Tories and Guardian v UKIP, Staggers and a Delingpole

It takes something pretty special to unite the Tories and the Guardian, and then have UKIP and the New Statesman team up against them. UKIP candidate Dick Delingpole’s photoshop of himself with Hitler and subsequent Telegraph blog “confessing” to a non-existent Nazi past were so obviously a joke surely no one could fall for it. Step forward Simon Geraghty, Delingpole’s Tory opponent in Worcester, to bore us all with a cringeworthy sense of humour bypass:

“I find it absolutely sickening and abhorrent. I think the vast majority of British people will find this shocking – it’s not funny at all, it’s dreadful and I can’t believe he’s done it.”

The Guardian‘s Nick Watt even managed to bring himself to write the non-story up in full high-minded glory, apparently using the headline “Ukip in fresh Nazi row after candidate Photoshops Hitler image” without irony. You knew the whole thing had reached farcical proportions when the Staggers came out in defence of Delingpole this afternoon. CCHQ, a Tory candidate and the Guardian versus UKIP, the Staggers and a Delingpole – roll on Friday.

New Statesman: No Now But Not Never

What a difference a week makes. Last week they were comparing Merkel to Hitler, now the Staggers could not be any more on the fence if they tried:

“The New Statesman, which has an ever-growing website and digital presence, currently does not see its interests served by regulation designed to suit politicians, nor by a revanche regime cooked up for the comfort of newspaper barons. Until a better plan is put forward we reserve our right to continue publishing “news-related material” in print and online without deference to either of those parties.”

So that’s a no, but not on principle of being  regulated. They do want to be regulated, they just want better regulation than is on offer. As ever, on their own…

New Statesman Officially More Evil Than North Korea

Sabre-rattling nuke nut Kim Jong-Un might be threatening to annihilate his enemies, but at least he and his communist friends pay their interns. North Korea News is advertising on W4MP for a part-time editor to carry out online housekeeping such as uploading content and, er, “fact-checking”. Unlike the poor, exploited unpaid interns over at the Staggers‘ progressive workhouse, the successful candidate will earn $500-a-month. It’s official…

Hitler, Merkel and the New Statesman

Judging by the lefty commentariat’s reaction, Guido says they know what they’re doing…

The New Statesman's Cruel Mistress

The only highlight of a shouty PMQs came when the Leader of the Opposition tore the Staggers a new one, telling Dave:

“he’s scraping the barrel by quoting the New Statesman.”

That’s how he repays them after they endorsed Ed. They ejaculated in 2010:

“Labour needs a bold, charismatic, compassionate and visionary leader to renew the party and begin the journey back to government. Ed Miliband has shown us he could be that leader.”

The magazine went on to force out their best writer to keep Ed happy and yet he still humiliates them in front of all their friends. A cruel mistress…

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Ed tells Dave:

“he’s scraping the barrel by quoting the New Statesman”

MacShane Finds a Friend In the Staggers

Tin foil hat time over at the progressive workhouse that is the Staggers. Apparently the police have re-opened their investigations into proven liar Denis MacShane because of David Cameron’s speech on Europe. No, really:

macshane-cake“What’s really going on with this new police investigation into Denis MacShane’s expenses? Months ago, the police said there would be no charges, and there’s no new information. There’s a reason why they have suddenly reopened it, now of all times, and it’s got nothing at all to do with Denis’s expenses, and everything to do with David Cameron’s speech about Europe.”

Francis Beckett froths on before admitting MacShane is a old friend and then saying it’s all fine because David Laws thieved more. He then has a go at Guido for doing his job of exposing crooks. Yes Guido is vindictive, MacShane would still be at it if he was not…

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To mark the New Statesman’s George Orwell week, here is the man himself on the Staggers:

“An adolescent in a Glasgow slum worships Al Capone. An aspiring pupil at a business college worships Lord Nuffield. A New Statesman reader worships Stalin. There is a difference in intellectual maturity, but none in moral outlook.”

Speccie v Staggers: New Statesman Loses £1.35 a Copy

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Guido often teases the intern-exploiting, chauvinist vanity project that is the New Statesman. Is this constructive criticism warranted? Let us see how the Staggers’ money-making – or more accurately losing – capabilities compare to their great rivals at the Spectator.

