Patron-ising Guardian Rip Off

Alan Rusbridger has gone all Bob ‘give us your f**king money’ Geldof. “Care deeply about the Guardian’s journalism and the impact it has on the world?” Then give them all your dosh.

For a whopping £60 per month – or almost 3% of the average person’s annual income – you can tour their newsroom and visit their printing presses by becoming a Guardian Patron:

“From campaigning on issues affecting the voices less heard to holding those in power to account, Patrons ensure the Guardian can continue to surface the information and ideas that shape the global conversation.”

So they’ve had to resort to a whip around…

Guardian Elitism

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Worrying report in the Guardian today that Britain is “deeply elitist” because people educated at public school and Oxbridge have in effect created a “closed shop at the top”, according to a study by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission. The study of the social background of those “running Britain” was the most detailed of its kind ever undertaken and showed that elitism was so embedded in Britain “that it could be called ‘social engineering’.” Terrible…

The Guardian’s editor Alan Rusbridger (Cranleigh and Magdalene College, Cambridge) is no doubt aware that the progressive paper has never had an editor who was not a privately educated, white male. The key to changing that in the future is the young writing talent they hire today. Owen Jones (University College, Oxford) and Archie Bland (Winchester and Emmanuel College, Cambridge) are two of his latest hires. Change is going to be a long time coming…

Gender Segregated Editorial Meeting at Guardian

The patriarchal norm of heteronormative gender oppression at King’s Place is being forced to check its male privilege. Girl power at the Guardian has inspired female staff to mark the departure of wimmin’s editor Jane Martinson with a wimmin-only editorial meeting next month:

As Jane Martinson is standing down as women’s editor it seems like a good moment to reflect on women at the Guardian, the future of how we cover women’s issues and what we do next.

With that in mind, we want to have a meeting open to all women in editorial to talk about the above. It will be on Friday 12th September, 11-12.30 in the morning conference room. 
Afterwards we’ll look to take discussions and recommendations to everyone in morning conference.
Do come along

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Presumably, given the Friday lunchtime scheduling, all the blokes will be down the pub whilst this is going on. With Janine Gibson supposedly being lined up as Alan Rusbridger’s eventual replacement as editor, the ladies could be taking over…

Loony Left Coming For Evil Thomas the Tank Engine

Well this is just about the best thing that Comment is Free have ever published. For reasons such as ‘classism, sexism, anti-environmentalism bordering on racism’, kids must be weaned off of the evil that is Thomas the Tank Engine:

“For one, these trains perform tasks dictated by their imperious, little white boss, Sir Topham Hatt (also known as The Fat Controller), whose attire of a top hat, tuxedo and big round belly is just a little too obvious. Basically, he’s the Monopoly dictator of their funky little island.”

“For the record, all the “villains” on Thomas and Friends are the dirty diesel engines. I’d like to think there was a good environmental message in there, but when the good engines pump out white smoke and the bad engines pump out black smoke – and they areall pumping out smoke – it’s not hard to make the leap into the race territory.”

It’s not white smoke you numpty, it’s steam. They are steam engines. Little racist steam engines. Give me strength…

Guardian Workers Revolt Over £2 Million Boss NUJ Condemns Widening Bosses’ Pay Gap

Guardian writers are unhappy that their pay is falling in real terms whilst their bosses’ pay tops £2 million.

guardian-logoFollowing today’s chapel meeting at 2pm, the following motion was passed unanimously:

The chapel believes that GMG’s continued payment of grossly inflated boardroom bonuses and remuneration packages is a violation of the Guardian’s values and represents a failure of corporate governance and accountability by the Trust.

The fact that one package of over £2m has been agreed after five years of large-scale company losses and falling real terms staff pay and numbers demonstrates that City-scale boardroom pay at GMG remains out of control and that genuine independent oversight is not taking place.

The chapel, which represents the overwhelming majority of Guardian and Observer editorial staff, believes the decisions of the board and trust on boardroom pay do not reflect the views of the staff, readership or the ethics of the Guardian that the Trust is obliged to uphold.

The chapel has no confidence in the existing system of executive remuneration, and calls on the company to publish details of all existing long-term incentive and boardroom bonus schemes, as well as the total executive bonus pool paid out annually.

The chapel believes that reform of governance at the Guardian is now essential, and calls on the Trust to respond to chapel representations for reform made over the past five years. The chapel reiterates its opposition to executive performance bonuses and calls on the trust to accept elected staff representation on the remuneration committee and to expand elected staff representation on the Trust itself.

