Friday, October 31, 2014

UKIP Well Short in South Yorkshire

Labour: 50.02%

UKIP: 31.66%

Tories: 12.52%

English Democrats: 5.8%

Massive electorate. Limited ground operation. Warnings for UKIP here ahead of next year.

Friday Caption Contest (Pink News Edition)

Witty comments in the comments please…

Defusing the Debt Timebomb

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And a new short film from ieaTV Danny and the Debt Mountain shows why this story is unlikely to have a happy ending.  Watch it here.

Labour Drinking Murphy Kool Aid: He’s Our Santos

They’re really starting to drink the Jim Murphy kool-aid if Nick Watt’s Guardian profile is anything to go by:

“Nyta Clarke, who came to know Murphy during her time working in Blair’s Downing Street, thought he had a touch of stardust, reminding her of Matt Santos, the fictional young congressman in the final episodes of The West Wing who retires in frustration with politics, only to be persuaded to make a successful bid for the presidency.“I thought Jim was our Matt Santos because he is both fiercely intelligent and hugely personable,” Clarke says, adding: “Jim has a very nice manner with people. He is a very modest person and it is not a fake modesty. He is also very brave, as he proved with his 100-town tour.” Santos is, like Murphy, a Catholic. Murphy said in 2011 that he did not believe the UK was ready to elect a Catholic as prime minister, though he hopes that Scotland will be ready to elect a Catholic first minister in 2016.”

So Murphy is apparently “our Santos”. The charming, funny, witty, personable, fictional and, err, Hispanic presidential winner in a TV show lionised by political nerds. Slurp! 

Comply or Die at Grauniad

Font consistency is peace. Standardised email signature is strength. The thought police at the Guardian have sent this diktat ordering staff to comply with their “clear brand guidelines” to be “ever so slightly ‘un-British'”:

From: Steve Hawker 
Date: 30 October 2014 11:19
Subject: Email signature and font consitency
To: ALL

Hello all,

In the first step of getting some brand consistency across the sales teams’ collateral and in order for us to be ever so slightly ‘un-British’ and make some noise about our recent achievements, I would like you all to read the below so we can implement a standardised email signature and also amend your font to the ‘PC standard’ Guardian font – Georgia. This will sit across Media, Jobs and Labs.

A more automated and jpeg based solution is in progress along with clear brand guidelines accompanied by official Guardian Fonts on every machine, but for now it would be good if we can ALL make this first step.

Only the Guardian could email their staff about font consistency and spell it wrong in the subject line…

Jihad Jenny: Hamas “Freedom Fighters” “Right” to Use Violence
+Claims “Dangerous” “Money and Influence” of “The Lobby”
+Blames Canada Terror Attack on Support for Jewish State

Loony “independent Liberal Democrat” peer Jenny Tonge has gone off on one again. ‘Jihad’ Jenny yesterday defended Hamas during a Lords debate on the Middle East, saying the terrorist organisation had a right to use violence against Israel:

“The propaganda coming out of the Israeli embassy now is to concentrate on Hamas, the so-called terrorists who of course many people in the Middle East see as freedom fighters – we must remember that… Hamas deserves the right to defend the people of Gaza against the relentless blockade and helicopter gunships over that area, targeting and killing so-called terrorists and, more often, many innocent civilians. The people of Gaza have a right to be defended, too.”

She went on to suggest Canada was responsible for the recent terror attack in the country because of its support for the Jewish state:

“It is no surprise either that a recent incident in Canada, and an exposed terrorist plot in Australia, have followed attacks in our country and the USA. Both of these countries have unhesitatingly supported Israel with the USA and the United Kingdom.”

Then, to complete the hat-trick, Tonge went for that old classic, the rich Jewish conspiracy line, throwing in a cute defence of David “The Jews” Ward into the mix for good measure:

“In my opinion and the opinion of many people who are afraid to say it publicly – but I will – there is none so important as the thing that dare not speak its name. I am talking about the activities of the lobby, in this country and in America… Those of us who challenge the lobby are threatened and disposed of by our leaders as best they can. David Ward, my colleague in the other place, is currently fighting yet another battle against the lobby as I speak. All lobbies are dangerous and undemocratic; the pro-Israel lobby is not the only one, but it is particularly dangerous in this context. Money and influence win over truth and justice.”

If the pro-Israeli conspiracy is so all-powerful, how come parliament voted to support Palestinian statehood earlier this month? 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Scottish Shadow Minister: “We are in a Dreadful Position”

Shadow Deputy Leader of the House and Scottish Labour MP Thomas Docherty couldn’t have timed these comments on Wato any better to help out his leader:

“The state that the Labour party is in right now is we are in a dreadful position. And we’ve got to be honest about ourselves. We have very low esteem with the electorate. The electorate looks at us and has no idea what our polices are. We have a moribund party in Scotland that seems to think that infighting is more important than campaigning. And we have a membership that is ageing and inactive. We can return to be the grown-up party that wants to be in government or we can self-indulge like a throwback to the 1980s and watch our party implode, the SNP win again, the Tories win again, and have another referendum.”

Hope Ed enjoys his fundraising dinner with Scottish Labour in Glasgow tonight…

Talking Heads Should Go on Russia Today UK

The Kremlin-funded news network Russia Today has launched a UK channel this morning, promising to “focus on the issues that matter most to Britons”. Which presumably means anything other than Ukraine and the shooting down of flight MH17. RT’s own staff have previously accused the channel of being a Putin propaganda mouthpiece, so the move has sparked much debate among media talking heads:

Channels like Russia Today will still be there whether or not British talking heads appear on it, so Guido encourages commentators to go on and then subvert it. When Guido went on PressTV he named Iran’s jailed dissident bloggers then asked for his fee to be paid to Conservative Friends of Israel. If you’re looking for inspiration look no further than James Kirchick:

удачи!

Bill Gets Ed’s Axelrod Treatment for Free

Ed Miliband’s very expensive, but very silent, election strategist David Axelrod has been to see Mayor Bill de Blasio’s team in New York, and he isn’t even getting paid for the service. Ed’s £300,000 fee for a one off visit seems like a bit of a rip off now…

Ipsos Mori Poll: Labour Face Wipeout in Scotland

Remarkable Ipsos Mori poll out this afternoon putting Scottish Labour on just 23%, a massive fall from the 42% they won in 2010 and miles behind the SNP, who rocket to 52%.

STV reports:

“Those who would lose their seat include Jim Murphy, who is standing to be the next leader of Scottish Labour, Douglas Alexander and Margaret Curran… The only Scottish Labour MPs who would survive would be Willie Bain in Glasgow North East, Tom Clarke in Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill, Gordon Brown in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath and Ian Davidson in Glasgow South West.”

No wonder Jim Murphy is planning his next career move…

UPDATE:


Seen Elsewhere

Labour Beats UKIP in South Yorkshire | LabourList
Mock the Week’s Weak Comedy | Nigel Farage
Can Jim Murphy Save Scottish Labour? | Guardian
There is Still Appetite for the Westminster Lunch | Jon Craig
Labour Turn Their Backs on Jewish Community | Dan Hodges
Chivalry is Not Dead | Laura Perrins
Jonathan Jones is a Tw*t | Iain Dale
Second Scotland Poll Suggests Labour Wipeout | Times
Paedo Probe Boss Urged to Quit | Sun
Keynesian Tories Won’t Eliminate Deficit | Tim Montgomerie
Whitehall Doesn’t Work | Dom Cummings


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