Today The Guardian’s media editor Jim Waterson came under attack from woke Gen Z users over a joke he made regarding The Economist’s infamous pushing of bug-eating in their articles. Responding to Mike Bird’s announcement of his imminent start as the magazine’s new Asia business & finance editor, Guido’s former intern congratulated him, saying “Wow! I hope you have a proper meal out to celebrate.” This joke went over the heads of many…
Triggered by the picture of a bug being held in chopsticks a user called Bora screengrabbed the tweet, accusing him of breaking The Guardian’s social media policy, and tweeting that it “makes me furious thinking about all the micro-aggressions people must’ve experience [sic] because of you.” Clearly the confusion came from Jim’s joke about the Economist’s love of bug-eating, not Asia’s…
Bora’s furious tweet has since attracted 2,500 likes, with other woke users saying his tweet “makes me me disappointed in the guardian, I usually hold them to high standards…” Another ranted, “@guardian you hire this kind of people? Shame.” Twitter user Rey dug out an old debate of Waterson’s, in which he discussed “Are politicians doing enough to tackle racism?” Guido’s sad to see Jim subjected to such baseless attacks…
On Friday Guardianistas Rob Davies and Joseph Smith had an article attacking recipients of furlough funds, “including billionaire tax exiles, Saudi royals and oil-rich Gulf states which have claimed millions of pounds in taxpayer-funded furlough money.”
Based on government information, they claimed their story had “sparked dismay among MPs at the use of a scheme designed to support struggling businesses and prevent mass unemployment, with one complaining of public money being scattered ‘like confetti'” quoting Robert Palmer, of Tax Justice UK, saying: “It’s pretty galling that tax exiles who have minimised their contributions in the good times are asking for a handout when things get tough.” Who else do we know to have minimised their contributions in good times and now claims handouts in hard times?
Guido can reveal that to date Guardian Media Group has claimed some £200,000 in furlough funds, despite having managed for decades to avoid paying corporation tax, even when sheltering a billion pound asset sale in the Caymans Island’s tax haven. Avoiding taxes when it makes money, claiming from the taxpayer when it is in difficulty.
As for billionaires, in the begging footnotes seen at the bottom of articles it pushes a nonsense line that the Guardian that it is “free of the influence of billionaires”. In truth The Guardian solicits millions in subsidies from foundations established by some of the richest billionaires on the planet to push their agendas. Millions are laundered through the opaque foundations of billionaires every year to subsidise the loss making newspaper. Sponsored content guaranteed to toe-the-line desired by the billionaire donors…
N.B. At Guido we didn’t furlough anyone, or make anyone redundant, we weathered the pandemic out of reserves and actually increased headcount. No taxpayers are harmed in the production of Guido.
Back in July the Guardian published a deep dive piece about German tabloid Bild and its attitude to Angela Merkel and the culture wars. It prominently featured an interview with Bild’s editor Julian Reichelt. Yet curiously, the version originally published (and helpfully archived here) does not match the version currently online. The amended article claims it has been altered to fix “mis-transcriptions“. Curious how the edit led to criticism of Angela Merkel mysteriously disappearing, along with a watering down of strong support for the US and Israel…
“Take Merkel,” he said. “Here you have this completely mediocre mind, and the press has created this elaborate mythology around her. That she’s some sort of savage wit in private – which is not true, by the way – and that she’s fantastically clever – which is not true either. She’s just capable of identifying the direction of prevailing winds.”
He gave the example of Merkel, around whom he said the press had created an “elaborate mythology” that she has such natural wit and is extremely clever, whereas her skill lay in identifying the direction of the prevailing winds.
“You must understand that Bild was right about the three major questions of post-war German life,” Reichelt said. “We backed Israel to the hilt, which you can hardly say for the international left. We backed the USA to the hilt, which the student protesters didn’t want.”
“You must understand that Bild was right about the three major questions of postwar German life,” Reichelt said. “We backed Israel … , which you can hardly say for the international left. We backed the USA … , which the student protesters didn’t want.”
