Generation Snow-Faking Victimhood

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Julia Hartley-Brewer has justifiably got angry about being accused of bullying by a teenage Guardian writer who came off worse in a public debate with her. Julia wrote about the debate in The Telegraph, deriding her opponent’s views without naming her. The Guardian writer then started claiming she was, as a result, being bullied. This set Louise Mensch off:

That in turn set off a load of fellow-travelling snowflakers, culminating in the Sainted Stella Creasy getting involved and berating Julia. (They have previous.)

No one tweeted anything to her until SHE herself tweeted out the link. She has since accused me of “bullying” her, that I “misrepresented” her and claimed she has received “abuse” as a result. She insists on .@ ing all her tweets to Louise Mensch and me so everyone can see them. She hasn’t received a single abusive tweet that I can find. She is a fame-hungry fantasist and the poster girl for the feminista victimhood.

This is another example of that smartphone immersed “snowflake generation” of victimhood-seeking, privilege-checking whiners getting far too much unwarranted attention*…

*Not naming the teenage Guardianista because we’re determined not to give her the SEO-enhancing satisfaction of being able in the manner of Laurie Penny to claim Guido bullied her as well.

Ground-Hodge Day: Dan Quits Labour, Again

Dan Hodges has quit Labour, again:

“I’m done. Yesterday I cancelled my direct debit to the Labour Party. “Why don’t you just sod off and join the Tories“, Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters regularly ask anyone who dares to challenge their rancid world view. I won’t be joining the Tories. But I am sodding off…”

It’s punchy:

“Jeremy Corbyn is the Left’s Enoch Powell. His views and stances are equally repugnant. It’s just that because he is leader the of “my party” that I have refused to acknowledge it… By remaining a Labour Party member, and by continuing to fund Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, I am complicit. Both morally, and practically. I am paying for his propaganda. I am funding his henchman. I am financing his own campaign of terror. And there comes a moment where you have to say “enough. Not in my name”. For me, that moment has finally arrived.”

Though readers with good memories will be feeling a sense of deja vu. Flashback to 2013:

So bad he quit them twice…

Guido in The Sun on Sunday

Read Guido’s column in the Sun on Sunday to find out the latest astonishing twist in the Tory bullying saga. The cops are investigating after a police impersonator threatened a whistleblower with arrest. Don’t miss out on:

ADAMS

  • Tatler Tory row MP declares “NFJ” rule at his Christmas bash. NFJ? “No F**king Journalists”

MAY

  • Plot to get Theresa May on Tory leadership ballot
  • Why was Jeremy Corbyn told he didn’t have the proper security clearance this week?
  • The Tory minister funding fanatical campaigners to the tune of £200,000-a-year… to harass her
  • Why have Labour MPs been sending Jeremy Corbyn “get well soon” cards?
  • Claus out in Westminster as Santa comes to town

You can read it all today, for free, only on SunNation

End of Hacking Prosecutions: Piers Gets Off

The Crown Prosecution Service have signalled the end of phone hacking trials after dropping their investigations into ten individuals at Mirror Group:

“The CPS has looked in great detail at the comprehensive files submitted to us by the police, both in relation to corporate liability at News Group Newspapers and against 10 individuals at Mirror Group Newspapers for alleged phone hacking.

“After a thorough analysis, we have decided there is insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of a conviction and therefore no further action will be taken in any of these cases.

“There has been considerable public concern about phone hacking and invasion of privacy. Over the past three years, we have brought 12 prosecutions and secured nine convictions for these serious offences. These decisions bring the CPS’s involvement in current investigations into phone hacking to a close.”

Someone is very happy:

So no more embarrassments in court for the embattled CPS. Worth noting that Mirror Group have paid out huge sums in settlements to people accusing them of hacking. Yet the CPS say there is insufficient evidence to prosecute…

UPDATE: This is the CPS statement on Mirror Group. They say their activities were “suspicious” but they couldn’t put forward whistleblowing former staff as witnesses:

Ten files were considered by the CPS as part of Operation Golding, relating to allegations of phone hacking at Mirror Group Newspapers. These files concerned ten individual journalists who worked at Mirror Group Newspapers. It has been determined there is insufficient evidence against any individual suspect to provide a realistic prospect of conviction for phone hacking.

In reaching this decision, we considered a number of strands of evidence, including scrutiny of suspicious call data. The call data showed a regular pattern of two calls being placed to the same number (double tapping) and also a large number of calls placed to voicemail platform numbers. However, it is not possible to prove the fact that the ‘double taps’ and calls to voicemail platform numbers are definitely instances of phone hacking. In addition, it was common practice at Mirror Group Newspapers for journalists to use one another’s telephones, and so it is not possible to determine which individuals were responsible for making specific calls.

Whilst the call data was deemed suspicious it could not be said with certainty that it showed instances of phone hacking by any specific individual and was ultimately found to be insufficient to bring a prosecution.

