Featherstone, Cable and Clegg Quit PoliticsHome Panel

According to James Graham, Nick Clegg and Vince Cable have followed Lynne Featherstone and quit the PoliticsHome Insider panel following Lord Ashcroft’s purchase.  Lynne was however happy to speak at a Total Politics (proprietors M. Ashcroft and I. Dale)  LibDem conference fringe meeting.

Does this mean that rival politicians are going to boycott ventures owned by Tories?  If so LabourList could be in difficulties, it is hosted online by Tangent Labs, the same people who handle all the Labour Party’s online business.  Tangent Labs is owned by Michael Green, who is not only a Tory donor, he is a Tory who donated to David Cameron’s personal leadership campaign and gave young Dave his only experience of working in the private sector by hiring him as his corporate spin-doctor at Carlton.  The Labour Party pays Green’s company to do all their online work.  He then donates some of the profits to the Conservative Party. You have to laugh…

Steve Richards Says "No Bank Collapsed"

Steve Richards in the Indy begins his panglossian column with “Labour activists heading for their pre-election conference in Brighton this weekend have cause to be in a mood of giddy euphoria. The Government called it right during the recession. No bank collapsed.”

Apart from Northern Rock of course. Oh, the Royal Bank of Scotland as well. Errrm, didn’t Halifax Bank of Scotland almost bring down Lloyds TSB into the bargain?  Almost forgot Bradford & Bingley. Every UK household has the equivalent of £3,000 invested in shares in RBS and Lloyds.  The taxpayer 100% owns Northern Crock and Bradford & Bingley because they collapsed.

Giddy Steve Richards’ grasp of the facts is worse than his analysis…

See also The Case for Elite Politics and Not Listening to the People, Steve Richards: Fails Numeracy Test and Steve Richards : “Voters Aren’t As Clever As Me”.

Bad Al Campbell Tells Labour to Copy McCain!

With rumours circulating that Mandelson has lured Alastair Campbell back to take a role in the election campaign, the former Downing Street spinmeister’s prognostications on campaign strategy are becoming more relevant than in the recent past.  GoFourth might just be Al and Prezza’s cheer-up-the-base operation rather than a vote winning operation, but a return to Down Street would really signal taking the fight out of the party activist ghetto and to the media.  Alive to the charge that Cameron and Coulson are simply copying the Blair and Campbell formula he laments “Ah, go the Pot-Kettle-Black brigade, but it is what you and TB did, got the media all squared and onside.”

He reckons a strategic Labour line of attack should be to spin that the media has fallen in love with Dave:

Cameron is a mediaman. For the media. Of the media. By the media. Giving not two tosses about the public other than as the means to be delivered into power. So the Tories and the media have a shared interest in saying the game is over, and it is only a matter of time. There is the makings of a good line of attack in here – the media love him because all he cares about is what they say about him; they’ve decided he’s home and dry … but shouldn’t the public have their say first?  Meanwhile, instead of claiming he has achieved nothing, constantly point up his one big achievement – turning the media into pussycats.

The last election team that faced a national media in love with a candidate was Team McCain, their approach was precisely the approach Campbell is recommending, see here:

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In 2008 McCain spun commercials comparing Obama to Paris Hilton and lampooning him as “the one”. Obama still won. When you are reduced to complaining that the other guy gets too good a press and taking campaign cues from a losing strategy, you really have run out of ideas…

Quote of the Day

John Prescott says of Harriet Harman

“I think the deputy leadership role is for going out and campaigning…I suppose, if I was being honest about it, I think too much of the emphasis has been on female rights, which I have supported all my life, and we’re not getting other messages across. Most of it is about the equality issue. It is very important, but it is not our biggest campaigning issue, whatever they say about it.”

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Ed Balls says

“Peter does the razzmatazz..”

Saturday Seven Up

7upIf you were not one of the 56,097 visitors viewing 375,669 blog pages over the last seven days, here are the seven most popular stories that you missed:

  1. Baroness Scotland Accused of £170,000 Expense Fiddle
    Got to fund illegal servant pay somehow.
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    Roll up, roll up for all the fun of the circus
  4. Baroness Scotland Reported to Bar Standards Board
    Sunlight Centre reports her for bringing her profession into disrepute.

  5. Obama Too Busy To See Brown
    Obama swerved no fewer than five requests from Jonah Brown

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    Video from ToryBear on the only story this week: Baroness Scotland

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    She may yet end up in the Square Mile, after the G20

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