Boris’ snow pay U turn

The media are all over a supposed Boris U turn over tube staff pay. The tube unions are spinning a nice anti Boris story and like a bunch of sheep the London media are swallowing it.

Here is the set up:

TFL seemed to have said that people who couldn’t get to work last week would lose a day’s pay (I don’t have details, so can’t confirm if this was the case), the unions are calling Boris a hypocrite because clearly he didn’t lose a day’s pay.

But! Boris had never called for staff to lose a day’s pay. I thought that part of the skill of being a reporter was being able (or willing) to check your facts before you publish a story. Apparently not.

14 responses to “Boris’ snow pay U turn

  1. One of the common tricks (it was done to me last year) is to publish the damaging part “in good faith”, and only later publish the rest/the correction/the retraction/the apology — and that, I suspect, is only to cover themselves.All the media have an agenda of their own, and I do not automatically trust any of them!

  2. One of the common tricks (it was done to me last year) is to publish the damaging part “in good faith”, and only later publish the rest/the correction/the retraction/the apology — and that, I suspect, is only to cover themselves.All the media have an agenda of their own, and I do not automatically trust any of them!

  3. You say:a) “I thought that part of the skill of being a reporter was being able (or willing) to check your facts before you publish a story.”but also:b) “I don’t have details, so can’t confirm if this was the caseMaybe you should have checked b before writing a.

  4. You say:a) “I thought that part of the skill of being a reporter was being able (or willing) to check your facts before you publish a story.”but also:b) “I don’t have details, so can’t confirm if this was the caseMaybe you should have checked b before writing a.

  5. I am not and have never claimed to be a reporter. Also I wrote as fact what I know to be fact and highlighted the area where I didn’t have all the information. I wish the media would do the same.

  6. I am not and have never claimed to be a reporter. Also I wrote as fact what I know to be fact and highlighted the area where I didn’t have all the information. I wish the media would do the same.

  7. James,You seem to be rather touchy in your response to AdamB.You are not a reporter, you are a politician. The implication of your statement is that you think Politicians don’t have to bother to check their facts before spouting rubbish, wheras journalists do?You seem to think that inserting a caveat that you know you’re talking rubbish makes it alright.As I’m not a journalist (or a politician) is the following statement alright?“Boris Johnson made James Cleverly, a man who it appears (I must confess I don’t have all the information) to spout rubbish without checking his facts, a deputy mayor. Maybe Boris should be a bit more careful, as he used to be journalist, and James Cleverly thinks journalists should always check their facts before doing anything”.

  8. James,You seem to be rather touchy in your response to AdamB.You are not a reporter, you are a politician. The implication of your statement is that you think Politicians don’t have to bother to check their facts before spouting rubbish, wheras journalists do?You seem to think that inserting a caveat that you know you’re talking rubbish makes it alright.As I’m not a journalist (or a politician) is the following statement alright?“Boris Johnson made James Cleverly, a man who it appears (I must confess I don’t have all the information) to spout rubbish without checking his facts, a deputy mayor. Maybe Boris should be a bit more careful, as he used to be journalist, and James Cleverly thinks journalists should always check their facts before doing anything”.

  9. James,It looks like Ken’s cheerleaders are still hurting over their well deserved defeat of last May. Boris is doing a good job as Mayor as the anniversary of his victory will be with us in few short months.Maybe Boris can break out some of the stash of booze Ken had at City Hall and hold a celebration – presuming Ken didn’t take it all with him, that is!Go Boris!

  10. James,It looks like Ken’s cheerleaders are still hurting over their well deserved defeat of last May. Boris is doing a good job as Mayor as the anniversary of his victory will be with us in few short months.Maybe Boris can break out some of the stash of booze Ken had at City Hall and hold a celebration – presuming Ken didn’t take it all with him, that is!Go Boris!

  11. James, Unfortunately the national media are all lapdogs to the various political parties – therefore they simply regurgitate party lines. They have no reporting skills at all.Local papers are the last bastillion of true, good, honest reporting. Stick with the local papers!As to some of the previous comments – it does seem, as City states, that Ken’s cheerleaders are still unable to move on!

  12. James, Unfortunately the national media are all lapdogs to the various political parties – therefore they simply regurgitate party lines. They have no reporting skills at all.Local papers are the last bastillion of true, good, honest reporting. Stick with the local papers!As to some of the previous comments – it does seem, as City states, that Ken’s cheerleaders are still unable to move on!

  13. Excaliber,“it does seem, as City states, that Ken's cheerleaders are still unable to move on!”Unlike those rich Tories who can do a runner off to Bermuda, most of Ken's cheerleaders are rather skint & stuck here. I like to think that one of the jobs of an opposition is to pull up our political opponents when they spout rubbish. I suspect Brown/Blair may have done a better job if the Tories had bothered to do so over the last 12 years.Still if you don't like a bit of democracy in action that's your problem, not mine.

  14. Excaliber,“it does seem, as City states, that Ken's cheerleaders are still unable to move on!”Unlike those rich Tories who can do a runner off to Bermuda, most of Ken's cheerleaders are rather skint & stuck here. I like to think that one of the jobs of an opposition is to pull up our political opponents when they spout rubbish. I suspect Brown/Blair may have done a better job if the Tories had bothered to do so over the last 12 years.Still if you don't like a bit of democracy in action that's your problem, not mine.

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