Friday, March 12, 2010

Quote of the Day

Bill Gross, the world’s biggest bond investor says

“I would vote Labour. Favouring employment versus the financial markets is a decent policy; certainly not beneficial for the currency or the gilt market but beneficial for the people,”

Do As They Say, Not As They Do

Earlier in the week it was the Staggers that were highlighting their intern-hypocrisy, and now as the Lib Dems head to Birmingham for Clegg’s “return to your constituencies and prepare for government” moment, they too have fallen foul of practising what they preach.

The sandalistas are debating “Proposals for Youth Employment” including:

“c) Introducing a new ‘Paid Internship’ scheme for the twelve months after the 2010 general election, paying anyone undertaking such an internship a ‘training allowance’ of £55 a week (£5 more than Jobseeker’s Allowance); and providing minimum standards for all internships, including reasonable expenses and maximum lengths.”

All very noble, the Lib Dems have long been advocates of paid internships. As ever the reality is much different. In the run up to the election Cowley Street, candidates and MPs are all looking for new staff.  You work for free, which isn’t fair and shows you can’t trust them to live up to their own policies…

Friday Caption Contest (Oink Edition)

+ + + Baroness Uddin – No Charges + + +

This isn’t a surprise.  The Clerk of the Parliaments, Michael Pownall, gave the Lords almost free reign to continue troughing by ruling that there is no definition of main residence for the purposes of expenses.  A ruling almost designed to make a prosecution impossible. Uncharged is not the same as innocent…

See Carry On Claiming M’Lords

Guy News Preview : Gordon Will Let You Down

This week we bring footage of the release from prison of the landlord who lets you smoke, the travails of magazine street sellers and MPs on trial. Here’s a preview excerpt from this week’s Guy News; a mash-up of Gordon Brown and Johnny Cash with a touch of Neil Hepburn.


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“I’m Not a Politically Correct Feminist, But…”

In a campaign worthy of Jo Swinson it seems Nadine has declared war on London buses displaying 14ft ads of half-naked women trying to flog underwear. “It is becoming more hardcore and shocking. Since when did it become acceptable to have larger-than-life posters of scantily clad women moving up and down every street?” And the giant shirtless Ronaldo/Armani ad is fine though?


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.”



The British media are Hunts says:

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


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