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Nick Sutton has announced that he will no longer be tweeting out the nightly newspaper front pages with the hashtag . He has handed over the responsibility to @, @ and @He is busy enough running the BBC News website…

It is fair to say that his tweets influence front pages in terms of layout and timing. When tabloids have a scoop they have to weigh up the publicity versus the risk of giving away the one fact story for free. Some of us wonder about Sutton’s definition of a newspaper; the Independent’s digital “front page” only exists in virtual reality to be tweeted and the union-printed Morning Star has fewer readers than Guido, yet is still worthy of BBC promotion. These are quibbles, the initiative sets off nightly social media conversations and is a valuable public service for the chattering classes…

Cheer Up Joyless Columnists, You Have Given Us Much Laughs

Can’t help feeling today that Rafael isn’t going to the same parties as Guido. Must be pretty tough for Rafael at the moment. He’s a centrist, liberal metropolitan political commentator. Broadsheets have an excess inventory of those type of columnists nowadays don’t they? “They write authoritatively, shame it is all bollocks” was a country-dwelling, right-of-centre columnist’s description of his rivals to Guido at a jolly Christmas drinks party. Unfortunately the lumpen liberal wordsmiths don’t go to dinner parties with Corbyn, May or Trump. Worse still they don’t even know people who go to dinner parties with Corbyn, May or Trump…

At some point they must fear that editors are going to realise that this type of columnist is a little surplus to reader requirements and not in the main game any more. Why else might Rafael, and other columnists of his ilk, be joyless?

  • He’s Blairite or whatever they call themselves nowadays. Their host party has been taken over by Corbynista loo-las.
  • He didn’t expect Brexit. Now all the wrong people are enjoying themselves and partying.
  • He was looking forward to President Hillary. She’s their kinda gal. They got Trump.
  • He’s a Guardian journalist. The paper had a billion dollar endowment to last them in perpetuity. They are now losing so much money it won’t last them a decade. Look at what happened to the Indy.

Today is the darkest day of the year, tomorrow it gets lighter. So cheer up Rafael and a hearty Merry Christmas to all the columnists who have had a very difficult and traumatic year: Zoe, Janan, Hugo, Matthew, Matthew, Phil, Philip, John, Gaby, Polly, Jonathan and Marina. You have given the rest of us unintended laughs all year long… 

Times Runs Full Page Ad for “China Heroes”

China Xinhua Times

On Page 22 of today’s Times sits a series of articles in contrast with the rest of the paper’s coverage of Team GB’s record Olympics haul. A bold headline emblazoned with the Chinese flag praises “China Heroes” such as weightlifter Long Qingquan and table tennis champion Ding Ning. A far cry from the front page headline of “Demand for new honours as Team GB beat China”…

Upon closer inspection, the gushingly patriotic articles are the efforts of a full page advertisement from the Chinese state’s official Xinhua News Agency. Xinhua today declared China “second in the overall standings”, despite Team GB coming second via the traditional tally of gold medals. Odd choice of paper for the bragging propaganda, since the proprietor has really gone off Chinese…

It Isn’t

The deadest of the dead tree press…

Job Culls Coming at Indy, Guardian, Telegraph

indy

Evgeny Lebedev is expected to close the Indy and Sindy print editions as soon as tonight. Of the 150 full-time staff, just 20 or so look like they’ll moving over to the i paper. It will not be difficult for the owners to find voluntary redundancies. Many journalists at the Indy will be loathe to work for the much-derided, clickbait-obsessed online offering.

Meanwhile the Guardian is imposing 20% cuts, with staff warned in an email this morning that “As our staff costs are by far our biggest overhead, one outcome of the budgeting process may be that redundancies are proposed”. They are looking at 100 redundancies, and according to Beth Rigby they want to start with their “on leave” columnist Seumas Milne. He is in line for a £90,000 payout.

Media sources tell Guido that the Telegraph is set to announce a jobs cull next week. Print journalists there are furious at the dumbing down of content for their own ‘digital first’, Indy-style clickbait-based website. You will often find the exact same traffic-farming stories on the Telegraph site as you will on the Indy online. See the Telegraph’s “Man with two penises writes tell-all memoir” and the i100’s “The man with two penises has now written a tell-all memoir”. 

The FT have some killer numbers:

“Fleet Street’s large newsroom may be unsustainable. The Times had 454 editorial staff at last count, The Sun 525, the Daily Telegraph 662 and The Guardian, following expansion overseas, 925.”

Online-only is the only option. The question now is how proprietors and executives will reconcile the trend for traffic-driving churnalism to the pay the bills with actual, old-fashioned journalism in the digital age. The future of journalism is specialism, the most profitable online media operations have focus, that generates specific audience demographics that can be packaged for advertisers at premium prices.

