Snipe - The Scoop

Monday, 29 September 2008

Andrew Gilligan: You heard it all there second

Hey Gilligan, I knew you were never very good at concealing your sources, but I would never have taken you for a plagiarist.


16 comments:

Chris said...

Well there is only so long he can keep on investigating Ken's gardening habit, before he has to come up with something new.

At the moment he is turning into the old man at the back of the pub who can't stop telling everyone about the last war. He is the journalistic equivalent of Uncle Albert from Only Fools and Horses.

The Troll said...

That's a bit unfair Chris. Uncle Albert could at least make you laugh.

Tom said...

30th June 2008 I wrote that piece on Tramlink. Can I therefore claim ownership of 'Red Boris' and charge Mr. Gilligan rental?

"He is the journalistic equivalent of Uncle Albert from Only Fools and Horses."

LOROL

The Troll said...

'Can I therefore claim ownership of 'Red Boris' and charge Mr. Gilligan rental?'

We don't want to bankrupt the man. There's still an outstanding claim from Littlejohn after all.

prj45 said...

Red Boris just said to Andrew Neil "Maybe." when asked if he was going to run for mayor in four years time.

I bet Mr Gilligan wasn't expecting that!

The Troll said...

From what I hear he genuinely hasn't decided if he wants to run again. The problem is that if he does run again, then he misses the chance to challenge Cameron for a second national Tory term.

prj45 said...

Cycling for the blind, who'd have thunk it:

http://www.vista.org.uk/about_vista.htm

I've always tried to hold back, but am coming to the conclusion that Gilligan is just an offensive maggot.

The Troll said...

So cycling for the blind actually exists!
Do you think anyone will have told them that it is 'time to say goodbye'?

prj45 said...

I can see Gilligan directing them off the edge of a cliff as I write...

harold said...

Is it at all possible that Gilligan is over-reacting to Boris not giving him a job in his administration as even Boris has standards (excuse the pun)

victor allen said...

The thing to remember is that whereas Gilligan's role in life is to make the right-wing Tory faithful feel that their world will come to an end if taxes aren't reduced to zero and immigrants aren't all put on the next plane (or high speed train) out of London.
Boris, on the other hand, is more sensible than some would give him credit for and knows that he has to please more than the bigots who gravitate between the Tories and the bNP.

prj45 said...

I'm half believing this now, could it really be that Gilligan was angling for a job in public office via his partisan support for his former employer?

Harold said...

No, I think Boris is saving Gilligan's appointment for when he makes a u-turn on the Londoner and needs an editor.

prj45 said...

He doesn't need the Londoner, he's got the Evening Boris, although even its a little off message recently.

prj45 said...

A bit more Red Boris in the Standard today:

"The Mayor has accused the Government of creating the financial shortfall by imposing the public-private partnership, under which large sections of the Tube were hived off to the private sector on 30-year leases. Mr Johnson says this means the Government is now under a "moral" obligation to pay the extra costs involved resulting from their actions. "

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard-mayor/article-23562139-details/Boris+in+3bn+battle+to+rescue+Tube+upgrade/article.do

Tom said...

Probably not the right time to dig a £60m black hole in TfL's budget by replacing bendy buses, then.

Elsewhere in the 'Boris article, there's this:

"We have done our bit [to raise cash]. We have put up fares by RPI plus one per cent. We have asked Londoners to take the pain and the Government should do its bit."

Funny, I could have sworn the RPI+1% increase was to fill in an enormous mythical black hole left by Livingstone, rather than to sort out PPP...