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.
Cam Cannot Stem EU Immigration | David Keighley
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Politicians are Lying to You About Immigration | Alex Wickham
Give Journalists Public Interest Defence in Law | Guardian
Cameron is Going to Have to Deal With UKIP | Dan Hodges
Opinions on Key Issues By Constituency | Red Box
Britain Irrelevant Inside EU | Dan Hannan
Cameron Heading for Fall on Europe | Rachel Sylvester
Lords Speaker Spends £350 on Two Mile Limo Ride | Sun
Shapps Slaps Down Barroso “Propaganda” | City AM
Bookies v Pollsters: What We Learned From IndyRef | Paddy Power
Chris Bryant talks to the Times Diary about a famous gay actor:
“I don’t think I’ve had sex with him. He says we had sex in Clapham. I’m fairly certain I’ve never had sex south of the river”