In April I speculated about the imminent demise of The Sun's Whip column, which seems to delight in regurgitating three day old stories from blogs in the guise of original diary copy. Well, it's staggered on for a few more months, but surely the end must be nigh. Today the column carries Guido's story on Chris Huhne's BMW and personalised numberplate (although to be far, so does Ephraim Hardcastle). Guido posted it on Tuesday afternoon. Neither The Sun, nor the Mail give Guido any attribution, natch. My News International spies tell me that the Sun's designers often forget to include space for The Whip and that the column's editors have been given a final warning: stop lifting from blogs, find original stories or face the consequences.
FACT: The Whip column has a budget of £130,000.