Saturday, January 31, 2015

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Friday, January 30, 2015

WATCH: Daily Politics Week in 60 Seconds

Romney Not Running

The Daily Beast exclusive that Mitt Romney is to run for President again will be staying exclusive. Romney says:

After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee…

I’ve been asked, and will certainly be asked again if there are any circumstances whatsoever that might develop that could change my mind. That seems unlikely. Accordingly, I’m not organizing a PAC or taking donations; I’m not hiring a campaign team.

I encourage all of you on this call to stay engaged in the critical process of selecting a Republican nominee for President. Please feel free to sign up on a campaign for a person who you believe may become our best nominee.

I believe a Republican winning back the White House is essential for our country, and I will do whatever I can to make that happen.

To all my supporters, friends and family who worked both tirelessly and loyally to support my campaigns in the past, I will always be deeply appreciative. What you have already done is a tribute to your patriotism. We are overwhelmed and humbled by your loyalty to us, by your generosity of spirit, and by your friendship. God bless you all.

Read the statement in full here. Stupid idea in the first place.

Mitchell Down Half a Million After Refusing Sun Settlement

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Andrew Mitchell’s lawyers are back in court again arguing over how much the former chief whip has to cough up after losing his libel case last year. It has emerged News Group made offer to Mitchell before the libel hearing, but Mitchell turned it down, costing him “at least £500,000″ in costs.

Mr Justice Mitling says that because he failed to accept News Group’s offer he should be liable for their costs and those of PC Toby Rowland.

Ouch. 

Friday Caption Competition

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The wit who wins this week’s Caption Contest will receive a thermo-dynamic* mug courtesy of the internet privacy campaigners at Big Brother Watch. The emphasis being on wit. If the entries in the comments are the usual rubbish we’ll keep the mug for ourselves. Competition closes at 5 pm today…

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*It changes colour when you put hot coffee in it.

French Government Launch £40m Spot a Jihadi Wall Chart

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Do you know someone who has abruptly stopped eating baguettes? Replaced their Camembert with falafel? Swapped their beret for a burqa?

They might be a terrorist according to Stop-Djihadisme, a website set up by the French government as the anchor for their newly-launched £40 million online anti-terror effort.

The chart above – which Guido has helpfully translated into English – aims to give parents who are worried their children might be becoming a bit jihadi, a list of the top warning signs for which they should be looking out.

Or, if Boris to be believed, they might just be blowing one out, rather than one up.

Shapps: Defection of “Mr Bashir” Was “Successful”

Grant Shapps’ speech this morning bashing Labour’s “month of chaos” descended into a Q&A about Amjad Bashir. Asked by Guido about Amjad’s links with Respect, the Tory chairman insisted “I welcome anybody, regardless of where they’ve been in the past… with the exception of extreme parties”. Presumably George Galloway’s loony left mob aren’t “extreme”.

Shapps wouldn’t be drawn on how he feels about Bashir telling the Tories he had never had anything to do with Respect, telling Guido “Mr Bashir will no doubt answer any of your questions”. Despite “Mr Bashir”, as Shapps repeatedly called him, revealing the Tories had banned him from speaking to the press. As a third question came in Shapps protested “I can’t believe cynical hacks are believing this stuff. It’s pretty desperate”, insisting “yes”, it has still been a “successful” defection. Tempting fate with the Sundays sniffing around…

Researcher Wars: ‘Wikipedia Bonnie’ Up For Coveted Prize

It wouldn’t be the Dods Researcher of the Year Awards without twentysomething parliamentary staffers brutally briefing against each other and trying to do in their opponents. Remember when Labour MP Helen Goodman opened a fair in her Bishop Auckland constituency with a long speech about a village 70 miles away? “She obviously does not know the place and whoever had done the research for the speech had not got it right,” said local Neil Flowers at the time, adding “a lot of what she said is mentioned in the first part of the Wikipedia entry”. Well, nominated for this year’s coveted prize of Labour Researcher of the Year is Oxford-educated Bonnie Burke, researcher in the office of Helen Goodman. “The finger of suspicion has to lie firmly at Burke’s door,” says a totally impartial colleague…

UPDATE: Helen gets in touch to absolve Bonnie of all responsibility, instead blaming “a young person doing a weeks [sic] work experience”. Rather than, y’know, herself, as the MP for the constituency.

