Alarmist newspaper headlines told us to prepare for heatwave armageddon. The Express and the Mirror told us that the summer heatwave had turned “killer” with “nearly 1,000 more Brits” dying due to the warm weather.
In reality, the ONS has confirmed that “fewer deaths were registered [this summer] than during the same weeks of the last two years”. This is particularly impressive given the UK’s ageing and growing population.
Despite the impression given by media alarmism, tens of thousands more deaths are registered during the cold weather of the winter than the hot weather of the summer.
Remainer rag Private Eye has clearly been reading Guido again, with their satirical take on Darren Grimes’ righteous crusade to fight the biased Electoral Commission. Guido thinks that Private Eye’s public schoolboys should try punching up at the cheating monied remainers rather than kicking down at the working class kid from County Durham.
Remainers have been making plenty of this front page story in the Times this morning which claimed that the police have warned Sajid Javid that a no-deal Brexit would “pose a risk to public safety.” However, any super-sleuth detectives who investigated the story themselves will have pieced together the clues that this was not in fact a letter from the Old Bill themselves but from a small group of Police and Crime Commissioners – politicians, not police. ‘Ello ‘ello…
There are 40 PCCs altogether – 20 of whom are Conservative – but the letter itself is from the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, which in fact counts only 2 Conservative PCCs out of its 7 board members. It’s chaired by Labour’s Mark Burns-Williamson, while one of the Independent PCCs on its board, Martin Surl, is a former EU advisor. Wot’s going on ‘ere then?
One of the signatories to the letter itself is Lord (Willy) Bach, a former Labour Shadow Attorney General who made exactly the same claims about Brexit before the referendum. It’s a political intervention through and through. Turns out the Times scoop was not much cop…
Footage has emerged of Corbyn giving an interview to the Iranian state television channel Press TV in which he says the BBC is biased on Israel’s right to exist.
“There seems to be a great deal pressure on the BBC from the Israeli government and the Israeli embassy and they are very assertive towards all journalists and to the BBC itself… I think there is a bias towards saying that Israel is a democracy in the Middle East, that Israel has a right to exist, that Israel has its security concerns.”
Now about that IHRA definition, Jez…
UPDATE:A Labour spokesman says:
“Jeremy was arguing that despite the occupation of Palestinian territory and the lack of a Palestinian state, Israeli concerns and perspectives are more likely to appear prominently in news reporting than Palestinian ones. Jeremy is committed to a comprehensive peace in the Middle East based on a two-state solution – a secure Israel alongside a secure and viable state of Palestine.”
Owen Jones is really outdoing himself in the charm stakes this morning. First, Owen is seriously trying to smear Andrew Neil as having far-right links. He is actually trying to get people to believe Brillo is some far-right sympathiser.
Then, Owen asked his 750,000 Twitter followers to bombard BBC politics chief Rob Burley, a man who already gets huge Twitter abuse, with the same insane nonsense about the BBC “legitimising far right movements”. Owen tagged the wrong Rob Burley, ruining some poor random bloke’s day.
So he instigated the pile-on for a second time – this time with the correct handle – knowing full well what his unhinged followers would do, because Owen does this deliberately to people he doesn’t like all the time. And of course he hasn’t deleted the first tweet.
This is properly mental stuff from Owen. Step away from the keyboard, get a grip, go out and enjoy the sun…
The Guardian has quietly changed its online copy of today’s newspaper story about the People’s Vote campaign for a second referendum. In the paper they refer to “the Remain campaign, now called the People’s Vote”. The corrected version now says: “The People’s Vote campaign, which is supported by prominent anti-Brexit groups”. Could it be that someone at the continuity Remain campaign (now called the People’s Vote) was angry at the first more accurate description of their organisation and demanded a change?
Mike Sivier is a Labour member who is on the record claiming it “may be entirely justified” to say Tony Blair was “unduly influenced by a cabal of Jewish advisers”. He has also he suggested the SWP omitted Jews from the list of Holocaust victims because they were being “politically correct”, defended Ken Livingstone and Malia Bouattia’s anti-Semitic comments and got into an almighty row discussing whether “thousands or millions” died in the Holocaust. A real charmer, we can all agree (well, except Labour’s compliance unit).
The Sunday Times broke the story of Sivier’s re-admittance to Labour back in February. Their piece was followed up by MailOnline. Sivier then submitted a complaint against MailOnline to the press regulator IPSO, which they have – farcically – partially upheld. Here is the IPSO ruling:
The complainant had not directly said that he was “’not going to comment’ on whether thousands or millions of Jews died in the Holocaust as ‘I don’t know’”. There was no reference in the discussion surrounding the leaflet to “whether thousands or millions of Jews died in the Holocaust”, because the leaflet had explicitly not referred to Jews among the victims of the Holocaust. The publication may have inferred this meaning from the complainant’s comments, but it reported this as something he had said. The article did not make clear that it was reporting the publication’s interpretation of the complainant’s comments; they were presented as direct quotations. Because the comment thread was publicly available, this represented a failure to take care, in breach of Clause 1(i). The article gave the impression that the complainant had said something which he had not, on a subject liable to cause widespread offence, a clarification was required to avoid a breach of Clause 1(ii).
