Monday, December 4, 2006

Iain & Guido’s Christmas Party Drinks

Iain and Guido have not forgotten the promised party for The Little Red Book of New Labour Sleaze contributors and our friends. We’ve booked this Friday 15th because it clashes with nothing important that we have been invited to and obviously nothing and nobody important in politics would forget to invite either of us…

Invitations for for mulled wine and nibbles will be emailed shortly…

History Repeats Itself

If Dave is the Heir to Blair than Steve Hilton is Mandelson’s progeny. In 2006 his writ runs right across the Tory party as much as Mandy’s did in 1996 across Labour. Given that, according to reports, Steve told his New Labour friends that he last voted for the Green Party it is no surprise that he would ruffle true blue feathers.
In truth some of the Camerlot plays are so clearly out of the Mandelson rebuild-your-party manual as to be plagiarism. Replacing the outdated logo with a softer rose/tree. Projecting the party leader as a young optimistic family-man? Changing the vernacular of the party? Changing the subject from nationalisation/immigration to helping the family/the environment? In 1996 Brown promised to stick to Major’s spending plans, today Osborne is implicitly promising to stick to Gordon’s taxation levels in the interim. The list is endless.

Now, after a year, the negative mutterings from the party’s old guard about Hilton are reaching the papers in the same manner they did a decade ago about Mandelson. The Tories owe Hilton so much for dragging many of them on their knuckles back to the future. Liam Fox, the unamed “senior Tory source” behind some of the off-the-record briefings is an over-inflated idiot who would have led the Tories to annihilation with his flag and faith Neo-Con agenda. That has zero resonance with most voters today – windmills not flags are the way the wind is blowing. Steve gets it, those who are using him as a proxy to attack Dave don’t get it.

Jet Lagged – Back Later

Makes a change from hung-over. Travelling transatlantic with a toddler has a similar after-effect. Come back this afternoon for the latest on Blair getting his collar felt…

Seen Elsewhere

The School That Proves Michael Gove Was Right | Toby Young
Full Jenkin/Beckett/Straw Letter to PM | Politics Home
The ‘Buckingham Bonaparte’ is Cornered | Speccie
Coalition: The Movie | Indy
Lefties Moan About Messina Working For Cameron | MSNBC
Karen Danczuk V Louise Mensch: Round 48 | Sun
Jack Straw Slams Bercow | Sky News
Putin Shuts Down Red Square McDonalds | Telegraph
Paper Trail Suggests Ashcroft Still Funding Tories | Indy
Bradford Bun Fight Coming | Speccie
Former Minister’s Join ‘Canberra Caterer’ Outcry | The Times


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We also need Zil lanes.


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