Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Broon’s Bro Brings Big Backing for Better Together

It is reported this afternoon that Big Six energy bad boys EDF have come out against Scottish Freedom:

“EDF Energy has warned that Scottish independence would herald massive uncertainty for the energy sector, accusing Alex Salmond of failing to answer a series of fundamental questions over issues such as nuclear waste. In a memo to the energy giant’s 15,000 staff – 1,200 of whom are based in Scotland – Vincent de Rivaz said those voting on Thursday’s referendum had “enormous responsibility” and warned the outcome “will affect EDF Energy and its employees”.

It will come as no surprise to regular readers that the EDF’s External Communications Director is one Andrew Brown – Brother of McDoom, the Former Prime Mentalist and self-declared saviour of the Union. Brothers in arms.

Angry Crowd Throw an MP in the Bin

Voter recall, Ukrainian style. If Jim Murphy and Nick Robinson thought they had it bad up north, just look what happened to the Ukrainian finance minister:

Don’t go getting any ideas, Scotland…

No Campaign’s Lidl Lies

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The No Campaign have found a few unionist supermarket bosses to make supportive outlandish claims; Andy Clarke, president and CEO of Asda said “If we were no longer to operate in one state with one market and – broadly – one set of rules, our business model would inevitably become more complex. We would have to reflect our cost to operate here.” Asda is the UK brand name of Walmart, the US giant is the world’s biggest supermarket so presumably it has mastered the logistics complexity of operating in multiple markets. Trucks do bring Asda’s products from all over the world already…

If Asda or the other supermarkets were to raise their prices they would be killed and they know it. Lidl, headquartered in Germany, would take even more of their market share… 

EXCLUSIVE:
Minister Funnels Expenses Cash to Firm Run By Former Agent

Energy minister Amber Rudd has channelled thousands of pounds of taxpayer cash to a Tory-linked company run by her former agent. Over the last two years Rudd has claimed £6,000 on expenses for “professional services” to organise several local jobs fairs in her constituency. The jobs fairs were organised by Events Office, a company run by Terri Lock, who is a Rudd’s former agent and a Tory council candidate in Hastings. Terri is married to Matthew Lock, former leader of Hastings Conservative group. Events Office seem to get a lot of business from the Tories, having organised a number of jobs fairs in the constituencies of other Tory MPs including Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and Charities minister Brooks Newmark.

Guido’s favourite Labour MP Karl Turner says:

“Amber Rudd has serious questions to answer about whether the rules have been upheld. There can be no question of funnelling taxpayers’ cash to cronies against the rules. I hope David Cameron will investigate the behaviour of his new Minister.”

Fishy…

Posh People Politely Tell Scotland to Stay

Speccie readers really do need somewhere to go stag hunting…

TORY WARS: May / Oliver Airwaves Briefing Spat

As you read in last week’s Sun on Sunday or this morning’s Times, Theresa May is on the war path with the Number 10 operation, again. Rachel Sylvester reports:

‘Theresa May got into an argument with No 10 over the timing of a policy announcement. She wanted to reveal the government’s plans in the House of Commons, observing parliamentary propriety, but the prime minister’s office pressed her to give an interview to Radio 4’s Today programme instead. If she did not do so, she was told: “We will lose the next three hours.’

Now which expert spinner could that have been? 

As Guido reported ten days ago, “tension boiled over recently with Oliver going shouty-crackers and demanding the Home Secretary show him some respect.” It seems May’s idea of showing him some respect was briefing Rachel Sylvester.

Labour Selects Younger Woman Over Ageism Campaigner

Unite’s Political Director was among the first to toast the news that Liz McInnes had won Labour’s selection for the Heywood and Middleton by-election last night:

McInnes is being billed by her party as an “NHS worker” and “healthcare scientist”. She is the secretary of her local Unite branch and the chair of Unite’s Health Sector National Committee. Bizarrely her Twitter account disappeared as soon as she was announced as Labour’s candidate, as did her profile page on her local Labour website. Her publicly available Facebook page however still carries dozens of photos of her waving Unite flags at union marches, attending Unite conferences and wearing a “never kissed a Tory” t-shirt. As well as some, ahem, less safe for work snaps.

Already Liz is in robot candidate mode: “Only Labour can make Britain better off, putting hardworking families first with a plan to tackle the cost-of-living crisis.” She didn’t always stick to the party line however, condemning Miliband and Balls in a letter to the Guardian during the 2010 leadership contest: “If only one of the Eds were an Edwina, then we might have a real choice”. 55-year old Liz beat 56-year old age discrimination campaigner Miriam O’Reilly – ageism at the heart of the Labour Party…

Banking on Mum & Dad?

