Parliamentary Staffers Claim “Difficult” Work Causing Bad Mental Health

This morning’s Guardian published a rare exclusive which caught Guido’s attention: a “groundbreaking” study which reveals the alarming truths of working in Westminster. According to this pioneering research, around half of MPs’ staffers are at “breaking point” and suffer from “clinical levels of psychological distress“, with nearly 20% describing the experience of working the in mother of parliaments as “harrowing“. One of the reasons it’s been such a traumatic experience? Yes, Brexit…

“Parliamentary aides said they were at “breaking point” after years of crises, from Brexit to Covid, a lack of support from superiors and abuse from the public… 49.5% met the medical threshold for psychological distress – more than twice the level in the general population.”

The Guardian also somehow manages to connect this to Partygate, claiming the findings will “raise further concerns about the working culture in Westminster” ahead of Sue Gray’s report. A working culture so harrowing, so emotionally distressing, that staffers just can’t cope with how much fun it is to get drunk on subsidised booze. Even during Covid, staffers were handed a tax-free £312 bonus to cover home-working expenses. Must be tough. Meanwhile in Kyiv, MPs and their staff are still heading in to the office despite, erm, a full-scale invasion and missile strikes…

 

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Pippa Crerar is New Guardian Pol-Ed

Commiserations to Ben Riley-Smith

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Home Office Denies ‘Excluding’ Left Wing Hacks from Rwanda Trip

Guardian, Mirror and Financial Times hacks are complaining in Press Gazette that they were “blocked” from attending Priti’s Rwanda trip this month, with the Guardian going as far as to accuse the Home Office of trying to “avoid public scrutiny“:

“We are concerned that Home Office officials are deliberately excluding specific journalists from key briefings and engagements. [This] sends a worrying signal about the state of press freedom in the UK.”

Strangely, however, Guardian hacks were actually invited on the trip… their reporter just happened to fall ill right before leaving.

Even so, the Guardian is now donning tinfoil hats and claiming the Home Office rejected replacement hack, home affairs editor Rajeev Sal, because he might ask tough questions. They also claim the Home Office have deliberately rejected Sal from briefings before, something the Home Office tells Guido is “rubbish“. If Sal is such a tough interviewer, it does beg the question of why they didn’t submit him for the trip in the first place…

Guido’s departmental co-conspirator says the whole row is “silly“, as they can’t offer tickets to everyone, everywhere, at all times. They also point out how both the BBC and PA were on-hand throughout the entire trip – so those that couldn’t attend could get straight wire copy. In fact, even the picture used in the Press Gazette report came from PA…

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The Guardian  and Left Forget Previous “Man of the Year” Winners

The Guardian has raised eyebrows this morning after publishing an article accusing Time Magazine of making the “worst choice ever” picking Elon Musk as Person of the Year. Time praised him for his inventions, endeavours, and creating the most valuable car company in the world – and described him as a “clown, genius, edgelord, visionary, industrialist, showman”. The American left ain’t convinced…

Elizabeth Warren responded by calling him a freeloader, demanding the US tax code be fixed, with Congressman Pramila Jayapal echoing Warren by tweeting “It’s *TIME* for Elon Musk to pay his fair share in taxes.” Geddit…

Author Kurt Eichenwald called him “may be the worst choice ever” for the title. Guido gently reminds both Kurt and the Guardian that in 1938 and 1939 Hitler and Stalin won the award respectively:

The ‘worst choice ever’ ship has very much sailed…

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To Mask or Not to Mask: Guardian’s Boris Theatre Report Was a Comedy of Errors

During PMQs The Guardian published another tedious mask gotcha aimed at Boris, reporting an audience member at the Almeida theatre in Islington had told them he was not wearing a mask during the performance of Macbeth. Two problems with the ‘Exclusive’…

Firstly, the paper reports Boris was spotted there maskless on Monday night, however he was actually there on Tuesday night. Guido could otherwise overlook this comedy of errors…

However, there’s the problem that a quick bit of digging by Guido reveals a photo of the PM at the theatre – with a mask.

Despite splashing with the headline, “Boris Johnson accused of flouting request to wear mask at theatre”, readers aren’t told until eight paragraphs down that “It is believed he had his mask round his chin during the first half, and off completely during the second half”, a move that would be so pointless Guido suspects it is as reliable as the rest of the nonsense briefing from the nameless hostile North London arts-loving, leftie.

The Guardian writes that the PM’s (easily debunkable) decision not to wear a mask followed an equally boring splash on the last Sunday’s Mirror, which pictured the PM not wearing a mask on a train carriage, surrounded by other passengers also not wearing a mask given the law no longer requires it. While Boris was watching Macbeth, it seems it was all much ado about nothing…

UPDATE: Guido spots some sneaky changes have been made to The Guardian’s original story, without alerting readers to the update, after also finding the above photo. The original text stated:

“A fellow audience member said Johnson was not wearing a face covering during the performance, despite the theatre’s requests for visitors to wear one at all times when not eating or drinking. He was also photographed inside a public area of the theatre without a mask on, alongside someone believed to be a member of his family.”

However the article now reads:

“Three fellow audience members said Johnson was not wearing a face covering during the performance, despite the theatre’s requests for visitors to wear one at all times when not eating or drinking. He was photographed in the auditorium with a mask around his chin and again inside a public area of the theatre without a mask on at all, alongside someone believed to be a member of his family.”

Sneaky, sneaky…

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Army Still Hosting Loony Guardian Columnist at Leadership Away Day

Yesterday, two hours after Guido reported the MoD had invited an Extinction Rebellion activist to their annual leadership lectures day, the Army rescinded the invite. Unfortunately for Her Majesty’s forces, they’re still set to be lectured by The Guardian’s Arwa Mahdawi:

Some co-conspirators may know Mahdawi best for her infamous flip-flop op-eds, in which she notoriously accused “toxic masculinity” of killing people via refusal to wear facemasks, then opined that people shouldn’t be shamed for not wearing facemasks. She also wrote that Melania Trump’s new hairdo should “make us very afraid”, then wrote a scathing riposte when AOC’s barnet came under the spotlight.

Just the sort of consistent, strong-minded leadership from which our troops need to learn…

Among her other work, perhaps the Army will be surprised to learn she’s not too keen on the military. In 2017 she slammed the Israeli actress Gal Gadot as she’d “happily spent time in the Israeli army kicking Palestinian ass and supports the IDF”. 

She also wrote an op-ed on the BLM riots in the US under the headline, “If violence isn’t the way to end racism in America, then what is?”; and another in which she lamented that Britain’s now “embarrassing” and that Priti Patel is a “ghoul” – all of these opinions no doubt perfectly suited to a day at Sandhurst lecturing the Army. Still, maybe one of our boys will be keen to ask about how to avoid their barrack thermostats being “constantly set to a ‘sexist’ temperature”…

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