Speaking on Sky News this morning, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng had this to say on David Cameron’s alleged Treasury lobbying on behalf of Greensill Capital:
“As far as I know David Cameron did absolutely nothing wrong. He was a public servant for a long time, he’s now gone into private life and is working for Greensill Capital. People have looked into his role, people have looked into the fact that he may or may not have contacted people, officials in the Treasury. As far as I know everything was above board. He’s been largely exonerated and I think we should just move on.”
That’s the second Cabinet minister to defend Cameron on the record now…
Picking up where the BBC left off this morning, today Sky News invited Director of Detention Action charity Bella Sankey onto the programme to lambast the government’s planned overhaul of asylum seeker rules. She proceeded to condemn the government. No disclosure that she stood as the Labour candidate for Arundel and South Downs in the 2019 general election…
For the second time in a day, ‘expert’ activists have opined on government policy without revealing their personal partisanship. Sankey took the opportunity on Sky to label the Home Secretary’s plans as ‘cruel, illogical, incoherent, [and] unlawful’, which certainly stands in contrast to how she described her former party leader, saying that Jeremy Corbyn is ‘honest, has principles and integrity and is visible and accountable in the media himself’. Honesty certainly is a virtue…
It seems Sky News are worried about their recent lack of on-air diversity figures. In an email chain forwarded to Guido last night, Peter Lowe, Sky’s Head of Home News, writes:
“The next batch of London correspondents appointed are only either BAME, or women, or both […] A reminder that our targets are 50/50 on gender and 20% ethnicity.”
Guido has also seen internal monitoring data from Sky News which shows they closely track on-air contributions to meet internal diversity targets and, as of last month, they had too many men contributing. So don’t bother applying for jobs at Sky chaps…
Desperate attempts are now being made by politicians to keep their kids from wandering into interviews after Tom Tugendhat, Jonathan Ashworth and Anneliese Dodds all failed to keep their doors shut. Raab’s innovation seemed basic though effective.
Inzaman Rashid, suspended northern reporter for Sky News, tweeted today that he had been hospitalised with Covid-19 over Christmas alongside his father.
“I had oxygen to help with breathing, Dad had a lot. He’s 61, fit, healthy – but this virus ravaged him. He’s left crippled now as a result, the long term damages are devastating.”
Rashid made headlines in December after Guido revealed he had breached Covid regulations by attending Kay Burely’s 60th birthday party, which led to his three-month suspension along with Burely and Sky News political editor Beth Rigby. Rashid tested positive on the 28th of December. 23 days after Burley’s party, and 18 days after his suspension.
Rashid says that he
“…[hopes he] can help even one BAME person to ignore the myths, the lies, the idiotic commentary about the vaccines and take it. Because you don’t want this virus, trust me.”
Both he and his father are now out of hospital after a torrid time. Guido wishes them well in their recovery.
Michael Gove is reportedly conspiring with Gordon Brown to jointly head off the SNP’s demands for another referendum. As a consequence Brown is back in the spotlight making a bogus case for a constitutional boondoggle of a “Commission on Democracy” that would “review the way the whole United Kingdom is governed”. This is transparently a ruse to delay any revisiting of the legitimate question of Scotland’s independence.
On Sky News this morning when Niall Paterson accused Gordon Brown of deceiving Scottish voters in the previous referendum over “the vow”, Gordon Brown denied saying the specific quotes attributed to him by the presenter and then claimed bizarrely “they should read the small print”. Guido’s video above shows Brown making the very deceptive claims he denied making. He lied to them in the last referendum, he lied to them this morning. Why should Scots believe him now?
The SNP are riding high in the polls and the unionist Tory-Labour coalition is looking likely to be in the minority at the polls. A narrow (49% versus 48%) majority of even Scottish Tory voters tell YouGov they would be “pleased” or “not bothered” if Scotland left the UK. Is Gordon really the right man to convince them that wasting years and millions on a Commission is really worthwhile? The promise of a Commission is an obvious con, they don’t need to read the small print on this…