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Political Corr, C4 News; PSA Political Journalist of Year, 2014. 3 RTS awards; author - books on Militant, Scargill, Archer, Hezza, Alex Ferguson. MU fan

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My friend Seth Thevoz @SAThevoz has devised this road-trip to visit all 29 American presidential libraries. It is my ambition to do it one day, though it will probably take 2-3 months. https://t.co/hqvBZn0LLw
I found Jack Skinner’s railcard and will post to lost railcards office unless he wants to collect it from me London
Extract from letter from David Butler to senior BBC editor Grace Wyndham Goldie, dated March 1955, where he proposes what clearly became the Swingometer. In another letter, two months later, Butler calls it a “speedometer type device”. See my new Butler biography Sultan of Swing
How can any journalist begin their report with the words “Another day,
another...”? It’s such a terrible cliche and seems to be saying “Don’t listen to this. You’ve heard it before. This report is dull.”
And David Butler wasn’t just the election night boffin for BBC TV for every general election from 1950 to 1979, but later for ITN & Sky, he was also an election night pundit for Australian TV for many years, and also on Indian TV.https://t.co/0S97t6Cbfi
Happy Birthday. The psephologist Sir David Butler, who developed the concept of “swing” in elections, and invented the BBC Swingometer, is 94 today.
@KevinPascoe @BBCPolitics @BBCNews @bbclaurak To be fair to others, there’s a lot happening in politics right now, and not much happened in court yesterday.
Dame Laura Cox tells me that about “half a dozen” MPs are involved in “very very serious” cases of bullying, harassment & sexual harassment in the Commons, & about same number of House staff, what one might call “serial offenders”, & there is “internal awareness” of who they are.
Conservative MP for South Thanet Craig Mackinlay arrives at Southwark Crown Court today at start of trial on charges relating to election expenses. There are two other defendants.
Conservative MP for South Thanet Craig Mackinlay arrives at Southwark Crown Court today at start of trial on charges relating to election expenses. There are two other defendants.
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