The chapel instructs the officers to prepare a pay claim for this October’s settlement that takes account of GMG boardroom excess, narrows the widening gap between the lowest and highest paid in the company and aims to recoup the real terms cuts in pay and freelance rates sustained by NUJ members over the past five years.

Where was that tribune of the workers and Guardian columnist when the union was meeting?

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Owen Jones was having a cappucino breakfast tea in Bar Italia, Soho…

UPDATE:

The Editor Who Went Into The Cold

A Guido co-conspirator emailed on Friday:

Hi Just got off the BA flight (BA 232) from Moscow. Fellow passenger in the back of the plane was none other than Alan R. No mistake, definitely him.

Wonder if he was visiting Ed. Snowden?

Ou sont les Neigedens d’antan?

Sure enough the Editor who had his patriotism questioned in parliament by Keith Vaz met Ed Snowden on Saturday at an undisclosed “city centre” location. Civil libertarians will hope Rusbridger didn’t lead MI6 and the CIA to the whistleblower. Alan did leave his mobile phone at the hotel right? His spy tradecraft is clearly less than brilliant. Rusbridger gave Snowden a piece of the government mandated destroyed computer:

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Our secret agent gives the game away with the story’s photo credit

Curvy Alan Rusbridger Gets the Full Mail Online Treatment

Camped outside celebrity hangout Chiltern Firehouse,  Dave and SamCam’s fav in Marylebone for date night, the snappers spotted Nigella Lawson with an scruffy looking  lunch partner. But who could this “Harry Potter look-a-like” be?

“Alan, her lunchtime companion, wore a crumpled navy suit and a blue shirt which hung to his curves. His hair looked in need of a good brushing and he wore his recognisable round glasses – making him look like the fictional wizard.”

5 points to Slytherin.

Oh Is This the Way They Say the Future’s Meant to Feel? Guardian Not Shifting at Glasto 

Following the roaring success of Guardian Coffee, MediaGuido can report that the paper’s pop-up stall at Glastonbury is enjoying a similar level of popularity this week:

Our man in the field says “not a single person is interested” in picking up a copy, with photo evidence showing piles and piles of unread papers still available. Another Guardian financial success…

Guardian Newsroom Reacts to Hacking Verdicts

A mole tells MediaGuido how Kings Place reacted to the news:

“There was wild cheering in newsroom at news that jury had verdict. Now gone deathly silent.”

Gutted…

Ed’s Guardian Problem (Part II)

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As Guido pointed out yesterday Ed Miliband appears to have lost the support of the Guardian’s political writers, today the paper splashes on the loss of faith within the shadow cabinet. This is despite, or perhaps because, he recently came to the Guardian’s offices to do a Q & A session with the editorial team…

Ed’s Guardian Problem

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Labour spin-doctors have always feared the “Tory press”, they should take a look at the headlines in their own hinterland, the above are from Yesterday’s Guardian. They dwell on the Ed Problem. If the core Labour luvvie vote is lost what hope is their for Ed as the polls narrow. The UK Polling Report rolling average has Labour now on 35% and the Tories on 32% with the trend showing Labour declining. 45 weeks to go…

Rusbridger: We Need the BBC to Go Out of Business

Evan Davis and Alan Rusbridger got their handbags out at a media luvvie lunch. Davis touched a nerve by arguing that the newspaper industry needs three dailies to go out of business to survive, provoking a much more sensible alternative suggestion from the Guardian editor. Press Gazette has the video:

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ED: “Really, we need, don’t we… a healthy, vibrant, five-newspaper industry, good newspapers, well resourced, print and online. We need three dailies to go out of business don’t we? There’s just a ridiculous over capacity in this market. How does that happen? We don’t seem to be seeing papers exiting the market, which is what happens when the technology changes and the demand for that product diminishes.”

AR: “Well, I’m going to make a very cheap point here, Evan, and say that the same is true of the BBC. We need the BBC to go out of the market.”

Elsewhere this week, Harriet Harman raised the possibility that Labour would support the abolition of the licence fee. Auntie’s friends are turning on her…

The Guardian Out Guardians Itself

Via @robertsjonathan

IDS’s Comms Chief Gives Guardian Both Benefits Barrels

Former Sun man turned DWP’s new Director of Communications really doesn’t like the Guardian. Richard Caseby has written an 815-word takedown of the paper for Press Gazette, accusing them of inaccuracy, hysteria and “demonising” public servants:

“Why is it that the national newspaper which devotes the most coverage to welfare reform reports on it with such pinpoint inaccuracy? Is it ineptitude or ideology? Is it the innumeracy of its journalists? Day after day, Alan Rusbridger’s Guardian gets its facts wrong.”

