Sally’s Loose Tongue

Verbal diarrhea sufferer and wife of the Speaker Sally Bercow has found her big mouth getting her into trouble on many occasions, but this time it’s getting serious. She has had to bring the lawyers in after Sir Andrew Green has made moves to start legal action against after Sally dismissed a MigrationWatch report that proves a link between a rise in youth unemployment and immigration was “dangerous propaganda” and compared it to arguments used by Hitler and Mosley. Live on Sky News. Ooops.

Bercow has called upon online friend David Allen Green of Preiskel & Co LLP and is currently lamenting the “fail” on Twitter. Guido wonders if she will still be so flippant after a day in court…

UPDATE : After looking at this more closely (and receiving a briefing from Guido’s friends at Index on Censorship) it is now clear to Guido that Sally didn’t compare Sir Andrew Green to Hitler or Mosley. In which case Sir Andrew will be very unlikely to succeed with his action. Nor should he succeed.

Red Ed Cracks the Whip

Prior to Saturday most of the Parliamentary Labour party were formulating Shadow Cabinet predictions around a David win.  Hitherto confident David supporters are now frantic about their futures. At this point zealous Labour spinners and Red Ed defenders will be itching to point out that the Shadow Cabinet is elected independently of the leadership however it seems that is not strictly true. One veteran Labour MP recently describe the process to Guido:

“Anyone who’s remotely ambitious and fancies themselves either a decent shadow cabinet portfolio or junior shadow ministerial role is paid a visit by one of the whips – whereby they hand over their ballot and the whip fills it out for them.”

No wonder ruthless Red Ed was so keen to get his Chief Whip in place immediately.

Brillo Makes Blears Eats Her Word

Friday Caption Contest (Poisoned Chalice Edition)

Ed Tries to Lose the Red, Again

Red Ed has called up the BBC strikers and asked them not to black out coverage of the Conservative Party conference next week. Before you start thinking this socialist isn’t so evil he ha intervened not because of any objection the strike action but in the ‘interests of impartiality’.

He’s going to need a better spinner than that.

UPDATE: Punters are giving the strike an 80% chance of going ahead.

Quote of the Day

Left-winger Neal Lawson of Compass blogs that he was told by one ex-Cabinet member…

“Neal, do you understand where Compass are now? We are the mainstream.”

First Expenses Jailing

In what will hopefully be the first of many to go down, finally someone has been jailed for defrauding the Fees Office. Sadly it’s wasn’t an honourable member but former clerk Andrew Gibson who nicked six grand in 2005 and was discovered after the scrutiny of the  Legg investigations. Interestingly he was sentenced to nine months. A minimum benchmark has been set if others on trial are found guilty…

Top 10 Most Popular Fringe Events at Tory Conference

Courtesy of the FringeList.com service, based on users who have registered to receive free SMS text message reminders to attend events, the top 10 most popular events on the fringe are in order:

  1. Iain Dale’s Diary Blogreaders Comedy Night
  2. The Big Society Party
  3. Rally For Boris
  4. Tesco & CCA Champagne Reception
  5. Cocktail Reception
  6. The Chief Minister of Gibraltar’s Reception
  7. Save The Great British Pub Drinks Party
  8. Bow Group Annual Drinks Reception
  9. Direct Democracy: The Coalition’s Big Idea
  10. Cutting Council Spending and Delivering Low Taxes

Top 50 Tory fringe events according to registrations can be found by clicking on tory.fringelist.com/popular. You can even find out which events Guido will be attending here. Which way is Brum?



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Quote of the Day

Liz Kendall at the Press Gallery lunch:

“We lost our shadow chancellor, but most people thought we had lost our balls before the election.”

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