We considered statements from two potential witnesses, both former employees of the Sunday Mirror, who made direct allegations against certain individuals. Following thorough scrutiny of the allegations we decided we were unable to put either forward as a prosecution witness.

The first stage of the Full Code Test is that there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction against each suspect on each charge. Without the evidence passing the first stage a prosecution in any individual case cannot take place.

Newsnight Ratings Blow as 10 O’Clock News Extended

The BBC have confirmed that that they will extend the 10 o’clock news bulletin by ten minutes in 2016. Media Guardian reports:

“The move to end the main bulletin at 10.45pm, first reported by the Guardian last week and expected to be announced officially later today, will increase the overlap with Newsnight, BBC2’s current affairs programme, which starts at 10.30pm.”

Of course, MediaGuido readers knew all about the changes six weeks ago:

“There are concerns that plans from Beeb bosses to let the News at Ten run on until 10:45pm would further eat into Newsnight’s ratings, dire news given the first ten minutes of the programme are already killed by the local news on BBC1.”

The move is killer for the already embattled Newsnight, which has recently been trimmed by five minutes. The longer news bulletin on BBC1 is looking at spending more time on each story, and running in depth political interviews with Laura K. The fear is that renders Newsnight somewhat obsolete…

Hacked Off Cheapskates Leave MPs Hacked Off

You would have thought, with all those mega-rich donors and celebrity backers, that Hacked Off would be able to pay the postage on their mailshots. MPs are less than impressed at having to stump up £1.50 to read their latest dross today, all because Hugh Grant and co couldn’t be bothered to buy the correct stamps. If all 650 MPs pay up that theoretically leaves a £1,000 bill for the taxpayer. Slow clap.

Guido in The Sun on Sunday

FURY

Read Guido’s column in the Sun on Sunday as the campaign for Brexit secures literally its biggest backer yet: the heavyweight champion of the world. Don’t miss out on:

VICTIMS

  • Tory bullying whistleblowers blast inquiry: “I was made to feel like a terrorist”

CARNEY

  • In Campaign Carney Row: Bank of England officials furious with BSE

DONOR

  • Top Labour Donor Quits, Telling Corbyn: “You are leading the party into oblivion”
  • Chris Bryant, the copper and the dead donkey
  • Pro-bombing Tom Watson inundated with abusive messages from Corbynistas calling him a “traitor” and a “Blairite
  • Desperate Remain campaign claims “The EU lets us have more sex”
  • Momentum chief Jon Lansman’s son works as asset manager promising “tax efficiency” to “shelter income tax”

You can read it all today, for free, only on SunNation

ITV’s Allegra Stratton

As rumoured last week, Newsnight’s Allegra Stratton is off to ITV:

“BBC Newsnight’s Political Editor Allegra Stratton is to join ITV News’ line-up of specialist experts in the newly-created role of National Editor.

Allegra will work across ITV News’ full range of programmes, appearing frequently on News at Ten. In her new role, she will provide insight and in-depth analysis of the domestic and policy issues that matter to our viewers.”

Stratton is not thought to have got on brilliantly with Ian Katz. Wounder for the BBC as ITV News at Ten bolster their line up further. Newsnight looks like a sinking ship

Guido in The Sun on Sunday

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In today’s news-filled Sun on Sunday column, Guido reveals that Labour MPs are plotting to take out John McDonnell. Read all about it here, and don’t miss out on:

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  • Supporters of Hilary Benn for leader are sharing Clinton’s ‘Ready for Hillary’ graphics

THREAT

  • Fears London Labour MPs will be targeted for deselection as new far-left members sign up in the hundreds

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  • Guido’s favourite Tim Yeo anecdote: what happened when he dined alone and ordered an expensive bottle of wine…
  • What will Osborne do with McDonnell’s Little Red Book?
  • What did Jeremy Corbyn call his cat?
  • Lord Hain’s “painful” PMQs
  • What happened when Seumas Milne phoned George Galloway live on LBC last week
  • Why Sadiq Khan is hoping to be a record-breaker
  • Mark Clarke on “using women as bait”, in his own words

You can read it all today, for free, only on SunNation

Tim Yeo Loses Libel Action Against Sunday Times

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Tim Yeo has lost his libel action against the Sunday Times. A very happy Jonathan Calvert, the journalist who wrote the original story along with Heidi Blake, tells Guido:

“We won on every count and judge used the following words to describe Yeo’s evidence: “implausible”, “unreliable”, “not honest”,”dishonest”, “untruthful”, “untrue” and “unworthy of belief”.”

Shades of Aitken and Archer…

UPDATE: Yeo has to make a costs down payment to The Sunday Times of £411,000 within 28 days.

Guido in The Sun on Sunday

In today’s Sun on Sunday column, Guido unravels Downing Street’s spin over Cam Force One. Don’t miss out on:

CARSON

  • Have you heard the one about the squatters, the butler and Jezza’s brother?

