Speccie Awards Winners

Speech of the Year – Kemi Badenoch
Backbencher of the Year – Stella Creasy
Comeback of the Year – Sir Vince Cable
Peer of the Year – Lord Adonis
Minister to watch – Boris Johnson
Rising Star – Angela Rayner
Insurgent of the Year – Jacob Rees-Mogg
Negotiator of the Year – Nigel Dodds
Politician of the Year – Jeremy Corbyn
Parliamentarian of the Year – Ruth Davidson

Michael White: Female Lobby Hacks Are “Predators”

Guido’s immediate thought was “uh oh” when the former doyen of the Lobby Michael White made this not very Guardianista comment on the Media Show:

“The power doesn’t all lie on one side; clever, attractive young women looking for stories. They can play the power game to poor old, ugly backbenchers with bad breath… they are predators.”

Female hacks are the real predators?

The ladies of the Lobby are understandably unimpressed:

Everyday sexism from old Mike…

Correction of the Year From the NUJ

And the winner of ‘Correction of the Year’ award goes to… the National Union of Journalists for this howler which is laughably outrageous even by the union’s standards:

“Yesterday we published a statement condemning a decision to strip-search media workers at the Prime Minister’s Office in Downing Street. We now accept that this was incorrect. The information was provided from a trusted source. However, neither the source nor NUJ staff made the necessary checks before publication. The event in question did not take place in this country. We apologise unreservedly to all concerned.”

“The event in question did not take place in this country”… oops!

FT Editor: My Job Is to Pour Scorn on Brexit

Just in case it was in any doubt what FT editor Lionel Barber thinks his job is… he has endorsed this letter from swivel-eyed ultra-Remainer and former Economist editor Bill Emmott to his paper highlighting “the FT’s solemn duty to pour scorn” on Brexit:

“In accord with its slogan “Without fear and without favour”, the FT could not have done otherwise, for there is no good case for leaving the world’s largest and deepest free trade area, whose regulations have been shown by the OECD to do far less economic harm than domestic rules, which is not protectionist towards the rest of the world, and which gives Britain a louder voice and greater heft in global affairs than it can have on its own… So to pour scorn on a terrible strategic mistake is nothing less than the FT’s solemn duty.”

Earning that Legion Dis’Honneur

Sickos Troll Laura K Over Labour Rape Story

This evening Laura K tweeted out the BBC’s story on a Labour activist being told not to report a rape:

The responses from the dregs of Twitter trolling Laura and accusing her of bias show what a cesspit it is sometimes:

What is wrong with these people?

Katz to Channel 4

Newsnight editor Ian Katz is leaving the BBC to become Director of Programmes at Channel 4, The Times is reporting. The move had been rumored for the past few days; he’ll get more viewers in the new job. Another big Beeb role going. Send us your runners and riders…

Prue Leith Tweets Great British Bake Off Winner 12 Hours Before Final

Tonight’s final of Great British Bake Off has been ruined after judge Prue Leith tweeted that Sophie is the winner. Clusterf**k at Channel 4 today…

Westminster Works Out Who is Top of Tory Sleaze Spreadsheet

Guido was careful to redact the Tory sleaze spreadsheet yesterday of any identifiers. Today’s Sun has unredacted sections of the spreadsheet, revealing that one “Cabinet minister” was found on the Ashley Madison adultery website. It also says he is “handsy at parties”. It is already in the public domain that Damian Green’s private email address was found on Ashley Madison in 2015, though he denied any involvement. As far back as 2008 Guido noted Green’s reputation for being “Not safe in taxis”. Shocked WhatsApp messages are pinging across Westminster as people piece together that it is the Deputy PM being referenced. Theresa May’s closest ally has effectively been outed in this morning’s Sun as being top of the list… 

Andrew Pierce on Kevin Spacey at Hampstead Heath

The other Kev deadpans “Looking for rare Orchids?”

