Thursday, March 31, 2005

Who’s Who at Labour HQ

Clary Confused

Its Politics, Not Panto…

Guido was driving in Norfolk and thought he saw a billboard advert for Julian Clary. On closer inspection it turned out to be not for a panto but an enticement to vote for the local blogging Tory candidate Iain Dale. He actually wants you to vote for him twice, once in the general election and often in the Guardian’s politicians’ blog category. More importantly, you need to vote for Guido in his category.

These blog awards are getting very competitive, allegations of skullduggery abound and the finger is pointing at Kent Labour Students. Some suspect that their fingers might be suffering from RSI…

Jamie Tells Blair

He’s Got It Taped

Say My Name, Say My Name

The cabinet meets today to finalise election plans, the bookies making the ominous 05/05/05 favourite. Two stories catch my eye today, the first is that the Tories no longer want to be called Tories, but Conservatives. Why not go the whole hog and call yourselves New Conservatives? Or Neo-Cons? Has a familiar ring and it seems to work well in Washington…
The second story, originally told to me by a Labour PPC, is that Labour HQ is giving candidates free licence to drop Tony Blair from their propaganda or even send out anti-Blair signals without fear of censure. Hence the Blair-free ready-made leaflets available from Labour HQ and the 17 anti-War Labour MPs stridently coming out of the closet. But don’t forget the hundreds of Labour MPs who have always voted with the PM and are still backing blair.

Its a funny old world where Tories are embarrassed to be called Tories, and Labour MPs are embarrassed to be called Blairites. Chat-show Charlie, “come on down”, at least his party plaster his face all over their poster and propaganda. Mind you, maybe thats because Kennedy’s more used to being plastered…

Guido has money riding on the LibDems, based on the scientific evidence that apart from committed political hacks, everyone he knows under 30 is going to vote for them. Guido is of course busy stirring up apathy with the slogan “Don’t Vote! It Only Encourages the Bastards.”

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Who’s Who at LibDem HQ

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According to a well placed source the LibDem’s campaign is structured as follows;

Ground war: Paul Rainger (40-ish, bit of a hippy, quietly spoken, tall, gangly, greying long hair, looks like someone who you might find at a folk music festival) is indeed campaigns director in that he commands the campaigns department eyrie on the top floor at Cowley Street, but in reality, is effectively number two to the maestro, Lord Chris Rennard, who is the party’s chief executive (and former campaigns director) and who retains a significant hands-on role in terms of the “ground war” campaign.

Between these two and their underlings, who include Hilary Stephenson (mumsy, rosy cheeked, about 50, Rainger’s deputy), and Richard Pinnock (early 30’s, tubby, owlish glasses, runs campaigns in the North), Duncan Borrowman (south), and Mark Pack (e-campaigns, afro-haired), there is very little this lot don’t know about campaigning and constituencies, and are amongst the most formidable political organisers in the country.

Air-war: Lib Dem air-war type stuff including media & presentation is largely the domain of Lord (Tim) Razzall, chair of the Campaigns Committee. Sandy Walkington (ex head of communications, BT) has recently been appointed as head of media replacing David Walter who is standing to replace John Burnett in Devon West.

A number of Cowley Street policy officers and press officers staff the “war-room” which is in charge of rebuttal and briefings, this comes under the stewardship of George Crozier, head of the party’s parliamentary office.

Elsewhere, Brian Eno, the ex-Roxy Music band member, is urging people to Vote Lib Dem This Time and is supported on the website by political heavyweights such as, errm, Nicholas Parsons. Those wondering who is behind this little wheeze should ask blogging MP Richard Allan, Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam.

Tomorrow: Inside New Labour’s secretive campaign HQs! More anecdotes about Patrick Loughran would be much appreciated.

And If This Was Repeated Across The Country…

Guido has been shortlisted for the Guardian Backbencher’s political weblog awards. So Vote Guido for Political Blog of the Year. Vote because you laughed at Guido’s graphics like this, this, this, this, and this. Oh and the pictures, even the one of Boris. Mind you, remember too that Guido was first with this, and not forgetting the misfortunes of Candy. And because Guido risks the writs, here, here and here. Vote because it would be absolutely right. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so I shall expect a vote from the Guardian’s own diarist.
Recess Monkey has got all psephological, going to the extraordinary length of even making his own home-made chart of voting trends for the nominees instead of just begging for votes like the rest of us. He must be spending a lot of time on the voting page, eh?

Leave it Recess, this has banana girl obsession written all over it again….

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Who’s Running the Show(s)?

Guido has received lots of emails to help him fill in the boxes of his organisational charts for the various campaign HQs. Still lots of gaps, particularly lower down the party hierarchies.

Tomorrow will see the first LibDem chart posted on the blog – since that’s the organisation that no one outside Cowley Street knows about. Still not too late to let me know who sits where and does what. Guido wants to know more about who really does the work rather than who claims the credit…

HELP: Could someone tell me who is in charge of the Tory online effort? Guido knows who is in charge of Labour and the LibDem efforts, but not who is to blame for the Tory effort. So much for Guido being a “Tory insider”…

They Think Its All Over

With the election soon upon us, we should pause to say farewell to Tony Clarke MP. The ex-football hooligan is sure to hear the phrase “Tory Gain” echoing around on election night – if he does actually make it to election night.

Interesting that unlike other Labour MPs in marginal seats he gets the cold shoulder from Labour HQ, there are definitely no pictures of him campaigning with Blair or other cabinet ministers on his website.

Could it be that they’re hearing what Guido is hearing? Namely that a tabloid is about to do him over in much the same way he used to do over people in his old Inter-City Firm days?

He denied it before he admitted it, so the voters might just kick him out for being a bare-faced liar.


Seen Elsewhere

Cam Can Sell Euroscepticism to Europe | Peter Oborne
Treasury’s Laws There to Be Broken | Jill Kirby
Dave’s Pro-Free Markets Speech | ASI
Forget the Nimbys, Bring on the Bimbys | ConHome
Emily is No Snob | Islington Tribune
Cam’s Red Line | Sun
Politicians Must Examine Their Extincts | Laura K
Immigration Lies | Nigel Farage
Take That Mr Speaker | Quentin Letts
How Avoidable Scandals Destroy Stupid Politicians | Alex Wickham
UKIP Mosque Confusion | The Week


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Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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