Wednesday, March 18, 2009

LibDem Youth Teeny Totty Tantrums

libdem-girlsIt seems Nick Clegg is having trouble with the kids, after personally launching the rebranded Liberal Youth movement last year, the kids are now biting the hand that feeds them. Their election for a new chairman has descended into the kind of fight that only student politics can. The incumbent chair, Elaine Bagshaw, is a Labour defector (pictured here raving) who has been compared to Vicky Pollard by Quentin Letts. Opponents say she is playing dirty to secure a second term.

Her libertarian leaning opponent Sara Scarlett (pictured smiling), has resigned from the kids club executive after rounds of furious bitching* chronicled by the Tory Bear blog.  Mind you she managed to slag of the sheer “corporate incompetence” of Cowley Street before she went.  In an illiberal move worthy of Trotskyite splinter group, Bagshaw is now trying to get her opponent kicked out of the party to clear the way for her re-election.

Both candidates for the top job have  called for Liberal Youth the organisation to be scrapped – does that show leadership potential?

*There was a  Downfall spoof video, a must have for any political bitchfight these days, sadly that disappeared after talk of legal action.

Bonkers in the Bunker

Cameron explicitly said at PMQs what Guido thinks, in the “bunker” they are bonkers, barking out orders for schemes that never happen. Gordon actually claimed at one point during PMQs that Germany had “left the mainstream” of economic thinking.  That would be Germany, with the biggest economy in Europe and a centrist coalition government.

Delusional and in denial are inadequate terms to describe Gordon’s state of mind.  He is completely disconnected from the reality of the situation, that makes it impossible for him to get us out of this mess.

Don’t just take Guido’s word for it, Brian Wilson, a former government minister with across the board experience in a number of departments has just written this; “Brown was clearly deluding himself this week with his overblown invocations of Churchillian resolve to counter the turbulent economic times in which we live.” In private more and more Labour people are completely despondent.

PMQs Sorry Story

Bust Gordon Will Be Politely Ignored at G20

Gordon keeps on mumbling about the need for an “international early warning” system, some might say that the IMF already does that job.  After all it gave at least half-a-dozen warnings about Britain’s over-indebtedness in the years proceeding Brown’s bubble bursting.

This morning the IMF is warning that the UK will be the last major economy out of recession.  Gordon thinks he can use the G20 Summit to show his leadership, Guido suspects many world leaders will be grateful that they are not in his situation.  Americans commentators talk about the UK’s currency collapse and debt crisis.  The Europeans are dismissive of his VAT cut, Asians bored by his talk of global regulation -  which seems laughable in the wake of the collapse of the British banking sector.  The White House wants to sort Wall Street out themselves and the American voters won’t be interested in Gordon’s grandiose schemes.

The truth is that Gordon has presided over the biggest bust of any major economy. The IMF says Britain will probably be last out of recession.   Gordon has no credibility as a prudent finance minister.  The G20 leaders will politely listen to his ramblings in the way that you listen to the views of a slightly demented uncle who invites you over for lunch.  They know he is finished and they probably won’t have to listen to him again.

UPDATE : Former Blairite Downing Street spinner turned lobbyist Darren Murphy is dismissive of the relevance of the G20.  Reading between the lines, he is dismissive of Brown altogether.  Expect more of this kind of thing from Labour figures.


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Politicians Brought Down by Twitter | CityAm
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Give Miliband a Darwin Award | Boris Johnson


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Boris on his fellow Islingtonista Emily Thornberry:

“It was an entirely run-of-the-mill English townscape, with some straightforward words to go with it. There was no obvious insult, no abuse, no overt sneering. She might have got away with it entirely, had some alert blogger not spotted it. He instantly detected the coded message that Emily Thornberry was sending to all her right-on, bien-pensant, Labour-luvvie friends in Islington, or wherever else it is that they follow her on Twitter.”



Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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