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“Appeasement” Rumour

Fatty Pollard has taken a break from writing press releases for the pharmaceutical industry to blog about this rumoured No. 10 appeasement memo on relations with the Muslim community.

Guido’s fax number is in the right hand column if anyone wants to share this (its definitely in the public interest).

Mandy’s Boy Back in No. 10

Benjamin Wegg-Prosser is to return to Downing Street to run communications planning. What exactly is Benjy’s qualification for this job?

Answers in comment section please.

Not A Lot Going On*

So I thought a picture of Kilroy covered in shit might amuse.

*(Yes, I know the provos are giving up, but do you really believe ’em?)

London Transport Advises

Seen at Notting Hill Tube yesterday.

Hot or Not?

In the spirit of the Guardian Backbencher’s political hottie feature, Guido asks is Tom Happold, the former Chair of the Young Fabians, now turned news and politics editor of Guardian Unlimited, Hot or Not?

Vote using the comments.

Incidentally whilst we’re in the Guardian’s alternative reality, isn’t it somewhat shoddy that the reader deceiving, self justifying Guardian article which slags off blogger Scott Burgess for exposing a jihadist journalist working at the Guardian, is anonymously written? So much for transparency from the advocates of Freedom of Information.

UPDATE : I give up. Backbencher includes Miss Fawkes (all of 3 months old) amongst the babes in the political hotties section this week.

Silly Season at the Daily Mail

Paul Dacre’s rants are not usually Guido’s preferred reading, but today’s caught my eye. It was almost pro-French. Lauding of a French politician even. Is it silly season?

On Sunday, France (whose Muslim population is three times larger than Britain’s) summarily deported to his native Algeria the cleric Abdelhamid Aissaoui for preaching extremism at a mosque in Lyon. He is the 11th such cleric to be expelled by the French Government in the past three years.

Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy didn’t mince words: ‘We will not keep people on our territory who issue calls to hatred, to violence and to the disrespect of our democratic values. They will leave the territory and they will leave quickly. In this area, we don’t intend to tolerate anything.’

As the shock of July 7 wears off, people will rightly start to ask angry questions about what has happened to a country that has lost control of its borders over the past 20 years. Our politicians – and our judges – will need to start listening.

Ahh, that explains it. It was a French politician saying “send ’em back.”

Basher, Coe and Clarke Poll Highest

Interesting poll, more voters think Seb Coe should lead the Tories, rather than Basher Davis, whom most Tories think should lead the Tories, but the public would rather have Ken Clarke above all others. Proof that we live in a televisual-democracy is the popularity of Seb. Never underestimate the stupidity of the voters.

“Which if any, of the following people do you think should be the next leader of the Conservative party?”

Candidate, Voters, Tory Voters
Kenneth Clarke, 18% , 19%
Sebastian Coe, 17%, 20%
David Davis, 15%, 32%
George Osborne, 1%, 1%
Someone Else, 4%, 9%
Don’t Know, 44%, 17%

Source: British Market Research Bureau (BMRB) Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,010 British adults, conducted from Jul. 8 to Jul. 10, 2005. No margin of error was provided.

Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.
— Benjamin Franklin

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Ruth Kelly Tells Chavs “Read Books”

Guido’s co-religionist and Education minister, the Blessed Ruth Kelly, is telling poor kids to read books. She is giving a speech to the wonks at the IPPR which will be full of platitudes and evidence based policy prescriptions centred on New Labour buzzwords and suchlike.[…]

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Foxy Lady in Vauxhall

In a move which will send what little remains of the Labour left in to meltdown, former Labour sports minister Kate Hoey is to be the new chairman of the Countryside Alliance.

Smart move, get a Labour MP who represents an urban seat to stand up for the rights of unspeakable toffs to chase after inedible foxes around the countryside.

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Golden Rule Doesn’t Glisten

The PM-in-waiting has problems, at the election he was at his strongest, now the wheels are coming off the moving van that is booked to take him to No. 10. His self-imposed “golden rule” has become a national joke; the public finance black hole is worsening by the month; the economy is struggling to grow by a sluggish 2% – the slowest its been since Labour took office – with manufacturing now officially in recession; the housing market needs a rate cut; suicide bombers adding more damage to the economy; and several of his schemes are imploding.[…]

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Official : Its Silly Season

With MPs and journalists now on holiday for the next month or so, we will see the press full of ridiculous stories. Which is really encroaching on Guido’s territory.

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Terror Attacks in London : MPs Flee

So as London’s commuters brave suicide bombers daily, what do our leaders do? They take 80 days holiday at our expense.

Well at least it will get them away from the stress of all those wailing sirens and in-carriage executions. Blair does not actually risk his own children travelling by tube, when Euan Blair did work experience at a London solicitors he was not allowed to use the tube and was driven to work every day.

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Globalization Makes Guido’s World Spin

The lack of posting yesterday was a result of Guido getting drunk at the launch (and after) party of the Globalization Institute at Soho House. The editor of the Economist and some FT globalization expert gave speeches as did the GI’s wonk-in-chief Alex Singleton.[…]

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Spin : “Tube Bombers Nothing to do with Iraq”

Jack Straw, Fatty Clarke and John Reid are all over the media repeating the same mantra, 7/7 bombings are nothing to do with British troops in Iraq. That is the New Labour message of the day everywhere, in contrast to the Chatham House report out today.[…]

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Quote of the Day

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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