Thursday, August 25, 2005

Look at Me, I’m Sooo Young…

Rifkind is soooo doomed to fail, as Guido has said from the beginning. He is now going about reminding people that he is the same age as David Davis (57, Rifkind is actually 59), David Cameron is 38 and Tony Blair is 52.

So the old Watsonian Scottish toff, who looks like Krusty-the-Clown, is now keen to emphasise that he is a young man for the 21st Century Party as much as Cameron is keen to emphasise his experience of, err, erm.. drafting press releases. Rifkind willl be 63 come the next election, which is the same age as Howard was when he lost the last election.

Give it up Rifkind.

Beware of Impersonators

Since I am not a keen follower of Scottish political antics (enough of the Scottish Raj are in Westminster already), Guido is obliged to EdinburghSucks!com for drawing to his attention the antics of an impersonator:-
Mike Watson MSP also known as Lord Watson of Invergowrie finally appeared in the dock at Edinburgh’s Sheriff Court to deny the two charges of wilful fireraising.

The first of the two charges alleges that on 12 November last year, at the reception area of the Prestonfield Hotel, Priestfield Road, Edinburgh, Watson set a curtain alight and did so wilfully. The fire is said to have taken hold and the curtain, a curtain pole, walls and a ceiling were damaged “and the lives of the patrons of said hotel were endangered”.

The second charge relates to the same date, but specifies the Yellow Room at the luxury hotel. There, Watson is accused of setting fire to a curtain, again wilfully, and the curtain is said to have been damaged and the lives of those in the hotel endangered.

M’Lud was attending the Scottish Politician of the Year awards dinner on the night in question and there are obvious similarities with Mr. Fawkes and the 1605 Westminster affair even if there wasn’t thirty six barrels of gunpowder.

Watson is on the board of Dundee United, his third wife and was suspended by Labour following his arrest. He also held the position of tourism minister but was best known for being the architect of the controversial legislation which banned fox hunting with dogs. His trial starts on 5th September.

Guido knows how easily these things can get out of hand….

Haskins Has it Right

Guido holds no brief for Lord Haskins, but the furour around him giving £2,500 to a Lib Dem candidate who went on to defeat a sitting Labour MP is overdone. Blind party loyalty is a bad thing – we want the best representatives, not the donkey with the right rosette.

Haskins is quoted as saying: “Personal friendship is more important than party loyalty. Danny Alexander is an old friend.”

Haskins rises a notch in my estimation. Admittedly from quite a low level.

‘Sir’ Peter StringfellowCAMPAIGN UPDATE

Imagine if he was a black sex symbol – from his
campaign on behalf of the Commission for Racial Equality
No news yet as to which potential leader Peter Stringfellow is backing for the Tory leadership. As a generous supporter of the Conservative Party his opinion and endorsement will be sought out by contenders, of that Guido has no doubt.
As Guido has mentioned before, it is shameful of the Conservative Party that they have not yet proposed Stringy for a gong. His nightclub has been the venue for many of their events, Margaret Thatcher herself has attended Stringfellows. Were he a more boring captain of industry making widgets instead of the world’s most famous nightclub owner, no doubt he would have been knighted by now. Politicians are always recommending lesser non-entity donors for gongs. It is way past time that Mr Stringfellow heard the words “arise Sir Peter”. Shame on those who so enjoy his hospitality and support for not having put him forward yet!

The Campaign for a ‘Sir’ Peter Stringfellow now has a petition to the Queen for you to sign. Do it, and right this wrong.


Seen Elsewhere

How Avoidable Scandals Destroy Stupid Politicians | Alex Wickham
UKIP Mosque Confusion | The Week
Let’s Ban the Word Internet | Padraig Reidy
Are the Broadcasters Ready For the Election? | Specccie
Moral Bankruptcy of the BBC | David Keighley
UKIP’s ‘Starsky and Hutch’ | Total Politics
Innocent Sun Journo Just Doing Her Job | Sun
Boris Sent Up North | Times
The Only Way to Mend the EU | Leo McKinstry
Northern Labour Tearing Party Apart | David Aaronovitch
Osborne is Son of Brown | Peter Oborne


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“If you had a strong political lead that was combining the politics of aspiration with the politics of compassion, I still think that’s where you could get a substantial majority…  If I ever do an interview on [the state of the Labour Party], it will have to be at length…”



Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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