Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Is Balls Re-Launching Himself?

Blinky Balls’ interview with Marr this morning is attracting a lot of comment. Guido noticed that Balls is not content with stealing Tory policies, he is now doing the Cameroon look. A tie-less Minister of the Crown?

You don’t think Ed is getting serious about positioning himself for the inevitable leadership fight with Miliband – Son of Brown v Son of Blair? Ben Brogan is swooning, reckoning that Blinky was “lucid” – it has really come to something when political editors compliment cabinet ministers for just being lucid. He also reckons Balls was blinking less. Ben needs to get his telly fixed, it is clearly on the blink. Ed was averaging 30 BPM* Watch for yourself.

*Blinks Per Minute.

Sunday Sleaze Special

Ivan Lewis is what used to be known as “Not Safe in Taxis” (Damian Green is another one) always sniffing around young women. So it is no surprise that he was leering over a 25 year-old young girl working in his office. After all he broke up with his wife after having an affair with a local Labour Party councillor behind her back.
Why has the News of the Screws story come out now over a year later?

Ivan Lewis has been a little too outspoken about Gordon’s failings, accusing Brown of being out of touch, it was remarkable that he escaped censure at the time. If there is one thing the Brownies excel out, it is malevolence. That the girl isn’t quoted means it is not kiss and tell for cash. A few other ministers will be worried that their office darlings could be exposed by vengeful Brownies. This is a warning to other ministers and a score settled…

UPDATE : Have just noticed this story about Lewis’ former assistant was hinted at in the comments on Guido’s story hinting at his affair with Maggie Gibb on June 25, 2006. Fair amount of reading between the lines required with these type of stories. Always difficult when if they both deny it, you are scuppered, you have to read these stories carefully for the hint..


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Quote of the Day

Former Labour MP Dame Anne Begg:

“[Iain Duncan Smith] took to standing behind me during Prime Minister’s Questions. He stood at what’s called the Bar of the House and occasionally he would lean on my wheelchair. Our working relationship was slightly fraught anyway because I’d been critical of him a lot. I wanted to keep that criticism a professional criticism, not a criticism of him as a person so I never quite built up the courage to actually say: ‘Please don’t do that.'”

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