Monday, February 28, 2005

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…

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.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

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 http://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

Friday, February 25, 2005

Well it needs a bit of polishing…

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.

The other Returning Officers are Recess Monkey and the Man-In-Whitehall (who was behind Guacomoleville and was the original Hon. Fiend when it was good – but he is much too modest to say that himself).

Its a new experiment in blogging and we are keen to entertain, so add it to your favourite bookmarks, or your XML feed!

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. The last one from the agent on Wednesday reads “Thanks for the fax I am next in the office on Friday and will fax to you then. Sorry but I only work part time for Sandra.”

So the big day has arrived and I am here sitting by the fax machine in my dark cellar. Waiting. And waiting…

Time for me to re-cap. It all started when Romsey Redhead blogged;

It pains me to say this

I thought the Conservative hopeful had declared that there would be no personal attacks? This is to be welcomed but it is a shame that there was not a similar commitment to being honest and not misrepresenting the Lib Dem policies. No such luck as there has been some very scurrilous literature produced recently. If you have received something from the Tories that you find hard to believe then it probably isn’t true so get in touch with us and we will tell you the truth! As the old saying goes, “If they continue to lie about us we will continue to tell the truth about them”

Oh – and is there a definition of a personal attack? In a recent leaflet there is a silly statement “What has Sandra Gidley done about MRSA?”

A painful smear attack indeed for the sensitive Romsey Redhead. Sympathetically I told her, “Well go on Sandra, show me it. Send me the ‘What has Sandra Gidley done about MRSA?’ smear leaflet. My fax is 070-9201-2337 or you can email me on guido.fawkes@order-order.com. Its your chance to show that Tory minx for what she is! As Mrs Fawkes says in court, ‘substantiate or withdraw’.”

She emailed me back quickly and efficiently “I can assure you that I am not in the business of lying – life is too short. I will get the leaflet faxed to you and hope that you will show yourself to be an honourable gentleman (nay – even an honourable rogue) and broadcast the fact on your web-site… “ Of course an honourable rogue like Guido would do that. I committed to doing so publicly.

Today is the day Sandra Gidley will be vindicated, not a liar, but the victim of a smear. The truth will be told, just as soon as she sends me the promised fax.


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Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!


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