This Morning the Smith Institute Met in No. 11

The arrogance of the Sith is incredible. Despite being warned by the Charity Commission to hold events at politically neutral venues, they held yet another event this morning at No. 11.

A co-conspirator tells Guido

Alistair Darling was “looking very proprietorial ” telling the assembled business executives how it will be in future. Attending were some ministers, no politicians from other parties, but some Labour backbenchers.

With Gordon’s future chancellor and only Labour MPs present, seems to Guido to be a little bit political and far from neutral. If you have not yet watched Iain Dale’s ten minute documentary on the Smith Institute, click here.

UPDATE : Dizzy has picked-up on the Treasury’s John Healey avoiding answering questions about EMI. Wonder why?

Tories Pressing Hard on Smith Institute

Chris Grayling has today written to the Charity Commission’s Head of Compliance demanding a full investigation under Section 8 of the Charities Act.

Mark Francois last week tabled yet another Written Parliamentary Question (WPQ) which is still unanswered

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what remuneration was received for the use of 11 Downing Street from the Smith Institute or SI Events Ltd for its seminar on positional goods held on 21st September 2006.

Keith Simpson has been told to expect an answer to his questions “by the end of this week”.

A co-conspirator emails to say he has been told by Oliver Letwin that George Osborne “has been doing a good deal of work on this Smith Institute connection, and will be ensuring that it is brought fully to public attention.”* Hmm, the bandwagon went that way…

*Guido knows that Osborne’s researcher is boasting to journalists that he is behind the exposing of the Sith, perhaps he repeats to them what he reads here?

Move Over WebCameron, Disco Sarko Grooves

The Guidoisation and Popbitching of democracy spreads across the channel. WebCameron is so 2006, Disco Sarko is it. Disco never dies, Vive les Sarkonautes!

Charity Commission Sets Midday Deadline for Evidenceand Goes On Strike

The Charity Commission is insisting Guido hands over evidence by midday and that they will not accept anything after that deadline.

So Guido tried calling them this morning, only to be told the switchboard is unmanned because the PCS union is on strike and the person concerned is not available. Kafkaesque.

UPDATE : The person concerned has just emailed to say they are not on strike and will call Guido back.

UPDATE II : Have had a discussion with the Head of Compliance, have explained Guido’s concerns about how to protect the anonymity of sources, and promised to send info as soon as possible.

Dale on the Smith Institute

Iain Dale has been tracking the Smith Institute around Westminster and Whitehall for Doughty Street TV. The evidence that the Smith Institute is a Brownite front, rather than a non-political, non-partisan charity is patently clear. Watch the video here.

Cover-Ups are Tricky Stuff

+ Smith Institute Exposé II + Doughty Street TV Tonight +

Just to add to the good news flow, Iain Dale has a piece on Doughty Street TV tonight about the Smith Institute which explains why they should lose their charitable status.

Michael Crick will no doubt be watching…

Let’s Do the Perp Walk Again!

Levy really should have taken Guido’s advice when he had the chance, shouldn’t he?

This is not the end, but it is the beginning of the end…

Can’t wait for the PMOS’ explanation tomorrow. “There is no Lord Levy in Downing Street, there is no other email system, from which nothing was deleted, no honours were sold etc…”

Guido was in the supermarket when he heard the news. He left the fruit and veg and proceeded to the champagnes. Well why not…

Million Petitioners : All Ignored

The Downing Street website has had a million petition signatures since November boasted the PMOS this afternoon. The site is now almost as popular as this blog…

The PMOS went on to say that even when hundreds of thousands of

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+++ Gordon’s Non-Partisan, Non-Political Charity Paid forU.S. Pollster to Formulate Anti-Cameron Strategy +++

Bloomberg News is reporting that Bob Shrum, the veteran U.S. pollster and campaign adviser, was paid by the Smith Institute to formulate an anti-Cameron campaign strategy for Gordon Brown.

They have obtained a transcript of a speech given to a […]

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Webmail for Dummies

Dear Tom,

How to find out if you can get onto a private email gateway from Downing Street:
  1. Get your assistant to sit down at a web connected terminal.
  2. Tell them to double-click on the internet browser symbol to launch

[…]

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Hain’s Emergency

Guido hears that Hain had a bit of a panic this morning after his campaign’s strategy and supporters list was put online. The resulting emergency conference call had a theme; “shit, what are we going to do?”

Apparently Labour […]

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