It was Gruts what done it!

BBC: Media tactics unravel in run-up to big day

How has Kensington Palace, […] which has rolled out the royal wedding plans and strategy over the past few months, dropped the ball so spectacularly in the last four days?… Over the last couple of months announcements have come and gone, by and large slavishly followed by broadcasters, newspapers and websites

…A courageous minority of them more than a tad ironically, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Re. the ‘newspaper’ that delivered Brexit

Guardian: Wikipedia bans Daily Mail as 'unreliable' source
Wikipedia editors have voted to ban the Daily Mail as a source for the website in all but exceptional circumstances after deeming the news group “generally unreliable”… The editors described the arguments for a ban as “centred on the Daily Mail’s reputation for poor fact checking, sensationalism and flat-out fabrication”.

(My emphasis added.)

Norse trading

While England slept, Norway was exporting record amounts of seafood last month:

The Norway Post: Record seafood export in October
The value of Norwegian seafood exports in October totalled NOK 7.3 billion, the highest ever for a single month, according to the latest figures from the Norwegian Seafood Council.

It's all down to their burgeoning salmon, mackerel and fjord trout trade, apparently.

Don't look for this story in any of the UK-based newspapers. They don't like success stories—especially Norwegian success stories. They would rather fob you off with tat about invading Romanian hordes, Miley Cyrus (no, me neither) smoking a suspicious-looking fag, and the Duchess of Cambridge's hair at a Remembrance Day parade. OK, when I say they, I mean the Daily Mail.

Far be it from me to give Gruts's competitors free advice, but the Mail is missing a trick, here: Norway is not an EU member, you see—so of course business is booming! If the Mail had reported this story, they could have ranted about the shameful state of the British seafood trade, no doubt blaming it on the Spanish for sneaking into our fjords under cover of dark and making off with all our trout. As it's the Spanish, they could even have referred to it as an armada (do you see what they could have done, there?). It's damned unprofessional, if you ask me. The Mail is letting down its core readership.

Me? I'm delighted for the Norwegians. They're a good bunch. They never seem to kick up a fuss; they just mind their own business, catching their trout and selling it to the Russians and Belarusians.

Go, Norway!

Norwegian flag

Pop open a bottle of Schadenfreude

Just a year and a half after Gruts declared war on Murdoch, he's fleeing the country:

Guardian: Rupert Murdoch snubs Britain and says he will invest his billions in the US
… In an interview with the Fox Business channel on Thursday following New Corporation's confirmation that it was splitting into two companies, entertainment and publishing, Murdoch said he would be "a lot more reluctant" to invest in Britain now, compared to the US.

You see what happens when you cross swords with the big boys, Murdoch?

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: there can be only one winner.

It's War!

So, Vince Cable has declared war on Rupert Murdoch.

Me too.

I've got him worried. He's on the ropes, and he knows it. While Murdoch has had to resort to the desperate measure of locking his so-called content behind a pathetic paywall, my low overheads mean that Gruts remains—and always shall remain—resolutely free. While Murdoch's online readership plummets, my readership has risen by at least 10% in the last week alone. While Murdoch has tired, old hack commentators like Clarkson and Gill and Applethingy churning out pap, Gruts has Nite Owl and Zimscribe and Yoghurt and Kenny and Keith and the rest of you (you know who you are).

I probably shouldn't be telling you this, but News International's big-nob lawyers recently approached me pursuant re. a merger. I told them where to get off.

Not interested, Murdoch. Prepare yourself for a hostile takeover.

There can be only one winner in this game.

Hay-level results

Anyone who has been following the 'Recent Bookmarks' section in the Gruts sidebar recently (RSS feed here) might be forgiven for thinking that I have become an avid reader of the Daily Telegraph. There's absolutely no danger of that. But the venerable, old rag certainly seems to be taking an eminently sensible, pro-nuclear, anti-wind-powerstation stance when it comes to energy policy. Which is why it get my links. Who'd have thought it? The Torygraph talking sense, and getting its priorities right!

Don't worry, we that we can still rely on the Telegraph to take a somewhat distorted view on reality. For instance, it looks as if the unusually dry summer is going to lead to a serious hay shortage this winter. My farmer friend is certainly praying for lots more rain. When you've got scores of organic beef cattle and sheep to feed over the winter, the price of hay is a major issue for a hill-farmer working hard to make ends meet.

Credit to them, the Telegraph has picked up on this important rural issue. But what slant do they choose to put on the story?

Yes, the Telegraph still understands its readers' priorities.

Local news

Guardian: New plaque tells truth of Peterloo killings 188 years on

The uncomfortable truth about a defining moment in the history of democracy in Britain has finally been recorded—188 years after the event—on a red plaque fixed to a wall in the centre of Manchester.

The 1819 Peterloo massacre, which followed a rally where thousands had gathered at St Peter's Fields to demand that the new industrial cities should have the right to elect MPs, has for years been commemorated only by a blue plaque on the Free Trade Hall, now converted to a hotel.

But the plaque made no mention of those cut down and killed when the local volunteer yeomanry was ordered to charge and break up the meeting, whose principal speaker was the famed orator Henry Hunt…

Now Manchester city council has fixed a permanent red plaque to the wall and updated the death toll in line with the latest research. It reads: "On August 16 1819 a peaceful rally of 60,000 pro-democracy reformers, men, women and children, was attacked by armed cavalry resulting in 15 deaths and over 600 injuries."

The above story only managed to make page 10 of the [formerly Manchester] Guardian. A Google News search indicates that this was the only coverage the story received in the UK national press.

Meanwhile, in other news (from the Newspaper of Record):

Times: Small but classy

Tips to help a petite woman look good.