Attack of the Killer SPADs

80 Special Advisers (“SPADs”) are at work in Whitehall for the Labour party. Essentially they are political commissars with open party affiliations paid for by the tax-payer to enforce the party line on the civil service. Under Thatcher there were a dozen or so across the entire government – Portillo was one of them – nowadays Blair has 20 or so in Downing Street alone.

The opposition parties are screaming foul, but to be honest what can be done to level the playing field – besides making the parties pay for them out of their own funds? Which is not bloody likely.

The fact is that the SPADs are now working full time for a Blair victory, only once the election date is announced will they move from Whitehall to Labour HQ or the constituencies in to which they have been parachuted…

Send Guido all your propaganda from whatever source (by fax or email). Not just official party stuff, agit-prop stuff like this above, or as Zack Exley would say ‘guerilla communications’

Reid: Transexual Tart Shocka

Does Howard Hate Archer?

Guido has pointed out before that Howard seems to have it in for Jeffrey Archer. Now the Tories are to target prison book profits. Criminals would be prevented from profiting from books about their crimes under a Tory government says Michael Howard. Royalties would be treated as proceeds of crime and could be seized under the proposals. “We don’t think criminals should benefit from their crimes – society should draw a clear distinction between right and wrong,” Howard said.

Under the plan, the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 would be amended to enable the attorney general to apply to a court for proceeds from a book or article to be confiscated. Any payments made to a criminal to help produce a book or newspaper article would also be covered by the plan. “What I want to see is a presumption against criminals benefiting from their crimes in this way.” The new legislation would also cover live entertainment appearances by criminals. Oscar Wilde would be spinning in his grave, but on the other hand if it keeps ex-con Johnny Vaughn off the radio, Guido has no objections.

Yankee Go Home

Zack Exley, 35, a loony leftie web spammer, has been hired by Labour to do battle on the web against the likes of www.backingblair.co.uk which is much hated by the Blairite Labour campaigners who monitor it. Republicans in Washington, including Dubya himself know him as the “garbage man” after he faked photographs of Bush smoking a joint. It was Exley who set up the amusing www.gwbush.com to do battle with the official www.georgewbush.com.

A Labour Party spokeswoman told the Indy: “Zack Exley is working for the party as a campaign consultant specifically using his experience of working on www.moveon.org.” MoveOn were the group that compared Blair’s best friend George Bush to Adolf Hitler. Zack worked with Stan Greenberg, a business partner of Philip Gould, Tony Blair’s personal pollster. Small world eh? He also worked for the Kerry campaign’s online website. Exley has links to anti-war groups and the The Ruckus Society – a leftwing organisation that advocates – and trains radicals from a wide variety of other left-wing groups how to use – “direct action” and “guerrilla communication” to promote left-wing politics.

Remember the Guardian’s campaign for Kerry in Clark County, Ohio? They encouraged readers to write to voters in this middle-America marginal constituency to Vote Bush Out. The Americans reacted predictably to interference from the British Guardianistas, voting for Bush by an increased majority in Clark County. The local Republican party campaign manager thanked the Guardian for its inadvertent help. Most tobacco chewing citizens of Clark County made clear what they thought of the advice from their Guardianista correspondents i.e. “Go to Hell Limeys”. So Guido thinks we should return the favour, send a personal email to Zack Exley zackexley@gmail.com. Guido’s personal message wishes him better luck this time with Blair than he had with Kerry.

From: G. Fawkes
To: Zack Exley

Hope you do better for Blair than you did for Kerry!

Glad to see you are now backing Blair and the liberation of Iraq!

TeeBeeGeeBees

No. 10 announcing the minimum wage increase instead of No. 11 has set him off again.

Well it needs a bit of polishing…

This came to Guido via email (pdf), and I think I know where they got the original idea. I assume its a draft, it needs a bit of polishing, but its cleverer than all that graffiti…

Nothing Personal

Back from lunch and Guido sees an incoming message from Sandra Gidley MP on the fax machine. Aha!

At last we will see evidence of that vicious Tory minx challenger’s personal attack that pains our LibDem heroine so much. Guido searches the Tory leaflet high and low – front and back page – but no personal attack is found. Certainly not the “silly statement” claimed on the Romsey Redhead’s blog. But what is this on the back page, last column, half way down, about an inch square? Three surnames which I surmise to refer to John Denham, the Labour MP for Southampton Itchen, Alan Whitehead, the MP for Southampton Test and Sandra Gidley the current MP for Romsey. So the painful “personal attack” appears to be not personal and not really an attack, more of a question. Given that fatal MRSA rates have shot up 30% since 2003, its a good question.

All a bit disappointing really. Still at least we cleared one thing up, Sandra Gidley at best misquotes for spin, or at worst she just makes things up.

UPDATE: The Romsey Redhead has now switched off the comments section on her blog. How illiberal! Presumably due to the number of people writing “Liar, Liar, Knickers on Fire!” and suchlike. Alas Guido’s superior page ranking means Googlers will come here first when searching for “Romsey Redhead”. Or they could go to GidleyWatch.

www.ReturningOfficer.com

Guido is one of the Returning Officers and I’ll be posting there during the election campaign as well as here at www.Order-Order.com.

The idea behind the Returning Officers is that in one place you will get to read three of the most popular British political bloggers, from very different perspectives, we square up to each other, take the piss and keep an eye on events, politicians and the mainstream media – including that bit that still writes on dead trees – newspaper pundits.

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Romsey Redhead Smear: Vindication Due Today

Well its day 4 of the wait for for the rapid rebuttal. Time pressed LibDem MP Sandra Gidley has barely enough time to blog, send me emails and get her agent Tony Barron to send me emails, so its understandable.[…]

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Abbot’s Ale

Iain Dale reckons Abbot had a good lunch and dinner before going on the This Week show last night. Old Brillo pad basically said she was pissed to her face. Guido was more fascinated by Portillo’s new hair-style, which is more sleek than ever.[…]

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Honest Labour Candidate Dropped

Christine Wheatley said when she was younger she worked as a tart in Paris. Her honesty cost her Jack Cunningham’s old seat in Copeland. It was the 1970s and she was “a delightful young woman around town,” she said. After she learned that she had been dropped, Ms Wheatley said: “Well I only had five minutes to make my presentation – I would have made a really good MP.[…]

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Its Weird in Wantage

The local MP, Robert Jackson went from the Tories to Labour. Of the two leading prospective parliamentary candidates, Mark McDonald looks like a smooth pin-striped Tory barrister, Ed Vaizey is never seen in a tie and looks just like a New Labour trendy.[…]

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The Pope is Unwell

Guido is praying for his Holiness.

So is Ruth Kelly.

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Is Labour’s Conscience Staying At Home?

The activists are staying at home in droves, Tory Tony the Warmonger is just too much for them – and its having a dramatic effect on the membership. Figures from Scotland show that there are now fewer than 20,000 Labour Party members in Scotland, down more than 30% from the 30,000 members the party had in distant naive 1997, when things could only get better.[…]

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Romsey Redhead Emails (Again)

Over at Sandra Gidley MP’s blog there is some debate about another complaint by her about a Tory “smear” leaflet which she says constitutes “a personal attack” that pains her. Some (not Guido) have questioned the veracity of her account.[…]

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