Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Is a Formal Liberal-Conservative Electoral Pact Possible?

Nick Boles, the Cameroon insider and wonk turned newly elected MP, has put the cat among the pigeons ahead of the party conferences by advocating in his new book “Which Way is Up a formal electoral pact between the Tories and the LibDems. The tribalists among the pinstripes and the sandalistas will choke on their respective Full English and muesli at the thought.

Others, like Guido, are positively salivating at the thought of driving the Labour Party into third place. Guido will be at the LibDem conference on Sunday speaking at the Liberal Vision fringe meeting, telling the Orange Bookers why it is their destiny to destroy the Labour Party as a party of government.

Now if Guido could only convince the Tories that independence for Scotland and Wales would guarantee a prosperous, low tax, free England for ever more…

39% of Guido’s Readers Want Ed Balls to Lead Labour Party

Ed Balls liked to tell the hustings that he was the one the Tories feared most, hence the attacks on him from the right-wing media. Guido takes the opposite view, he is the one that opponents of the Labour Party most badly want to win the Labour leadership because he would be as disastrous as his mentor was for Labour. Today during PMQs Guido polled online 462 co-conspirators during the PMQs live-chat to test the theory. The results are clear:

39% of co-conspirators want Ed Balls to be Labour leader, 30% want Abbot, 23% Ed Miliband, 7% David Miliband and only 2% Andy Burnham. If only, alas punters make Balls favourite to be eliminated in the first round

PMQs Live: Millionaire Union Bosses Edition

We’re #1 Because You Make this Blog Happen

Guido is chuffed that Total Politics magazine readers once again voted this blog the top political blog. Order-Order.com is still the blog that readers love and politicians hate. Guido has hopefully managed to transition from being an enemy of the last Labour government to being an enemy of this Coalition government. It didn’t take long…

Guido was one of the few political commentators who foresaw the coalition. Since the election we have hit the ground running; landing a punch on Caroline Spelman over her lobbying past in the first week of the new government and forcing the reshuffling of a junior minister in the Ministry of Defence the next week because of his links to lobbyists. Guido single-handedly reduced the budget deficit by £30,000 by forcing out William Hague’s unqualified Special Adviser. For years people people have said this blog is only successful because it is oppositionalist, they asked “who will be the next Guido?” under a new government. The good news is we’re still in opposition to the government, Guido is still Guido…

It is not a one man blog nowadays, during the run-up to the election GuyNews.TV produced weekly videos that were more popular than anything the political parties produced, Emily Nomates successfully took on Kay Burley, Gary Gibbon and the rest of the Lobby. Some classic videos were produced – Cleggmania (above) still makes Guido chuckle. The Christmas Top 10 Guy News Repeats gives you a flavour of the GuyNews.TV output. Harry, when not reporting from Libya on Al-Megrahi watch, is still busy in the Guy Newscellar, keeping an eye on Tweetdeck and putting fear into press officers. But the people above all others who really make this blog happen are the sources, the emails that start “you probably know this already…” and go on to give fantastic leads and tips. You the readers made this blog #1.

Guido always protects his sources. The proof: when Downing Street threatened a security investigation, they got nothing. Injunctions get filed in the bin, Court Orders get flouted, mole hunts end up in a hole. To quote Rick Astley, Guido is “never gonna give you up.”

You make this blog happen: sources are always anonymous (unless you want credit). If you know “the line” is a lie, ask yourself why you got into politics; was it to cover up the truth, or tell it? Guido relies on you for information, you may even get a conspiracy member T-shirt for your troubles…

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cynic says:

Can anyone help me? I went on holiday a week ago and returned to find someone has pulled out the stake and Gordon Brown is back and acting as Prime Minister. What did I miss? Has there been a snap election?


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