Mazher Mahmood Jailed and Sacked By The Sun

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“Following the sentencing of Mazher Mahmood today, News UK can confirm that his employment has been terminated.

Mazher was suspended after the Tulisa Contostavlos trial collapsed, pending an internal inquiry. That inquiry was superseded by the criminal process.

Mazher has led scores of successful investigations during his 25-year career with the company. His work has led to the exposure of criminality and wrongdoing. It is a source of great regret that his time with the company should end in this manner.

The previous criminal cases that have resulted from his investigations were tested by the courts or guilty pleas were entered. We are aware that the Crown Prosecution Service has reviewed some cases and understand that the Criminal Cases Review Commission is looking at whether a small number of matters should be referred back to the Court of Appeal. We await their decisions.

We have noted the threats made after Mazher’s conviction of civil claims against this company in relation to his previous work. Should such claims be brought, they will be vigorously defended.”

Mazher Mahmood has been jailed for 15 months and sacked by the Sun…

Man on Yesterday’s Sun Front Page is NOT an Interpreter

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Yesterday a rumour went round Twitter virtue signallers that a man the Sun reported is a supposed child refugee is in fact a Home Office interpreter. It was too good for the tabloid-bashers to resist, soon hundreds of people had tweeted it without checking, as if it was fact. Including some very famous types like Gary Lineker, David Schneider and Caroline Criado Perez. Guido has asked the Home Office, who confirm the man in question is NOT an interpreter. They say they do not comment on minors, all but confirming he is a refugee claiming to be a child. As reported by the SunA lie will go halfway round the world while truth is pulling its boots on – will the Twitterati above be issuing corrections?

UPDATE: Tact Care, the charity which claimed he was an interpreter, say they “regret any concern caused”:

“With regard to a recent tweet by TACT questioning the status of an individual male in a photograph at Calais, our information was from a credible source.  However, if the male is indeed a migrant and not an interpreter, TACT regrets any concern caused.  The tweet has now been withdrawn as we do not want to cause any further distress to the individual depicted.”

Press Gallery Chairman Craig Woodhouse New DCMS SpAd

A raft of new SpAd appointments is expected imminently and Guido understands the headline move will be Craig Woodhouse joining Karen Bradley at DCMS. It’s a smart hire for the new Culture Secretary to poach an industry insider – Woodhouse is a newspaper veteran, the respected chairman of the Press Gallery and chief political correspondent at The Sun. He is well-liked by MPs of all parties which will help in a notoriously adversarial brief. The long-suffering Sheffield Wednesday fan might even be able to pick up a freebie or two along the way. The Lobby loses yet another leading name to SpAd-dom…

See Guido’s SpAd List in full here.

Sun Names Elton John

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The Sun won their four-month long legal battle to report on Elton John’s sexual harassment case settlement. I guess that’s why they call it the news…

Campaign Report: 9 Days to Go

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Leave message: Leave ministers commit to same level of EU funding post-Brexit.

Remain message: Corbyn: Stay, or the NHS gets it.

Cut through: The Sun comes out for Leave.

Leave social media count: 488,043 likes, 59,735 followers.

Remain social media count: 474,801 likes, 38,521 followers.

Odds: Remain 4/6, Leave 6/4

Latest poll: Remain 40% (-1), Leave 47% (+4) (TNS, online). Poll of Polls is now Remain 49% (+1), Leave 51% (-1).

IPSO: Coke Probably Was Snorted at Momentum Party

Back in December the Sun sent a bearded undercover reporter to a People’s Momentum Christmas party in Brixton, armed with specialist detection wipes and a handful of swabs. The science didn’t lie – traces of gak were found in the loos and the story made its way into the paper. Well, someone from Momentum decided to complain to the press regulator IPSO. The judgement is in, and they’ve ruled a Momentum reveller probably did consult the member for Tooting…

“The committee acknowledged that the test used by the newspaper could not conclusively show that drugs were taken by an attendee at the party that night. However, the manager of the pub had said that the toilets had been cleaned before the party, the only attendees present in the venue that night were attending the Momentum event, and traces of drugs had been detected. This was a reasonable basis to infer that drugs had been used by an attendee. In these circumstances, the committee was satisfied that the newspaper had not failed to take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information. There was no breach of Clause 1. The complaint was not upheld.”

