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,”
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…
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…
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.
If you haven’t subscribed to the Guidogram, you’ll have to wait until next week to see it…
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?
Clegg Must Fire David Ward | Sun
David Ruffley’s Campaign Against Domestic Violence | Buzzfeed
LibDem Criticises Clegg Over Farage Debates | Express
Ruffley Must Go | Guardian
Political Correctness Breeds Extremism in Schools | Chris McGovern
Ruffley Faces Crisis Meeting | ITV
I Sang “Maggie Out” (When I Was 7) | Liz Truss
UKIP Have Learnt How to Street Fight | Dr Rob Ford
Now Labour Want to Tax Sports Betting | BBC
Farage: Dave, Griffin, Rory, Lord Ashcroft, Beer & Fags | Sun
Ruffley Lawyers Issue Apology | Standard
New Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has big ambitions in his first meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu today:
“I came to bring this conflict to an end.”