May Interviewed By Her Former Aide on LBC

Have to say the Number 10 press team have played a blinder this morning. First they got Marr to agree to an easy pre-record interview rather than a live. Then they got the BBC to lead all morning on the Brexit dividend rather than the fact that the money is actually coming from tax rises. And to complete the hat-trick they had May interviewed by her former head of broadcast Tom Swarbrick on LBC. He was working in Number 10 three months ago. Good day for British journalism… 

Paul Mason “Aggressive and Intimidating” Towards Female LBC Producer

Latest on Paul Mason’s shouty crackers descent into mid-life crisis. Shelagh Fogarty has just revealed on air that the leather-jacked Corbyn outrider this morning “bellowed” down the phone at a female LBC producer in an “aggressive” manner, leaving the woman feel “intimidated“. Apparently he was ranting that LBC want to destroy Corbyn and the Labour Party, which is a bit odd given the previous show was James O’Brien. Calm down Paul, step away from the phone…

Barmy Adonis: Farage is PM

Another bonkers statement from Andrew Adonis on LBC this morning. Think this story has run its course now…

Angry Sadiq Confronted With Uber Dishonesty

In 2015 Sadiq Khan called himself an “Uber man”. Now he claims he’s never taken one. Confronted with his dishonesty by a caller on his LBC phone-in earlier, Sadiq snapped…

Labour Double Standards Over 0345 Number

At PMQs yesterday Jez took a swipe at DWP’s universal credit 0345 number helpline. But today Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Debbie Abrahams was caught out on LBC unable to explain why Labour uses exactly the same kind of premium rate telephone system to recruit party members:

“I don’t know. I think you make a very valid point. I had no idea about this and yes, we need to get our own house in order as well…”

Specifically asked if the use of the line represented double standards, Abrahams answered:

“I agree with you. So can we move on.”

Doh!

May Won’t Say She’d Vote Leave

Speaking to Iain Dale tonight Theresa May couldn’t say how she would vote if there was a referendum now:

May: “I voted Remain for good reasons at the time, but circumstances move on… You’re asking me to say how would I vote in a vote now against a different background, a different international background, a different economic background…”

Dale: “You can’t tell me that you would now vote Leave in a referendum?”

May: “I.. Because… I think… Iain… I could sit here and I could say oh I’d still vote Remain or I’d vote Leave just to give you an answer to that question. I’m being open and honest with you. What I did last time round was I looked at everything and came to a judgement and I’d do exactly the same this time round.”

Honest answer which will result in terrible front pages tomorrow. May will need to figure out before PMQs tomorrow if she would support the government’s main policy if there was a second referendum…

Corbyn Silences Khan at Conference

An immensely awkward LBC interview with Sadiq Khan, who was asked repeatedly why Corbyn has shafted him and stopped him from giving a speech at conference. Almost as if Jez doesn’t want him to talk about Brexit…

Owen Jones Ditches Momentum Training Day For LBC Gig

Owen Jones has stood up dozens of Corbynista comrades by ditching a Momentum training day in order to present his own show on LBC instead. Yesterday the radio station confirmed to Media Guido that Jones will sit in for Maajid Nawaz on Saturday, but wouldn’t comment on rumours he is being lined up for a permanent slot. Now it transpires Jones was already booked to lead a North Wales Momentum training session this weekend, but has chosen the glamour of live radio over Llandudno Labour Club, leaving his comrades in the lurch. A message to Momentum members reads:

“To all those who have seen that Owen Jones is doing a radio show on LBC on the Saturday that he should be doing our training session, I can only apologise. We have had no notice of this. I am trying to get in contact with Momentum HQ for an explanation (and maybe someone to replace Jones), but I don’t expect to have a reply until tomorrow. So sorry to disappoint everyone.”

The advert for the training day had promised:

“Momentum’s now famous “Bernie Sanders” training, and Owen Jones will be helping out! Owen will then come doorstep campaigning with us in the afternoon in Llandudno, so we can practice what we have learned.”

Momentum activists, who have paid £3 a ticket for the event, had a mixed reaction. One commented:

“That man will never turn down an opportunity for publicity. Get someone whose loyalty is more solid.”

Classic Owen…

Owen Jones In For Nawaz on LBC

Owen Jones will sit in for Maajid Nawaz on LBC over the next two weeks, the radio station confirmed to Media Guido this afternoon. Jones will present Nawaz’s weekend shows, which are broadcast between 12-3pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The station did not comment on rumours that the arrangement is a sign that Jones is being lined up for a permanent slot. You can’t storm off when it’s your own show…

Katie Hopkins Sacked By LBC

There’ll be champagne corks popping among LBC staff who had to be associated with her.

Angela Rayner Does a Diane: Can’t Remember Class Size Numbers

Here we go again. Angela Rayner, the Shadow Education Secretary and some say Labour leadership hopeful, could not tell LBC’s Nick Ferrari how many children would be affected by her class size policy. At least she admitted she was clueless rather than make it up like Diane…

Why are these failures to have any idea about numbers important? It is because if she has no idea how many kids are over the threshold how can Labour possibly place a cost on changing the situation in government? It is all imaginary magic money with no thought as to budgets…

Diane Abbott Police Numbers Car Crash

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Diane Abbott, the Shadow Home Secretary remember, has a new policy committing Labour to putting 10,000 extra police on the streets. Could she explain how it works to LBC’s Nick Ferrari? No. Spectacularly. Her Natalie Bennett brain fade moment…

Tebbit on McGuinness

Via LBC.

