Question Time : Mrs Church Goes Paxo

“You have to sit on the phone for three hours in the morning trying to get an appointment because you are not allowed to ask for the appointment before that, because by making it 48 hours beforehand they are missing the Government target.” Mrs Church wasn’t the only source of trouble for Mr Blair, as the programme went off air part of the audience started chanting “Tony Blair – Liar” whilst Blair tried to placate them with security guards getting nervous enough to whisk him out the side exit.

Blair on Iraq : Move On

Issues that Matter, the Booing

This part of the blogosphere never shirks from covering the issues that really matter in this campaign, so once again Guido returns to the issue of the schoolkids booing Blair at the Lillian Bayliss School’s education campaign launch. Much argument centres on whether it was booing or as New Labour spins – “booming”. The video suggests that not only was there booing, but jeering and wolf whistles. Yet many comments on previous posts seem to be Blairites who are in denial.

A source close to those booing schoolchildren tells me they also sang: ‘Mr Blair, we don’t care, you’re wearing Cherie’s underwear’ until they were made to stop. Spin on that…

Thatcher Leaves UK

The Times reports that Maggie is depressed at the prospect of a third Labour victory in a row and has left the country after failing to take part in a general election campaign for the first time in 70 years. “She wants to see a Conservative government again. She is frustrated that is not going to happen, despite the Labour Government’s serious shortcomings and all Tony Blair’s lies.”

The depressing prospect of however many years of Blair followed by Prime Minister Brown and his dour Scottish socialism fills many with dread.

Guido wants to leave the country as well…

Blair & Howard : Majority Call Them Liars

Paddy Power Says “Its All Over”, Paying Out Labour Bets

Paddy Power are paying out straight Labour to Win bets already placed.
Fruits of Your Labour!
Labour swept the board in the last General election and we’re expecting more of the same this time round. Therefore we’re paying out on all bets on Labour to win the General Election with still 7 days to go until polling day!

Lynton would be pleased except for one thing, the Tories are actually going to lose.

Hat tip Political Betting

MG Ooops

Tucked away inside the Labour business manifesto, is the commitment to
“Introduce a new award for Phoenix Entrepreneurs to encourage positive public recognition for individuals whose first business did not succeed but who have come back, worked hard and built successful enterprises.”

Given the recent demise of Phoenix MG Rover, surely their choice of words is more than a trifle insensitive?

Hat tip: Thom Dyke

You Can’t Fool All of the People All of the Time

Q. Is Tony Blair a liar?

When ICM asked, 44% of all voters agreed that he was, two-thirds of Conservative voters saw him as a liar, half of all Liberal Democrat voters and even a fifth of Labour voters think he is a liar.
Gordon Brown, however, told reporters this morning that the entire cabinet had numerous discussions on Iraq, with numerous documents to consult, including the Blix report, the Jack Straw document, the six-point initiative, a legal document on the use of force “in addition to” the attorney general’s one-page advice. “I not only trust Tony Blair but I respect Tony Blair for the way he went about that decision,” he bullshitted.

What I Say “Three Times Is True”

“I have never told a lie. No. I don’t intend to go telling lies to people. I did not lie over Iraq.” Tony Blair

From the ministerial code of conduct: “When advice from the Law Officers is included in correspondence between Ministers, or in papers for the Cabinet or Ministerial Committees, the conclusions may if necessary be summarised but, if this is done, the complete text of the advice should be attached.”

The Cabinet was misled, it did not see the full advice.[…]

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The Campaign for Sir Peter Stringfellow

The Indy’s Pandora column reports that Tory vice-chairman Andrew Rosindell received a donation from a local company called Secrets. A firm of that name operates “gentleman’s clubs” across the south-east. Rosindell says “I’ve no knowledge of lap-dancing. The donation came from a Romford businessman, who wanted to help with a civic pin badge project.[…]

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Nick Sheridan Westlake

Nick Sheridan Westlake emails. Nick Sheridan says “it’s an urban myth that my ‘real name’ is Nick – my first name is Sheridan – it’s on my birth certificate, driving licence, was the name I used at school, etc, etc, and unsurprisingly, it’s the name I still use now.”

And then it gets a bit more menacing, in language that I suspect not to be Nick’s Sheridan’s own, it continues with regard to the comments on the blog post (mostly made by LibDems) which basically went into some detail about some tedious local matter in Guildford.
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Listen to the Jeering!

Boom! or Booooo?

Many thanks to a Beeb blog reader for arranging its return.

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Tories Beat Zack At His Own Game

Zack Exley, New Labour’s spammer-in-chief, made his name cyber-squatting gwbush.com but the Tories latest email contains a link to www.libdempolicy.com where policy highlights include
The Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesman, Mark Oaten, says he is ‘absolutely convinced that prison is a complete and utter waste of time’

Simon Hughes, Lib Dem president, said too many criminals are sent to jail.

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Boom or Boo? – The Truth

Lillian Bayliss School was the scene for the launch of the Labour education press conference yesterday (was it only yesterday, this election is dragging on). As Blair strolled in, the pupils greeted him with the unmistakable sound of “Booooo”. Looking down on him in the stairwell they booed as he halted and stared back up at them.[…]

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Have You Seen This Man?

Sipping my usual ‘special order’ coffee in Starbucks on Victoria Street yesterday, Guido thought he saw a familiar face (given the special bit is a generous slug of cognac from my hipflask, I may have been mistaken). But the shiny slap head, the Aussie twang, it seems to me that it must be, the one, the only, Mark Textor.[…]

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Is Milburn A Radiohead Fan?

David emails to point out that on OK Computer by Radiohead the song Electioneering has some pertinent lyrics;

I will stop, I will stop at nothing.
Say the right things when electioneering
I trust I can rely on your vote.
When I go forwards you go backwards
and somewhere we will meet.
[…]

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