that then she can’t count on our support on the Brexit deal that she has but forward, obviously, and it obviously has consequences…”

Raab: Amber Rudd’s Comments Were Sexist

Raab made a cutting attack on Amber Rudd’s “The men at Westminster seem to flounce out quite a lot” comments speaking to Sky’s Sophy Ridge this morning.

“Amber does this every now and and again, she did it during the referendum when she personalised an attack on Boris. I’m not sure if that’s aimed at me. It sounded a bit sexist to me.”

The shadow leadership election is well and truly underway…

PM Did Not Listen to Raab’s Advice

“I give my advice and it’s either taken or it’s not taken.”

“So it wasn’t taken…”

“Well I want to be careful because I respect the fact that there’s a hierarchy”

McVey Would Run For Leader If People Asked Her

“If people asked me, then of course you’d say… of course you’d give it serious concern and do it…”

Esther McVey: I Did Not Cry

 

Jacob Rees Mogg and Caroline Lucas to Feature in Channel 4 Debate

Channel 4 has reportedly confirmed Jacob Rees Mogg and Caroline Lucas to represent ‘No Deal’ and ‘Remain’ respectively in their debate scheduled for Sunday. The Government and Labour Party representatives are yet to be determined…

Fiona Bruce New Question Time Presenter

In a decision that was widely trailed, newsreader Fiona Bruce has landed the coveted flagship presenting role. She will present her first programme in January. It was always going to be a woman…

Charles Moore Slams Question Time’s 4:1 Remain Panel

Charles Moore received a substantial round of applause on Question Time last night for pointing out that he was the only member of the panel last night to have voted Leave in 2016.

“Everybody on this panel except for me comes from a remain point of view in the referendum… and therefore they don’t understand why people care about this and they don’t see what the real issue at stake is.”

He’s right…

Channel 4 to Host Four Way Brexit Debate

Channel 4 have announced that they will be hosting “The Real Brexit Debate” following Labour’s refusal to sign up to the BBC’s debate proposal. The live broadcast will occur this Sunday, 9th December, two days before Parliament votes on the deal.

Channel 4’s format will have four -unnamed – politicians, representing May’s deal, no deal, a hypothetical Corbyn deal, and remaining in the EU. Questions will be taken from a live studio audience, who Channel 4 say they are working with Survation to assure its balance.

Members of the public can apply to join the audience here

Oxford Professor’s Car Crash Attempt to Discredit Referendum Result

The online-only Independent’s “front page” today breathlessly reported that “illegal Facebook spending ‘won 2016 vote for Leave'”. Philip Howard, a professor at the “Oxford Internet Institute” said it was his “professional opinion” that it was “very likely” that “excessive spending by Vote Leave altered the result of the referendum”.[…] Read the rest

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