Sunday, January 31, 2010

Labour Will Have a Khrushchev Moment of Truth in the End

Rawnsley’s new revelations in The End of the Party, like Peter Watt’s in Inside Out, come as no great surprise.  Guido has been pretty remorseless over the years in his characterisation of Gordon Brown as the “Prime Mentalist”.  As we come closer to the dénouement of this government more and more will come out confirming the truth of this characterisation.  The increasingly manifest weirdness of the man means that his acolytes are now reduced to excusing him as a “poor communicator”.  Poor communication skills do not explain the widely reported acts of violent rage, poor communication skills do not explain the bizarre behaviour, the appalling mistreatment of junior staff or the violent Nokia chucking abuse towards aides.

The demented dithering of Downing Street’s dysfunctional operation is now well known throughout Westminster and openly recognised in Whitehall.  The decision making processes that determine the strategic direction of the country have almost broken down.  This stems in large part from the personality of Gordon Brown.

When Brown has gone after the election it seems inevitable that we will eventually have a Khrushchev moment, where a senior Labour figure articulates what everyone knows.  It will be devastating.  Gordon Brown is a malevolent, deeply damaged and unpleasant human being.  He is at the centre of a culture of political bullying that has been unhealthy for the Labour Party and the government.  The loyalist cabal around him are unpleasant people who have no place in a healthy political culture, they are as secretive and malicious as they are vindictive and vicious.

Damian McBride was his anonymous assassin, destroying the careers of Brown’s enemies.  Nick Brown, Gordon’s tough enforcer is now the party’s chief whip.  The charmless Ed Balls plotting on his master’s behalf owes his position entirely to his loyalty to Brown. Charlie Whelan is another Brown bully with a bit more charm and humour.  Nick Cohen recalls Charlie Whelan lambasting Martin Bright’s wife, telling the mother of his children that the then political editor of the Staggers should be sacked for disloyalty to Brown.  Whelan is now suing the editor of the Speccie for calling him a bully, probably because he couldn’t bully anyone into sacking him.  Those around Brown are unpleasant people of necessity, because leaders like him who can’t inspire only hold on to power through fear.

Many people in the Labour Party who know all this stay silent, they despair or they have given up.  It would have been better for them all to have had a coup before the election rather than a Khrushchev moment after.  Look at the evasiveness and the body language of the people who deny the truth of the allegations about the Prime Mentalist.  Truth will out in the end.

Andy Murray Cursed (Again) Loses Open

Back in July last year Andy Murray was cursed by Jonah Brown.  Earlier this week when Gordon wished Murray well against Federer many co-conspirators winced and commented that this was the kiss of death again.  Murray had made it to the finals of a grand slam tournament, he was on form.  Surely, this time, he could be spared the curse.  After all he had already suffered its wrath.

So it has transpired.  Andy Murray has lost the Australian Open Final to Roger Federer in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 7-6.

What will it take to stop Gordon cursing the nation’s sportsmen?

Quote of the Day

David Cameron said

“The moment a burglar steps over your threshold, and invades your property, with all the threat that gives to you, your family and your livelihood, I think they leave their human rights outside.”

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Saturday Seven-Up

7upIf you were not one of the 54,449 visitors viewing 333,411 pages over the last seven days, here are the seven most popular stories (in order of popularity) that you missed:

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Guidogram Going Out Shortly…

… to thousands of subscribers, it is free and this week Dale won’t be putting the Guy News video on his blog before Monday.  This week we look at the Chancellor’s fibs and go inside the CCHQ Digital Media War Room.  Unless you subscribe you’ll have to wait until next week…

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Loose Lips Sink Ships

A big round of applause to the Liberal Democrat activist Dan Falchikov who spent an entire train journey mouthing off about how he stirred up a rumour that had been picked up by the press about the closure of Kingston Hospital. Richmond MP Susan Kramer quickly got a campaign up but little did Mr Falchikov realise he was infact sitting opposite the Mirror’s Kevin Maguire, who was commuting in from his million pound suburban mansion:

On train a bloke’s boasting on mobile he got Evening Standard to claim Lab has secret plans to shut Kingston Hospital – 9:57 AM Jan 27th

He’s “a manifesto to write”. Tory? Wearing Hibs scarf. Clocking his details. May sneak photo to track down. Or could always ask! -10:01 AM Jan 27th

This is the Kingston hospital scare bloke. Anyone know him?  He’s a loud mouth in public places http://tweetphoto.com/9705183 – 11:42 AM Jan 27th

Ta all Tweeters. Hospital phone man ID’d as Lib Dem activist Dan Falchikov. He should stop SHOUTING on trains – 3:22 PM Jan 27th from web

Clearly a fan of EyeSpyMP, Maguire snapped the loose lipped liberal and plastered his first name and photo across Twitter.  He was soon identified. No where is safe anymore… the walls really do have ears (and cameras).

Kramer is up against Zac Goldsmith’s extremely well funded campaign and is obviously feeling the  heat if she is fighting so dirty that she has stooped to having her campaigners make stuff up.  Goldsmith has jumped on the story unsurprisingly.  Once again it is another blow to the image of the Liberal Democrats as fluffy and nice that Clegg and Cowley Street constantly spin. On the ground the yellow team are spiteful and vicious.

Friday, January 29, 2010

‘Liberal’ Tories Shouldn’t Be Uniting with Orangemen

There is something cynical about Cameron’s modernised, de-toxified, “we’ve changed” Tories getting into bed with the Northern Irish unionist parties.  By all means stand Conservative and Unionist candidates, but a readiness to do a back room deal with what remains a bigoted and sectarian political force is not something of which to be proud.  They are hardly ideological allies of the progressive, liberalising force in society that the modernised Tories claim to be.

The news that the Orange Order is trying to match-make between the UUP and DUP by convening secret “unity talks” should come as no surprise.  The Orangemen have played off the mainland parties for decades, trading their votes for favours.  If the Tories get outwitted again by the men in orange sashes don’t be surprised…

Friday Caption Contest

Quote of the Day

Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy says

“Sometimes he is rubbish on telly and that is the truth and I have said it before and in a world where the premium is on a seven-second clip or a soundbite, Gordon and his intellect do not fit into seven seconds.”

What’s the Big Secret Dave?

Dave had a frank chat with newspaper editors and media big-shots at Davos yesterday.  Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger was one of them.  It was on a strictly off-the-record basis.  Why?

Presumably Dave was speaking honestly in language that he didn’t think the unwashed voters should hear.  Straight-talking Dave is clearly not for public consumption.  At best it is evidence of the contempt in which the public is held by the political elite, at worst it is an admission that Cameron’s private views are different from his public positions.  Very, very worrying.


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Commons Should Reject Aussie Rules | Telegraph
Galloway Interviewed By Police | Standard


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