Saturday, December 31, 2005

Where is Sir Peter Stringfellow?

Scanning the New Year honoours list, Guido again fails to see Peter Stringfellow getting a knighthood for his services to politics. Demi-billionaire Michael Spencer has just been made co-chairman of the City Circle Tory fund-raising operation by Cameron – bet he gets his much sought after gong soon.

The Tories owe Stringy, they should put his name forward for a gong – meantime the Campaign for a ‘Sir’ Peter Stringfellow petition to the Queen needs your signature. Do it, and right this wrong.

Previous Campaign for a ‘Sir’ Peter Stringfellow stories.

Friday, December 30, 2005

2006 In / 2005 Out

Its thin politically, so to fill in…

In / Out
Poverty of Historicism / Make Poverty History
Liberal Conservatives / Liberal Democrats
Debt / Prudence
TaxPayers Alliance / Stealth Taxes
Iran / Iraq
Choice / Stakeholders
Pimp My Party / Traditional Values

(Please add your own in the comments.)

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Miliband Favourite Son

Guido’s prophecy and Gordon’s nightmare are pictured above. David Miliband is now the hot second favourite (an astonishingly short 8/1) to takeover from Blair – Brown still being the bookies favourite. Guido has laid Brown, and put a little on Ruth Kelly @ 250 / 1 – in order to profit from the prayed for re-Catholicisation of England. Guido seems to recall David and Ruth were once rumoured to be an item. Some say Miliband’s oratory is Labour’s answer to John Redwood, has anyone seen him singing the Welsh national anthem?

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Tom Brake is Sad

In a press release which desperately screams “look at me, look at me please somebody”, Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Secretary Tom Brake MP, sent out a tragic Christmas Eve press release in which he advocated that Santa used more environmentally friendly public transport. More environmentally friendly than magic flying reindeer?

UPDATE: Alex Drake in Australia emails to point out that the Hon. Warren Truss MP (really, I know the name sounds like a kinky sex position but it is his name) gave permission for Santa to over-fly Australia. Guido’s mother points out that the Irish government did the same. Why this should be the necessary when we know that Santa uses quantum effects to travel through time and space beats Guido. You didn’t think he really came down the chimney?

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Merry Christmas Everyone

Before Guido gets in to the Christmas spirit of goodwill and cheer, perhaps ’tis wise to reflect and to take a moment to consider those unfortunates who were cruelly smitten this past year. The pain caused to expense fiddling MPs, name changing Tory aparachtiks, cut ‘n paste journalists, whoring wonks, Basher Davis and the shower of other hypocrites who have caused me offence. The mocking, exposing and humiliating has sometimes verged on cruel. It was not always dignified or even honourable.

But Guido has enjoyed every minute of it. Back after Christmas and in the New Year, watch out for something a bit special: GuidoandtheMonkey.Com

Seriously Organised Criminal Carol Singers

In breach of Section 132 of the Serious Organised Crime Act 2005, assorted political dissidents sang Silent Night, Come All Ye Faithful and Hark the Herald Angels Sing. These two in the red look seriously cute. Ceaseless protester Brian Haw bored on at the end (that’s him in the hat on the far left), giving a bonkers speech that Guido totally disagreed with, but was still nevertheless glad to hear. That’s democracy for you.
Tim Ireland, twisted genius that he is, looked gleeful to see 200 or so carol singers in full voice outside parliament. Including that girl who read out the names of British Iraqi war dead and was promptly arrested outside Downing Street. Maya Evans, 25, convicted for breaching the Act last week, sure is pretty. Yes, Guido has been drinking…

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Twigg Wants £10,000 for Straw

Wonk for Sale : Pundit Payola they are calling it in the beltway. Think-tankers on the take is what it is, and cash-for-access is the game at the Foreign Policy Centre – this month their newsletter offers multinational corporations two choices, firstly the chance to meet Jack Straw at the Foreign Office for £10,000. Not much beating about the bush here – its by invitation only and those invites cost £10,000. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, they aim “to facilitate a dialogue between policy makers and key stakeholders on how government decisions impact on commercial and organisational plans.”