This is a patently ridiculous ruling by IPSO. This is the full quote from Sivier in question regarding the Holocaust:
“I’m not going to comment on ‘thousands’ instead of ‘millions’ because I don’t know.”
What do IPSO think he meant? It is very clear he is a total wrong ‘un. Why are IPSO going out to bat for people like this?
Today I am announcing a series of changes to the Sky News political team that will give us the ability to aim more firepower at on the day political stories, more space to deliver original and exclusive stories and crucially an ability to get out of Westminster and uncover how policy decisions made in SW1 impact on people across the country.
Joining the team as POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT is KATE McCANN. Kate is currently senior political correspondent at the Telegraph and a rising star in the political firmament. Kate is well known for her ability to deliver news making stories that her rivals need to follow and will work alongside LEWIS GOODALL and TOM RAYNER at the heart of the unit. Her appointment demonstrates the quality of the line of talent keen to work at Sky News.
In an exciting new role NICK MARTIN is to join the political team as POLITICS & PEOPLE CORRESPONDENT which will see him bring his 24 years of reporting experience to exploring issues and stories that are affecting people, north and south, rich and poor and look at how politicians’ decisions affect the lives of citizens in this country. This marks a serious commitment from Sky News to make sure the views of those outside of the ‘bubble’ are discussed and explored.
BETH RIGBY is to become DEPUTY POLITICAL EDITOR. Since joining Sky News just over two years ago from The Times, Beth has made a real impact on our political coverage. Her experience in the lobby, political contacts and ability to interpret complicated political narratives and explain them in a simple way will be crucial as we enter such uncertain political times.
Working alongside FAISAL ISLAM, our POLITICAL EDITOR, the two of them will continue to attack the core political stories hard whilst dove tailing in order to provide more space for each other to chase news lines, key interviews and original lines.
JON CRAIG will continue as CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT whose expertise on parliamentary affairs and encyclopaedic knowledge of British politicians is unrivalled in the industry.
We will also have a new approach to politics on sunrise. On her return from maternity leave TAMARA COHEN will be dedicated to the programme giving us continuity and an opportunity to approach politics in a different way for a breakfast audience. We will also create a new role that will see weekend Sunrise have a committed reporter.
After the build-up it was a bit of a disappointment from Jon Snow last night when the Channel 4 News allegations of a coup planned in Lesotho by Arron Banks financed SAS Mercenaries was caveated with “Channel 4 has seen no evidence of any mercenary activity”. The programme conceded they had no evidence for the most startling of claims its eccentric report – first revealed on this website) – last night. Snow also seemed upset that Guido had reported the allegations before he had, mentioning us without naming us three times. Snow, you know nothing…
Whoever wrote this news article for the BBC website about Vote Leave’s Facebook adverts is going to have some explaining to do to their editor. The article talks about how Vote Leave and BeLeave“micro-targeted” adverts during the referendum, “with 252 of them seen fewer than 1,000 times”. Just one problem: it’s total nonsense. The adverts were never requested by Vote Leave or BeLeave. They never ran. That is why they appear in the “0-999” impressions box in the DCMS select committee’s numbers. The true number is zero. A glaring factual error completely demolishing the BBC’s story that Vote Leave “micro-targeted” adverts to data sets of fewer than 1,000 people.
This fake news has come about because the DCMS select committee refused to publish evidence that would have clearly explained what happened. Aggregate IQ wrote to the committee with the explanation back in May. The committee refused to publish the letter, and now off the back of that the BBC has ended up publishing nonsense. Yet more evidence of Damian Collins’ Remoaner select committee, which is supposed to be impartial, losing touch with reality as they peddle their conspiracy theories about Vote Leave…
UPDATE:Carole is going on about there being no imprint – on the ads that didn’t run – “That look completely illegal”. There is no legal requirement for imprints on online adverts. This is not a “whole new massive can of worms”. It is Carole showing her complete lack of knowledge of the rules.
The reason online adverts don’t require an imprint is because generally they are too small and when viewers click they will in any event be taken to a site that generally says clearly who the advertiser is by advocating a vote for them.