The Speccie’s average paid weekly circulation last year was 56,635. Annualised that makes roughly 2,945,000 copies sold. Their last available accounts show a profit of £448,000, no mean feat in the age of the dying dead tree press. A quick calculation tells us that the Speccie makes some 15p profit on each copy sold.

So what about the Staggers? Their average paid circulation last year was, the editor claimed to the Press Gazette, 20,000, though some say the actual number is in the mid-to-high teens. Being generous we can say that around 1,000,000 copies were sold in the last year. Their latest accounts show huge losses of £1,408,000. The New Statesman therefore loses some £1.35 on every copy of the magazine sold. 

Without Mike Danson’s millions, loaned to the Staggers interest free and with no repayment date, or real likelihood of repayment, the Staggers would be no more. It is a money-hemorrhaging left-wing, vanity project…

Lobby Faces Female Backlash

Last night Guido stood in solidarity with the shunned female journalists of the Lobby. After No.10 explained Dave and Nick only granted questions to men at yesterday’s mid-term review because none of the political editors in attendance were female, we named and shamed the chauvinist Mirror and New Statesman as having no female Lobby hacks between them. Guido’s feminist allies agreed:

The usual suspects were still stuck in their old ways however:

Shame…

Vid via @liarpoliticians

Where Have All the Women Gone?

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Not many talking points from this afternoon’s snooze-fest mid-term review, though Dave and Nick’s failure to take a single question from a female journalist was noted by many. No. 10 told the BBC that “none of the TV or newspaper political editors there” were female as an explanation. To be fair to them the Lobby is hardly brimming with females.  Some chauvinist media outlets are particularly guilty…

The Mirror’s all-male political team is made up of James Beattie, Tom McTague, James Lyons, Mark Ellis, Paul Routledge and Kevin Maguire, with the Sunday Mirror’s passholders made up of Vincent Moss and Nick Buckley. As for that bastion of feminism the New Statesman? Jason Cowley and Rafael Behr have Lobby passes, but there is a grand total of zero for the Staggers’ female staff. As an ardent feminist, Guido says shame on them…

UPDATE: Guido was not the only one to notice:

Happy Christmas: From the Guy News Team

This year, while you’re sitting warm around the fire, opening your presents or tucking into your Christmas dinner, spare a thought for the poor unpaid interns at the New Statesman. Guido has sent them a much-needed food package, after all they won’t be receiving any charity from their Scrooge-worthy proprietor Mr Danson (net worth, £310 million). Happy Christmas from everyone at the Guido Fawkes blog, see you next year…

New Statesman Internship Auctioned for £1,000 Intern Aware Say Staggers Should be “Ashamed”

At the recent Olympics Ball raising money for Britain’s young athletes, the New Statesman, that paragon of equality of opportunity, auctioned off internships £1,000-a-pop. A great scoop from Dave Lee this lunchtime. “You will have the chance to contribute your ideas and writing to their hugely popular website” gushed Lot 75 with a starting bid of £1,000. Guido is currently trying to find out exactly how much the slave ship ticket actually went for.

Seeing as the Staggers would be getting the free labour from whichever champagne-swilling parent that coughed up for their lucky child’s week of work experience, would they be contributing anything to the deal? “No travel included”.

Last year Helen Lewis gleefully reported on Tom Watson’s attack on the Tories when they tried a similar wheeze:

“The Labour MP Tom Watson told the Mail: “This is a crass example of rich Tories buying privilege. Most young people could only dream of this opportunity. The Conservatives flog them like baubles and fill their coffers with the profits. It is obscene.”” 

Though perhaps it is Laurie Penny, naturally writing in the Staggers, who put it best:

“The Telegraph reports that across the country hundreds of placements are being sold or brokered, often at similar auctions for the wealthy, where the fact that proceeds go to charity gives the new nobility yet another reason to be smug about giving themselves the life chances that previous generations enjoyed for free. For the few of us who are wealthy enough to finance ourselves through work placements, only a firm push is needed to force open the doors of opportunity. Without a co-ordinated effort to reverse this regressive trend, the years to come will be littered with wasted potential and filled with disappointment for young people with nothing to bring to the table but talent, creativity and ambition.”

Intern Aware have slammed the Staggers this afternoon:

“Most people can’t afford to work for free and even fewer people can afford to pay thousands of pounds for the privilege of interning. The New Statesman should be ashamed of operating a practice than puts opportunities out of the hands of hardworking and talented young people.”

