Thursday, July 26, 2007

Guardian Front page Cock-Up ‘Fess Up

Now this is what Guido calls a cavalier attitude to the facts:

Thursday July 26, 2007
Corrections and clarifications
A chart showing David Cameron’s personal rating in a Guardian/ICM poll (front page, yesterday) contained several mistakes. It did not include those voters who said they liked both David Cameron and the Conservative party, and muddled some other figures. The correct figures are: likes Cameron, but not the party, 18%; likes Cameron and the party, 25%; doesn’t like Cameron, but does like the party, 26%; don’t know, 26%. Five per cent refused to answer. Voters were not asked if they did not like both Cameron and the party. We did not make clear that the chart showed figures for all voters, not just Conservative voters.
Just to remind you, the front page graphic showed no-one liking Dave and the Tories. Wishful thinking…

Gordon’s Angels – Image Manipulation or Fashion Clash?

Nick Assinder reckons that the “doughnutting” of Gordon at PMQs by Harriet Harman, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and Angela Smith behind him framed him in white on screen.

All three seemed to have been issued with white jackets, black T-shirts and necklaces. Is it some ruse to make him look less dour and saturnine? Jacqui Smith looked like the moody one out of the Human League – which suggests maybe it was a fashion clash rather than sartorial spin.

Incidentally did anyone notice yesterday that the speaker called Cameron, Mr Campbell?

LibDem Auditors Think £2.4m Fraud Money a Liability

When Guido first claimed that the LibDems would have to pay back the stolen £2.4m that was their biggest donation, the blog’s comments were filled with claims from LibDems that it was sensationalist nonsense. Guido stuck to his guns that the LibDems and Sinn Fein were the only two parties in British politics dependent on bank robberies for their funding.

It seems their auditors agree with Guido. They only signed off the latest accounts on the basis that the £2.4m was a contingent liability for the party. The LibDems may not be benefiting from the proceeds of crime for much longer…

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Guardian/ICM Poll : Nobody Likes Dave and Tory Party?

Guido was sure his brain was too addled by alcohol when he saw the front page of the Guardian this morning. Rich Johnston emailed it in and the penny didn’t drop until he explained it slowly. According to the Guardian’s ICM poll sample of 1005 randomly telephoned adults, not one single person likes David Cameron and the Conservative Party. Some like the party, some like Dave, but none like both. Guido knew the polls were bad for Dave, but really, does no one like ‘em both?

UPDATE : Turns out that it was a difficult to explain Grauniad cock-up, the actual figures from ICM were very different – 25% liked both Dave and the Tories. Pretty “cavalier with the facts” report, it should have been obvious that something was wrong, maybe over at the Guardian they can more easily believe that nobody likes Cameron. In the real world he is a bit more popular than on Farringdon road.

Hungover.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Wot, No Little & Large?

Since that little embarrassment over the reporting of postal votes in Ealing Southall, the Telegraph’s Little & Large blog has gone silent. The last posting was a week ago.

If Guido shut up shop every time a writ was threatened…

Was it Mad to Give Cash to Tories?

Guido is particularly enjoying the court reports about the loon who gave £10 million to the Tories to fight satanic forces. Branislav Kostic believed there was an international conspiracy of more than 100 people masterminded by sexually perverted pharmaceutical company executives to destroy “freedom, democracy and human purity”. His son is in court fighting the will. The counsel for the Tories argues Kostic might have been mad, but it was rational to fight satanic forces by giving cash to Margaret Thatcher’s Tories. After all, who was it who defeated those Godless atheist Soviet Communists?

Over the years Guido has enjoyed his chemically-enhanced, international sexual frolics and would like to extend his gratitude to the pharmaceutical masterminds who made it possible. Would rather they left freedom and democracy alone mind you.

Benji Blog – the View from the Bunker

Benji Wegg Prosser, has started a blog. Well he started it last month and he seems to have managed to make one post per month. It does have one revelation, the “Blue Peter” memo about Blair “leaving with the crowds wanting more” was not as Guido speculated. The product of Philip Gould, it was all BWP’s own work. Benji says it all came to pass as he predicted in the bunker…

Monday, July 23, 2007

Private Prosecution Fund Update

As of now 145 people on the PledgeBank website have indicated they want to financially support a private prosecution. You can also pledge via Facebook and even text ‘pledge cash4prosecution‘ to 60022 from your mobile phone. Old fashioned email works as well.

If you can help with this project contact Guido ASAP.

BackBoris.Com

Boris has tidied up his campaign website a little. There is no interactivity (as yet) or compelling proposition to return you to the site once you sign up and subscribe for the email. We are told to expect more bells and whistles.

Victoria Borwicks site is actually better, Warwick Lightfoot’s is busier and has podcasts and videos. Andrew Boff’s site asks you to be patient with just a tear dropping. Was he surprised to get through?


Seen Elsewhere

Cam Cannot Stem EU Immigration | David Keighley
9 Mansion Tax Questions for Ed Balls | TPA
Politicians are Lying to You About Immigration | Alex Wickham
Give Journalists Public Interest Defence in Law | Guardian
Cameron is Going to Have to Deal With UKIP | Dan Hodges
Opinions on Key Issues By Constituency | Red Box
Britain Irrelevant Inside EU | Dan Hannan
Cameron Heading for Fall on Europe | Rachel Sylvester
Lords Speaker Spends £350 on Two Mile Limo Ride | Sun
Shapps Slaps Down Barroso “Propaganda” | City AM
Bookies v Pollsters: What We Learned From IndyRef | Paddy Power


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