Mail Claims Travel Quarantine is Cummings’ Dead Cat, Despite Predating Scandal

Today the Daily Mail dedicates a full page to the idea that the Government’s two-week quarantine plan for new arrivals into the country was, in fact, just a “dead cat” strategy to distract from a Guardian story on 8th May about care homes. A drastic measure for a Government polling over 50%…

“According to sources, he telephones The Times [on 8 May] to inform a  journalist that he Government intended to impose a 14 day quarantine on all arrivals by air to the UK… He had briefed about quarantine to deflect attention away from the care home crisis.”

Which is odd given newspapers were reporting the Government’s two-week quarantine plans back in April, the month before the Guardian story…

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Emma Thompson’s British Exit U Turn

Remainer-luvvie Emma Thompson, who in February won a lot of publicity by moving to Venice with her husband in the wake of Brexit, has fled back to Scotland after northern Italy became a no-go zone due to Coronavirus. You can’t outrun a global pandemic, Emma…

A local co-conspirator has informed Guido they spotted Thompson last Tuesday in their Argyll supermarket, where the two have “a cottage, a barn and seven sheep”. Just two weeks after becoming honorary Italian citizens…

Guido can almost understand Emma’s decision, as the media’s advice on running away to second homes has been far from clear. On Saturday, the Daily Mail published the now-deleted article, “Britain’s brilliant boltholes: The best places to revel in splendid isolation, from the lonely Lancashire hills to the Welsh wilderness”, even recommending activities in case rural boredom sets in.

This morning, the Mail labelled those running away, as they advised, to the countryside or the coast to avoid coronavirus, “covidiots”. An even quicker and more embarrassing u-turn than Emma Thompson was capable of…

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Sunday Times Swaps Hacks With Daily Mail

There’s big churn over at the Daily Mail following Jack Doyle’s appointment as No. 10’s new press secretary. Earlier this week it emerged the News Editor Ben Taylor is also leaving, being poached by the Sunday Times as deputy editor.

Guido hears word that Caroline Wheeler, Deputy Political Editor of The Sunday Times, is the hot front runner to fill the Daily Mail’s associate political editor vacancy created by Jack Doyle’s transfer Downing Street. Geordie Grieg will be pleased to nick a hack back from the Sunday Times. Guido understands the contract has not yet been signed…

UPDATE:  Sunday Times source gets in touch to say “Caroline is not leaving”. Guido understands that following negotiations the drinks are on Caroline…

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Peter Oborne Fired Contract Not Renewed With Daily Mail


Guido understands from a Daily Mail source that Peter Oborne‘s services as a columnist are no longer required. Oborne has been rampaging around broadcast studios for the last few days railing at the corruption of the Lobby and their “Downing Street sources”. His targets of attack included the political journalists of the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, his now former employers. As yet this is officially unconfirmed. Peter is not answering his phone either. It is of course a Friday…

UPDATE: Alex Bannister, managing editor at the Daily Mail, gets in touch to insist that it is Peter himself who has decided to quit his column and not renew his year-long contract, which has entirely coincidentally come to an end in the same week he launched a tirade against his colleagues on the newspaper. He may still contribute pieces to the paper apparently…

UPDATE: Peter surfaces:

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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…

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Daily Mail’s Financial Editor Organising Business Letter To Support May

The Daily Mail’s Ruth Sutherland is busy ringing round business leaders to sign a letter backing the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement. In 2017 the Tories internally banned the use of open letters during the election campaign, after the almost comical deluge of experts’ letters during the 2016 referendum…

This new letter, leaked to Guido, stresses that May’s deal is “not perfect” but that people and businesses should back it out of pragmatism.

Read it in full here, before it makes the Mail’s front page…

“The Prime Minister’s deal is not perfect but it is clear to business that politicians should back it as a pragmatic way forward.

The deal reduces short-term uncertainty, which has already had a chilling effect on investment, and clears the way for a future trade deals. The longer the possibility of a no deal exit remains, the greater the risks to investment and jobs.

We hope MPs will listen to the companies in their constituencies which provide jobs and incomes for the people who put them in Parliament. We urge them to get behind the Prime Minister’s deal so business can get on with its job of creating wealth for the country.”

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