Friday, March 18, 2011

Why Is MacShane Fund-raising For Labour?

Tomorrow disgraced Rotherham MP Denis MacShane is hosting a conference about how the Labour Party can get out of opposition. Ticket sales are obviously very low as a last minute desperate PR job is currently going on and the requirement to pay in advance has been lifted. MacShane is using his constituency office to organise the event and all profits are being donated to the Rotherham Labour Party. Yet MacShane has been given the boot as a Labour MP.

His taxpayer funded office being used for blatant party political uses:

Why are the likes of Polly Toynbee, David Walker, Jessica Asato, Tristum Hunt and a host of other Labour figures willing to turn a blind eye to the fact MacShane is currently under police investigation for corruption and help raise funds for him? If they are wondering why Labour were booted out of office, perhaps some soul-searching would be a good place to start.

Judgement Day Is Set For Balls

The Shadow Chancellor is facing legal action over a claim for his unpaid debts in Leeds County Court on June 17. Having trashed his old office the landlord is chasing payment. Ed Balls has shown his good judgement yet again and not taken the opportunity to settle quietly out of court. His belligerent attitude is earning him plenty of bad publicity locally. Guido wants to know: Who is paying the legal fees?

It may have been his official constituency office but that doesn’t mean the taxpayer should pick up the tab for the mess Balls left behind. Again.

See also: Local Businessmen Fighting Balls Over Debts, Balls Still Denying Debt, Squeezing Balls

Friday Caption Contest (Bomber Dave Edition)

Darling Bangs Eds Together

Guido has a feeling that history will judge Alistair Darling far kinder than any of the other bunker dwellers. With his new book coming out, apparently we will be hearing more about the Prime Mentalist and forces of hell, and the Sons of Brown too.  Darling barely disguises his dig at his Labour successors in the Indy:

“It is not enough to say this Government is not doing well and say it is damaging important things in this country. We have to show we have a vision of what Britain can be that is better. If we don’t establish in the public mind we are more competent [on the economy] than the Tories, then we won’t make any headway.”

Looks like Darling is as unimpressed with the blank sheet of paper as David.

War!

The heir to Blair has led the charge toward intervention in Libya. It’s taken its time. Our foreign policy adventure will even be legal this time.

As fireworks go off and the rebels celebrate the news on the streets of Benghazi, not everyone in Westminster can hold their head up high knowing that the West is finally doing the right thing. Harriet Harman, the Shadow International Development Secretary no less, is looking at a bit of a headache with her loud-mouthed and hard-left PPS. Ian Lavery says of a no fly zone:

“I just cannot see for the life of me that would be the right thing to do. I would be opposed to any military intervention in Libya whatsoever. We cannot go on this way trying to resolve other countries’ problems… we have got our own problems here. I understand there are huge problems with Gaddafi’s ludicrous regime, but it should not be left to the UK to resolve.”

Charming. But it’s not just minions that have been used to stir up trouble. The international community coming together has left Red Ed red-faced. At the beginning of the month he tried to use the No Fly Zone to score political points at PMQs. As part of a wider attack on the government’s competence, he said to Cameron:

“On Monday you floated the idea of a no-fly zone; on Tuesday, however, a number of foreign governments distanced themselves from the idea. Can you clarify where that proposal now stands?”

It is on and Britain stands with the people of Benghazi…


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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