Sky News’ Tory-Bashing Teacher is Former Labour Candidate

Last night Sky News held a teachers’ strike Q&A with a “handpicked panel of experts” to discuss what the latest strike action means for teachers, staff, and students. One of these experts was primary school headteacher John Hayes, whose “expertise” was again reaffirmed at the end of the programme, just for good measure. John didn’t have much good to say about the government over the hour he was on-screen…

“…I would argue that the current government is the biggest disaster for children’s education right now. We have been campaigning on this well before the pandemic. We shouldn’t be in this place. State education is right on the edge, and it’s that way because of the current government and the decisions they have taken.”

Of course, what Sky forgot to mention in their glowing introduction is John also spends his time as the Chair of Hitchin Labour Party Branch… and even stood to be Hitchin and Harpenden’s Labour candidate in the 2017 election. Important context, Guido would have thought. Somehow it slipped the producers’ minds…

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Rayner Repeatedly Dodges Questioning Over Rail Strike Support

Another day, another shadow cabinet minister dodging the simple question: do you support the strikes? Today it was Angela Rayner’s turn, after the RMT last night voted to derail Christmas with more strikes over the next few weeks. Asked by Kay Burley if she supported the move and all the chaos it will inflict, an unusually coy Rayner trotted out Labour’s refrain:

“I think the RMT don’t want to take action. I want to see that strike action avoided… I don’t want to see industrial action because I see workers losing their pay and I see the public inconvenienced. I think there’s a way of us getting around the table and stopping it…”

Inconvenienced” here means a £1.7 billion hit to the economy and thousands of family Christmas plans thrown out the window. Rayner also claimed, “We don’t have industrial action in Wales”. Almost true… apart from the thousands of striking nurses and ambulance workers.

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Cabinet Minister Denies He’s Looking Forward to Watching Hancock Eat a Kangaroo’s Penis

In headlines Guido never thought he’d be writing, the new Transport Secretary Mark Harper told Sky News he is not looking forward to watching his now-ex colleague Matt Hancock eat a kangaroo’s penis on I’m A Celebrity. As a former Chief Whip himself, Harper agrees with Simon Hart’s decision to sack Hancock and said it was correct given mincing off to the Jungle is not compatible with being an MP. Maybe eating kangaroo penis should be added to the list of potential Chief Whip punishments…

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Mark Spencer: There May Be Some “Little Man in China” Listening to My Personal Calls

Defending Liz Truss’s phone hacking by the Russians, this morning food minister Mark Spencer told Sky News:

“We all talk on personal phones, don’t we, you know I ring my wife, maybe there’s some little man in China listening to my conversations between me and my wife.”

Guido hopes the ‘little man in China’ enjoys tuning in to No. 10’s incoming bollocking of Mark for that particular phrasing…

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Anti-Liz Audience Member is Anna Soubry’s Former Chief of Staff

To say questions have been raised about Sky’s debate audience last night would be an understatement. Despite two polls this week giving Liz a 32-34 point lead over rival Rishi, the audience was incredibly hostile towards her, with Rishi coming out on top. Sky News has said the audience was made up of undecided members. Guido’s not sure they did their homework properly…

One very critical anti-Liz audience member has already been identified as Jill Andrew, a former CCHQ lawyer and party candidate who stood against Boris for his Henley seat in 2001. Hardly a typical member…

The jewel in Sky’s audience crowd, however, was undoubtedly Tom Harding, who went to town on Liz over her regional pay boards u-turn before almost starting a fight with a fellow audience member standing up for her. Harding, it transpires, is none other than Anna Soubry’s former chief of staff…

Among Tom’s work for Soubry included defending her defection from the party in 2019 and supporting her 2016 campaign for Remain. Tom also appeared on Question Time in June this year – he gets around – to announce that “The only reason I’m a member of the party now is to get rid of Boris Johnson”.

After a brief stint as a Tom Tugendhat fan, Soubry’s former chief bag carrier has swung in behind Rishi Sunak, a declaration he made publicly on July 20th, despite Sky claiming the audience was undecided.

This basic research isn’t difficult…

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Sky News Debate No Longer a Head-to-Head

Disappointingly, Guido hears this week’s Sky News debate between Liz and Rishi is no longer going to be a head-to-head. Despite Sky News’s press release saying Thursday’s battle would be just that – “a head-to-head debate” – it now sounds like one or both candidates have agreed to scale it back so they won’t go up against each other in another corn-popping blue-on-battle. Boo!

Instead there will be audience questions to the candidates followed by separate 15-minute interviews with Kay Burley, reminiscent of Sky News and Channel 4 2015 leadership ‘showdown’ between David Cameron and Ed Miliband. Team Rishi blame Liz for not wanting to do the head-to-head format, once again accusing her of running scared after her Brillo no-show. Team Liz are schtum…

UPDATE: Sky have just confirmed the above: “The Battle for Number 10’ will see the candidates take part in back-to-back questioning from the live studio audience followed by an in-depth interview with Kay Burley.” You’re either in front of Guido or you are behind…

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