If you, like many people, caught the very end of Newsnight upon returning from the pub last night…you may have wondered if you’d had a bit too much to drink. The show closed with the Emily Maitlis giving a grilling to the BBC’s latest star signing…Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster. Seriously, watch. Makes a change from […]

Here is the unedited letter to the Guardian from a diverse coalition of UK bloggers who are horrified by the government’s botched plans to regulate the internet and small publishers. The signatories include some, such as Owen Jones and Laurie Penny, whose backing was secured too late for the print edition. Dear Editor, The Leveson Inquiry was […]

Scrapbook supports the Leveson process and helped co-ordinate the advertising boycott campaign which pushed the News Of The World over the edge. But this week’s attempts to force the blogosphere into a regulator at the last minute are the legislative equivalent of Pedigree Chum. Here’s why: 1: Lord Leveson’s inquiry and the policy process which followed didn’t […]

Policymakers working on plans for a new media regulator are drafting proposals for blogs to undertake “associate membership” the successor to the Press Complaints Commission, Political Scrapbook understands. Options being considered as an outcome of a process which predates this week’s shock proposals that many blogs should be regulated include: A lower or nominal membership fee for blogs in comparison […]

For all the B-movies and crappy commercials, Scrapbook’s favourite memory of Michael Winner — who died today aged 77 — will be his comprehensive demolition of Richard Littlejohn for homophobia on the columnist’s own Live and Uncut TV show in 1994: “I’m quite appalled and very nearly walked out to be on a British television programme where lesbians are wheeled […]

Having dipped their toes back in the waters with a 2010 stage play, Yes, Prime Minister writers Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn are bringing Maggie Thatcher’s favourite TV programme back to our screens after twenty five years. You can tune into Gold tomorrow night at 9pm if you have Sky (Channel 110) or Virgin Media […]