Hipster socialists exploiting Colombian peasants…

Clegg’s “Smear Operation” Against Gove

Sun editor Tony Gallagher has come out swinging in defence of that splash about the Queen, accusing Clegg of changing his position and of smearing Michael Gove as the alleged source:

Peston: Much of the world believes your source to be the Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, was it?

Gallagher: They can believe what they like. We would never reveal who our sources are. I think it’s interesting to note that there is clearly a smear operation underway at the moment and an attempt to identify Michael Gove. It wouldn’t take too much of a cynic to assume that part of the reason for that is the desire to remove him as a leading light in the Leave campaign. And I think it’s worth putting into the public domain that among those circulating the idea that it is Michael Gove are people close to Nick Clegg… I think Nick Clegg has questions to answer because he’s gone from being ‘I don’t recollect this event’ to ‘it’s nonsense’ to now being certain it’s Michael Gove. So which is it? I think he has to answer that.

Remember, it’s personal between Clegg, Gove and his former adviser Dom Cummings, who once called him a “self-obsessed, revolting character”…

Nb. Media watchers note the second camera on Peston, evidence of his so-called movie set.

Clegg Doesn’t Deny Queen Backs Brexit

Tomorrow’s Sun claims the Queen “spoke with venom and emotion” during a bust-up with Nick Clegg in which she apparently backed Brexit. This is Clegg’s very carefully worded response:

“I have absolutely no recollection of it. I don’t have a photographic memory. But I think I would have remembered something as stark or significant as you have made it out to be. No doubt you’ll speak to someone else and they’ll say, ‘I was there I heard it’. Fine. But I really can’t remember it at all. Anyway, without sounding pompous, I find it rather distasteful to reveal conversations with the Queen.”

Not an outright denial…

Sunday Service

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After some 150 columns and articles co-conspirators will have noticed that there was no Guido Sun on Sunday column this week. After 3 years our tabloid toil has come to to an end…

We enjoyed the challenge of writing a very different product for a mass market tabloid audience, though we won’t miss the deadline stress of sweating over our column all day Friday. The discipline of having to write tight, straight-to-the-point copy is tough. It is a cliche that it would be easy for The Sun’s journalists to produce The Times, whereas the writers of the “Thunderers” would find it much harder to successfully do “Sun Says”. That is Guido’s view having written both…

Order-Order.com is expanding in terms of both output and staff numbers, as ever our efforts are focused on breaking more news on the site first. We also have a few surprises in store for readers. Our winning formula of Westminster tittle-tattle, gossip and hard news still means that: You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…

Guido in The Sun on Sunday

Read Guido’s column in the Sun on Sunday to discover the fate of Labour’s 20 discarded chicken suits. Don’t miss out on:

DOCTOR

  • Just what the junior doctor ordered… tax deductible Val d’Isere Doctors Winter Conference

UBER

  • Why UKIP are Uber flip-floppers

MAY

  • Theresa May swerves the opportunity to back Britain staying in the EU
  • The Labour MP who heckles Commons opponents by telling them they’ve been blocked on Twitter
  • Why the Tories are telling the LibDems to pack their bags all over again
  • Labour’s never-ending hypocrisy on zero hours contracts
  • Minister Sniffed Poppers at Cabinet Table

You can read it all today, for free, here

Alas SunNation, We Knew It Well

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Farewell SunNation, the Sun’s outside-the-paywall experiment with a blog format has now gone with the raison d’être of the paywall. This again brings into focus the future of tabloids now it has been established that in the age of social media paywalls for popular papers are counter-productive. As far as Guido knows no mass market tabloid in the world has successfully made the transition to a digital model.

