Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Blogging will be light this afternoon. The Guido Awards… and the Golden Crosshairs. Soon…

SPEAKER WATCH: A New Managerial Mess of Bercow’s Making

We’ve definitely reached peak Bercow. The poor fellow is running out in front of our eyes.

The ennoblement of Robert Rogers on Cameron’s recommendation is a marvellously indirect attack, recognised by everyone in the Commons. We all now know Rogers was hounded from office by the Speaker.

Less well known – the Speaker suffered a sharp set-back last week when the House of Commons Commission (which he chairs) voted to appoint hated, old Etonian David Natzler as temporary Chief Clerk.

Bercow voted against this – and lost.

Half the Commission is appointed by Bercow himself – his own people are starting to turn away from him.

But the position of chief executive is still vacant, as is the chair of the management board. Whom other top staff report to is unclear. It’s a managerial mess and entirely of the Speaker’s making.

Natzler is moving into the Clerk’s palatial office, and everyone underneath him has moved up as well.

Shifting them all back would cause a palace revolt.

This as much as anything makes Carol Mills’ appointment less likely than ever.

Cam’s Constitutional Trolling: Peerage for Speaker’s Nemesis

Much amusement among Speaker watchers…

Labour Party Social Mobility in Action


Labour’s socially mobile Gloria de Piero is not very happy with the civil service, writing in the Guardian that fast stream civil servants still overwhelmingly come from privileged backgrounds: “There is clearly something wrong here, and we need action”. Perhaps she should talk to Rossendale Red Prince Will Straw about what might be done. Will was a fast stream civil servant who worked for the Treasury and whose mum was also a fast stream civil servant and career mandarin. Now he wants to be an MP, following in the footsteps of his dad. Social mobility in the civil service is great if you are a wannabe Labour MP with mummy and daddy helping you along…

Monday, October 20, 2014

Labour’s Letter to Heywood Demanding Dre Smear Investigation

Tough one to explain…

Chop and Change at Telegraph

A new raft of made up job titles at the Telegraph. Weekday editor Chris Evans move upstairs to become ‘group director of content’, Jason “Psycho” Seiken remains chief content officer and editor in chief and adds “future strategy and direction” to his job title. Allister Heath and Rob Winnett become deputy directors of content. Guido can reveal a raft of further changes:

Associate editor Richard Preston has been appointed head of world news. He replaces David Munk who is joining Guardian Australia at the end of October.

Beijing correspondent Malcolm Moore has been appointed deputy head of world news. Moore is due back from Beijing in December.

Senior video planner Jon Laurence has been appointed to the new role of head of planning, to help deliver digital content across all of editorial.

This post brought to you by Guido’s Deputy Chief Group Content Editor (Media)…

WATCH: Gloria’s Porky on the Doorstep

Guido was tickled by this clip of Gloria de Piero, filmed on the campaign trail putting leaflets through people’s doors. Deliciously followed by Gloria telling the Beeb, and Guido quotes, “we’re not putting loads of leaflets through people’s doors”. Telling fibs is second nature to them…

LISTEN: Mike Read’s UKIP Calypso

They’re saying they want to get it to number one…

NOTICE OF INVESTIGATION – BOB BLACKMAN MP

Over the weekend this statement went up on the IPSA website:

The Compliance Officer for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has today opened an investigation into claims made under the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses by Mr Bob Blackman MP.

In accordance with the legislation and the procedures for investigation made thereunder, no further information shall be published until the investigation has been concluded.

Upon conclusion of the investigation, a report including details of the case made against the MP, evidence, findings and any sanctions will be published.

Under new guidelines, investigations into MPs’ expenses are to be kept secret

Craig Oliver Faces “Smear” Misconduct Hearing

Craig Oliver is facing a misconduct hearing as smears return to the heart of Downing Street. As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun, Labour have reported him to the Cabinet Office for breaking the Special Advisers Code of Conduct after he accused Peter Oborne of being “tired and emotional” on Newsnight. The rules prohibit any adviser from the “preparation or dissemination of inappropriate material or personal attacks.” Labour MP Sheila Gilmore has written to Jeremy Heywood calling for an investigation:

“It is disgraceful that such a senior adviser to David Cameron has behaved in this way. This shows Craig Oliver to be as nasty as the rest of the Tory party. Jeremy Heywood should treat this incident with the utmost seriousness. The taxpayer should not be paying the wages of someone so unprofessional.”

When the spokesperson needs a spokesperson…


Seen Elsewhere

Cam Cannot Stem EU Immigration | David Keighley
9 Mansion Tax Questions for Ed Balls | TPA
Politicians are Lying to You About Immigration | Alex Wickham
Give Journalists Public Interest Defence in Law | Guardian
Cameron is Going to Have to Deal With UKIP | Dan Hodges
Opinions on Key Issues By Constituency | Red Box
Britain Irrelevant Inside EU | Dan Hannan
Cameron Heading for Fall on Europe | Rachel Sylvester
Lords Speaker Spends £350 on Two Mile Limo Ride | Sun
Shapps Slaps Down Barroso “Propaganda” | City AM
Bookies v Pollsters: What We Learned From IndyRef | Paddy Power


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