Guido in The Sun on Sunday

Read Guido’s column in the Sun on Sunday to discover the fate of Labour’s 20 discarded chicken suits. Don’t miss out on:

DOCTOR

  • Just what the junior doctor ordered… tax deductible Val d’Isere Doctors Winter Conference

UBER

  • Why UKIP are Uber flip-floppers

MAY

  • Theresa May swerves the opportunity to back Britain staying in the EU
  • The Labour MP who heckles Commons opponents by telling them they’ve been blocked on Twitter
  • Why the Tories are telling the LibDems to pack their bags all over again
  • Labour’s never-ending hypocrisy on zero hours contracts
  • Minister Sniffed Poppers at Cabinet Table

You can read it all today, for free, here

Guido in The Sun on Sunday

See Guido’s column in the Sun on Sunday for the BBC’s refusal to deny that they chauffeured Jihadi Sid to interviews so he could spout his pro-ISIS views on national television. Don’t miss out on:

PLOT

  • RED ON RED: Labour MPs say they are victims of a Corbynista revenge plot

MENACE

  • How George Osborne is menacing Tory ministers and MPs

RORY

  • Why armed police were called to a Tory minister’s office this week
  • BRUM BUNFIGHT: Radical left-winger Salma Yaqoob DID try to join Labour, decision now with NEC
  • Mark Reckless’ Dirty Secret

You can read it all today, for free, here

Guido in The Sun on Sunday

Read all about Keith Vaz and the Russian glamour models in Guido’s column in the Sun on SundayDon’t miss out on:

  • Security Shocker: Jeremy Corbyn in his own words, wants an “end to Nato”

radical

  • Despite complaining when Zac Goldsmith called him a “radical“, Sadiq Khan called himself radical 19 times

CAULI

  • Mystery of the Reshuffle Cauliflower Solved
  • Something of a fallout between Corbyn and McDonnell
  • High-Friers: Meet the Tory Two Who Worked Together at McDonald’s
  • “I’ve no idea what you’re talking about, but you’re probably after my sister” – Awkward Eagle Reshuffle Moment

You can read it all today, for free, here

Guido’s 2015 Awards in The Sun on Sunday

2015

Guido sticks the knife – and Fawke – into the winners of 2015’s awards for Westminster’s top chancers, cheats and trumps. Click here to read our Surprise of Year, best gaffe, worst piggy, heroes and zeroes and laugh-out-loud moment. Happy New Year…[…] Read the rest

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Guido in The Sun on Sunday

ALLAN

Read all about Lucy Allan’s four letter rant at a young staffer last week in Guido’s column in the Sun on Sunday. Don’t miss out on:

  • Allan Refused to Let Staffer Have Weekend Off to See Terminally Ill Relative
  • Former staff claim she tried to gag whistleblowers with “intimidating” messages

BORIS

  • Why did boozing Boris put Tory MPs’ noses out of joint last week?
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Guido in The Sun on Sunday

Read Guido’s column in the Sun on Sunday to find out the latest astonishing twist in the Tory bullying saga. The cops are investigating after a police impersonator threatened a whistleblower with arrest. Don’t miss out on:

ADAMS

  • Tatler Tory row MP declares “NFJ” rule at his Christmas bash.
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Guido in The Sun on Sunday

FURY

Read Guido’s column in the Sun on Sunday as the campaign for Brexit secures literally its biggest backer yet: the heavyweight champion of the world. Don’t miss out on:

VICTIMS

  • Tory bullying whistleblowers blast inquiry: “I was made to feel like a terrorist”

CARNEY

  • In Campaign Carney Row: Bank of England officials furious with BSE

DONOR

  • Top Labour Donor Quits, Telling Corbyn: “You are leading the party into oblivion”
  • Chris Bryant, the copper and the dead donkey
  • Pro-bombing Tom Watson inundated with abusive messages from Corbynistas calling him a “traitor” and a “Blairite
  • Desperate Remain campaign claims “The EU lets us have more sex”
  • Momentum chief Jon Lansman’s son works as asset manager promising “tax efficiency” to “shelter income tax”

You can read it all today, for free, only on SunNation[…] Read the rest

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Guido in The Sun on Sunday

COUP

In today’s news-filled Sun on Sunday column, Guido reveals that Labour MPs are plotting to take out John McDonnell. Read all about it here, and don’t miss out on:

benn

  • Supporters of Hilary Benn for leader are sharing Clinton’s ‘Ready for Hillary’ graphics

THREAT

  • Fears London Labour MPs will be targeted for deselection as new far-left members sign up in the hundreds

YEO

  • Guido’s favourite Tim Yeo anecdote: what happened when he dined alone and ordered an expensive bottle of wine…
  • What will Osborne do with McDonnell’s Little Red Book?
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Guido in The Sun on Sunday

In today’s Sun on Sunday column, Guido unravels Downing Street’s spin over Cam Force One. Don’t miss out on:

CARSON

  • Have you heard the one about the squatters, the butler and Jezza’s brother?

KARIE

  • Disgraced vote-rigging scandal candidate Karie Murphy is back helping Tom Watson

ADAMS

  • Top Tory MP distances himself from the scandal-hit RoadTrip campaign
  • The Labour leadership stinks… literally
  • Corbyn’s Remembrance order to staff
  • Remain campaign latest: Mandelson’s warning to Roland Rudd

You can read it all today, for free, only on SunNation[…] Read the rest

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Guido in The Sun on Sunday

In today’s Sun on Sunday, Guido reveals that supporters of Jeremy Corbyn have lodged an official complaint to Labour’s General Secretary over moderates Simon Danczuk, Frank Field and Emily Benn. Don’t miss out on:

OSBORNE

  • How George Osborne made an ‘offer they cannot refuse’ to new Tory MPs

BALLS

  • How Ed Balls is STILL adding to the national debt

LORDS

  • Lording it up: taxpayer billed £60,000 to keep peers’ bottoms comfy
  • Will Chuka soon be hearing the patter of tiny feet?
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Guido in The Sun on Sunday

Read Guido’s column in the Sun on Sunday for a Remembrance Sunday reminder of where Team Corbyn stands on our armed forces – they want disgraced former Respect leader Salma Yaqoob to be a Labour MP. Don’t miss out on:

BULLY

  • Tory Bullying Latest: Police Interview Witnesses

DIANE

  • Cor-binned!
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