Commentariat Versus Reality

On the left above are the views of most of the commentariat and on the right is the reporting of the facts. Just read some of the hysterical output of broadsheet columnists in The Guardian or The Times to understand why she thinks what she does. Much of the commentariat is in meltdown; the vote for Brexit, the self-immolating Labour Party under Corbyn, the centrist columnist’s dream of realignment stuck in vortex of incompetence and now the Boris premiership with the return of Dominic Cummings. They are losing it…

Much of the commentariat is speculating so wildly and pessimistically that even media-manipulating Mandelson’s protégé is giving up on them:

The commentariat has spent so long demonising the PM and trying to thwart his advance that in their anger they can no longer do realistic analysis…

mdi-timer 27th July 2019 @ 3:07 pm 27th Jul 2019 @ 3:07 pm mdi-comment Comments
Beth’s Bum Job

Adam Boulton’s white summer suit was drawing admiring comments this morning. Unfortunately he sat on a Mars bar. Beth is sorting it out…

mdi-timer 24th July 2019 @ 3:08 pm 24th Jul 2019 @ 3:08 pm mdi-comment Comments
‘Sky Sources’ Break Triesman Resignation… 20 Minutes After BBC

The evergreen “Sky Sources” have delivered another scoop right on time – this time they’ve managed to break the news of Lord Triesman’s resignation from Labour a mere 21 minutes after BBC Newsnight actually broke the story. With a copy of Triesman’s resignation letter in full…

Labour’s former general secretary resigned in protest at Labour’s “institutional anti-Semitism”, saying that Labour is “no longer a safe political environment for Jewish people or other opponents of anti-Semitism”. Former Labour Health Minister Lord Darzi has confirmed his resignation from the party to Newsnight too. It’s one thing for Sky to be behind the curve, citing “Sky Sources” when the story has been out in the public domain in full for over twenty minutes is just comical…

UPDATE: Former President of the Royal College of Physicians Lord Turnberg has also resigned from the Labour Party. Corbyn’s week going from dire to truly abject…

mdi-timer 9th July 2019 @ 3:22 pm 9th Jul 2019 @ 3:22 pm mdi-comment Comments
Beth’s “Turd” Shock

How will this play with Tory voters? Guido is not sure whether they will merely approve of the sentiment or be absolutely ecstatic about it…

UPDATE: Boris says “Pas du tout” (“not at all”).

UPDATE II: Boris gives fuller response “I have no recollection of this comment. But I notice that it is not very well sourced – anyway.”

mdi-timer 28th June 2019 @ 10:48 am 28th Jun 2019 @ 10:48 am mdi-comment Comments
Sky Reporter Gets the Drop Live on Air

Well that’s one way to get out of the shot quickly…

mdi-timer 1st April 2019 @ 1:09 pm 1st Apr 2019 @ 1:09 pm mdi-comment Comments
Media Ignore New Production of World’s Best-Selling Car in UK

Nissan’s decision not to begin production of a new model of car in Sunderland dominated the media at the start of the week, despite no jobs actually being lost. Brexit naturally got all the blame, despite a large number of other significant factors including falling demand for diesel cars and the EU’s stringent new emissions standards in the wake of Germany’s major diesel fraud scandal. If it was really a Brexit issue why didn’t Nissan just move production to one of their many manufacturing plants in Spain, or France where they have a strategic partnership with Renault?

Funny how quiet the media was when another Japanese car giant did start a major new production line – just last month Toyota commenced production of the new 2019 Corolla at its Burnaston plant in Derbyshire where over 3000 people are employed. The Corolla is not a niche SUV like the Nissan X-Trail, it is the best-selling car model in the world…

In fact the only mention of the new Corolla on BBC News was a single line in an article puffing up the latest round of no-deal bluster from the firm’s European boss and Greg Clark, which didn’t even mention the fact that new production had started. Not a word from Project Fear cheerleaders Sky News…

mdi-timer 6th February 2019 @ 10:39 am 6th Feb 2019 @ 10:39 am mdi-comment Comments
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