Monday, October 5, 2009

Hi Dave, Party is That Way

Just slipped out of a packed Spectator party to see Fraser Nelson, the new Speccie editor, standing to attention on a blue carpet. “Where are you going?” he asks an exiting Guido. Somebody has to go report on the Telegraph party is Guido’s retort to his now satisfied smile.  Bizarrely scheduled against the premier party (Guido saw Telegraph hacks at the Speccie party) it shows just how out of touch the Telegraph is with the party it once had a monopoly on reporting.

A familiar face approached as Guido exited, he extended his hand, Guido shook his hand, slurred a “hello”, and smiled.  God knows what Fraser thought as his star guest, David Cameron, moved down the blue carpet towards him.

Positive Identification

Don’t know why everyone complains about how difficult it is to get a pass…

Where’s the EU-Row?

Guido got to Manchester this afternoon in search of of the inevitable row post the Irish “Yes” vote. First stop the Bruges group fringe meeting.  It looked promising, Guido counted some 600 attendees and it was standing room only, the line-up included Peter Hitchens and Simon Heffer.

Thatcher’s handbag was mentioned in the chairman’s introduction to great acclaim.  Heffer was measured in his nevertheless strong critique, Peter Hitchens had the room laughing telling them Cameron has put Rohypnol in the champagne and date-raped the Conservative Party. Lots of laughs, but only half the room clapped.  They didn’t like it much when Hitchens told them to stay at home on election day.  He said he himself would be in France.

During the Q&A the sense of the audience was Eurosceptic but not Europhobic, there was a lot of antipathy to the Hitchens line.  One audience member told him to stay in France.  Later on elsewhere Guido bumped into Dan Hannan and asked him where the EU-row fringe was, he emphasised he was very happy with the settled party position and thought that there was a real chance the Czechs could hold the line until election day.  He dismissed the idea that there would be any headbanging on Europe – “If Eurosceptics were plotting surely I would know”.

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Quote of the Day

David Cameron when asked about the internet allegation he was fined for cannabis use at Eton

“I don’t intend to go and alter the Wikipedia entry”

What’s Hot on the Fringe

fringelist-buttonA few changes today to the Fringelist.com top ten events derived from the most registrations made by conference goers to receive free SMS text reminders.

The new #1 is Google’s campaigning breakfast event.  Expect it to be full of hungover geeks tomorrow morning…

The Top 10 Tonight:

  1. Google’s Guide to Online Campaigning
  2. You TWEET If You Want To: #Twinge
  3. A Force to be Reckoned With: Police ReformNEW ENTRY
  4. Iain Dale’s Blog Readers’ Party
  5. Disinfecting Parliament
  6. The Thin Blue Line: How Do We Build Public Confidence in Policing?- NEW ENTRY
  7. Can Mentoring and Skills Reduce Re-offending?- NEW ENTRY
  8. Tory Bear and Friends Karaoke
  9. Conference PrideNEW ENTRY
  10. Save Our Pubs and Clubs Drinks Party

A lot of moves in the rankings from yesterday.  Three new entries focused on law and order, plus another social event entering the top ten – Conference Pride. Still no sign of a surge towards fringe events focused on Europe…


Seen Elsewhere

Why Pollsters Could Be Wrong | John McDermott
Cameron Faces Vote of No Confidence or Rebellion | FT
Cameron Faces Revolt Over ‘Vow’ | Sun
It’s Time to Speak for England | John Redwood
It Was Me Who Taped Howard Flight | John Woodcock
Indy Editor: We Will Stay Afloat | Press Gazette
English Don’t Want Scotland to Stay at Any Price | Dan Hodges
England Must Have Self-Government Too | Mark Wallace
Next Year’s Election Will Be the Dirtiest Ever | Speccie
Chicken Salmond Runs Away From Sun Cabbie | Sun
Scary No Messages Don’t Add Up | Sun


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Gyles Brandreth writes in his memoirs:

“Sunday, May 10, 1998

Early start: appearing on Breakfast With Frost, to be broadcast from 11 Downing Street. The Chancellor [Gordon Brown] is grouchily amiable, but so earnest — and still biting his fingernails to the quick.

After the show, he took us upstairs to his flat. He lives above No 10, while Blair and family are in the No 11 duplex, which is bigger and more like a proper house.

I was intrigued that, when he took us into his bedroom, the Chancellor rather ostentatiously opened the built-in wardrobes, as if he wanted us to see the women’s frocks that were hanging in there.

They looked quite large, but I don’t think they belong to Gordon. I assume they belong to his girlfriend [Sarah Macaulay, who he later married].

I presume he was keen for us to know that he has one — and that she’s not a ‘beard’. I don’t think he does anything without calculation.”



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Now the SNP know how UKIP voters feel all the time.


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