Fallon: I’m Sorry For Touching Julia’s Knee

First Cabinet minister named by the Sun as Michael Fallon, who admits touching Julia Hartley-Brewer’s knee. He says sorry…

UPDATE: Statement from Julia, who says she is not a victim:

“I have received a number of calls today from newspapers and broadcasters asking me to comment on a claim that I was the victim of sexual harassment by a current Cabinet minister.

I have spoken previously about a Cabinet minister who repeatedly put his hand on my knee during a party conference dinner. I calmly and politely explained to him that, if he did it again, I would “punch him in the face”. He withdrew his hand and that was the end of the matter.

I have had no issues since with the man in question and do not regard the incident as anything but mildly amusing, which is why I have declined to name him. It has also been claimed that the same minister made remarks to me about my breasts. If he did, I certainly don’t recall those comments.

Wild rumours and claims are circulating about many male MPs at Westminster in a media feeding frenzy. I have worked in and around Westminster for 20 years and, as far as I am aware, incidents of genuine harassment involve only a small number of MPs from all parties.

I believe it is absurd and wrong to treat workplace banter and flirting – and even misjudged sexual overtures – between consenting adults as being morally equivalent to serious sexual harassment or assault.

It demeans genuine victims of real offences. Anyone with any allegations against an MP, or anyone else, should speak up now and provide the evidence to ensure any necessary action is taken.

I have not been a victim and I don’t wish to take part in what I believe has now become a Westminster witch hunt.”

Times Journalist Misses Sex Pest Scoop

Matt Chorley was going on about sexist publications this morning in his Little Read Box, perhaps he should look a little closer to home for a publication that actually harbours sex pests:

The Times has splashed on its front page the Tory aides’ spreadsheet story this morning. Many female journalists at The Times, past and present, will have a far better story to tell about senior male staff opportunistically exploiting subordinate female staff. Ask around the office Matt, you might even get a scoop for once…

UPDATE: On a lighter note, fresh from slagging off his colleagues on the Times political team who write about Brexit as “boring”, Matt Chorley this morning slagged off those who use the phrase “totty”. A word used on 1,237 occasions by his Times colleagues according to a cursory search of the newspaper’s own website:

Above is a classic example of the sexual objectification of MPs…

Polly on Banning Rich Foreign Homebuyers

Says the Guardian columnist with a multi-million pound property portfolio (and – until recently – a villa in Italy)…

Rosie’s Russian Revisionism

Really Rosie?
Rosie didn’t like our story about her, and tweeted that she was not paid by RT for appearing on RT. Here is the entry she registered last week:

October 2017, received £500 from Russia Today (Studio Sixty Billion, Unit 438, Metal Box Factory, 30 Great Guilford Street, London SE1 0HS) for an appearance on News Thing on 28 July 2017. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 19 October 2017)

She needs to get her story straight…

UPDATE: The Canterbury LGBT community is unimpressed. This letter from local John Gusman:

“I was deeply concerned to note that Canterbury’s Labour MP Rosie Duffield feels it is acceptable to appear on Russia Today (RT).

In recent years, the climate for LGBT+ citizens in Russia has deteriorated markedly, with the government passing legislation banning the promotion of gay lifestyles on the basis of “defending children’s morality and health”.  Those found “guilty” can be detained for two weeks face fines of around £200.  Russian LGBT Network chairman Igor Kochetkov argued that the new laws have “essentially legalised violence against LGBT people”.

RT is a wholly-owned division of TV-Novosti, a Kremlin-controlled broadcasting conglomerate.  It is nothing more than a mouthpiece for Vladimir Putin’s regime.  Indeed, only recently the LGBT activist James Kirchick was kicked off air for condemning Russia’s law banning “gay propaganda” and the station’s failure to properly reporting on it. 

As a member of the LGBT+ community, I was pleased to see Rosie supporting Canterbury Gay Pride back in June, yet couldn’t be more disappointed in her now. Canterbury is a proud, diverse and tolerant community where everyone should feel free to be who they want to be.  In short, it’s everything Russia Today isn’t.  

Rosie Duffield should issue an immediate apology for her actions – and take a long, hard look at the type of company she is willing to keep.”

Who’s On Question Time Tonight?

