Thursday, October 11, 2007

+++ YATES TO SPEAK TO SELECT COMMITTEE 23rd OCT +++

Propriety and Honours: Lessons Learned

Date and Venue: Tuesday 23 October, 3.00 pm in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Witnesses: AC John Yates, Metropolitan Police, Carmen Dowd, Head of Special Crime Division, CPS and David Perry QC

Guido plans to be there too…

Last Man Standing

With Ming now facing the guillotine and Brown severely battered it is interesting to check what the bookies have done. The odds on Cameron being the only one of the three leading his party into the next election have been slashed from 25/1 to 6/1. Punters now think there is a good chance that both Ming and Brown will not lead their parties into the next general election.

The punters also reckon May 2009 is the favourite election date at 5/4 on. The most dramatic change is in the biggest party prices. Remember Guido’s crazy bet last month? Labour are 10/11 on and the Tories are neck and neck at 11/10 – in from 3/1. Lovely jubbly…

Oil for Food

A co-conspirator (and possible CIA informant) reports back from seeing the fat cat revolutionary himself foraging for food:
Found myself standing behind Mr Respect at the tills. What do revolutionaries have for their tea?

Fresh pasta, pitta bread, fruit and fibre…. all very straight up.

Appropriately we were in the Sainsbury’s petrol station on Chelsea Bridge.

Dacre’s Breakfast with Brown

Guido overheard last night a smirking Labour MP boasting that Paul Dacre, editor of the Daily Mail, had breakfast with Gordon yesterday. Which perhaps explains the discordant leader comment this morning. It actually praises Darling’s tax and spending plans.
Guido understands that Dacre told a rebellious editorial meeting yesterday “I couldn’t give a toss what you lot think.” Lord Rothermere, the Mail’s owner, on the other hand might well give a toss. Particularly in view of the recent circulation slide…

Thirst Aid for the Political Class

A co-conspirator writes:

MPs in Bellamy’s last night were being given priority service – with a queue for drinks, the barman by-passed those at the front and asked MPs joining the queue at the back what they would like. I saw this happen twice. I don’t blame the barman of course (or the MPs actually in the cases last night) – it is no doubt a directive from above telling the barman to do so.

But honestly, why do MPs need priority getting a drink? Is it because they have urgent things to attend to and need to get them down as quick as possible?

Is it important to their role as public servants that they get pissed quicker?

LibDems : The Game is Very Definitely On

Guido had lunch with a well connected LibDem who confirmed what outsiders already suspect. The two-year election delay means curtains for Ming. Freed from the fear of an imminent election there is a sense of release and a feeling that he can be replaced without electoral backlash – as if it was possible to poll worse.

Obviously the question is how? The party conference was disciplined by the shadow of an election, the annual LibDem MPs gathering has passed. Clearly ill-health would be the best face-saving excuse. The status anxiety of Elspeth is thought to prohibit both the passing to Campbell of the whiskey and revolver or hope of him going voluntarily. So how is it to be done?

Huhne and Clegg are soft campaigning for the succession, but spare some pity for the ambitious Ed Davey. As Ming’s chief-of-staff he can’t do anything that smacks of disloyalty.

There is no fool, like an old fool, if Ming stubbornly resists retiring it could get messy and humiliating. Guido can’t wait…

Mirror’s "Red" Rosa Joins the Daily Labourgraph

After the virtual collapse of the Telegraph’s political team, the new direction the Telegraph is taking will have traditional readers choking on their toast. The latest hire is Rosa Prince from the Mirror. She will, says the Telegraph, add a “new dimension” to their reporting.

You bet she will if previous form is anything to go by…


Seen Elsewhere

How to Win a Twitter Argument | Hopi Sen
Sign Petition Calling for Ruffley to Resign | Change.org
People’s PMQs Would Divide Politicians and Public | Dan Hodges
Morgan Hires Gay Rights Campaigner as SpAd | Telegraph
Don’t Underestimate Philip Hammond | Nick Wood
Labour Council Collaborates With Pro-Hamas Group | Breitbart
Qatar Sugar-Daddies of Islamist Financing | Left Foot Forward
Guido’s Column | Sun
Miliband Drawing Attention to His Mistakes is Madness | Lord Bell
Another Renewable Myth Goes Up in Smoke | Matt Ridley
Ed’s Problem is His Policies | Trevor Kavanagh


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“I came to bring this conflict to an end.”



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