Digital first sceptics point out that for all the traffic success of Mail Online and The Guardian, they don’t really make much profit. In the case of the digital Guardian they make no profit. That is because undifferentiated general traffic does not command a high premium from advertisers. Also free online versions inevitably cannibalise the print readers…

Digital first optimists argue that there is no choice other than to deliver content where people increasingly want it, to their phones and tablets. And deliver it fast and first if you want to succeed. 

How will we make any money ask the digital sceptics? If paid subscriptions don’t work for tabloids in the digital era will it be Buzzfeed style advertorial? Video ads? Product placement? The digital first optimists point out that tabloid print sales are collapsing and soon they won’t make money either…

TABLOIDS

The Mirror is contemplating a cut-price, slimmed down version of the paper along the lines of the i, The Independent’s successful cut-down version. The more successful print innovator is actually the London Evening Standard, London’s now free high-quality evening paper is brimming with advertising. Could a tabloid thrive on advertising revenue alone? Metro and City AM show that advertising-only supported papers can be viable. It is possible that a national could go free, double or triple circulation, and suck up more than enough advertising to make up for the lost cover-price revenue. Guido noticed that last weekend the Sun on Sunday was distributed free in some places in Ireland…

Guido in The Sun on Sunday

See Guido’s column in the Sun on Sunday for the BBC’s refusal to deny that they chauffeured Jihadi Sid to interviews so he could spout his pro-ISIS views on national television. Don’t miss out on:

PLOT

  • RED ON RED: Labour MPs say they are victims of a Corbynista revenge plot

MENACE

  • How George Osborne is menacing Tory ministers and MPs

RORY

  • Why armed police were called to a Tory minister’s office this week
  • BRUM BUNFIGHT: Radical left-winger Salma Yaqoob DID try to join Labour, decision now with NEC
  • Mark Reckless’ Dirty Secret

You can read it all today, for free, here

Guido in The Sun on Sunday

Read all about Keith Vaz and the Russian glamour models in Guido’s column in the Sun on SundayDon’t miss out on:

  • Security Shocker: Jeremy Corbyn in his own words, wants an “end to Nato”

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  • Despite complaining when Zac Goldsmith called him a “radical“, Sadiq Khan called himself radical 19 times

CAULI

  • Mystery of the Reshuffle Cauliflower Solved
  • Something of a fallout between Corbyn and McDonnell
  • High-Friers: Meet the Tory Two Who Worked Together at McDonald’s
  • “I’ve no idea what you’re talking about, but you’re probably after my sister” – Awkward Eagle Reshuffle Moment

You can read it all today, for free, here

Guido’s 2015 Awards in The Sun on Sunday

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Guido sticks the knife – and Fawke – into the winners of 2015’s awards for Westminster’s top chancers, cheats and trumps. Click here to read our Surprise of Year, best gaffe, worst piggy, heroes and zeroes and laugh-out-loud moment. Happy New Year…

Indy Buries Front Page Cock-Up Confession

Gotcha!” exclaimed Tuesday’s Indy splash, exclusively revealing that the Sun had been “told” to put an “apology” for a story about Jeremy Corbyn on its front page. The top scoop revealed how “The Sun was ordered to publish a front page correction“. Just one problem: ironically, this holier than thou story on press ethics was itself inaccurate. IPSO did not order the Sun to put an apology or correction on page one. Today’s Indy admits they got it wrong:

The Sun newspaper has asked us to point out that it was not instructed to “apologise” for its front-page story on Jeremy Corbyn by the Press watchdog Ipso, as we claimed on our own front page yesterday. In fact, the Committee of Ipso ‘required that a reference to the adjudication to be published on the front page, directing readers to the full adjudication.

So, did the Indy make a reference to their incorrect front page headline on today’s page one? Alas not, the only mention of it is on page two. See if you can spot it:

Of course, they declined to join IPSO so they are under no obligation to carry a reference on the front. Please, give us more of your lectures on press ethics…

Guido in The Sun on Sunday

ALLAN

Read all about Lucy Allan’s four letter rant at a young staffer last week in Guido’s column in the Sun on Sunday. Don’t miss out on:

  • Allan Refused to Let Staffer Have Weekend Off to See Terminally Ill Relative
  • Former staff claim she tried to gag whistleblowers with “intimidating” messages

BORIS

  • Why did boozing Boris put Tory MPs’ noses out of joint last week?

