From the Green Bench to the Bench Press

A little birdy just told Guido the unlikely tale that his old sparring partner Tom Watson is opening a gym in his constituency tonight. Hopefully witnesses (or even avid blog reader Tom himself) will be able to provide another Kodak moment.

It is not clear at this point whether Watson will be taking up membership…

Hatty Sells Out for Hubby

Yesterday during a car crash performance on Sky, and despite being presented with figures to the contrary, Harman swore blind that her equality agenda was working. Funny then that she has been so willing to sell out her entire raison d’être in order to see her trade union big cheese husband Jack Dromey replace Sion Simon. Dromey is down to the last four for the seat, despite much speculation that one of Harriet’s sacred All Women Shortlists would be employed. Crucially Harman missed the Labour National Executive meeting that determined a AWS wasn’t to be used, despite the fact that she insisted she wants forty percent more women in Parliament and other Labour seats that have recently become vacant have all female lists imposed on them. A convenient diary clash.

Scum-gate

From the Frequently Asked Questions section of Twitter’s very own help website:

Can I edit a tweet once I post it?
Nope. Once it’s out there, you can’t edit it. You can delete an update by clicking the trash icon on the right end of the update, but you can’t make changes.

This puts Labour whip David Wright’s claim that his tweet about the Conservatives being “scum sucking pigs” was “tinkered with” beyond any doubt.  If he had just admitted that it was too far and said sorry last night this whole thing would have been over within minutes, but, as ever, it is the lying that will nail him. CCHQ are pushing this one aggressively and Pickles has just written to Wright accusing him of breaking the Ministerial Code.

A Minister of the Crown could well be set to be Twitter’s first major political scalp.

3.5% Inflation Shatters Deflation Illusion

So have you stocked up on beans or gold yet?  Have you taken Guido’s advice?

The Governor of the Bank of England now has to write an open letter to the Chancellor. This is Mervyn King’s sixth such letter in seven years.  Perhaps he will recommend stocking up on commodities.  Don’t forget we have a serious chance of a double-dip recession on the horizon.  And still we have no pro-growth policies from the government, only over-spending and over-borrowing…

Quote of the Day

Tory Bear told Sky…

“David Cameron is a very attractive man”

Co-op Capitalism

Some years back Guido had lunch with Alex Hilton of Recess Monkey (R.I.P.) fame. Paying for lunch Guido brandished a card issued by the Co-operative bank. The monkey spluttered in indignation “what are you doing banking with the co-op?” as if it was an unlibertarian thing to do.

Co-op’s are neither socialist or capitalist necessarily. Most hedge funds are co-ops, owned by the partners with the profits shared by the workers. Many law firms are co-ops, luxury apartment blocks are run by self-selecting co-ops, huge agri-businesses are run by co-ops of rich farmers, mutual funds are a form of co-op, the list is endless. Lefties might want co-operatives to be non-profit, organic wool knitters but the most successful ones are not. They do this because they are smart and don’t want a third party to profit at their expense. Co-ops have nothing to do with top-down state socialism as designed by Fabians.  Guido imagines that a lot of middle-class parents will set-up cooperatively run “free schools” under the Tories education reform plans.

Jesse Norman, the ex-investment banker turned Tory candidate in Hereford, has been banging on about co-ops for years and he even set up the Conservative Co-operative Movement and wrote a book Compassionate Economics.    As far as Guido can tell in 2 years it hasn’t actually done anything but proselytise yet…



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Quote of the Day

Labour’s Austin Mitchell muses on the campaign:

“What’s the problem? No use pointing at the leader. Too late to change and unnecessary for Miliband is doing well at Question Time. His problem is connecting with the real world. He doesn`t speak people and his protective team of naive kids are playing West Wing rather than letting the leader relate to real people. We could point at the party, shrunk in numbers and enthusiasm because everything, from policy formulation to candidate selection, comes top down rather than bubbling up from below so campaigning becomes the opium of members deprived of any real role, though they`re not even sure what they’re campaigning about, with or for, but its role is marginal.”

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