The MediaGuardian 100 list goes all 2006 on us

The paper's annual media power ranking puts "you" at the top of the list. Sound familiar?

The 2013 MediaGuardian 100 list came out today, and it's all a bit retro.

Instead of rewarding a top Silicon Valley exec, as in the past, the top slot on the list this year has been given to "You", or the "digital consumer". 

MediaGuardian acting editor Jason Deans explains that this is:

reflecting the extent to which mobile and social media are transforming an industry traditionally dominated by moguls, editors and celebrities

He continues:

"You" also reflects how online consumers – interacting, sharing content and shopping via mobile devices – are driving the UK digital economy

All very worthy, as you would expect. Except that Time magazine already had this idea, in 2006, when it made "you" its person of the year.

They even made the computer screen on the cover a reflective panel, so you could see yourself in the front of the magazine. 

(H/T @pete_hoskin)

I'm a mole, innit.

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Lord Sainsbury pulls funding from Progress and other political causes

The longstanding Labour donor will no longer fund party political causes. 

Centrist Labour MPs face a funding gap for their ideas after the longstanding Labour donor Lord Sainsbury announced he will stop financing party political causes.

Sainsbury, who served as a New Labour minister and also donated to the Liberal Democrats, is instead concentrating on charitable causes. 

Lord Sainsbury funded the centrist organisation Progress, dubbed the “original Blairite pressure group”, which was founded in mid Nineties and provided the intellectual underpinnings of New Labour.

The former supermarket boss is understood to still fund Policy Network, an international thinktank headed by New Labour veteran Peter Mandelson.

He has also funded the Remain campaign group Britain Stronger in Europe. The latter reinvented itself as Open Britain after the Leave vote, and has campaigned for a softer Brexit. Its supporters include former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg and Labour's Chuka Umunna, and it now relies on grassroots funding.

Sainsbury said he wished to “hand the baton on to a new generation of donors” who supported progressive politics. 

Progress director Richard Angell said: “Progress is extremely grateful to Lord Sainsbury for the funding he has provided for over two decades. We always knew it would not last forever.”

The organisation has raised a third of its funding target from other donors, but is now appealing for financial support from Labour supporters. Its aims include “stopping a hard-left take over” of the Labour party and “renewing the ideas of the centre-left”. 

Julia Rampen is the digital news editor of the New Statesman (previously editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog). She has also been deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines. 

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