G8: Gordon’s Gimmicks Won’t Save The World

Whoops, almost missed the close of play“. Hope that keeps the boy at Channel 4 happy.

He Who Pays The Piper…

Lord Ashcroft appears to be making a takeover bid for the Tory Party;

I have occasionally been a passive investor in businesses, but not so occasionally that I am unable to say with certainty that it is not for me. I much prefer to be involved – to make sure that my investment is wisely placed and, where I can, to help. Similar rules apply in respect to the charities to which I give. I like to be involved. My financial contributions to the Conservative Party could be classified similarly, especially in recent years.

What began as admiration at a distance for the work of Margaret Thatcher has grown over a twenty-year relationship with the Party to a much closer association. During William Hague’s time as leader, I was Treasurer of the Party, and I have recently rejoined the Board. I have learned a great deal and believe I can contribute more effectively.

I am known to be a donor to the Party, and I am proud of that fact. But I would not wish anyone to imagine that my financial support comes, de facto, with strings attached.

Certainly not. But he is going a teensy weensy bit over the top, what with his own website and his own 114 page report, “Smell the Coffee – A Wake up Call for the Conservative Party”, (vanity published). He is promising more to come, “Lunch on Me – Why I Should Choose the Next Tory Leader” and “Dinner for Ten – A Shadow Cabinet I Would Buy”. Why didn’t he just get a think-tank to publish it? The wonks would welcome some dosh and it wouldn’t look so overbearing…

LibDem Think-Tank Gets a Million

Propeller-Head Wonk Watch: The Adam Smith Institute’s Dr Eamonn Butler reckons the tycoon who has given £1m to the LibDem think tank, the Centre for Reform, to ‘develop new strands of LibDem thinking’ is paying £500,000 a strand.

Blogging the G8

Channel 4 News have been on asking for Guido’s views on the G8 “In the run up to next week’s G8 Summit we’re looking to feature the views of some of the country’s leading bloggers”. They must really be scraping the barrel. Guido will however be making a special blogging effort to cover this geo-political back-slap for a laugh.

Jon Bernstein, Online Project Editor, Channel 4 News asks for “Your thoughts in 150 – 200 words please by close of play Thursday 30 June.” That ain’t how blogging works mate, that’s called ’email’ or ‘homework’, so read the bloody blog yourself Jon.

FCO Chaps Remember Empire

Thom Dyke draws Guido’s attention to yesterday’s press release from the Foreign Office welcoming the release of a Zimbabawean MP from Mugabe’s dungeons. Pay close attention to the client reference at the bottom. Well done chaps…

UPDATE: The spoil-sports changed it within half-an-hour. The client reference read “RHODESIA”. Get on with some work chaps, stop idling. You are supposed to be spying on other countries, not blogs.

Snatched Picture

By popular demand, here is the picture of our tax credit heroine. Dawn Primarolo saying Good Morning Britain in her own inimical way. Hat-tip to “Lucky Bill” who thinks this will teach her for pissing off geeky contractors with IR35…

Click to enlarge. (Perv)

All In The Best Possible Taste

‘Lucky Bill’ emails to tell me about some pictures of Red Dawn Primarola’s appearance on GMTV doing the rounds on the internet. Guido has not seen them yet…

She is (relatively speaking) a hottie with a tendency to wear skirts a little too short, much to the satisfaction of many members.

It Can’t Be True, Can It?

  • Tim Yeo is not going to run.
  • Bercow might manage Alan Duncan’s campaign.
  • David Davis’ weekend soldiering in the Territorial Army is going to come under the tabloid microscope. It’ll be less Basher Davis “can kill a man with his bare hands” and more Captain Mannering Mainwaring .

Hot or Not?

Ros Taylor writes the formerly pedestrian weekly Backbencher column for the Guardian. She was told some months ago by the political editor to “sex it up”. You know, so it was more like those blogs, racy, more damn sexy.

She took it literally and started a new feature “Political Hotties”, asking readers to nominate good looking politicians.

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Overseas Again

Back not so soon. Sunning myself…

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Said the Archbishop to the…

I see Rowan Williams has got on his high horse – “It is the world of the weblog and the independent media centre; it is interactive, restlessly conscious of its own transient nature. If the classical journalist just occasionally nurtured the illusion of writing or speaking for posterity, no such fantasy is possible in the electronic world.[…]

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Tory MPs Think Its 1922

Tory MPs don’t seem so keen on modernisation in practise despite all the rhetoric, how else can they justify voting to make the party less democratic.

The David Davis fan club is understandably not amused.

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Nick Sheridan Westlake – Are You There?

The knives were out and many fell while I was away. Does anyone know if Nick Sheridan Westlake survived at Tory HQ, or did he get the sack? I suppose I could call the switchboard and ask for him, but that would be like, journalism, y’know, and Guido is a blogger after all.
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Runners and Riders

Royal Ascot has fewer runners than the Tory Leadership race. I quote the odds being offered by the bookies on the dozen front runners.

David Davis 8/11
David Cameron 6/1
Kenneth Clarke 9/1
Malcolm Rifkind 10/1
William Hague 12/1
Andrew Lansley 14/1
Liam Fox 14/1
Tim Yeo 16 / 1
Alan Duncan 20 / 1
Theresa May 50 / 1
Damian Green 50 / 1
John Redwood 50 / 1

Guido is betting on Betfair against runners that are hopeless and on others whose odds are a little too long.[…]

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Foxy Ladies

Sorry if you have heard this already (I’m catching up). According to a Guido correspondent, Doctor Fox must be serious about the leadership race, since he’s getting engaged to Dr Jesme Baird apparently. She is his long term squeeze, so good luck to her.[…]

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Rifkind is Doomed to Fail

The Rifkind candidacy is definitely doomed now Crispin Blunt MP, Rifkind’s ex-Special Adviser, has quit as a whip in order to help his campaign. The Rifkind candidacy totally bemuses Guido.

What exactly is the question to which Tories come up with the answer “Malcom Rifkind”?

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David Cowling, the BBC’s head of political research, in an internal memo…

“It seems to me that the London bubble has to burst if there is to be any prospect of addressing the issues that have brought us to our current situation. There are many millions of people in the UK who do not enthuse about diversity and do not embrace metropolitan values yet do not consider themselves lesser human beings for all that. Until their values and opinions are acknowledged and respected, rather than ignored and despised, our present discord will persist. Because these discontents run very wide and very deep and the metropolitan political class, confronted by them, seems completely bewildered and at a loss about how to respond (“who are these ghastly people and where do they come from?” doesn’t really hack it). The 2016 EU referendum has witnessed the cashing in of some very bitter bankable grudges but I believe that, throughout this 2016 campaign, Europe has been the shadow not the substance.”

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