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Rumbles in the blogging world today as the upstarts over at The Commentator have managed to sign James Delingpole to write for them as well as the Telegraph Blogs. Given that HM’s Official Blogroll are already suffering from the loss of Toby Young to the Sun on Sunday, Guido does not imagine this has gone down very well over in Victoria. With Delingpole consistently topping the weekly Telegraph online rankings, this could be a big break through for the newbie site. Rumour has it we will be hearing a lot more from Delingpole in the coming years, from an official podium… 

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Last week some 105,785 visitors made 289,363 visits to view 467,786 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…

Andrew Breitbart Dead: Provocateur and Internet Journalism Innovator Dies

Andrew Breitbart has died. He was originally a Drudge Report editor who was also involved in the Huffington Post when it launched before he set up his own chain of conservative websites. Provocative and brave, he broke stories about Washington beltway sleaze and corruption. Guido last spoke to Breitbart in the summer, when we were plotting against Piers Morgan. Hated by the left for being so in their face, no one can deny he challenged the media establishment in a way they really detested:

A luta continua…

Andrew Breitbart wrote in Righteous Indignation

“I love my job. I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it. I love reporting stories that the Complex refuses to report. I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and—famously—I enjoy making enemies.

Three years ago, I was mostly a behind-the-scenes guy who linked to stuff on a very popular website. I always wondered what it would be like to enter the public realm to fight for what I believe in. I’ve lost friends, perhaps dozens. But I’ve gained hundreds, thousands—who knows?—of allies. At the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror, and I sleep very well at night.”

Saturday Seven Up

Last week some 109,242 visitors made 297,009  visits to view 458,736 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or you’re behind…

Saturday Seven Up

Last week some 99,468 visitors made 306,358 visits to view 498,442 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or you are behind…

Saturday Seven Up

Some 109,284 visitors made 315,564 visits to view 512,373 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or you are behind…

Saturday Seven Up

Some 108,708 visitors made 318,171 visits to view 501,658 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or you are behind…

Can You Belize It: Dods Buys Rival DeHavilland Ashcroft Pours in Another £6m – Increases Stake to 42.9%

In July last year Dods Plc, which Lord Ashcroft controlled 23% of at the time, bought PoliticsHome from two companies owned by Lord Ashcroft. In November Loss-making ePolitix.com and the House Magazine were merged with loss-making PoliticsHome. Today it seems Dods have made a real purchase rather than merely streamlining the paperwork. They are buying their rival DeHavilland Political Intelligence from Emap for £12.8 million. A merger is only a matter of time…

Given that Ashcroft has already made losses in the region of £5 million since his sojourn into the online political world began two years ago, a money-making plan is long overdue:

Dods will be placing two hundred million new ordinary shares at 5.5p each. Ashcroft has already increased his stake in the company to 42.9% by buying over half of them. Another £6 million ploughed in…

Saturday Seven Up

This week saw a full 114,396 visitors make 287,089 visits to view 453,844 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or you are behind…

Saturday Seven Up

This week traffic has halved with everyone off work (including us). A mere 69,532 visitors made 157,783 visits to view 256,668 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or you are behind…

12 Most Popular Stories of 2011

Everyone does round-ups of the year, only ours was chosen by our readers, here are the most read stories of the 2011:

  1. Piers Morgan Knew Award Winning Scoop Was Hacked
  2. A Story You Won’t Get from the BBC, Guardian or The Times
    The Secret of Three of Westminster’s Media Gate-keepers
  3. Bet Giles Coren Wishes His Tweets Were Sub-Edited
  4. Morgan Mocked Macca’s Misery Voicemails
  5. Guido’s Celebrity Super-Injunction Advice
  6. Farage’s Rage Going Viral
  7. The Full Boundary Review
  8. Exclusive: Alastair Campbell Evidence to Leveson
    Speculates Morgan’s Mirror Hacked Cherie Blair’s Voicemail
  9. + + + Osborne Coke and Hookers Story Breaking Tonight + + +
  10. Sexist Laurie Penny Exploits Unemployed
    Pays Staff Below Minimum Wage
  11. Unbankable Story
  12. Scandalous European Parliament Email Triggers Gossipping

Not sure that “popular” is the right term for Piers Morgan, nevertheless he is the subject of three of Guido’s most read stories this year. Super-injunctions also occupy three stories (#4, #6, #12). Andrew Marr’s menage a trois is #3 despite being three years old and subsequently disproved by DNA.