They also estimate that “around 1/3 of the editorial staff at any one time are unpaid. Not only do they readily do all the necessary drudgework, they help to depress the wages of paid journalists there.” Shame on them.

Read Dave Lee’s original posting here.

UPDATE: A source tells Guido that the internship went for close to £1,250.

Laurie Penny Leaves Indy

An intriguing media move today as Laurie Penny leaves her post at the Indy:

Could it possibly be that Indy bosses wielded the axe? Or maybe £23,000 was just not enough…

Ed Not So Intern Aware

The papers are all going with Millionaire Miliband this morning, as the fine details of Tuesday’s speech begin to unravel. It’s also worth noting how Ed pledged to “crack down” on unpaid internships in Manchester. Just who are these evil predators who don’t pay their exploited young staff?

Guido is sure an upstanding paragon of virtue such as the New Statesman would never offer unpaid positions, and with all that union gold Political Scrapbook can surely afford to fork out for more than the odd lunch. It would be pretty bad if, say, the Guardian offered ethnic minority kids work without pay, and Intern Aware-backing Left Foot Forward would have to pay their own interns, right? And what about two-faced Chuka? Guido is still waiting to hear whether Labour HQ pay their interns. Ed needs to look a bit closer to home…

Which Magazines the Beeboids Buy

Following the news last month that the BBC buys more copies of the Guardian than any other newspaper, Guido thought he would have some more FOI fun. It turns out the BBC’s love for lefty rags doesn’t extend to the New Statesman – the Beeb bought more copies of the Speccie than the Staggers between January and July this year. An ideological shift to the right? More likely they’ve just realised there’s nothing worth reading in the Staggers any more…

Meanwhile Ian Hislop clearly hasn’t sorted out his BBC colleagues with any free copies of Private Eye, with the Beeb having to fork out for 155 in the last seven months. They aren’t buying James MacIntyre’s predictions that never come true though – Prospect fares pretty badly at a sobering seven a month. And as for Total Politics? Oh dear…

Shambles at Staggers Towers

The New Statesman has been left with egg on its face this morning.

Read all about it over on MediaGuido

Staggers Shambles as NHS Remains State Run

The New Statesman site descended into a shambles this morning after they ran a story on an apparent hushed-up plan to privatise the NHS that turned out to be complete and utter rubbish. It sounded too good to be true…

George Eaton reported that Andrew Lansley was sneakily set to announce that the 49% cap on private work done by NHS trusts would be abolished:

“When the government unveils a policy change on a Friday it’s a sure sign that it doesn’t want you to notice. Today, Andrew Lansley will announce that the 49% cap on private work done by NHS hospitals, which his bill introduced, will be abolished. In other words, the Health Secretary has just opened the door to the full-scale privatisation of the NHS, with hospitals able to raise 100% of their income from private healthcare.”

The left exploded in uproar, even Labour MPs got involved:

https://twitter.com/marycreagh_mp/status/223707457296408576

Unfortunately for the Staggers, the whole story turned out to be entirely untrue. They updated their post with a statement from the Department of Health, leaving Eaton and co with egg on their faces: “The Department of Health has been in touch to say that the cap is not being removed, rather that the planned 49% limit will be introduced from 1 October 2012″. Guido is disappointed that it was just rumour of an NHS privatisation, but a little Staggers schadenfreude provides some consolation…

UPDATE: The New Statesman are now trying to blame the cock-up on some sloppy churnalism from the FT, but the LibDems are in no doubt as to where the blame lies:

IPPR, the Staggers and the €800,000 Bung

Guido was amused to read Will Straw’s Staggers piece today asking: “Europe, what have you done for me lately?“.

His gushing tribute to the EU’s legislation on mobile charges was as sickly as it was suspicious – after all, his organisation IPPR is hardly renowned for its tech prowess.

Perhaps the real answer to Straw’s question lies in the fact that Brussels has bunged his wonk-shop €800,000

Hodges Returns to the Staggers

Guido understands that Dan Hodges is returning to the New Statesman. The move comes weeks after his old foe Mehdi Hasan was “promoted” to the Huffington Post. Guido is told he’ll be an occasional columnist. Ed will love that…

UPDATE: Guido has just spoken to Hodges, who confirms he will continue to write for the Telegraph while contributing fortnightly to the New Statesman magazine.[…] Read the rest

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