Who’s Who at Labour HQ

This will now appear next week. Not enough leaks as yet to make it interesting.

Clary Confused


“My local party see me as a man””
Anne Milton on Radio 5’’s Mayo programme, 29 December 2004.

A Guido correspondent sent me this spiteful comparison. Why does this woman excite so much hatred, including a hate site?

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

“Look mate, the whole country has had it up to here with the shit you dish out. No wonder your daughter throws up.”

He’s Got It Taped

Need a recording made? Email j.tretow@gmx.com he should be able to help. Mr Tretow is a former chairman of Labour students at London’s Queen Mary College. Reasonable rates.

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.”

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….

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.



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.[…]


Conservative Home Alone

Tim Montgomerie was political secretary to IDS and before that ran Conservative Christian Fellowship, he is the motivating force behind conservativehome.com and the probable author of the IDS Guardian article on blogging which so excited the blogosphere. Tim is a One Nation, Christian, pro-lifer and the website reflects that ideological strand.[…]




Cryptic Question

Which current cabinet minister name-checked former MP Fiona Jones in his 2001 Labour party conference speech?


Blair: “We Can Put the Past Behind Us”

Alas, Reg Keys can’t put the past behind him, his son Lance Corporal Tom Keys, 20, was killed in Al Majar Al Kabir on June 24, 2003. Reg is set to stand against Blair in Sedgefield, to challenge the legality of the war, and Blair’s lies about WMD.[…]


Hello, Hello….

Radio France on British blogs: “En tête de liste, le blog de Guido, clin d’oeil à Guy Fawkes, un célèbre personnage de l’histoire britannique qui avait voulu incendier le Parlement le 5 novembre 1605. Son auteur est très bien informé sur les coulisses du pouvoir et en plus il ne manque pas d’humour..[…]


Tories Fear Bugging

Only the paranoid survive is the current feeling in the Victoria Street Tory campaign HQ. Security experts have been called in to sweep the offices The Sun reports. Security is tightening. A casually dressed Guido, on a recent rare visit, was asked for additional proof of ID after passing through reception.[…]


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