Rees-Mogg vs Shami!

Labour MPs Accept Thousands From Russia Today

Remember when Russia Today’s Afshin Rattansi fibbed that they don’t pay politicians to appear on their programmes? Labour MP Rosie Duffield has declared £500 “from Russia Today” on 12 October:

Loony Chris Williamson accepted £1,000 from the Russians for two appearances in October:

Labour MPs taking Moscow gold…

Yorkshire Post: O’Mara Has Betrayed Sheffield Voters and Should Resign

The Yorkshire Post is scathing about Jared O’Mara, accusing him of “betraying the faith of Sheffield voters” and arguing he should resign his seat if he cannot demonstrate he has changed:

“That Labour has taken the decision to suspend Sheffield Hallam MP Jared O’Mara for degrading sexual slurs speaks volumes in itself – the party has shown undue leniency under Jeremy Corbyn towards those whose intolerant and insensitive remarks cause grave offence…

Speed is also of the essence – many voters are of the view that Sheffield Hallam has not been well-served since June 8. They will need a lot of convincing about not only Mr O’Mara’s suitability to represent this area, but also his ability to carry out the privileged and vital role.

In short, Jared O’Mara needs to pass the very reasonable test that Theresa May set at Prime Minister’s Questions: “All of us in this House should have due care and attention to the way in which we refer to other people and should show women in public life the respect they deserve.” If he can’t, he will be doing himself, his party and his city a favour by resigning so the people of Sheffield Hallam can elect an honourable MP who is not only cut out for the job – but totally respectful of all sections of society.”

The answer to that question is clearly no…

BBC Brexit Whinge of the Day

Classic Beeb moan from John Simpson this morning:

“MP wants details of anti-Brexit univ teachers. Decent folk deported on technicalities. Daily hate in press. Doesn’t feel like my country now.”

When Guido contacted the BBC press office to ask if this view was representative of the national broadcaster, they alerted us to a new tweet sent by Simpson in which he says: “Don’t assume you know my views on Brexit”. Think we can guess…

Unless of course, like Nigel Farage, he means “I want my country back!”. Nah…

Corbyn Backing Digital Media’s Insurgency Falters

After the election there was a lot of reporting about how pro-Corbyn digital media was the key to his success as they provided millennials with alternative news sources and had replaced the tabloid Tory press. The BBC’s Media Editor Amol Rajan told us breathlessly “the balance of power was shifting”. Rajan was right that after the election was announced in May, traffic to the likes of the leading pro-Corbyn insurgent The Canary exploded. To Guido’s consternation it overtook us as the most popular British politics-focused digital media news source, with double the traffic order-order.com generated during the election…

Guido is pleased to say that as of last week Guido has reclaimed the crown worn under his hat for years. Our agenda setting stories about the likes of Clive Lewis and Jared O’Mara have proven once again that getting good exclusive stories makes you king. According to industry analysis over the last 28 days we have comfortably outstripped our rivals:

That is not to say that The Canary is not an impressive new rival and an ever improving product. The caricature of it as “fake news” is not fair, it has made mistakes in the past, though they are happening less frequently. When the old Dead Tree Press characterise The Canary it as “hyper-partisan” it seems a bit rich coming from the declining competition. All competition is good for the consumer and we are fiercely competitive…

Tories Get Away With Call Centre Push Polling

Channel 4 News were pushing hard to nail the Tories for running a push polling operation – Blue Telecoms – during the general election. The Information Commissioner has now ruled:

We’ve found that two small sections of the written scripts used by those making the calls crossed the line from legitimate market research to unlawful direct marketing. We’ve warned the Conservative Party to get it right next time.

The ICO stopped short of formal regulatory action because they believe the overall campaign was genuine market research. The two sections they had concerns about were not enough to trigger formal enforcement action.

Channel 4 News were hyping that the police were conducting a “significant investigation”. The police say no further action will be taken. Guido is looking forward to the follow-up Channel 4 News investigation into push polling carried out on behalf of the Labour Party by the GMB and Unite unions…

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