Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Call or Email, Get on the Air…

It is Tuesday and that means at 6.30pm in the studio at Resonance, Piers Gibbon hosts The Knives Are Out, where Recess Monkey and Guido will be mocked by comedienne Hils Barker. Click here for the online stream from 6.30pm. In London tune into 104.4fm.

This week the theme is “Green” and we’ll have Sian Berry (pictured) from the Green party as our target guest. Guido thinks the Greens are the new totalitarians, with their anti-human agenda, so it should be lively.


Email questions for the show to rant@theknivesareout.com or phone in your rant or questions on 0901 393 1044 and leave a voicemail for broadcast. Here’s the website. Here’s the miniblog. Here’s the itunes thingy.

Labour Whips Bring Out the Thumbscrews

The Labour whips are looking stressed this morning. Can the anti-War Labour left muster the 40ish rebels they need to defeat the government. In the past the whips have managed to cajole the semi-awkward squad into abstentions by playing on their unwillingness to vote with the Tories. The Tories have put forward their own amendment which will fail and they will then fall in behind the SNP/Plaid Cymru motion. Strangely there is some concern that the LibDems might not back the motion for some slippery reason.

The government is spinning that to vote for democratic oversight of the Iraq decision-making process would undermine the brave boys fighting for democracy in Iraq. So democracy undermines the fight for democracy? Well Guido reckons that they would like to know why they are providing target practice for sectarian insurgents before they start the civil war that they clearly are keen on commencing. “Ours is not to reason why, ours is to do or die” is not as popular a mantra as it was…

If these Labour rebels back the motion, which is based on EDM 1088 which they backed before, the government will probably be defeated.

Diane Abbott, John Austin, Lyn Brown, Ronnie Campbell, Martin Caton, Colin Challen, Michael Clapham, Harry Cohen, Jeremy Cohen, Jim Cousins, Ann Cryer, Jim Devine, Bill Etherington, Mark Fisher, Paul Flynn, Neil Gerrard, Ian Gibson, Kate Hoey, Kelvin Hopkins, Glenda Jackson, Lynne Jones, Peter Kilfoyle, Bob Marshall-Andrews, John McDonnell, Jim McGovern, Austin Mitchell, Linda Riordan, Alan Simpson, Peter Soulsby, Gavin Strang, Jon Trickett, Robert N Wareing, Mike Wood and Claire Short!

Loans Due

Just been on the phone with the Electoral Commission re loans to political parties. The returns are due in today (not as reported previously and now corrected). The taxpayers will be let in on the secret at the end of November. Can’t wait…

Gore’s Carbon Footprint

Monday, October 30, 2006

Late Filings

Guido has been a little busy today. Fending off threats of writs and dealing with annual filings for his Irish interests. So he has some sympathy for the Telegraph, who have to file their annual return in 1 minute or be in breach of the law. Look Daddy, I shrunk the company!

Staying on this theme the Electoral Commission was supposed to receive the details of loans made to political parties by September 6th tomorrow, usually the unwashed taxpayers get to see the filings a fortnight later. Still no sign. Whassup?

Self Analysis

Things Guido has learnt from drilling down the site analytics:

  1. Tory Totty was the most popular story this month.
  2. Lembit Opik Has a Secret was the most popular story last month.
  3. Fifty Tory Applicants for New Seat was the most popular story this year.
  4. Last month the daily average number of page views was over 10,000.
  5. Two thirds of you still use Microsoft’s IE versus a quarter using Firefox.
  6. Iain Dale (5.99%) followed by ConservativeHome (3.14%) are the top referring sites this year (excluding Google searches at 19.9%).
  7. Top search referrals this year (after variations on Guido) are “Sheridan” and “Ruth Turner”.
  8. 30,900 co-conspirators have visited the site over 200 times this year.
  9. On average some 200,000 visitors come at least once a week.
  10. 124,000 came to the site once in 2006 and never returned.

Radio Show Tomorrow Goes Green

Tomorrow it is Tuesday and that means at 6.30pm in the studio at Resonance, Piers Gibbon hosts The Knives Are Out, where my old foe Recess Monkey argues and gossips with Guido, mocked by comedienne Hils Barker. This week the theme is “Green” and we’ll have someone from the Green party as our target guest.

Listen to last weeks show here. Email questions for the show to rant@theknivesareout.com or phone in your rant or questions on 0901 393 1044 and leave a voicemail for broadcast.

Iraq Motion for Tomorrow, Opportunity Knocks for the Opposition

Conduct of Government Policy in relation to the war in Iraq and its aftermath
That this House will establish a select committee of seven honourable Members, being members of Her Majesty’s Privy Council, to review the way in which the responsibilities of Government were discharged in relation to Iraq and all matters relevant thereto, in the period leading up to military action in that country in March 2003 and in its aftermath.

If the Liberals abstain or vote against then they look like hypocrites for voting against a motion many have signed as an EDM. If the Conservatives seize the opportunity to pull a rabbit out the hat and vote for it, the number of Labour rebels might tip the balance against the government.

The Tories would not be voting against the war, but for scrutiny of the policy and the lead up to the military action. Claire Short is expected to speak in the debate (as an independent), the Labour backbenchers who feel they were hoodwinked into supporting the invasion may well vote for the establishment of a Select Committee. It would be illogical for supporters of John McDonnell not to vote with the SNP…

Is It Really Cornerstone Wot Won It?

Over on ConservativeHome the defeat of the hell-bound over faith schools focuses on the role of Cornerstone’s headbanging gang. No mention of Vincent Nichols, the Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham, who said the quota plan was “unacceptable” and fronted the Catholic uprising against the government.

So who do you think featured first in Alan Johnson’s calculations? John Hayes’ little clique, or millions of Catholic voters in Labour seats? The quota plan was supported by Cameron and originally advanced by a Tory, Lord Baker. The defeat is as much a defeat for the Conservatives as it is for Johnson.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Guy News TV : Another Sion "Simple" Simon Mash-Up


Seen Elsewhere

Tory MP Tells Leftie Jon Snow to Retire | Guardian
Russell Brand’s New Book “Sub-Undergraduate Dross” | Telegraph
Tory MP Barrister Represents Monaco Billionaire | Scrapbook
MOBO Singers Slam UKIP | ITV
Could UKIP Keep Britain in the EU? | Iain Martin
Why Piketty is Wrong | ConHome
Guido Whips Politicians Into Shape | Guardian
Milburn Levelling Down | Kathy Gyngell
Crosby and Carswell Make Friends at Guido’s Dinner | Mail
Mrs Danczuk Beats Mensch to Win Guido | Telegaph
PM Congratulates Blogger Who Destroyed Minister | Mail


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Rob Colvile reviews Russell Brand’s new book:

“Oddly, the person I feel sorriest for isn’t Brand himself – although he certainly comes across as a rather pitiable figure, projecting his own brokenness on to the world around him – but Johann Hari. Drummed out of Fleet Street for plagiarism, the former Independent columnist has washed up as “my mate Johann, who’s been doing research for this book”. For a genuinely talented polemicist, it would have been a humbling experience to have to treat this sub-undergraduate dross as the scintillating wisdom of a philosopher-king.”



Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!


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