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Allegra Stratton - New PM Press Secretary

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I seem to remember Private Eye magazine said she wasn't the most popular person wherever she worked as a journalist. Screaming hissy fits were abound. Sound like fun at number 9 Very Happy
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Worzel Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
I seem to remember Private Eye magazine said she wasn't the most popular person wherever she worked as a journalist. Screaming hissy fits were abound. Sound like fun at number 9 Very Happy


And you believe everything you read in the Hislop Times then? Very Happy
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TheSebastian
I seem to remember Private Eye magazine said she wasn't the most popular person wherever she worked as a journalist. Screaming hissy fits were abound. Sound like fun at number 9 Very Happy


And you believe everything you read in the Hislop Times then?


First hand I can tell you that I've witnessed some very unpleasant behaviour from Stratton, but I wouldn't describe it as 'hissy fit', more a posh, entitled Karen type. Some colleagues of hers at ITN told me (again, directly to my face not a third party) that it wasn't unusual. Sorry to say.

Her husband is James Forsyth of The Spectator, the same magazine as Mary Wakefield, wife of Dominic Cummings. So all part of the Boris clown circus.
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Soupnzi London London
There’s been various stories in Private Eye from her time at Newsnight which suggested various political allegiances...but it doesn’t really matter now she’s an ex-journalist and we know her views.

If she follows the career trajectory of Sean Spicer she could be on Strictly this time next year.
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I seem to remember Private Eye magazine said she wasn't the most popular person wherever she worked as a journalist. Screaming hissy fits were abound. Sound like fun at number 9 Very Happy


And you believe everything you read in the Hislop Times then?


First hand I can tell you that I've witnessed some very unpleasant behaviour from Stratton, but I wouldn't describe it as 'hissy fit', more a posh, entitled Karen type. Some colleagues of hers at ITN told me (again, directly to my face not a third party) that it wasn't unusual. Sorry to say.

Her husband is James Forsyth of The Spectator, the same magazine as Mary Wakefield, wife of Dominic Cummings. So all part of the Boris clown circus.

It's kind of ironic that you are criticising her behavior whilst at the same time hinting at being an employee of an impartial broadcaster and clearly stating political views that the expression of which are clearly incompatible with impartial broadcasting. What Allegra has or hasn't done in private doesn't need to be public knowledge and adds nothing to the conversation unless people are trying to discredit her.
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London Lite Founding member London London
While Private Eye gets it wrong on occasion, the media gossip they print is usually accurate.
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AlexS posted:

And you believe everything you read in the Hislop Times then?


First hand I can tell you that I've witnessed some very unpleasant behaviour from Stratton, but I wouldn't describe it as 'hissy fit', more a posh, entitled Karen type. Some colleagues of hers at ITN told me (again, directly to my face not a third party) that it wasn't unusual. Sorry to say.

Her husband is James Forsyth of The Spectator, the same magazine as Mary Wakefield, wife of Dominic Cummings. So all part of the Boris clown circus.

It's kind of ironic that you are criticising her behavior whilst at the same time hinting at being an employee of an impartial broadcaster and clearly stating political views that the expression of which are clearly incompatible with impartial broadcasting. What Allegra has or hasn't done in private doesn't need to be public knowledge and adds nothing to the conversation unless people are trying to discredit her.


Private Eyes public comments about a public figure is the subject I'm commenting on, and only becouse someone rubbished the source. So I give first hand account that Private Eye might not actually be far wrong.

Nobody mentioned impartiality. Or implied it. Or alluded to in hidden code, that whole rant of yours addressed a point entirely in your imagination. Nobody suggested her private views are incompatible with her old role as a broadcast journalist, I'm not sure how you even got to that point.

For the record, her history of employers and the work I've seen of hers didn't suggest a noticeable bias in her broadcast work to me, when she was a professional journalist. Which she no longer is.

It's valid to highlight her close connections to the de pfeffel Johnson team - as most of political news twitter is doing right this moment.
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Cando London London
While Private Eye gets it wrong on occasion, the media gossip they print is usually accurate.

The opposite imho. They get very basic media gossip wrong
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Cando posted:
While Private Eye gets it wrong on occasion, the media gossip they print is usually accurate.

The opposite imho. They get very basic media gossip wrong


While they may not always be right, I have seen the Stratton-Tower Hamlets Council story repeated in other outlets.
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London Lite Founding member London London
DTV posted:
Cando posted:
While Private Eye gets it wrong on occasion, the media gossip they print is usually accurate.

The opposite imho. They get very basic media gossip wrong


While they may not always be right, I have seen the Stratton-Tower Hamlets Council story repeated in other outlets.


Private Eye works with local websites/journalists to ensure their Rotten Boroughs column is accurate.

All of the stuff about how rotten Croydon Council is comes from Inside Croydon.

The media gossip largely comes from journalists in the newsrooms. They're better at gossip from newspaper offices than from broadcasters to be fair.
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bilky asko Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
DTV posted:
Cando posted:
The opposite imho. They get very basic media gossip wrong


While they may not always be right, I have seen the Stratton-Tower Hamlets Council story repeated in other outlets.


Private Eye works with local websites/journalists to ensure their Rotten Boroughs column is accurate.

All of the stuff about how rotten Croydon Council is comes from Inside Croydon.

The media gossip largely comes from journalists in the newsrooms. They're better at gossip from newspaper offices than from broadcasters to be fair.


Indeed, the North Yorks Enquirer has a section full of stories that Private Eye have sourced from them, for example.

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Private Eye have an excellent strategy that ensures that even in the connected era, the paper based product is still their most important thing, while drip feeding content on their website. There is also a newsy podcast.

It hasn't really changed much in the 22 years I've read the magazine, bar moving from two-tone to full colour print, which is part of the charm of the mag. While there is a tiny part that is satirical which attracted me as a teenager, it's the serious journalism which is the core of the title. Some of it may be a tad sarcastic, but for £2 a fortnight, as a topical magazine, I still prefer it to the glossy rivals such as the New Statesman or The Spectator.

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