If you are a media conglomerate or just can’t afford £10,000, for £300 you can meet second choice James Purnell MP, the Minister for Media and lobby him about that juicy broadcasting licence you wanted (Kip Meek from OFCOM will be there so you can put it to the regulator as well at the same time). Guido would pay £300 to avoid meeting James Purnell…

Carol Singing Tonight

Tim Ireland, situationist political prankster extraordinaire, urges us to Don we now our gay apparel“. Doesn’t Guido always?

The Beeb will be covering this particular Carol Service organised by the blogosphere. Guido feels that failing to attend would be a betrayal of all those Brits who died for freedom whilst fighting Baathist tyranny in Iraq. Guido looks forward to mince pies, mistletoe and mulled wine…

See you in Parliament Square tonight at 6pm. Details here.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Cameron Spams LibDems

A Guido embedded operative in parliament tells me that Dave’s overture to the LibDems includes emailing individual LibDem MPs setting out his social justice and green credentials – near enough inviting them to swap sides. The emails contain the line “I have always been a liberal” The email also talked of “actions not words”. All Dave wants for Christmas is an Orange-Booker…

Think-Tankers on the Take

Wonk for Sale : The Times has an article that will seem familiar to this blog’s readers and will make a few wonks in London nervous. As the fall-out from the Doug Bandow scandal in Washington spreads – London based wonks who have taken cash to write press releases in the form of pamphlets will be keeping a low profile. Its pretty easy to work out who has been on the take, basically any think-tank that publishes favourable research which furthers the interests of any heavily regulated business will almost certainly have benefitted from corporate largesse.

The pharmaceutical industry in particular spends heavily to ensure that politicians keep the profits flowing from the taxpayers to the bottom line. An amazing number of think-tanks across the political spectrum have an interest in pharma-related issues and they all say the same things. Its like one big echo chamber.

The other suspect practise favoured by those think-tanks close to the government is cash-for-access, IPPR was a master of this wheeze. Never as crude as “give us a donation and we will introduce you to the minister”, but effectively that was the implicit deal offered. IPPR boasts of its “strong networks in government” and the flow of wonks to the civil service as special advisers (who later become well paid lobbyists) keeps the corporate cheques coming. IPPR has “partners” not clients. The IPPR pitch is careful, but clear: “partners have regular contact with our research directors to discuss the progress of projects relevant to their sector. Partners have the opportunity to get on the inside track of policy development. You bet they do.


Seen Elsewhere

Bribes, Lies and Curry in Tower Hamlets | Standard
Tory MP Breaks Cover on Canberra Crisis | BBC
Labour MP: Wimmin’ Stop Us Bombing ISIS | Speccie
Peace Envoy Arrives on Italian Coast | Mail
Golden Age of Trusting Politicians is a Myth | Irish Times
More Ed Criticism | Damian McBride
Hague to Weigh into Bercow’s Canberra Crisis | Times
Shadow Cabinet: Who’ll Johnson & Darling Replace? | Labour Uncut
Damian McBride’s Spinning Against Ed Miliband | John Rentoul
Boris Fails the Character Test for Social Conservatives | Laura Perrins
No Charges After Two Years On Bail | Patrick Foster


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Damian McBride offers some more of his helpful advice:

‘Mr Miliband will not survive the televised leaders’ debates trying to have it both ways on every policy from Syria to an EU referendum. The prime minister may be entirely wrong on issues such as HS2, but at least his position is clear.The Labour leader’s attempt to keep his options open is all very well, but to what end? If he thinks he can avoid taking any big decisions until he’s securely installed in Downing Street, Mr Miliband unfortunately hasn’t a prayer.’



Owen Jones says:

We also need Zil lanes.


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