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You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…

Tories 12% Ahead

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Tories 12% ahead and UKIP still holding on to third place.

If anyone believes polls any more…

Parliament Computer Meltdown: £61,000 Comms Chief Wanted

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Seasoned parliamentary staffers will know that IT on the estate is grinding to a halt, with most bag carriers having to work on five year old computers.

Techno hears that researchers are spending several hours on the phone to the Parliamentary Digital Service – the team responsible for all IT support in Parliament – each week because their computers, bought for £1,200 in 2010, are no longer fit for purpose. Apparently it takes 20 minutes to get through because so many staffers are calling up to complain.

So they will be delighted to learn that the PDS is hiring a new comms chief… on £61,255.

Almost as if they are expecting a deluge of bad news to deal with…

Make MPs Wear “Paid for by the Taxypayer” on their Clothes

Jeremy Hunt’s proposal to label NHS medicine with “paid for by the UK taxpayer” received a surprisingly warm reception from the Question Time audience last night, but Hunt had his thunder stolen by an audience suggestion: Make MPs wear “paid for by the UK taxpayer” on their clothes…

Excellent idea Mr Beard…

Friday Caption Contest: Cobra Edition

Entries in the comments…

Sadiq Khan’s Hollow Words on Internet Jihad

Sadiq Khan has spoken about extremism and terrorism:

“I want action to be taken against those on the other side of the net and with the ISP [internet service provider] maybe. We need to make sure communities have the confidence to come forward. It is a challenge for the police to be approachable and are seen to treat people well.”

According the Guardian the Labour Mayoral wannabe said ‘his biggest concern was grooming taking place in the “ungoverned spaces – the bedroom, internet, front room” rather than in mosques and schools, where more could be done to address it openly.’ Noble words…

So how is Sadiq’s track-record when it comes to those looking to recruit converts in the “ungoverned spaces – the bedroom, internet, front room”?

As the BBC reported in 2013:

“A British man who spent eight years fighting extradition to the US has pleaded guilty to terrorism charges. Babar Ahmad, 39, from south London, admitted conspiracy and providing material to support to terrorism and faces up to 25 years in jail. He admitted the offences in a plea agreement hearing in a federal court hearing in New Haven, Connecticut.”

And who was it that was a prominent and vocal cheerleader for the Free Babar Ahmad campaign?

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Khan has never given a straight answer on his exact relationship to Ahmad, telling three different versions of how they know each other – ranging from a constituent to a childhood friend. He told the House one version of events, No. 10 another and Ahmad supporters something completely different.

The BBC describe Ahmad as “the godfather of internet jihad”:

“He was a pioneer when it came to using the web as a tool of jihadist propaganda. If you wanted to find the face – and voice – of Generation Jihad, it would be Babar Ahmad.”

Yet Khan calls him a friend.

How is that meant to make sure London has “confidence” in Khan’s “biggest concern”?

Labour Candidate’s Shameful Slur on Tunisia Victims

At midday, a minute’s silence will be held across the country in memory of the 30 Brits murdered in Tunisia.

Just hours before, this is what Labour’s defeated parliamentary candidate in Aylesbury, William Cass, thought appropriate to put on his Facebook page:

“Civillians should not be repatriated as if they were fallen ‘soldiers’. They weren’t. They died on holiday not in service. Sad as it is, all this militarization makes it look as if the country is at war. It will legitimise a response (like bombing Syria). They will be used to justify an imperialist response.”

How anyone in their right mind can think repatriating the victims of a terrorist attack could be seen as “militarization” only he knows.

Accidental Partridge From New Norwich MP

Has the new carpetbagging Labour MP for Norwich not watched the fair city’s finest cultural export?

One constituent is not keen:

A-ha…

UPDATE: Clive speaks…

“I’m supportive of plans for pedestrianisation of Norwich City Centre; it’s good for pedestrians, cyclists and business. But it’s also really important that people have their say. Alan’s told me he no longer minds ‘since Dixons sadly closed.'”

Back of the net…

Tory MP’s House Husband Subsidised By Taxpayer

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Continuing Guido’s series of troughing new MPs who are already employing family members on the public payroll, meet the new Tory MP for Eastbourne.

At her selection, Caroline Ansell revealed that her husband Nick would be giving up his full […]

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Das Bild Referendum

All eyes on Greece for Sunday’s referendum on whether to accept the EU’s bailout conditions, though German tabloid Bild is holding a plebiscite of its own:

“Should we support Greece with further taxpayer billions?”

Are you listening Mrs Merkel…

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Jeremy Corbyn Blames Tunisia Terror on “Austerity”

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There were gasps on Question Time last night when Jeremy Corbyn answered a question about the Tunisian beach massacre by appearing to blame “austerity” for leading the terrorist to carry out his attack:

“Tragically there are very many

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Sarah Connor Terminates Twitter Banter

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Financial Times employment correspondent Sarah Connor stumbled across the story of her career today, when she found herself reporting on a robot that killed a worker at a VW plant in Germany. Coincidentally the new Terminator film is released in […]

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“If you stripped naked and ran in front of me, Tom, I might have second thoughts about it, but apart from that, no.”

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