After 19 years at the Mail on Sunday Lobby legend Simon Walters is off to their bitterest rival paper, the Daily Mail. The four times Political Journalist of the Year becomes the Assistant Editor (Politics). He will be spending most of his time in Northcliffe House and leaving the Lobby. What does this mean for the Brexit coverage in the paper that has been as staunch as any on the issue? Incoming editor Geordie Grieg might want to move the coverage to a less bombastic tone. If the paper moved to take an anti-Brexit line this would surely create a commercially dangerous cognitive dissonance in the readership…
Guido has obtained a series of eye-popping allegations made by Channel 4 News that read like a far-fetched Wilbur Smith novel. Channel 4 have taken the word of a man being pursued by Arron Banks for fraud to make some incredible allegations. Arron tells Guido he that he thinks “all this bollocks is making Channel 4 look extremely stupid.”
Arron says “Jon Snow must have found some old psychedelic drugs from the 60’s in his top drawer”, mocking the increasingly far-fetched claims made by Channel 4 News that he is
“An International man of mystery, cutting deals with the Russians to scupper elections, helping Trump get elected, Diamonds, Gold, the CIA, Russian diplomats, fighting off “lunatic bunny boilers”, the link man with Julian Assange for the Hillary Clinton email leak, hypnotising an entire electorate via Facebook and now starting a military coup in an African country to control the diamond market. Wilbur Smith meets Cecil Rhodes on steroids.”
Having read the charges made in the letter Guido can only conclude that either Channel 4 News have the scoop of the year or, they have gone full Cadwalladr. Read the amazing allegations for yourself below:
When a cheeky story in the Mail on Sunday’sBlack Dogdiary column a few weeks back reported that Diane Abbott had used the gents’ loos in the House of Commons, Diane did not take it well. She complained to the press regulator IPSO, insisting the story was “fabricated and malicious” and broke the Editor’s Code. Only one of them could be telling the truth…
Well, following Diane’s IPSO complaint, an eye-witness came forward to testify that he was “outraged” by her denial. The witness insisted:
“She acknowledged me at the urinals and then went into one of the cubicles. She had been dining in The Adjournment (a restaurant in Portcullis House)… After she finished in the loo she immediately exited via Westminster Tube with her dining companion.”
Since the emergence of this eye-witness account, Diane has declined to comment further and her IPSO complaint has been dropped. A case of a politician caught red-handed telling a straight untruth…
The lefty / Remain papers do write some nonsense about their bogeyman Boris, but today’s Mirror splash has to be most tenuous BoJo attack story ever. They are having a pop at the former Foreign Secretary for not having yet moved out of his Carlton Gardens residence. The Mirror copy says their story “is bound to infuriate homeless charities” and hint that Jeremy Hunt is unhappy Boris is still there. Labour say it is “shocking” and “extraordinary”,“taxpayer-funded squatting” and “it’s high time the Government take back control of this property”.
Back in the real world, it has been just 10 days since Boris resigned, it is completely standard practice for an outgoing Foreign Secretary to take a few weeks to leave their official residence, he has permission from the government and Jeremy Hunt to stay there until the end of the month, and Boris is paying all his bills so there is no cost to the taxpayer. So all of the key points of the Mirror and Labour attacks completely fall apart. A front page so “shocking” and “extraordinary” that no one has yet followed it up…
Cliff Richard has won £190,000 damages from the BBC for invasion of privacy over the helicopter coverage of the police raid on his home. The judge awarded him £20,000 aggravated damages because of the sheer arrogance of the BBC nominating the story for the Royal Television Society’s ‘Scoop of the Year’ award. Combined legal costs could reach £5 million….
Here we go again… Hidden away on page 42 yesterday, The Observer had to publish yet another correction following Carole Cadwalladr’s wild claims about Vote Leave. They have admitted that their Orwell Prize winning super sleuth was wrong to say that Vote Leave’s COO Victoria Woodcock had deleted herself and others on a shared Google drive. Cadwalladr has argued that this was an attempt to hide evidence from the Electoral Commission and ICO, but the Observer admits that
‘we accept that Ms Woodcock did not try to destroy evidence and that allegations of trying to thwart official investigations or pervert the course of justice do not fairly arise against her from this reporting’
This ‘evidence’ was put forward by whistleblowers Shahmir Sanni and Chris Wylie, and reported by Carole as if it was gospel. The Observer has now been forced to admit that this was yet another false claim brought by Zoolander and Walter Mitty. Carole has also been made to delete all of her tweets in which she claimed that Ms Woodcock was trying to destroy evidence.This comes after the Observer had to publish two corrections against the Leave campaign, including accusations that Vote Leave, AggregateIQ and Cambridge Analytica were all working together. The Observer has agreed to pay Ms Woodcock’s legal fees. How much more will they have to fork out for Carole’s conspiracy theory reporting?
Meanwhile, this afternoon Carole tweeted that Piers Morgan “hacked a deal girl’s phone”, referring to Milly Dowler. That was a different paper…
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