Thursday, January 29, 2015

Kinnock Calls For Unity By Attacking Blairites

From this morning’s Times:

“The problem is never really the assaults from opponents. Certainly, it’s not a problem by comparison with sniping from behind. That’s a distraction.” He said the Blairites attacking Mr Miliband wanted to go back to the “day before yesterday”

Ignoring the 16 loony left MPs who wanted Labour to turn into Syriza on Monday, Prezza has intervened in the growing Labour row with his customary tact and delicate handling of internal party matters:

Mr Milburn criticised his party’s plans for the NHS and accused Ed Miliband of sticking to his “comfort zone”.

Mr Milburn also joined forces with another former Blairite minister, John Hutton, to attack Ed Miliband and Ed Balls for failing to defend New Labour’s economic policies.

Their comments sparked a furious backlash, with ex Deputy PM Lord Prescott accusing them of being “Tory collaborators.”

It’s pretty telling that the only people leaping to Ed’s defence today are Kinnock and Prescott.

Ed’s former PPS Chuka Umunna is out there – but he’s done a personal profile in Red magazine – which is a little wide of his Shadow BIS brief!

Where are the Shadow Cabinet?

Where are Ed’s praetorian guard?

Where are the 2010 intake, keen to support the leadership?

 

Ashcroft Warns Cameron Book an “Obit”

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Speaking at last night’s Political Book of the Year Awards at the iMax, Lord Ashcroft who was sponsoring the affair warned that next year he would not be able to if his upcoming “obit… I meant biography” of David Cameron is nominated. It is still not completely clear whether the book written with Isabel Oakeshott will be out before or after the election…

Elsewhere Bercow was slaughtered by Rory Bremner over the Commons gym. Dan Jarvis sort of denied he wanted the Labour top job, though he did enigmatically concede to Guido that some in the party were not talking to people in the right way. Andrew Mitchell did not look too impressed being invited to the stage to present an award as “Cyclist of the Year” with a rictus grin as Bremner politely asked “Mr Mitchell we are live on CCTV, please do not swear…”

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

1% of the Planet’s Population Bought an iPhone Last Quarter

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Crunching the numbers on Apple’s record breaking last quarter – the most profitable quarter in corporate history – you reach a startling conclusion: one percent of the world’s population bought an iPhone in the three months to 27 December last year.

Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones in that period, which is 1.03% of the world’s 7.2 billion population.

It turns out the there really is a global 1%…

 

GUY NEWS SPECIAL: Free Amjad Bashir Protest Outside CCHQ

Amjad Bashir has not been seen since he was kidnapped by the Tory party. Amjad’s captors have released a hostage photo of him alongside their leader, but they are not allowing him any contact with the outside world. Protesters outside the captors’ HQ have been threatened by Tory party security. Bring back our Bashir…

Why Did the Tories Bother Photoshopping Gerry Adams?

When they could have just used this one for their new poster…

 

PMQs: Ed’s Weapon Backfires

Is it a crime to provoke a hate crime?

Will Ed Miliband find himself in the dock for stirring up hatred against himself?

Labour feelings about their leader have traversed a spectrum starting with loyal embarrassment, moving through incredulity, to pity, to despair and anger – until now, the more emotionally advanced are exploring the utility of hate.

It’s a bit late to do anything about it before the election, but the yodeling uselessness of the fellow is a crime against democracy. (more…)

May-nia: Faction Forming?

It’s been said before that Theresa May’s roadblock to the leadership is her lack of support within the party. There was no natural May-ite faction within the parliamentary party, but could that be about to change? Guido hears that the movements of “Alan Duncan, Bernard Jenkin and to a lesser extent Graham Brady” are being watched very closely. They’re said to be doing her bidding. Making up for lost time before the return of BoJo?

UPDATE: Alan Duncan gets in touch to say “absolute rubbish”.

Verdict: Annette Brooke Has Westminster’s Best Pussy

LibDem MP Annette Brooke’s cat named Billy has won the esteemed Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Cat of the Year prize, clawing 23% of the vote:

“I’m really thrilled that Billy has won, as I’m sure he will be, and he will be getting lots of extra treats! It has been a pleasure to be involved in this opportunity to promote rescue centres such as Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, who do such good work. We acquired Billy from a rescue centre in Dorset last July, and were so impressed with them. My family stay in touch, letting them know how Billy is getting on, and I would really encourage anyone looking for a new pet to rehome from a rescue.”

Larry was unavailable for comment.

PMQs LIVE: Who is Asking the Questions Today

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Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead)

Q2 Lilian Greenwood (Nottingham South)

Q3 Lyn Brown (West Ham) 

Q4 Sandra Osborne (Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock) 

Q5 Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover) 

Q6 Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk) 

Q7 Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside) 

Q8 Simon Hart (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire) 

Q9 Dr Julian Huppert (Cambridge) 

Q10 Clive Efford (Eltham) 

Q11 Thomas Docherty (Dunfermline and West Fife) 

Q12 Richard Drax (South Dorset)

Q13 Roger Williams (Brecon and Radnorshire)

Q14 Andrew Jones (Harrogate and Knaresborough) 

Q15 Eric Ollerenshaw (Lancaster and Fleetwood) 

Comments in the comments please…

Another Tory Old Fart Facing Local Deselection

West Country bore Ian Liddell-Grainger is having a right old ding-dong with local Tories down in Somerset, where his own blue council group have passed a vote of no confidence and accused him of “unethical manoeuvres” and “gratuitously derogatory and offensive comments” about their mates. They’re very upset with Queen Victoria’s great, great, great grandson:

  • Over a number of years, it stated, the MP “has made gratuitously derogatory and offensive comments about West Somerset Council, it’s leaders and some of its councillors and officers”
  • Being “proactive in undermining what the council’s been trying to achieve on behalf of its residents”
  • Treatment of “certain individuals has been immoral sometimes by bullying and making fun in public of those unable or unwilling to defend themselves”, sometimes to cover up for himself
  • The end of the document stated his “ill-informed, dishonourable, divisive and destructive behaviour… makes him unfit to be a member of parliament” and the West Somerset Council Conservative Group “does not trust him and lacks confidence in him”

The Association has full confidence… for now. 


Seen Elsewhere

When Osborne Weaponised | Paul Waugh
Divided Left Will Cost Ed | George Eaton
I’m Hoping Labour Attack Tories on Education | Toby Young
Westminster’s NHS Conspiracy of Silence | Allister Heath
Milburn Health Consultancy Worth £2 Million | Scrapbook
Stuart Broad Right, Peston Broadly Wrong | Ryan Bourne
The 38 Seats in England Yet to Select a Tory Candidate | ConHome
Labour and Green Ecofascism | Matthew Walsh
Burnham Shows Why Labour Can’t Be Trusted | Speccie
Why Online Voting is a Crap Idea | Ballot Box
Time We Showed Super Rich Some Love | Alice Thomson


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Alan Milburn says Labour’s scaremongering campaign for an unreformed NHS will not win election…

“It would be a fatal mistake, in my view, for Labour to go into this election looking as though it is the party that would better resource the National Health Service but not necessarily put its foot to the floor when it comes to reforming. Look, reforms are not easy, but the Labour Party is not a conservative party. It should be about moving things forward not preserving them in aspic. You have got a pale imitation actually of the 1992 general election campaign, and maybe it will have the same outcome. I don’t know.”


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