KARIE

  • Disgraced vote-rigging scandal candidate Karie Murphy is back helping Tom Watson

ADAMS

  • Top Tory MP distances himself from the scandal-hit RoadTrip campaign
  • The Labour leadership stinks… literally
  • Corbyn’s Remembrance order to staff
  • Remain campaign latest: Mandelson’s warning to Roland Rudd

You can read it all today, for free, only on SunNation

Andrew Neil v Islamist Scumbags

Bonfire of the Lads Mags: Zoo and FHM Shuttered

A sad day for connoisseurs of gentlemen’s magazines this morning as both FHM and Zoo announce within a few minutes of each other that they will be suspending publication. Nuts and Loaded are long gone and follows on from the announcement from Playboy that they are dropping pictures of naked women. FHM say:

“Unfortunately it’s true and it has been announced today the intention to suspend publication of FHM. It’s been an absolute joy producing the magazine over the years. Thank you for all your support, we will keep you updated with developments over the coming weeks.”

While Zoo confirm:

“It is with regret we have to inform you of the intention to suspend publication of ZOO. We’ve loved every minute of the near 12 years and 600-plus issues we’ve shared with you and would like to thank each and every one of you who’ve been there with us along the way.”

Heavy job losses are expected.

Their parent company Bauer say in a statement: “Over time young men’s media habits have continually moved towards mobile”. This infographic explains exactly what is happening:

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The decline of lad’s mags correlates with the rise of big screen mobiles resulting in a more pleasurable online handheld experience…

Newsnight Tory Sleaze Exposé Coming

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Guido understands that Newsnight are not far from finishing a special investigation into what one source describes as the “culture of aggression in politics”. The report will focus on the Tory bullying/blackmail scandal that has engulfed the party, also looking at the “wider problem” of the poisonous climate that led to a young activist taking his own life. Guido hears the programme has already interviewed around 40 young Tory activists, parliamentary staffers and even non-political Westminster workers such as cleaners, with several agreeing to speak only if their faces were silhouetted and voices disguised. The family of Elliott Johnson are also believed to be helping with editorial input. No chance of them doing a McAlpine with this one, hopefully…

Guido in The Sun on Sunday

In today’s Sun on Sunday, Guido reveals that supporters of Jeremy Corbyn have lodged an official complaint to Labour’s General Secretary over moderates Simon Danczuk, Frank Field and Emily Benn. Don’t miss out on:

OSBORNE

  • How George Osborne made an ‘offer they cannot refuse’ to new Tory MPs

BALLS

  • How Ed Balls is STILL adding to the national debt

LORDS

  • Lording it up: taxpayer billed £60,000 to keep peers’ bottoms comfy
  • Will Chuka soon be hearing the patter of tiny feet?
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Telegraph Frees the Nipple

The paper of Bill Deedes has crossed the Rubicon and freed the nipple. Scroll down on this click-chasing article about “72 hour drug-fuelled sex binges” and readers of Her Majesty’s Telegraph are confronted with a stock photo of a lady whose arm doesn’t quite cover her modesty:

A change in policy, or was it a big boob?[…] Read the rest

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Seumas Milne’s Closeness to Guardian Editor

There has been consternation in Labour circles and at the Guardian over Seumas Milne being allowed to work for Jeremy Corbyn while “on leave” from King’s Place. The bizarre arrangement suggests he still has his column waiting for him if and when things go south with Jezza.[…] Read the rest

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Happy 18th Birthday BBC News 24

It’s 18 years today since BBC News 24 first aired, so here is their old school début broadcast with Gavin Esler and Sarah Montague. With perfect timing, they were talking about “the CBI and the Conservatives at odds over Europe” then too…

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Guido in The Sun on Sunday

Read Guido’s column in the Sun on Sunday for a Remembrance Sunday reminder of where Team Corbyn stands on our armed forces – they want disgraced former Respect leader Salma Yaqoob to be a Labour MP. Don’t miss out on:

BULLY

  • Tory Bullying Latest: Police Interview Witnesses

DIANE

  • Cor-binned!
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Theresa May Will Be Able to Identify Journalists’ Sources

Home Secretaries will be given powers to identify journalists’ sources without authorisation from a judge. Theresa May has confirmed she will be able to sign an “urgent warrant” to view journalists’ sources without consulting a judge, which will then be subject to “review” in the courts:

“There will be an urgent process, so it will be possible for a Secretary of State to sign an urgent warrant for it to come immediately into effect, and then there will be a period of time within which the judge will have to review that and then make a decision as to whether it should continue or not.”

Given the widespread abuse of RIPA by the police, and coppers then covering it up, this is a concerning attack on the most fundamental basics of press freedom. They’ll be entering newsrooms to smash up hard drives next… 

UPDATE:  A Home Office source gets in touch to stress that the urgent warrants will only be used in extreme circumstances, for example when there is an immediate threat to life, with a warrant then having to be authorised by the Judicial Commissioner within five days, at which point they would rule on whether the data can be kept or destroyed.[…] Read the rest

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