First in the firing line is Polly Toynbee:

“Within weeks of my starting as the Director of Communications at the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), Polly Toynbee stuck the knife in, saying people “could forget factual information” now I had been appointed. It was a typical Guardian smear based on the evidence of absolute zilch. Toynbee managed to throw in two inaccuracies of her own about Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA). So much for “forgetting factual information”. Exquisitely, her apology and corrections run to almost a quarter of the length of her original column.”

Guardian clarifications are not always so prominent and easy to secure, however:

“Truth is, the only way to extract a correction from the Guardian is to treat it like a landed eel. Stand on its head until it spits one out. It’s that slippery.”

Caseby concludes with some friendly advice for Alan Rusbridger:

“The Guardian is drifting into choppy waters again. When Mr Rusbridger waged war on News International, he and his staff got so giddy with the factoids they ended up publishing the longest correction in British newspaper history. It took days of standing on the eel, but it spat one out in the end. Today the same hysteria is creeping into the Guardian’s coverage of the DWP, whose thousands of staff are working hard to introduce the biggest reforms for 60 years…It is wrong for the Guardian to demonise public servants. Mr Rusbridger might wish to get a grip on his skittish staff. He could start by encouraging an ethos of criticism based on fact. His reporters’ latest excursion outside the London bubble in an ill-conceived mission tomisrepresent Newcastle as the UK’s industrially imploded Detroit was so laughable in its misrepresentation even Buzzfeed took the mickey.”

At least he didn’t send round a loo-roll this time. You gonna take that, Alan? 

BBC Ignoring Rival Debates Bid

The balanced BBC seems to be ignoring the YouTube / Guardian / Telegraph debates proposal. Guido noticed nothing on any of the BBC news shows. Nothing on the Six or the Ten, Newsnight or the Today programme. Almost as if they want it to go away…

A source from the bid consortium says they have definite positive interest from the parties.

N.B. Guy News is mulling over a debate bid…

Guardian’s Man in Moscow Slams Loony Guardian Columnist

Eternally unhinged, freedom-hating, commie-loving, loony lefty John Pilger is off on one again in the Guardian today, rehashing everything he has ever written and blaming America and Britain for the situation in Ukraine:

“The US has tried to overthrow more than 50 governments, many of them democratically elected; grossly interfered in elections in 30 countries; bombed the civilian populations of 30 countries; used chemical and biological weapons; and attempted to assassinate foreign leaders. In many cases Britain has been a collaborator… For the first time since the Reagan years, the US is threatening to take the world to war. With eastern Europe and the Balkans now military outposts of Nato, the last “buffer state” bordering Russia – Ukraine – is being torn apart by fascist forces unleashed by the US and the EU. We in the west are now backing neo-Nazis in a country where Ukrainian Nazis backed Hitler.”

Alrighty then. Unsurprisingly Pilger’s latest conspiracy theory is being widely mocked by all quarters, including the Guardian’s own Moscow correspondent:

The penny finally drops that he’s a nutter…

One Rule for Owen…

Owen Jones launches a one man campaign to ban people from calling Boris by his first name today, ironically on a platform called Comment is Free.

In the first line of his third paragraph Owen asks: “can we drop the over-familiar “Boris”, please?”

Then, two sentences later: “If Ed Miliband was filmed flailing around on a zip-wire, it’d be game over, but with Boris, it was all “LOL!””

That went well.

#Guardian100m: The Road to £30,900,000 Losses

The Guardian is in full back-slapping self-congratulatory mode this afternoon as it reaches 100 million monthly unique browsers for the first time. They are even treating lucky readers to a video taking them along the Road to 100 million. MediaGuido’s graph of Guardian News & Media’s road to £30,900,000 in losses is slightly more sobering:

100 million uniques means they lose over 30 pence per reader. Hardly something to celebrate…

Another Guardian Writer in Prison

Campaigners at English Pen are giving Chris Grayling a kicking by asking famous writers to join a “mass protest” by naming the book they would most like to send a prisoner. Martin Amis, Carol Ann Duffy, Hermione Lee and many other authors have so far taken part, suggesting classic reads for lags by the likes of Dickens and Mark Twain. Guido is tickled however by the book chosen by the Guardian’s foreign correspondent Luke Harding. He recommends:

“The Snowden Files, Luke Harding. The book describes how an overweening state can behave in an undemocratic manner (among other things)”

Modest much.

H/T @jackblanchardyp / @mattkmore

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