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…
“Look mate, the whole country has had it up to here with the shit you dish out. No wonder your daughter throws up.”
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.”
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.
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”…
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?
What We Learned From the Referendum | FT
Scottish Crisis Moves South | Nick Wood
English Democrats Accidentally Celebrate Yes Victory | Pink News
Union In Its Current Form is Dead | Janan Ganesh
Labour Could Be Split in Two | Sun
Ashcroft Poll: Why Scotland Voted No | Buzzfeed
Boris: Change Barnett Formula | Sun
Cameron is Back | Dan Hodges
What Happens Now | James Kirkup
Cairo of the North | Quentin Letts
Labour are the Biggest Losers | Phil Collins
Diane Abbott on the Daily Politics:
“Labour MPs will unite behind Ed Miliband, once we find out what our policies are.”