The story which amused us most was probably comrade Laurie Penny’s exploitation of an intern. This was funny on many levels, the hypocrisy, her crazed response and the knowledge that whilst travelling in the back of a Mercedes limousine with her, courtesy of the BBC, it was Guido who had urged her on, telling her she “simply must get an intern”.

The Boundary Review scoop was just another example of Guido beating the BBC and the rest of the mainstream media to a story that everyone was chasing. You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…

Saturday Seven Up

This week a mere 89,209 visitors made 249,944 visits to view 386,450 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or you are behind…

Saturday Seven Up

This week 125,568 visitors made 318,032 visits to view 536,528 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or you are behind…

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GQ Give Guido Oxygen of Publicity

When we were anonymous we were cowards, now we have come out from behind the mask we’re publicity seekers. No pleasing some people. The GQ editors have done their list of influential men again, this year Guido is joined by Neo-Guido at 28, just ahead of Jeremy Hunt and behind Hugh Grant. The list is sponsored by Macallan, don’t suppose…

Saturday Seven Up

This week 99,953  visitors made 276,658 visits to view 444,751  pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or you are behind…

Saturday Seven Up

The original time Guido entered Parliament he was stopped before he could light the fuse, and his reappearance in the Palace of Westminster this week was cut short before a big bang. He was giving evidence to the special Privacy and Injunctions Select Committee, though was unable to fully utilise Parliamentary Privilege. You can see the full video here

For the rest of the week Parliament was in recess, which was nice for them, but that didn’t stop the fun and games. This week Liam Byrne was dragged into the Cash for Votes saga and Bercow did his best to keep his Labour chums happy by shutting down debate. The Labour leadership are also getting tetchy about the whole affair. Unison cocked up their strike ballot and it’s one rule for them when it comes to the teachers. Even Nick Clegg joined in the union bashing

Favourite stories from the week included the truculent Baroness Trumpington, the BBC caught with their climate trousers down, a world exclusive sneak preview and Fa-rage against the machine. Oh and guess who turned up in Mulcaire’s notebook…

This week 101,288 visitors made 278,373 visits to 450,833 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

As always, you are either in front of Guido, or you are behind…

ePolitix & PoliticsHome Merge Ashcroft Losses Top £5 Million in 2 Years

The merger announced today between PoliticsHome and ePolitix had a certain inevitability to it as soon as the Lord Ashcroft controlled Dods plc, publishers of ePolitix and the House Magazine, swallowed the loss making website. PoliticsHome lost £500,000 last year, so some rationalisation of what are essentially websites with similar output was bound to happen. Even with the two sites combined Guido doubts they will get a readership of the size this blog reaches, in the press release announcing the consolidation the past highlights of ePolitix’s coverage were a story “revealing that a major section of a speech delivered in the House of Commons by further education minister John Hayes had been lifted from Wikipedia and an article in defence of David Laws. Hold the front page!

PoliticsHome has similar revenues to this blog with five times the head count, that unfortunately is not a commercially viable proposition. By Guido’s calculation Ashcroft has lost £3 million on his purchase of 25% of parent company Dods – he bought the shares for 13.5p and they are now trading at 5p – he paid circa £1.3 million for ConservativeHome and PoliticsHome which together with rolled up losses of over £500,000 means his foray into political publishing has cost him some £5 million in the last two years. A mere rounding error for the billionaire…

New PCC chairman Lord Hunt asked about his problems says

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