"Miliband Visit Relatives on Settlement" FCO Panic

Guido was listening to the news from the Middle East on Radio Galatz* (he finds it has a more balanced approach to Israel/Palestine issues than the BBC), when he heard the news that David Miliband had dinner with his relatives who live in a settlement near Jericho.
The UN declared “illegal” settlements being visited by the Foreign Secretary foreign minister? That would be a bit of a breakthrough change in British policy. The Jerusalem Post has followed-up the story.

Not true says his office – and the British Embassy in Israel is desperately trying to kill the story.

UPDATE : Miliband did give profuse thanks to the Israeli football team on his visit. “Every Englishman is a friend of Israel today, an even greater friend of Israel. We thank you very, very much. It’s amazing after our partnership in science, in politics, in education — we have a partnership now in sport and in football especially. I think it’s wonderful. So I give the foreign minister the personal credit for the performance of the team yesterday”. English football supporters will be even more grateful if Gordon Brown stays away from the England-Croatia game. It has not gone unnoticed that the Brown match-jinx hit Scotland as well. Every match Brown attends England loses…


*Israeli Army Radio

Boris Bombs the Bass

Those who say he is nowhere to be seen just aren’t listening. You can hear his just released homage to FatBoy Slim here.

Hat-tip : BorisBorisBoris.com

Security Confusion

Basher Davis doesn’t miss a trick. He is now putting the boot in to Lord West, the wild GOAT is clearly unaware of “the line to take” sent out daily by Labour HQ. Lord West always seems to be prone to saying the opposite of what the government wants him to say. It is government policy to frighten the beejesus out of us to justify ID cards, locking you up without trial etc.
The head of MI5 was given the green light to give a speech to the Society of Editors on just this subject, warning us that there are some 2000 Al Qaedas under the beds. Davis contrasts this with what the simple sailor Security Minister said on the weekend –
“On 5 November, the Head of MI5 publicly set out the ‘growth’ in the domestic security threat, saying ‘I don’t think that this problem has yet reached its peak’, explaining that ‘we will not be able to cover every potential threat’. Lord West says we face ‘a steadily declining threat’, claiming that our counter-terrorism defences are ‘ahead of all countries in the world on the protection front’. It is not likely to enhance public confidence when the head of the Security Service and the Security Minister give such inconsistent assessments.”

The government’s inconsistency is everywhere, this odd apology (click to enlarge) from the Home Office to Greg Hands MP bemused Guido. It goes some way to increasing our understanding of how we have 2,000 Al Qaeda terror suspects in the country.

The Home Office is sorry it is taking so long to process Hany Youssef’s application for permanent residence.

Given that MI5 says Hany Youssef has been involved in terrorism “at the highest level”, and that he appears on the list of Al-Qaeda suspects at the UN and the EU, is his application for indefinite leave to remain in Hammersmith that much of a priority?

Guido has a suggestion for this joined-up-government: “Don’t rush”…

Iain Dale Wins Party Selection

Here he is boasting about it on his blog.

At last a little bit of excitement has developed in the LibDem leadership contest. The Huhnie monsters released a campaign briefing entitled “Calamity Clegg”. Guido (of course) has a copy of the now withdrawn document for you to download here.

It sparked a thoroughly enjoyable bit of a clash on the Beeb and a complaint from Clegg to the returning officer that “the older boy is picking on me.” Having read the document it actually makes Guido more inclined towards Clegg and his public sector choice agenda.

UPDATE : Huhne’s lot are now saying Sorry and asking the returning officer for permission to publish the document. Eh?



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