Twitter Bitch Fight of the Week: Lobby-on-Lobby Edition

As Alex Wickham approaches the end of his time as Playbook editor, one gets the sense that his SW1 diplomacy skills are beginning to fade. This morning Patrick Maguire – editor of The Times Red Box – received a glowing endorsement for his rival morning newsletter from Matt Chorley, including the less-than-subtle dig that it’s “unencumbered by being too close to No10.”

A dig Wiki couldn’t take lying down…

Chorley walked straight into Wiki’s trap, however, denying ever asking to be included in a runners and rider’s list. Thankfully Alex had the receipts…

Guido’s surprised to see Matt Chorley severing ties with Politico in this way – as co-conspirators will be aware he was considered a prime front runner to replace Wiki, as per Guido’s runners and riders listAlas it wasn’t to be…

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Bitch Fight of the Week: Hancock v Jolyon

No one was happier to see Jolyon apologise yesterday than Matt Hancock. A few hours after Jolyon admitted he and the Good Law Project didn’t actually, win their case, Hancock released his own statement on Twitter “welcoming” Jolyon’s apology and encouraging the “discredited” Project to accept their legal fights are “a waste of the court’s time“. Inevitably teeing up this week’s bitch fight…

Jolyon immediately batted back with his usual grace and decorum by calling Hancock a “sleazy little man”, although the tweet appears to have since been deleted. Fortunately Hancock kept the receipts…

Clearly seeing red, Jolyon decided to stop responding to Hancock directly and instead go on a four-tweet rant on his own profile – at one point comparing Hancock and Lord Bethell to Batman & Robin:

As always, Guido leaves it to co-conspirators to pick the winner…

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Bitch Fight of the Week: Andy Murray Versus Nigel Farage

Clearly no love lost this morning between tennis star Andy Murray and Nigel Farage. In the wake of Novak Djokovic’s successful appeal against deportation from Australia, Nige posted a video last night showing himself celebrate the news with Djokovic’s family in the tennis star’s trophy room:

Murray took the opening serve, hurling this cheap shot across the net this morning:

Sweeping away the backhanded jibe, Farage smashed back by telling Murray he “clearly [doesn’t] understand politics” and is “filled with prejudice”:

Inevitably the Twitterati already declared it game, set, match, although Guido reckons the ball’s now in Murray’s court to decide who takes it home. At match point, Guido – as always – leaves it to the readers to sit in the umpire’s chair…

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Twitter Bitch Fight of the Week: Rayner Versus Fabbers

This week’s Twitter Bitch Fight of the Week is a parliamentary face-off: Labour’s Deputy Leader Angela Rayner versus Tory grandee Michael Fabricant. The opening salvo came from Fabbers, who claimed that Rayner was “squawk[ing] on about Geoffrey Cox” over the sleaze scandal:

Five days later, Rayner finally returned the favour, accusing Fabricant of “classism and sexism“, and slamming Boris for his Peppa Pig speech:

Unlike Angie, Fabricant took little time to push back, claiming “you’d think she might have managed something more original“:

Rayner finally had enough. This time responding within hours, she said:

As of this evening, it looks like Rayner’s having the final word on this – Fabbers still hasn’t responded, despite mocking Angie for taking five days to respond to his initial blow. As always, Guido leaves it to co-conspirators to determine the winner…

 

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Red-On-Red Bitch Fight: Manchester Versus London Edition

A fairly innocuous tweet from Andy Burnham made a splash on Twitter this morning after a complaint about overpriced public transport in the North. He lamented a simple 20-minute one-stop journey costing constituents an eye-watering £8, and comparing it to London:

Labour MP Neil Coyle then, unprovoked, accused the King of the North of making “cheap digs at London”:

A riled Burnham would not hear it and was keen to level up the conversation…

Still not satisfied, Burnham has spent the last hour passively aggressively retweeting his Twitter supporters including one who not so subtly wrote: “I don’t get why some Londoners are upset about this”. Meanwhile red wall voters without transit systems, and just one bus an hour, will no doubt be experiencing broken hearts at the plight of their metropolitan comrades…

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Twitter Bitch Fight: Piers Versus Dom

It was only a matter of time before these two featured in Guido’s long-running series. Following Cummings’ doorstep interview with Sky yesterday, in which he claimed “we have a joke prime minister” in response to the government’s handling of the pandemic, Piers Morgan launched a scathing attack on the man who had, he claimed, deliberately blocked ministers appearing on Good Morning Britain during that time:

Of course, Cummings took the bait:

To which Morgan responded with the tried and true “I know you are, but what am I?” technique: 

It was inevitable that a Barnard Castle reference would show up. Still, Cummings managed to get the last word in, which is unusual with Piers… 

As ever, Guido leaves it to co-conspirators to determine the victor…

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