Boris Johnson Slaps Down Guardian’s Divestment Crusade

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Boris Johnson has roundly rejected a motion from the London Assembly that called for City Hall’s pension fund to pull out of fossil fuel investments. The motion, inspired by the Guardian’s nutty divestment campaign, called on Boris to put the retirement of London’s public workers at risk in order to stop the “havoc of climate change“.

Boris, who famously said  “no stone should be left unfracked in the cause of keeping the lights on,” poo-pooed the motion, likening the idea of pulling investment from the companies that keep the worlds poor warm to jumping off a cliff edge.

Let’s hope the next Mayor is equally sound…

Seumas Milne: Putin Good, Tories Bad

The Guardian’s Kremlin-apologising in house former Stalinist, Seumas Milne, has outdone himself.

The same Shameless Bilge who says we shouldn’t “demonise” Putin is accusing a British political party of an “anti-democratic coup”. Irony is dead…

Guardian Backs Labour

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Though they warn:

“Of course there are misgivings. The party has some bad instincts – on civil liberties, penal policy and on Trident, about which it is too inflexible. Questions linger over Ed Miliband’s leadership, and whether he has that elusive quality that inspires others to follow…

This newspaper has never been a cheerleader for the Labour party. We are not now. But our view is clear. Labour provides the best hope for starting to tackle the turbulent issues facing us. On 7 May, as this country makes a profound decision about its future, we hope Britain turns to Labour.”

And they say vote for the LibDems in blue-yellow marginals…

Lutfur Rahman Roll Call of Shame

As Lutfur Rahman is found guilty of a string of election offences, here is a piece the Guardian published on him last year:

Apparently “there had been a concerted effort by the media and political establishment to smear Rahman” and “the story of Lutfur Rahman is a democratic success story”. Today he has been found guilty of bribery and corruption.

Dave Hill also wrote a long defence of Rahman in the Guardian, including how Rahman was victim to “pernicious, glory-seekers’ back catalogue of Tower Hamlets Islamist conspiracy theories”. He concluded:

“the point is, though, that if Rahman has sinned how many others are doing so all day, every day in ways that, in the end, differ if at all only in the means and detail?”

That renowned democrat George Galloway defended his ideological ally:

“Labour should be beating a path to mayor Lutfur’s door and asking him to sprinkle some of his stardust over them instead of expelling him, witch-hunting him and trying to drive him from office.”

While Ken Livingstone spoke up for his old friend:

“He is the subject of an Islamophobic campaign of lies. I have always stood up for people who are victimised.”

Another one of those days when Labour have to say “thank goodness David didn’t win”…

Happy Earth Day Sheeple

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It’s Earth Day, the “largest civic event in the world” that was started to give bored anti-Vietnam hippies something else to protest about. It’s also an annual excuse for earnest news publications to run eco-garbage scare stories. Just take a look at this gem from the Guardian:

“Earth Day: scientists say 75% of known fossil fuel reserves must stay in ground.”

The Guardian story is following in a fine tradition, here’s some choice quotes from 1970, the year Earth Day was founded.

“[By 1995]…somewhere between 75 and 85 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct” Sen. Gaylord Nelson, the founder of Earth Day, Look Magazine

the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be bornNewsweek 

By 1985, air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one halfLife Magazine

Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from the intolerable deteriorations and possible extinctionThe New York Times

Gaia has heard it all before…

Man With Plane Trolls Owen Jones From the Sky

With Owen Jones visiting South Thanet yesterday to campaign for Labour, Simon Moores – an economist, Guardian contributor, councillor and pilot – saw his chance to troll the his lefty colleague from a great height. And troll him he did, by flying this banner over the constituency for the afternoon:

Moores tells Guido:

“I did it off my own back because I can’t stand Owen Jones. I can’t stand economic illiterates and Jones drives me crazy.”

One critic Owen can’t block…

Classic Guardian Freudian Slip

Ed Miliband unveils his “big promise” on the front page of tomorrow’s Guardian: no more borrowing. Can you spot the perfect Freudian slip?

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No need for a second edition, they had it right first time…

The Day the Polls Didn’t Turn

This is a poll of polls average for today only:

Worth noting that the Labour figure is inflated by their very high rating with Panelbase.

As you can see below, TNS, Panelbase and Survation all put Labour ahead, but the latest polls out tonight from ComRes and YouGov have the Tories in first:

Which makes this Guardian splash, released before the ComRes and YouGov polls, look rather premature:

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Too late to change the splash?

Apple’s Guardian Snub

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There was much embarrassment in King’s Place yesterday when the Guardian’s tech writers were forced write up an overview of other newspapers’ reviews of the Apple Watch instead of doing one of their own. Apple had refused to send the Guardian a review unit…

Despite the Guardian’s love of all things Apple – they even built iPads into the tables of their #guardiancoffee coffee shop – Apple snubbed them in favour of the Mail, Indy and Telegraph. Rumour has it that Apple are still smarting after the Guardian ran a withering article about the Apple Watch that was written by chief executive of a marketing company which represents luxury watch manufacturers.