Guido is told the way interviews take place in Germany is very different to what goes on in the UK. Journalists in the UK tend to interview their subject, then go away and write up a piece and publish it. In Germany there is a third step, where standard practice dictates the interviewee looks over the copy and approve it before publication. Now it’s gone back and significantly watered down the words. Guido suspects what went on here was beyond innocent mis-transcription…
This morning’s Guardian led with a plea from prominent actors to open new Brexit talks to ease up visa rules for artists travelling to the continent. Of the famous faces leading the campaign, one they splashed on the front page was just about the worst person they could have chosen to influence No. 10: Miriam Margolyes. Last year the actress sparked hundreds of Ofcom complaints for a TV outburst shortly after Boris left hospital, suffering from Coronavirus. Margolyes told Channel 4’s The Last Leg:
“I had difficulty not wanting Boris Johnson to die, I wanted him to die, and then I thought that reflects badly on me and I don’t want to be the sort of person who wants people to die.”
Guido points out to the Guardian it’d be hard for Boris to restart Brexit talks if Margolyes’s wish had been fulfilled. Can’t restart talks if you’re dead…
This weekend the Guardian and Independent both published a whopper of a story sure to set social media and MP’s casework inboxes alight; with claims Boris was to use Brexit to authorise the use of a “bee-killing pesticide banned in the EU” – neonicotinoid thiamethoxam – to treat sugar beet seed this year in an effort to protect the crop from a virus. Greta immediately leapt on the story:
UK government has announced "a bee-killing pesticide so poisonous that it is banned by the EU" may be used in England.— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) January 9, 2021
New coal mines and pesticides... the UK's so called "green industrial revolution" is off to a great start.
Very credible indeed.https://t.co/R4o54ZEyvD
There was just one problem with the screeching Remainer environmental outrage: the pesticide is not banned in the EU and the UK was always entitled to use it pre-Brexit – with 10 EU countries also having issued emergency authorisations for the pesticide since 2018 including Belgium, Denmark and Spain. DEFRA makes it very clear: “The UK’s approach to the use of emergency authorisations has not changed as a result of the UK’s exit from the EU.”
British sugar beet yield in 2020 is expected to be down by 20-25% on previous years due to predation by aphids which have been spreading beet yellow virus:
“The temporary use of this product is strictly limited to a non-flowering crop and will be tightly controlled to minimise any potential risk to pollinators.”
Don’t expect blind, unverifiable Remainer anger to die down just because Brexit’s finally done and dusted…
UPDATE: Reported today in French press France approves three-year use of controversial pesticide
Since the vaccine news came out on Wednesday morning, Remainers have spent their time arguing that Brexit point-scoring shouldn’t politicise the good vaccine news; as the Guardian published on Wednesday, the “UK’s triumph at approving Covid vaccine must not become a chest-thumping exercise”:
“The health secretary saw this as a triumph for Britannia. Matt Hancock even tried to spin it as a triumph for Brexit… But political posturing will not help the huge effort ahead to get the vaccine taken up by the elderly and vulnerable most at risk from Covid.”
The paper’s aversion to political posturing over the vaccine is clearly newly-found however, given that back March the Observer’s political editor Toby Helm gleefully told readers:
“Brexit means coronavirus vaccine will be slower to reach the UK – and it will cost more here because of the UK pulling out of the European Medicines Agency on 30 December”
Yes, that’s the same EMA that is yet to approve a vaccine, holding back immunisation for EU citizens. Unsurprisingly, Toby has remained quiet on social media vaccine analysis this week…
The Guardian is far from the only outlet to have pronounced Brexit doom on Britain’s hopes of a vaccine. In July the Independent’s Rob Merrick told readers Boris Johnson had put “Brexit before health by rejecting an invitation to join an EU scheme to procure a coronavirus vaccine”, citing Layla Moran who said the decision was putting “Brexit over vaccines”. According to sources at the time, the EU made scrapping the Oxford vaccine trials a pre-condition of UK participation in their vaccine programme. Now we have more vaccine than the EU, faster than the EU. Will Remainers ever learn to stop predicting gloom and disaster?