Javid Joins Plain Packs Cabinet Split
Culture Secretary: We Shouldn’t Be “Frightened” of Brexit

Sajid Javid has joined the 80 to 100 Tory MPs considering voting against the government at Jane Ellison’s plain packs free vote. In his House magazine interview today, the Culture Secretary issued a thinly-veiled dig at the health zealots in his party ignoring evidence from Australia that the world’s toughest anti-smoking laws there ain’t working:

“I will be driven by the evidence. I haven’t decided yet which way I’m going to vote. What I’m taking into account already is that there’s a lot that’s already been done. I don’t smoke but people choose to do so, that’s up to them.

I think government has a duty to try and discourage people. We do that through the tax system at the moment, we do that through the recent rules that came in about newsagents putting tobacco products behind their covers. But also from April this year there’s a new EU directive that 65% of the pack has to be a health warning. When I lived in Singapore they already had that rule and they have some pretty gruesome, hard-hitting health warnings.

So these are big changes already taking place. I’m fully aware that Australia has been among the first countries to use the plain packs. I’m not sure if there’s enough evidence yet, given it’s quite recent, about the impact that can have. But I think that whenever one looks at these kind of changes, you need to be driven by the evidence.”

Saj also becomes the second top Tory in 24 hours – after Boris yesterday – to make Eurosceptic noises. On an EU referendum he says “if they [the public] decide to end that relationship then that is not something anyone should be frightened of”. Wonder what they both have in common…

Thursday, January 29, 2015

London Taxi Drivers Threaten “Cab Scabs” on Twitter

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Increasingly deranged militant London cabbies are taking to Twitter to shame other taxi drivers who dare to use the Uber app in order to drum up more work. Uber, the phone app that allows users to order a private driver at the click of the button, have offered an olive branch to black cabs, whose business they have been eating into, by allowing them to sign up to Uber and receive ride requests. So much for gratitude…

But heavily unionised loons are not happy that some of their colleagues are audaciously tapping into the free market in order to make more money. They have been taking screenshots of taxis looking for work on Uber and posting them on Twitter along with pleasantries such as “scabs” and “scum” and “Uber c**t”. 

In a disturbing development some cabbies are publicly identifying their fellow drivers and posting their details online:

uber cunt

Responding to the above tweet, other cabbies posted Simon’s phone number while others sinisterly hinted at finding Simon to say a “big hello”.

Bring on driverless cars…


Seen Elsewhere

Users of Gay Hook-Up App Grindr Infected | TechnoGuido
ISIS Raising Funds Online Using Bitcoin | TechnoGuido
UKIP’s Youth Challenge | BBC
ISIS Operative: This Is How We Send Jihadis To Europe | BuzzFeed
Shapps Defends Bashir Defection | Seb Payne
Tory Leadership Contenders Jostle Over Europe | Alex Wickham
Cutting Taxes is Good For You | Art Laffer
Suspects Will Now Have to Prove Innocence | Laura Perrins
Labour Cllr: Cops Shouldn’t Stop Petrol Thieves | HandF Forum
Creeping Cultural Acceptance of Anti-Semitism | Eric Pickles
Time For Greece to Leave Eurozone | Allister Heath


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Boris on British Jihadis. Apparently based on MI5 intel:

“If you look at all the psychological profiling about bombers, they typically will look at porn. They are literally w***ers. Severe onanists. They are tortured. They will be very badly adjusted in their relations with women, and that is a symptom of their feeling of being failures and that the world is against them. They are not making it with girls, and so they turn to other forms of spiritual comfort — which of course is no comfort.”


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