Friday, January 28, 2011

Solidarity

If you were wondering why new Shadow Foreign Secretary wee Dougie Alexander was so quiet today, a quick peek at the Socialist International website will show you why. The Labour Party are affiliated with Mubarak’s hopefully outgoing National Democratic Party.

Awkward...

Shed Ed

The FT note how Tom Baldwin has saved his boss from near media oblivion, but the re-branding doesn’t stop there. Apparently in preparation for what will no doubt be an in depth interview with Piers Morgan in next month’s GQ, Ed has called in a personal trainer.

It did wonders for Gordon…

Blair Backs Heirs

Speaking to Bloomberg News at the billionaire’s bunfight which is Davos, Tony Blair pretty much backed the Coalition’s line that the government’s priority should be to cut the deficit. He also echoed George Osborne in blaming the recent poor GDP figures on the bad weather. It will be music to the Cameroons’ ears that “the master” takes their line…

Friday Caption Contest (In It Up To Here Edition)

Order of the OTT for Alan Bennett

As the cuts start to bit so the darlings will increase their rhetoric and hyperbole. While not always agreeing with Alan Bennett, Guido usually has a lot of time for his way with words. Sadly he lets himself down badly in today’s Guardian:

“Closing libraries is child abuse.”

Cue the world’s most depressing short story about that.

Thanks to the excellent David MacLean for the tip.

Guido Poll: How Bad is 10 O’Clock Live?

Guido is contemplating catching up on Channel 4’s latest slice of leftism, but he thought he would test the water first…

Quote of the Day

CCHQ on “Bimbo Eruption” Alert

Guido hears that CCHQ are bracing themselves for more revelations about the amorous Lord Strathclyde in this weekend’s newspapers. As Leader of the Tories in the Lords, Tommy is responsible for fixing the AV mess that could well see the referendum delayed, if he were to be forced out this weekend it could be very messy. The punters over at Smarkets have Strathride at 2/1 favourite to be the next cabinet minister to walk…


Seen Elsewhere

Cam Cannot Stem EU Immigration | David Keighley
9 Mansion Tax Questions for Ed Balls | TPA
Politicians are Lying to You About Immigration | Alex Wickham
Give Journalists Public Interest Defence in Law | Guardian
Cameron is Going to Have to Deal With UKIP | Dan Hodges
Opinions on Key Issues By Constituency | Red Box
Britain Irrelevant Inside EU | Dan Hannan
Cameron Heading for Fall on Europe | Rachel Sylvester
Lords Speaker Spends £350 on Two Mile Limo Ride | Sun
Shapps Slaps Down Barroso “Propaganda” | City AM
Bookies v Pollsters: What We Learned From IndyRef | Paddy Power


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Chris Bryant talks to the Times Diary about a famous gay actor:

“I don’t think I’ve had sex with him. He says we had sex in Clapham. I’m fairly certain I’ve never had sex south of the river”



Progressive Inclusion Champion says:

Great to hear Carswell call for inclusive policies and that UKIP must stand for first and second generation immigrants as much as the English.


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