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Having loaned £2bn to help customers secure a first home last year, the Bank of Mum & Dad is on the brink of collapse. The beleaguered bank yesterday announced high house prices are making it harder and harder to keep up.

A spokeswoman for the bank said, ‘We apologise for any embarrassment caused to customers forced to continue living with us into their thirties. But rest assured, we love you very much.’

The spokeswoman went on to state “Alex – if you are reading this, dinner is in the oven. Text us if you’re going to be home late tonight, love”.

Worried customers can find out more from the Bank of Mum & Dad here.

Commentators are increasingly concerned about the situation, with parents across the country increasingly struggling to keep up. A spokesperson from Shelter stated: “The Bank of Mum & Dad is under real pressure because of out of control house prices. 64% of parents have raided their own savings to help their child get on the ladder or with rent costs. And the Bank of Mum & Dad is having to give £23,000 on average to its customers for a deposit”.

The spokesperson went on to comment “A pay-out from the Bank of Mum & Dad can’t be the next generation’s only chance of affording a home of their own. Politicians need to give back hope to the thousands of people desperate for a stable home by building the affordable homes they are crying out for”.

With housing now a top-five voter issue, politicians are under increasing pressure to provide answers as to how they will tackle the housing shortage. And it an area that’s up for grabs. 1 in 4 voters don’t know which party is strongest on housing – suggesting huge opportunities for whichever party makes a pitch for this area.

See if the Bank of Mum & Dad can help get you on the ladder in your area.

Follow the Bank of Mum & Dad on Twitter.

VICTORY: Shaun Wright Resigns

“My role as South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner has clearly become prominent in terms of public opinion and media coverage following the publication of Professor Alexis Jay’s report. This is detracting from the important issue, which should be everybody’s focus – the 1400 victims outlined in the report – and in providing support to victims and bringing to justice the criminals responsible for the atrocious crimes committed against them.

“With this in mind, I feel that it is now right, to step down from the position of Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire, for the sake of those victims, for the sake of the public of South Yorkshire and to ensure that the important issues outlined in the report about tackling child sexual exploitation can be discussed and considered in full and without distraction.

“As I’ve previously stated, I entered into public service to make a positive difference in South Yorkshire. Protecting vulnerable people and particularly victims of child sexual exploitation has been my number one priority as Commissioner and much progress has been made over the last two years.

“My intention had always been to continue my work with South Yorkshire Police and partners in making all the necessary changes and improvements required to safeguard and support the victims of these horrific crimes, and indeed to protect further potential victims through preventative actions.

“On resigning, I therefore truly wish the force, all the very best in continuing the journey of positive transformational change of those essential services which protect and support our most vulnerable people.”

Gone and good riddance.

Yes Campaign Winning On Search Terms and Facebook Likes

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More people are searching online for Yes than No in relation to the Scottish referendum according to Google’s data, Facebook have also released data showing the level of interaction around the Scottish independence referendum favours the Yes campaign. Over 2.05 million interactions directly related to the Yes campaign and Yes Scotland, compared to the No campaign 1.96 million over the same period. If Facebook “likes” were votes, the Yes campaign has won, with 258,000 likes to the 182,000 of the No campaign…


Seen Elsewhere

It Was Me Who Taped Howard Flight | John Woodcock
Indy Editor: We Will Stay Afloat | Press Gazette
English Don’t Want Scotland to Stay at Any Price | Dan Hodges
England Must Have Self-Government Too | Mark Wallace
Next Year’s Election Will Be the Dirtiest Ever | Speccie
Chicken Salmond Runs Away From Sun Cabbie | Sun
Scary No Messages Don’t Add Up | Sun
Feminist War on Children | Laura Perrins
An English Parliament is Inevitable Whatever Happens | Alex Wickham
Union All But Over Even if Scots Vote No | Janan Ganesh
Unionists Outgunned | Times


VOTER-RECALL
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Gyles Brandreth writes in his memoirs:

“Sunday, May 10, 1998

Early start: appearing on Breakfast With Frost, to be broadcast from 11 Downing Street. The Chancellor [Gordon Brown] is grouchily amiable, but so earnest — and still biting his fingernails to the quick.

After the show, he took us upstairs to his flat. He lives above No 10, while Blair and family are in the No 11 duplex, which is bigger and more like a proper house.

I was intrigued that, when he took us into his bedroom, the Chancellor rather ostentatiously opened the built-in wardrobes, as if he wanted us to see the women’s frocks that were hanging in there.

They looked quite large, but I don’t think they belong to Gordon. I assume they belong to his girlfriend [Sarah Macaulay, who he later married].

I presume he was keen for us to know that he has one — and that she’s not a ‘beard’. I don’t think he does anything without calculation.”



The British media are Hunts says:

Now the SNP know how UKIP voters feel all the time.


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