They will just have to buy one like everyone else…

Owen Jones Exits Reality Based Community

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So we are not allowed to say that a metropolitan liberal lefty lives in North London and now pointing out that Ed Miliband ruined his brother’s life is apparently anti-Semitic.

A spectacularly hypocritical allegation from someone who works at the Guardian.

Could Labour cheerleaders please provide us with a list of pejorative terms we are allowed to use about their spanner of a leader?

Will Ed Balls End the Guardian’s Non-Domiciling of Corporate Assets?

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Further reading on the Guardian‘s tax hypocrisy:

Guardian Debate Mash-Up

Page 3 Totty Back in Print

… In today’s Guardian…

Mask Slips From Greenpeace ‘Health Charity’ Front

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A report published by “independent” medical charity Medact calling for a UK-wide moratorium on fracking, is nothing more than left-wing propaganda pushed by Green extremists, Gaia can reveal. The Guardian is already excitedly claiming that the report is prompting doctors and academics to call for a ban on fracking…

Health & Fracking was launched yesterday by Andy Haines, who wrote a chapter of a Greenpeace global warming report, and its lead author is David McCoy. McCoy is on the record saying that health professional associations should do more to lend their authority to the campaigning efforts of organisations such as Greenpeace.

Another contributor to the report is none other than Mike Hill. As previously revealed by Gaia, Hill is a fantasist who falsely claims to be an advisor to the government and EU and is running for parliament on an anti-fracking platform. Something the report didn’t see relevant to declare as a conflict of interest… 

Medact is funded by the ‘International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons UK’, of which Greenpeace is a partner organisation, along with Crisis Action, who include Greenpeace in its network of members. ‘Scientists for Global Responsibility’, whose Executive Director has collaborated with Greenpeace, also supported them. Do we detect a pattern here?

Gaia hears whispers that the report was originally scheduled for release last week, but Medact opted to drop it during purdah so that Public Health England could not respond…

Guardian Could Champion Better Bill Gates Cause

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The Guardian’sKeep it in the Ground’ anti-hydro-carbon fuels campaign, conveniently launched after the Guardian pocketed $1 billion from the sale of gas guzzler’s weekly AutoTrader, is well under way with more than 74,000 readers signing a petition urging the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to stop investing in energy corporations. According to the Guardian, these investments pose a “real threat to us all” and are morally misguided.

Bill Gates’ foundation’s malaria vaccine programme alone is on track to save 8.7 million of the worlds poorest from an agonising death by 2020. That’s 8.7 million more lives than will be saved by windmills.

Guardian Editor Final Two Rumour

A white Oxford educated, grammar school girl V a white Oxford educated, public school boy…

Guardian Smear Apple on Behalf of ‘Big-Watch” Lobby

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This week the Guardian ran a withering article by Martin McNulty about the new Apple Watch. In it McNulty accuses Apple of losing all credibility, likens the watch to the much-maligned Bluetooth headset and concludes by assuring readers that Steve Jobs would basically be turning in his grave.

So, who is this Martin McNulty? He’s the chief executive of marketing companies Forward3D and Locaria, whose clients include Kering, the owner of luxury watch manufacturers Ulysse Nardin, Jean Richard and Girard-Perregaux.

 The home of quality journalism…

Guardian Admit To Screwing Over Tech Company

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The Guardian have admitted that the scathing hatchet job they wrote about US tech company Whisper was largely false. Back in October the home of ‘quality journalism’ breached just about every tenet of media integrity after the reporters they sent to work on a media partnership with Whisper wrote a slimy exposé about them. As a result of the accusations that Whisper (who pride themselves on keeping their users data private) were spying on their customers, the company’s fortunes plummeted and senior management heads rolled.

Yesterday the Guardian deleted one of their articles about Whisper and reworded another – retracting much of their original allegations.

Facts are sacred…

Alan Rusbridger Receives Police Caution On Hampstead Heath

Via his Instagram:

“So I took this unremarkable picture on Hampstead Heath this morning while being photographed by@davidlevene. The minute speck in the middle of the picture became very upset… and 10 minutes I was being cautioned by a police officer on behalf of @davidlevene for his illegal use of a tripod. Unlike some editors I believe in taking the rap when caught red-handed”

Free the Islington one!

UPDATE: Rusbridger speaks.

Professor Greenslade Overlooks Guardian’s Double-Digit Decline

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Media commentator Roy Greenslade reports that the Sun’s circulation was down to 1,842,284 copies a day in February, a fall of 6.89%. Professor Greenslade, writing in the Guardian, speculates as to if it is due to the suspension of the traditional Page 3 Girl from the print edition – though she can still be found in all her glory in the online edition.[…] Read the rest

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