BBC

  • BBC EU Referendum Stitch Up Fears

CORBYN

  • What did veggie Corbyn do with his Christmas turkey this year?
  • House of Horrors: Former Staff Reveal MP Made Them Do Lines
  • Meet the Tory MP who regularly visits a psychic and believes mediums can help make up her mind on key issues
  • Owen Paterson is definitely not positioning himself for the post-Cameron era
  • McDonnell wishes he had a calculator

You can read it all today, for free, only on SunNation

Met Breached Sun Journalists’ Human Rights

A Sun spokesperson said:

“We are pleased that the specialist Tribunal has today ruled that the Police’s actions in secretly accessing the telephone data of The Sun and three of its journalists was in breach of our rights to protect our confidential sources. Today’s outcome vindicates our concerns that our rights to protect confidential sources on matters of significant public interest – such as “Plebgate” – are at risk unless the law is now changed to protect all journalists from unfair and unnecessary Police intrusion.”

Final proof RIPA needs serious reform…

Guido in The Sun on Sunday

Read Guido’s column in the Sun on Sunday to find out the latest astonishing twist in the Tory bullying saga. The cops are investigating after a police impersonator threatened a whistleblower with arrest. Don’t miss out on:

ADAMS

  • Tatler Tory row MP declares “NFJ” rule at his Christmas bash. NFJ? “No F**king Journalists”

MAY

  • Plot to get Theresa May on Tory leadership ballot
  • Why was Jeremy Corbyn told he didn’t have the proper security clearance this week?
  • The Tory minister funding fanatical campaigners to the tune of £200,000-a-year… to harass her
  • Why have Labour MPs been sending Jeremy Corbyn “get well soon” cards?
  • Claus out in Westminster as Santa comes to town

You can read it all today, for free, only on SunNation

Guido in The Sun on Sunday

FURY

Read Guido’s column in the Sun on Sunday as the campaign for Brexit secures literally its biggest backer yet: the heavyweight champion of the world. Don’t miss out on:

VICTIMS

  • Tory bullying whistleblowers blast inquiry: “I was made to feel like a terrorist”

CARNEY

  • In Campaign Carney Row: Bank of England officials furious with BSE

DONOR

  • Top Labour Donor Quits, Telling Corbyn: “You are leading the party into oblivion”
  • Chris Bryant, the copper and the dead donkey
  • Pro-bombing Tom Watson inundated with abusive messages from Corbynistas calling him a “traitor” and a “Blairite
  • Desperate Remain campaign claims “The EU lets us have more sex”
  • Momentum chief Jon Lansman’s son works as asset manager promising “tax efficiency” to “shelter income tax”

You can read it all today, for free, only on SunNation

Guido in The Sun on Sunday

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In today’s news-filled Sun on Sunday column, Guido reveals that Labour MPs are plotting to take out John McDonnell. Read all about it here, and don’t miss out on:

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  • Supporters of Hilary Benn for leader are sharing Clinton’s ‘Ready for Hillary’ graphics

THREAT

  • Fears London Labour MPs will be targeted for deselection as new far-left members sign up in the hundreds

YEO

  • Guido’s favourite Tim Yeo anecdote: what happened when he dined alone and ordered an expensive bottle of wine…
  • What will Osborne do with McDonnell’s Little Red Book?
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John Curtice on fiscal policy:

“Attitudes to taxation and spending are basically counter-cyclical. If a government comes in and tries to reduce spending and taxation, after a while people will get worried about the state of public services. If a government increases taxation and public spending, after a while they’ll get concerned about increasing taxation…. In as much as there are lots of ideologues out there who think the state should be this proportion of GDP, they’re all wrong. Because the public’s view is counter-cyclical to the recent experience. It’s basically impossible to satisfy the public.”

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