From Todays Grauniad

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by Mr_Fingerz, Sep 8, 2010.

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  1. Mr_Fingerz

    Mr_Fingerz LE Book Reviewer

  2. msr

    msr LE

    Pistol in the gents? Surely it is the second drawer down in the Mess Anteroom?
  3. cpunk

    cpunk LE Moderator

    I do think that Simon Jenkins is becoming increasingly weird: a 12-year old could shred the arguments he uses there.
  4. I hate Guardian Readers.
  5. tbf most of them are ripping him apart.
    jenkins appears to be the guardians attempt at a clarkson only retarted and unfunny
  6. Don't worry. The Guardian is losing nearly £200 million a year. It's thought that the loss of the government job ads, as Dave migrates them to a web site, will be the last straw. I suspect that Mr Jenkins is merely pitching for a job on the Mirror when his P45 arrives.
  7. Sir Simon Jenkins is an arch-lovey of the journalistic set. Knighted by bliar for services to journalism he has a penchant for fancy churches and fancy houses. He was married to Gayle Hunnicutt but they are separated - which may explain why he is so bitter, it will be a couple of years since he had a good blow-through. Alternatively he might just be one of those people who has spent his whole life observing and therefore feels compelled to make observations, all the time; regardless of his limited and child-like appreciation of the object of his purview.

    I wouldn't give his column too much crdibility as would I give him any either, he's done nothing really all his life bar type some tosh and edit a couple of newspapers - and we know the sort of person who does that kind of work!
  8. TheresaMay

    TheresaMay LE Moderator DirtyBAT

    Simon Jenkins is always good for a Monday morning pick-me-up (yes I know it's now Wednesday). After reading any of his dits I'm normally left cracking a smile, thinking to myself "bless..."

    That is of course, until I read some of the comments and realise people are actually taking him seriously and not only agreeing, but adding their tuppence-worth like the all knowing Pub-Generals they are.

    Interestingly though, he mentions about the ceremonial, showing-off side of things and I couldn't help thinking to myself of late we seem to be getting more and more involved in parades, public displays etc. A lot of these events involve masses of time out of production, and have significant cost. It makes me wonder just how high a priority the chiefs consider PR to be.

    Thoughts, anyone?
  9. OldSnowy

    OldSnowy LE Moderator Book Reviewer

    Mmmm, Gayle Hunnicut.... Probably a GILF by now, she was something really special back in the day. If I weren't on DII, I'd hunt down a piccy.

    Oh, and the Guardian? This from a recent Guido Fawkes shows one aspect of their problems - they're only propped up by BBC and Govt spending and income from a car sales magazine:
    Proof the BBC is the Guardianista’s Broadcasting Arm - Guy Fawkes' blog
  10. msr

    msr LE

  11. Shocking

    "Marines may even have to room-share with paras"
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    Maybe the moneys run out! ;P
  13. I have never lowered myself to by the Grauniad only ever click on Buckshee articles online that other folk share links to.

    Thankfully they have made a loss of over £170 Mill in Fy 2009.

    The Guardian does have a good stable of sadly very well educated (but misguided) left wing Intelligensia. It will become more sidelined and see revenues decrease further as both readership & advertisers vote with their feet. They have always taken an anti MoD slant & look for cheap stories & opinions that rich Lefties like to hear. Most of the Hacks & Journos make a good wage and would be viewed as Champagne Socialists.

    The slagging off of our MoD & pathetic opinions that are more likely to be debated in College Staff Rooms will see them sidelined from the PR Machine of the MoD.

    The readership of the Grauniad mostly are not Policy or Decision makers. I put a pound to a penny that the ABC Audited circulation of the Guardian decreases even further by Christmas.

    Sadly the MoD will have to suffer budgetary reductions in all departments as will all Govt Departments. The MoD will have to also see a decrease in headcount & fiscal expenditure. Cheap dits about Hawks from RAF Valley does not wash well. Those chaps in 2-3 years time will probably be on the GR4 Bomber Fleet using Brimstone or be a Typhoon jockey taking care of business.
  14. Jenkins, not that long ago, advocated abolishing the armed forces altogether and spend the money on more social workers and the likes. Taking aside all the other, ahem, problems this could throw up in the future, I wonder how he'd feel about the prospect of a few hundred thousand people losing their jobs overnight.

    That's the problem with these types of idealistic lefties unfortunately, they don't ever think about the consequences of the sh!te they spout.