Friday, February 19, 2010

Gordon’s Greek Gaffe

Gordon was mingling with other lefty failures today at the “Progressive Governance Conference” – A collection of lefty leaders working out how they can use the economic crisis to increase public spending even further. Not that the Greek economy could get much worse, but the last thing Prime Minister George Papandreou needed was a photo-op with Jonah. In a rather rude fashion it seems the Prime Mentalist snubbed the Greek PM by refusing to name-check him in his speech.

You would expect Gordon to be happy to draw attention to the only European leader to be in a worse situation than himself.

Non-Denial of the Day

The explosive revelations of Andrew Rawnsley’s book, set to be serialised this Sunday are all ready causing ripples. The Standard headline of “No 10 denies naked Gordon Brown called aide C-word” is some what misleading. Three quarters through the story you realise what the bunker bod actually said was: “We do not recognise this story.Well that’s all well and good but hardly a denial.

Friday Caption Contest (Job Interview Edition)

+ + + Sky: Purnell Standing Down at GE + + +

Who is Really Ahead in the Polls?

Frustration with politicians is rightly at an all time high. Though about ten points ahead there is still no really coherent ideology from the Conservatives. No one is quite sure in what direction the chaotic and shambolic Downing St operation is going to go next, the whole thing is a mess. Guido normally leaves the psephology to Political Betting but he noted with some interest the figures buried in the latest YouGov data.

25% of people compared to 23% think that Labour chop and change too much and are more incoherent than the Tories. However 34% think they are both rubbish. 36% reckon neither party is led by people of any ability. Hardly a ringing endorsement. Looks like the stay at homes have it.


Seen Elsewhere

Stuart Broad Right, Peston Broadly Wrong | Ryan Bourne
The 38 Seats in England Yet to Select a Tory Candidate | ConHome
Labour and Green Ecofascism | Matthew Walsh
Burnham Shows Why Labour Can’t Be Trusted | Speccie
Why Online Voting is a Crap Idea | Ballot Box
Time We Showed Super Rich Some Love | Alice Thomson
We Need True Popular Capitalism | Maurice Saatchi
Labour’s Winning Hand | Sebastian Shakespeare
We Defend Labour’s Record | John Hutton and Alan Milburn
100 Tories to Rebel on Plain Packs | Telegraph
May 2015 and the Art of Political Betting | MAY2015


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Alan Milburn says Labour’s scaremongering campaign for an unreformed NHS will not win election…

“It would be a fatal mistake, in my view, for Labour to go into this election looking as though it is the party that would better resource the National Health Service but not necessarily put its foot to the floor when it comes to reforming. Look, reforms are not easy, but the Labour Party is not a conservative party. It should be about moving things forward not preserving them in aspic. You have got a pale imitation actually of the 1992 general election campaign, and maybe it will have the same outcome. I don’t know.”


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