Guy News : Yeo! Tory Policy Confusion, Lie Action Replay

Newsnight took the Yeo ding-dong off iPlayer for some reason, so Guy News is rebroadcasting it.  Hit the full-screen button and enjoy our funky new them tune.

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Does Political Blogging Make Any Difference?

Guido is speaking at a Westminster Skeptics event tonight on whether political blogging actually makes – or will make – any difference to the course of UK political events. Guido’s view is that the question has already been answered.

This graphic from ConservativeHome’s survey of Tory PPCs illustrates where influence lies nowadays.  The next Prime Minister and Chancellor of Britain are avid readers of blogs. Does that signify influence, does that make a difference?

On the panel with Guido are ConservativeHome’s Jonathan Isaby, Comrade Hundal from Liberal Conspiracy and Mick Fealty from Slugger. The event will take place at The Old Monk Exchange pub just 100 yards away from St James Station.

Head charge of £2.  The panel discussion starts at 7.30pm. (Facebook event page is here.)

Quote of the Day

Sarah Palin said…

“A year later, I gotta ask the supporters of all that, ‘How’s that hopey, changey thing working out for ya?’ “

Gordon’s Bananas

Award for the most obscure story in this morning’s papers has to go to The Telegraph. Apparently Gordon is cutting down his intake of Kit-Kats, and replacing them with bananas. Sources close to the Prime Minister’s snacking preparation confirmed that he will now only eat Kit-Kats when under “extreme-pressure”. So that must be fairly frequently then.

Gordon better watch out though, too many bananas can have a dangerous effect. Eating up to nine bananas a day, such as the Prime Mentalist is reported to be doing, can cause a build up of potassium.  This can cause gastrointestinal problems, kidney failure or even cardiac arrest.

It is not known whether David Miliband has decided to try a different type of coup.

Guess Who is First Up for PMQs?

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a question without notice.

*1 Mr Jim Devine (Livingston): If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 10 February.

+++ Labour Finally Withdraws Whip from Charged MPs +++

S.T.U.P.I.D. : Gordon Meeting Greek PM

The papers are reporting an emergency EU meeting over Greece.  Gordon is attending despite the UK not being in the Euro.  At the end of last week Guido learnt that next week Gordon is scheduled to meet George Papandreou, the socialist Greek prime minister who has led his country to ruin. Perhaps they can compare notes or put in a joint application to the IMF?

Until the recent Irish austerity budget the financial world talked about the risk of the P.I.G.S. (Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain) defaulting on their sovereign debt. Now Ireland is controlling government spending with swingeing public sector cuts they are not being talked about so much. Attention has shifted to the S.T.U.P.I.D. countries: Spain, Turkey, UK, Portugual, Italy and Dubai. These are the countries the City now fears to be at risk of sovereign default.

ZeroHedge has created a S.T.U.P.I.D. index, which they are charting, it is a Credit Default Swap index, so bad news means the chart goes up.  For the record, Guido thinks there is no chance of the U.K. defaulting because we still control our own currency, though losing our AAA credit rating and devaluing is a very real possibility.  The market is pricing in the credit risk from Gordon’s economic stupidity nevertheless…

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Quote of the Day

Former Labour MP Dame Anne Begg:

“[Iain Duncan Smith] took to standing behind me during Prime Minister’s Questions. He stood at what’s called the Bar of the House and occasionally he would lean on my wheelchair. Our working relationship was slightly fraught anyway because I’d been critical of him a lot. I wanted to keep that criticism a professional criticism, not a criticism of him as a person so I never quite built up the courage to actually say: ‘Please don’t do that.'”

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