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

Sunny Days Ahead For Scrapbook

This news will tickle readers as much as it amused Guido. Guess who is going to help run the part-time Labour attack blog Political Scrapbook? Kingston University’s “journalist in residence”, Sunny Hundal, is making a comeback to the blogosphere. A Scrapbook spokesman says:

“Political Scrapbook is expanding and Sunny has joined us as a contributing editor.  We will be bringing on more writers over the coming months as we grow our offer.”

Sunny will offer Scrapbook such stunning insights as Chris Huhne being innocent:

Hopefully this means the lazy socialists will manage more than a couple of posts a week…

How Many MPs Does It Take To Change A Soap Dispenser?

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Have you heard the one about how many Members of Parliament it takes to change a soap dispenser? Ungrateful MPs have taken to leaving sticky notes in the toilets of Portcullis House bemoaning the lack of soap. Did not go down well with the help…

Labour Leave Sticking With Vote Leave

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Reverse ferret on previous reports that Labour Leave were not endorsing Vote Leave:

Labour Leave’s founder John Mills has just put out a statement:

‘I am the founder and co-owner of Labour Leave. A statement has been put out by someone called Richard Hillgrove purporting to be from Brendan Chilton, General Secretary of Labour Leave. That statement is fraudulent. Richard Hillgrove has no position in Labour Leave. Labour Leave is an independent campaign but corporately it supports Vote Leave.’

Confused? We are…

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UPDATE II:

Richard Hillgrove is the infamous disgraced fantasist PR who narrowly escaped prison despite being found guilty of two counts of tax fraud. Among his clients is Camila Batmanghelidjh and Nigel Griffiths, the former Labour MP who was exposed by the News of the World for cheating on his wife. Griffiths is currently a leading figure in Labour Leave, and was cc’d in on the John Mills Vote Leave emails that were leaked to the Times. Who might be responsible for today’s clusterf**k?

UPDATE III: Friends of Hillgrove say “It’s preposterous that John Mills has cited Richard Hillgrove’s 2014 suspended sentence for tax fraud and put out a statement accusing him of PR fraud. Far from it.”

Ken Predicts McDonnell Will Be Next Labour Leader

In another bizarre intervention Ken Livingstone has predicted on Putin’s Russia Today that John McDonnell will succeed Jeremy Corbyn should the Labour leader have a stroke or get “pushed under a bus driven by Boris Johnson”Well at least it won’t be a bendy bus…

Coincidently Guido has £1,000 riding on McDonnell being next Labour leader. No rush…

EU Cabinet Guide: Whitto Moves Up, Gove Torn

Observant readers will have noticed Guido recently moved John Whittingdale up into the group of four Cabinet members who look the most certain to back Leave. Today Whitto has tested Cameron’s gag on Eurosceptic ministers – asked by House magazine if he would rule out campaigning to Leave, he replied: “I wouldn’t”. 

Boris has been flirting all week, though it appears a guarantee of parliamentary sovereignty would convince him to Remain. May inched towards Remain with her caveated statement supporting Dave’s deal, though she is still not a certainty. Gove is genuinely torn between his principles and his personal loyalty to the PM – Sam Coates’ story in yesterday’s Times is on the money. Expect most of those wavering ministers in the middle of Guido’s guide to break for Remain…

Just Add Smoke

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Dave’s Copenhagen press conference is perfectly placed…

Hat-tip: Kate McCann

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Friday Caption Contest (O Say Can You See Edition)

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Protester Chucks Dildo At Minister

Meanwhile in New Zealand, a protester has lobbed a sex toy at minister Steven Joyce, slapping him right across the face. Joyce later told reporters he was “surprised” but “fine“. Usually something you see on Sky […]

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Sort It Out Campaigns

This morning’s slam-your-head-against-the-table developments:

  • Kate Hoey’s Labour Leave said to be leaving Vote Leave and joining Grassroots Out
  • Leaked emails from Vote Leave’s Labour donor John Mills blames Dominic Cummings for the fallout
  • In a complete waste of everyone’s time

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