You can now watch the Shadow Cabinet expenses updated online, in realtime. The planned Tory election broadcast has been abandoned. Dave has instead gone for a 4 minute “sorry” and sets out the tough future rules his cabinet will follow. Better late than never.
The guys at Don’t Panic who put the blue plaque on Jacqui Smith’s wall have been round to Alan Duncan’s place to help out with the gardening. Hilarious, watch it until the end:
Essentially they nominated three different properties in two years to be their main residence. We paid for their million pound property portfolio. Plus a few of the usual “accidental” double claims. We also pay £600 every month for their food bills. Bear in mind these two troughers have a combined household income of some £300,000 from the taxpayer, yet they still feel we need to pay their Waitrose bills. Every little helps, eh?
Public service can be so so rewarding…
Hat-tip: The Telegraph.
Yesterday Guido spoke to a number of UKIP staffers – they were saying they are overwhelmed with new support. They were particularly excited by the cross-over from former Labour voters. UKIP plan to run a bigger poster campaign than they did at the last Euro-elections. Punters are even betting on them beating Labour for third place. Tebbit was right, UKIP look to be the big beneficiary of the revulsion at the expense scandals engulfing the three major parties.
For the euro-elections YouGov have the Tories on only 28%, Labour on 22%, LibDems on 19% and UKIP have risen 12 points this week to 19%, the BNP are on 4%. Despite Labour propaganda about the dangers of the BNP, it looks like it will be UKIP who are going to be the big winners from the anti-political zeitgeist.
Beeb Bias is Counterproductive | Nicholas Booth
Bercow Blames Colleagues for Clerk Mess | Guardian
Tony Benn Too Left-Wing For Soviet Union | Telegraph
Mrs Danczuk’s Festive Treat | Sun
Hollande Forced to Ditch Super-Tax | Mail
1 in 3 Back UKIP Over Chinky-Gate | Breitbart
Ed Miliband Taken Hostage | Worcester News
This Brilliant Coalition, Apart from Craig Oliver | Peter Oborne
Digital Politics: Standing Still Faster | Rafael Behr
After David Cameron, the Tories are Stuffed | Dan Hodges
John Humphrys Admits Skewed BBC Coverage | David Keighley
Peter Oborne makes a bold prediction…
“I predict that Labour and the Conservatives will win between them a higher proportion of seats than at any election since 1992.”