Farage and Le Pen: Key Quotes

Here are the top lines from Nigel Farage’s interview with Marine Le Pen. All much to be expected: not a fan of Theresa May, pro- a good Brexit deal, condemns anti-Semitism, pro-Russia. 

On Theresa May:

Farage: “Has the British PM snubbed you?”

Le Pen: “It seems to be the case… I do not understand this discrepancy, this contradiction between what Theresa May stands for because she has decided to be the woman who will implement Brexit, and her meeting with Emmanuel Macron…”

Farage: “… Actually with Donald Trump, Number 10 wanted nothing to do with Donald Trump whatsoever because they thought he would lose…”

Le Pen: “She is good at getting it wrong but this is rather reassuring!”

On how a Le Pen government would deal with Brexit:

Le Pen:I see no reason why France and Great Britain should not have excellent relations. We are old allies and economically speaking as well, we have a great many exchanges to implement. What I cannot stand in the behaviour of the EU with regards to Great Britain is blackmail, constant threat. This structure is no longer moving without blackmail and threat. “You have to pay. We’re going to penalise you 250,000 Euros fine for every migrant refused.” It’s Europe in a very forceful way; Europe imposed by Merkel and I believe that between two nations such as ours that really go back and that would be free if I am elected; both would be free and we would have excellent relations as well as trade relations of very good quality, as in the past.”

On Russia and Putin:

Le Pen: “Russia is not a danger to us. Russia does not attack France. Russia does not do aggressive social or environmental dumping against France. Russia does not threaten identity, the identity of France of the geostrategic interests of France. Why should I be hostile to Russia?… I borrowed money from a Russian bank. Fine, what am I supposed to do? Well, I’m supposed to pay it back. Right? I took out personal loans from French banks and the banker hasn’t come to my home to decide what school my children should go to or what the colour of my curtains should be. By the same token, it’s a Russian bank that has lent me money. That doesn’t matter at all.”

To be fair Farage also asked about her views on Islam and anti-Semitism, something he has criticised her for in the past. She said Islam is not incompatible with western lifestyle and condemned anti-Semitic Front National members. The full interview is at 7pm on LBC. 

Farage Joins LBC as Presenter

LBC has just announced Nigel Farage has joined their team sheet as a permanent presenter – he has been doing guest slots on the popular talk station for months. The Nigel Farage Show will be on Monday to Thursday evenings from 7-8pm. Farage promised Nick Ferrari the slot will feature: “short, sharp, snappy contributions and at the end my final thought for the day, no holds barred.” He revealed the show will broadcast live from Washington on January 20th at President Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. Farage once again Leading Britain’s Conversation…

LBC’s Tom Swarbrick New Number 10 Broadcast Chief

SPADS

Theresa May hires another journalist to join her Downing Street team – LBC chief correspondent and presenter Tom Swarbrick is to be the new Number 10 head of broadcast. Big move for one of the brightest young up-and-coming journalists around. Getting the new PM on telly would be a start judging by her disappearing act in the first 50 days…

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Natalie Bennett’s Best Bits

The grass is always greener…

Ken Refuses to Apologise for Hitler Comments

Yvette’s Refugee Car Crash: Pledge to Foster Syrian Unfulfilled

Remember back during the Labour leadership contest when virtue-signalling Yvette Cooper said she would be prepared to take in a refugee? Nick Ferrari has reminded her of the unfulfilled pledge on LBC. Yvette’s Vicky Pollard-esque replies are painful.

Yvette Cooper: We’ve all got to do our bit to offer sanctuary…

Nick Ferrari: Have you offered sanctuary? Have you taken your refugee in yet?

YC: Well I think we should be offering sanctuary and…

NF: But have you taken yours yet?

YC: Yeah but, I don’t think, this isn’t about, because actually, the people I, we’ve said from the start, look, if people need homes then we should be offering them…

NF: Yes, but have you taken yours in yet?

YC: But, if you listen to what the government said, they said no, they don’t want people to take people into their homes…

NF: Have you taken yours yet, Yvette?

YC: No, and that’s what I’ve said, because the government has said…

NF: So you haven’t taken yours because of what the government has said?

YC: Yeah, the government’s said that’s not what we’re looking for.

NF: (Laughs) So because David Cameron says not to do it, you’re not doing it?

YC: Yeah, but, the government…

That’s the longest “no” Guido’s ever heard…

Sadiq Khan Quizzed Over Extremist Links

Sadiq Khan got quite a grilling on LBC this morning, where he was questioned over his links to known Islamic extremists. Nick Ferrari cited Guido’s research from yesterday that revealed an online web of terror surrounding the London Mayoral candidate. He says he will unfollow them…[…] Read the rest

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