Thursday, February 17, 2011

Chuka vs The World

And so it came to pass that a chosen one would emerge. The Child was blessed in looks and intellect and ventured forth to bring light to the world:

http://twitter.com/#!/ChukaUmunna/status/38235359527575553

Bet they were shaking in their boots…

An obligatory Tip of the Hat to Gerard Baker writing about another breathtakingly arrogant politician.

The Nutroots Struggle

As the left come together for another one of their circle-jerks this weekend, Guido thought he would check in and see how their online resurgence is coming along. While Guido has no doubt the Where Do the Left Go Online From Here? session will be both thrilling and motivating in equal measure, it seems they still have a long way to go:

To your keyboards lefties.

Quote of the Day

Manchester Council Madness

Today’s order of the OTT goes to the leader of Manchester Council for comparing government cuts to an IRA bomb. Writing in the Manchester Evening News sick Sir Richard Leese said:

“Since I was first elected to the council almost 27 years ago, I have seen many difficult times . . . just weeks after becoming council leader in 1996, I had to deal with the aftermath of the IRA bomb. But nothing has been as difficult or as painful as the struggle we have been having over the last two months to produce a legal, balanced budget.”

What does Sir Richard know about surviving after having a limb or two blown off, or coping with a life of blindness or brain-damage? Would he still be so flippant if he’d had a face full of glass?

Come Vote With Me

Last night’s Newsnight special hardly covered the referendum in glory, despite the best attempts of the BBC to nail their colours to their sleeve. With the headline “Majority want overhaul of voting system, poll suggests” you would have thought that it was good news for the Yes campaign, but get to the second paragraph of their story and you find: “63% of those polled said a referendum on changing the system is a waste of time and money when there are other pressing needs in the country.” Hmmm…

Jo Swinson did not help her cause last night with her strictly quite ridiculous suggestion:

On Twitter in the aftermath even her own side rejected the idea. Messy.

Send in the Clowns

Things once got so cosy in Stormont that the Ulster Unionists named the devolved government the “chuckle brothers”. However it seems the laughter is dying out and the professionals have had to be called in. John Cremer claims to be a corporate comedian who lists First Minister of Northern Ireland’s Office as one of his clients. Along with the DWP. IDS being famed for his stand-up of course.

Quote of the Day

David Cameron told Nick Robinson…

“…you have to try a get a hell of a lot of things right all in one go. Of course governments make mistakes. I hope that when we do, we are relatively fast in trying to admit a mistake, put it right, sort it out.”

A Wonky Circle

Q. Which think-tank did policing Minister Nick Herbert work at before he became an MP?

Q. Which department do the think-tank Reform call the “the success story” in their review of Coalition public service reform?

Always good to keep in with the old boss…


Seen Elsewhere

Does Europe Really Want Britain to Quit? | Nick Wood
Immigration Nation | Hopi Sen
Tories Choose Anti-Israel Candidate in Rochester | JC
Osborne’s Daycare Obsession is a Time Bomb | Kathy Gyngell
BBC Marr Pinko Trying to Ban the Queen | Speccie
Eric Hobsbawm: Companion of Dishonour | Standpoint
Guido Party Gossip | Iain Dale
Russell Brand Comes Out as 9/11 Truther | Guardian
Health Revolution is Underway | Fraser Nelson
UKIP Gets Professional | Red Box
Kelly Tolhurst Wins Rochester Open Primary | BBC


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Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann on Cameron’s refusal to pay the £1.7 billion EU bill by December 1st:

“Well, then he’s gonna pay on December 2nd”



Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!


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