By TOM MCTAGUE PRESENTED BY LLOYDS BANKING GROUP Send tips here | Subscribe for free | View in your browser Good Thursday morning. This is Tom McTague, POLITICO’s chief U.K. correspondent. Top colleague Annabelle Dickson is in the hot seat tomorrow. Jack is back next week. BECAUSE IT’S FUNNY: It may be early, but the Daily Star has already won Thursday with its splash: “I’ll Beer There For You — Friends legend mocks mystery boozy Brit thief.” Bravo. Here’s the story — and here’s the original video of David Schwimmer AKA Ross) poking fun at Blackpool police over its search for his mystery shoplifting doppelganger. DRIVING THE DAY #METOO: The Telegraph, Sun and i all splash this morning on the growing outrage over the use of gagging clauses to silence accusations of misconduct after a court injunction barred the naming of a well-known businessman who used non-disclosure agreements to “silence and pay off … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook, presented by Lloyds Banking Group: #MeToo action — May relief — Bombs in America
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An Israeli private intelligence firm produced three separate proposals to manipulate social media in the US and spread misinformation for the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential elections, according to a new report. The misinformation campaign, dubbed ‘Project Rome,’ was produced by the Israeli private intelligence firm Psy-Group, which was founded and run by former members of the Israeli intelligence services and pitched to Rick Gates, the former deputy campaign manager for Trump, serving under Paul Manafort. The contacts between Gates and the Israeli company were first reported on Tuesday by the New York Times. In the alleged dossier, the company suggested to Gates that creating a horde of fake online profiles to carry out social media manipulation and intelligence-gathering in order to gain a strategic advantage over Trump’s Republican nominee rivals and Hillary Clinton would be worth the reported $3 million price tag. The bogus online personas … [Read more...] about Top Trump aide sought Israeli help in online manipulation during 2016 election
Their inquiry into a major data breach and other serious matters at the country’s largest media group could begin as early as Thursday. In a judgment today, the President of the High Court said the appointment was justified and in the public interest. Mr Justice Peter Kelly also said circumstances surrounding two proposed business transactions were “suggestive of an unlawful purpose” directed to the benefit of INM’s largest shareholder, Denis O’Brien. He postponed the making of final orders until Thursday to allow INM consider his judgment, which comprehensively found in favour of an application by the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE). The issue of costs, which are being sought by the ODCE, will also be dealt with at Thursday’s hearing. INM had objected to the appointment of inspectors, saying the measure was disproportionate and would have a damaging impact on the company and its employees. However, Mr Justice Kelly rejected … [Read more...] about High Court appoints inspectors to investigate conduct of affairs at INM
Bangla for Britain; Historians for Britain; even Vapers for Britain, with its snappy tagline: “it’s time to quit… the EU”. At first glance, the Twitter and Facebook feeds belonging to these hyper-specific campaigns appear to be independent, grassroots affairs. In fact, they’re among a dozen “outreach groups” backed by the Vote Leave campaign, which was this week found to have overspent and cheated during its campaign by the Electoral Commission. Some of these groups were tied to lobbying organisations, founded by known Tory campaigners, shared offices with Vote Leave, or had web addresses traceable to Vote Leave chief executive Matthew Elliott. LGBT+ campaign group Out and Proud trumpeted its independent status as “not … affiliated to any political party” despite being headed by a council candidate who is deputy chairman of his local Tory party, the New Statesman found. These outreach groups were operated by real … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightBrexit astroturfing: did fake grassroots groups help swing the EU referendum?
The shocking lack of gender balance is not just bad for women. It's doing the public a major disservice, writes Laura JonesWho gets to speak? Who do we listen to? And whose opinions do we respect? These questions are always important, but even more so now, as the UK and the EU face an uncertain future, and political leaders need to make some tough decisions. So it’s disappointing to learn that female voices continue to be marginalised in the nation’s news coverage. Women’s expertise is going untapped and unheard at a critical time.An analysis conducted by the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power on behalf of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London has found that four out of every five people quoted as experts in online news articles by the main UK news outlets are male. The research analysed a representative sample of all news articles published online across a seven day period by major news outlets including … [Read more...] about Research shows four in five experts cited in online news are men