Friday, March 16, 2007

White Coat Demo

The Guidoisation of Democracy (Part 94)

PA is reporting that “Gordon and Kylie got on really well. They spent quite a bit of time talking to each other over drinks” at a party organised by chick-lit wit Kathy Lette last month. Guido is willing to bet that Gordon’s favourite Kylie video was Slow.

Kylie has a very, very loyal fan following in some quarters.

Huhne Wastes Paper

Friday Caption Contest (Gangsta Edition)

Red Nose Day Charity Auction£330 Latest Bid for a Boozy Friday Lunch with Guido and Katy

Labour’s "Fear Culture" in Scotland

Blair is losing it, this morning he dismissed the SNP-backing George Mathewson, the ex-Royal Bank of Scotland CEO as “self-indulgent and absurd” after he came out backing freedom for Scotland. He also implied George wasn’t a real businessman – despite the man leading RBS from a regional bank to what is now a global investment banking force.

As chief executive of the Scottish Development Agency, he is credited by many with creating “Silicon Glen”. He took RBS from losses to global profitability. In a letter to The Scotsman today George accuses Labour of scaremongering about the SNP and of creating a “fear culture” about independence – “I have never really seen myself as a political figure, but all I will say is I don’t share the fear culture that some people think we should have.” He dismisses as “absurd” Gordon Brown’s claim that investors would flee if Scotland was free.

All bang on the money, Scotland standing on it’s own two feet would be good for Scotland and good for England. Labour opposes independence because it knows without Scottish Labour MPs, England, which votes Tory, would not be ruled by Scottish Labour as it is now.

The whole Labour party thrust is that the Scottish can’t well rule themselves alone, when in reality it is the Labour party that fears it can’t rule England without Scottish Labour MPs. The scaremongering by Labour is an insult to the Scottish people. The similar sized Republic of Ireland manages to rule itself, have lower taxes and higher per capita GDP than the UK. In comparison, after a decade under Labour, parts of Glasgow now have third-world level health indicators.

Dave Ditches Core Instincts and Still Keeps Base

Over on PoliticalBetting Mike Smithson is giving much consideration to the surprising ease with which Cameron is shifting to the centre without losing much core support. 96% of voters who voted Tory at the last election still plan to vote Tory again, 1 in 9 who voted Labour plan to vote Tory and 1/8 who voted LibDem plan to vote Tory.

So despite the whining on ConservativeHome and in the Telegraph, Tories are sticking with Dave and he is winning over LibDem and Labour voters. Even after moves like this week’s air-travel-tax debacle, which was very badly spun and has resulted in a lot of unease in the ranks and some backtracking – “were just throwing out ideas”, “it is a proposal for discussion” they say now.

Guido hears that Dave even called Will Lewis, editor of the Telegraph to remonstrate about his coverage of the proposal; “Why are you being so horribly harsh about this air-tax” Dave complained, “Well most of our readers have second homes or enjoy foreign holidays, what do you expect me to do?” came the reply.

Nevertheless, Tory voters will it seems just gnash their teeth and still vote for him. They have nowhere elese to go…


Seen Elsewhere

Javid: Let Tories Campaign For Out Vote | House
Ministry of Justice Loses Death Inquiry Data “In the Post” | TechnoGuido
Europe’s Crisis is Cameron’s Opportunity | Speccie
Sajid Javid is the Ultimate Thatcherite | Buzzfeed
Ed Argar Selected in Dorrell Seat | Leicester Mercury
88% of New Labour MPs Are Union Bods | Mark Wallace
Massively Popular Porn Site is Infecting Users | Techno Guido
Newspapers No Longer Willing to Toe Party Line | Roy Greenslade
Introducing the New CapX | CapX
Burnham’s Newsnight Debacle Dissected | Dan Hodges
How I Survived Dry January | Nigel Farage


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“We’ve heard a lot over the past few years about how Miliband has united Labour. But he has not united Labour. He has pacified Labour. He has placed it into a medically induced coma following the trauma of the party’s 2010 defeat.”


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