Unaired YouGov Poll: Remain 50.6% Leave 49.4%

Curiously, Newsnight pulled the plug on a new YouGov poll showing just a percentage point difference between the Leavers and the Remainers last night. 5,000 people were surveyed online for the What UK Thinks website, one of the largest recent sample sizes on the referendum. The numbers were lined up for Newsnight, yet they were pulled at 10:28 pm. Matthew Goodwin, one of the academics who carried out the research, ain’t impressed, telling Guido:

“I am disappointed that despite promises of coverage a large survey, funded by a research council and relevant to the national debate, was shunted at the last minute with no warning.”

Newsnight say it was a “timing” issue…

The survey also asked how people would vote when prompted with different scenarios about whether the party leaders recommended to Remain or Leave. Farage looks pretty priced in, though the data suggests if Corbyn stuck to his Bennite Eurosceptic principles and backed a Leave vote that could swing it. Either way, it’s all to play for…

UPDATE: Newsnight editor Ian Katz gets in touch to emphasise that the poll was not commissioned by Newsnight.

Taxi Lobby Slapped Down on Newsnight

City AM editor Christian May gave the London Taxi Drivers Association’s Steve McNamara a schooling on Newsnight last night:

The cabbies’ spokesman finishing up with a pretty defamtory conspiracy theory. Taxi for Mr McNamara…

Monbiot Skins & Cooks Squirrel on Newsnight

Gaia has sometimes been critical of George Monbiot. Hats off to him for skinning and taking an axe to a squirrel on Newsnight for dinner. Eating free range Tuftys is one of the sanest things old Moonbat has ever suggested…

Evan Davis’ Pussy Affluenza

You did hear that right on last night’s Newsnight…

Jingoism from Guardianistas Over FT Sale

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There’s been an outbreak of jingoistic fervour among media luvvies following yesterday’s announcement that Japan’s Nikkei bought the FT for £844 million.

First there was a glorious moment on Newsnight last night when Kirsty Wark felt the need to assure Will Hutton “I’m not suggesting you’re a racist at all” as she questioned his line that foreign owners of British media might not have the correct “purpose“.

Wark: What you seem to be suggesting is, that there should be some kind of imperial protectionism here

Hutton: I’m not suggesting that at all, what I’m saying is…

Wark: I’m not suggesting you’re a racist at all

This morning we have the odd declaration on the Guardian‘s front page that it is “British based” and “British owned“. Complete with a Union Jack Flag..

guardian front page

Odd when you consider that the Guardian wins its prized Pulitzers in the US and keeps its assets untaxed in the Cayman Islands…

Mary Creagh’s Leadership Bid Crashes and Burns on Newsnight

Seven minutes in which she managed to say absolutely nothing at all…

Via @liarpoliticians

Steve Hilton’s Trippy Newsnight Segment

Newsnight invited Steve Hilton into the wigwam of trust last night to promote his book “More Human“. Laterz, Legislators…

1992 Newsnight Deja Vu: Tories Behind in the Polls, Labour Bookies Favourites

Paxman and Bad Al Campbell feature in this heavily as do rudimentary graphics showing Labour winning. Kelner pontificating, Heffer pessimistic, pundits pessimistically shaking their heads at the Tory campaign. Where did it all go wrong is the theme of Paxman on Newsnight.

Hmmmm…

Hat-tip: Ed Stradling for digging out the video.

 

Newsnight Does #MiliFandom, #Cameronettes and Kim KarSturgeon

Newsnight is still, allegedly. the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme…

Evan Davis v Nigel Farage

Metropolitan elitist versus the bloke from down the pub…

Shapps Comes Out Fighting

It is fair to say all the evidence against Grant Shapps is purely circumstantial, there is no conclusive smoking gun, on that basis the Tory chairman would have a good case for defamation against The Guardian.  It is not impossible he was framed, it is also possible that an over eager aide could be responsible – “the Chuka defence”. One for the Courts perhaps?

WATCH: Allegra Stratton V Ed Miliband

Turns out Ed’s not tough enuss to stand up to Newsnight’s Allegra Stratton.

Newsnight: Gove v Bad Al in Full

The Minister for the Today Programme gave as spirited a defence as humanly possible of the PM’s decision to rule out a third term in this lively exchange with Alastair Campbell last night. 

“It was a statement of the bleedin’ obvious,” insists Gove…

Guardian Editor Final Two Rumour

A white Oxford educated, grammar school girl V a white Oxford educated, public school boy…

Balls Can’t Name a Businessman Who Backs Labour …Despite Sitting Next to One That Morning

This is the moment Ed Balls was asked by Emily Mailtis to name a businessman who supported Labour, but could only name the mythical “Bill”.

Blinky BallsThe strain saw the return of Blinky Balls as he was unable to give the name of a single businessman who supports Labour. It was particularly baffling given that on the morning of the Newsnight interview he was speaking alongside Sir John Armitt, one of the UK’s best known industrialists, at the launch of Labour’s infrastructure strategy. John. Not Bill, John.

WATCH: Angry Burnham’s Newsnight Nightmare

Andy Burnham’s car crash with Newsnight’s Kirsty Wark is well worth a watch:

 

A very tetchy Shadow Health Secretary began the interview by admitting “there is a role for the private sector”, then piled into the Tories for putting “all services” at the hands of the market. As Kirsty politely pointed out, only 6% of NHS services have been outsourced to the private sector, and the vast majority of that was done by Burnham’s Labour government:

When Wark asked for “a straight answer” on how much Labour would allow to be outsourced – “a number, a number please” – Burnham refused, saying: “I’m not going to put a number on it” and that responsibility for this was at local level. The Tory outsourcing so aggressively decried by Burnham is just 1.5% more than he implemented, and he won’t even commit to reducing it. 

Perhaps Burnham’s bad mood was something to do with this morning’s front pages, which report Labour figures have responded to his big speech yesterday by laying into the party’s NHS strategy.

As Miliband centres Labour’s election campaign on the NHS, public satisfaction is at an all time high

Tory Press Conference Computer Love

High above the Metropolis, they did look like Showroom Dummies…

Via Newsnight.

Chuka Abandons Ed’s “Zero-Zero Thing” After 12 Hours

Well, that didn’t take long. Grilled by Laura K on last night’s Newsnight, Chuka Umunna distanced himself from Ed Miliband’s new “zero-zero” slogan unveiled just 12 hours earlier, admitting he “couldn’t give you an exact number” of how many people paid no tax. Chuka knows the line is nonsense: nobody rich and earning in this country can lawfully pay zero tax… 

An exasperated Chuka eventually gave up and tried to change the subject, accusing Laura of “focussing on this zero-zero thing” and claiming Ed’s speech was actually about something else, despite it being the top line. A ringing endorsement of his leader’s latest big idea…

POLL: Who’s Right, Peter Oborne or Craig Oliver?

Peter Oborne went on Newsnight on Wednesday to express a rarely vocalised view in Westminster, namely that Craig Oliver is a “particularly grubby individual”:

No.10’s Super Spinner has responded in a letter published by Ephraim Hardcastle this morning, accusing Oborne of being drunk:

Dear Peter

I just wanted to check you are OK. Some BBC people have been on to me worried you were a bit tired and emotional last night.

Let me know if I can help.

Best wishes,

Craig Oliver.

To which Peter replies:

“I am absolutely astonished that an official working for the Prime Minister would use such terminology. It is offensive and inaccurate. I hope that when he has taken time to consider it he’ll withdraw these remarks which are unworthy of a Downing Street Director of Communications.”

Who was right?

Let the people decide…

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