Thornberry’s Bizarre British Bill of Rights Rant

A bit of a tortured metaphor from Emily Thornberry last night as she attempted to dismantle the government’s new British Bill of Rights, publishing this morning. Appearing on Newsnight to criticise the Tories for “just choos[ing] the bits they like and the bits they don’t” over plans to detach UK courts from the European Court of Human Rights, Thornberry revealed what she thinks is “really going on” with the announcement:

“Do you know what I think is really going on? They’re just behaving like some sort of drunk when the pubs are throwing out, and they’re in the car park, and they’re rolling around and they’re going ‘fight me, fight me!’ They’re just trying to think of anything that they can take on at the moment in order to distract us all from what’s really happening, which is their inability to govern. They’re trying to pick another fight.”

Right…

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Lewis Goodall Leaving Newsnight for Global

Guido can reveal the BBC’s had another top broadcast face poached by Global. Newsnight’s resident lefty, Lewis Goodall, has been scooped up by the radio station as their new “Analysis & Investigations Editor”:

“Lewis will be joining Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel as the third host on Global’s major new podcast, which will launch this autumn. In addition to presenting the podcast, Lewis will also take on the role of Analysis & Investigations Editor, working alongside Antony Garvey’s team”.

Guido’s mole jokes, “this is just what LBC was crying out for, another leftist ex-BBC type to come in and steer the ship.’ Following in the wake of Maitlis, Sopel and Marr, Broadcasting House seems to have the air of rats leaving a sinking ship at the moment…

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Tory MP: Newsnight Made Boris “Look Like Hannibal Lecter”

After leading the defence of Charlie Elphicke and Imran Ahmed Khan, last night it was Boris’s turn to be backed up by MP Adam Holloway. Shortly after the result, Holloway appeared on BBC Newsnight to bat for the PM. Standing in Central Lobby, iPad in-hand, Holloway accused the programme of mocking up Boris to “look like Hannibal Lecter“. He had a screenshot to ‘prove’ it…

“I think there is great damage to the reputation of politics and… it should also do great damage to organisations like the BBC. This programme I am on now was showing pictures of him looking like Hannibal Lecter at the beginning… you’ve got razor blades. I mean, does that guy look like someone who has been given a birthday cake, or someone who’s just been locked up for something at the Old Bailey? I mean this thing has been totally blown out of proportion, when actually we should be thanking this man.”

The accusation will remind all keen politicos of the equally absurd 2018 row when Corbynistas, not least Owen Jones, accused the BBC of Photoshopping Corbyn’s hat to look ‘more Soviet’. The Boris fightback starts here ladies and gentlemen…

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Boris Heckles Newsnight

Classic Boris scenes on Newsnight yesterday evening as Nick Watt was heckled by none other than the PM himself. Upon hearing Watt predict ‘more letters going in calling for a vote of confidence in his leadership‘, the PM and his PPS entourage shouted “rubbish! rubbish!”. MP Lia Nici even tried waving her hands in front of the camera…

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Newsnight Squander No. 10 Olive Branch

While No. 10 is trying to embark on a new, post-Partygate communications operation under Guto Harri, one thing is remaining strong: the refusal to put top ministers up for Newsnight. One of the few Cummings innovations to have survived…

Guido hears things could have changed recently, however. Following the arrival of the new Downing Street operation, co-conspirators will remember the programme was given a full day trailing Boris recently, during which political editor Nick Watt spent a whole day with the PM followed by a sit-down interview after that day’s NATO summit. All very good…

While this could have been a precursor to Newsnight once again fetching top ministers, the subsequent show’s treatment of Tory spokesmen resumed Downing Street’s anger at the BBC’s political bias. A particularly brutal treatment of MP Fay Jones by Kirstie Walk four days ago, during which she was told “So I wonder what your constituents make of that answer because I’m asking you for an answer“, has only renewed dislike of the BBC’s flagship show in No. 10. The boycott ain’t ending any time soon…

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BBC Promotes Deputy-Editor Stewart Maclean to Newsnight Editor

Safe option. The show needs a revolution not a safe pair of hands. By a revolution, Guido doesn’t mean hip-hop artists or comedians as presenters…

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