Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Violence of the Left

Remember when the British left joined the passing bandwagon from the States and suggested that violent political rhetoric could be blamed for violence against actual politicians? Guido never bought the line, but for all the song and dance they made, it’s funny that there has been no outcry about this posting from online looney lair Left Futures:

The Photoshopping is pretty poor, but you get the point. Left Futures is run by senile old fool Michael Meacher and his head-banging, Lufter Rahman supporting, aide Jon Lansman. The list of reasons Labour might want to tread with caution around them grows ever longer…

Via Harry’s Place

The Commentator Has Landed

With Comment is Free all in a flap about the imminent, game-changing, arrival of the UK version of the Huffington Post, finally a sensible, non-hysterical, “sane” version has been launched. Guido wants to say hello to The Commentator. Its founder Robin Shepherd told him:

“With the long standing dominance in Britain’s marketplace of ideas of The Guardian’s immensely successful Comment is Free platform, it has been evident to me for a long time that there is a major gap in the market which is not being filled by competing sections of the mainstream media.”

If it picks up it could be bring a little balance back to the world of long winded comment. They are looking for contributors. Wets, hippies, trade unionists or local government Assistant Regional Diversity Coordinators need not apply

+ + + Clegg Backtracks On Intern Pay + + +

The chant has gone up in the Guy Newsroom “The workers united, will never be defeated”. Amazing what a bit of bad publicity can do. Just a couple of hours after this, Clegg’s office confirm this:

Guido agrees with Nick and has always looked after his interns. Though they probably get drunker here.

Screws Hacks in Cuffs

When the current Screws Chief Reporter Neville Thurlbeck turned up voluntarily for questioning at a London police station this morning he was swiftly arrested for conspiracy to tap into or hack mobile communications. According to the Guardian his house is currently being searched. Former News Editor Ian Edmondson was also arrested and is being questioned at a separate police station. Champagne corks are popping over at York Way…

Cowley Street’s Army of Interns (Unpaid)

The government is this morning encouraging us to blow the whistle on unpaid work placements. Social mobility is apparently being hindered by unpaid internships and Nick Clegg is clamping down. Allow Guido to blow the first of such whistles.

Co-conspirators have pointed out that yesterday the LibDems published their internship scheme online:

“Our internships are short, intensive volunteer placements that offer you the opportunity to gain experience of the practical and professional side of Party politics, giving you the chance to join the team at Liberal Democrat HQ and parliament and experience life at the heart of Westminster.”

Guido’s emphasis. And it’s not just a couple of kids helping out with stuffing envelopes, there are graduate interns in the following departments:

“Campaigns, Policy (x3), Media, Fundraising, Chief Executive’s Department, Diversity, Liberal Youth, Membership and Development, Parliamentary Whips’ Offices (x3 Commons and Lords).”

Guido has asked for confirmation of just how many of these “volunteers” are in Cowley Street at anyone time. So everyone else has to pay the minimum wage for their staff, except the LibDems who run their party machine for free?

UPDATE: Cowley Street squirmed a little on the line before doing a quick headcount. Apparently there is only one intern in the office today, and though they are not on a wage the spinner was quick to stress they are getting expenses. Which makes everything ok.

And The Winner Is….?

Quote of the Day

Going, Going, Gordon

So Gordon’s spokesgirl Kirsty McNeill denies that he is going anywhere. It seems the Labour MPs in the tea-room may have been getting a little ahead of themselves. Those so quick to accept her line completely might like to ask her why she is touting her CV around London head hunters though…

In nearly a year of being paid over £5,000 a month to represent the people of Kirkcaldy, Brown’s attendance record proves what everyone already knows – that his heart is not in it. He doesn’t turn up at debates, has asked just a handful of written questions and has done nothing to earn his taxpayer-funded salary. If he’s not really planning on shortly moving on, why not?

UPDATE: A co-conspirator writes:

Worth pointing out that likely successor John Park MSP suddenly stood down from his FPTP seat in the Edinburgh elections. Easing the way for a move to Westminster despite being Labour’s election coordinator.


Seen Elsewhere

Tory MP Tells Leftie Jon Snow to Retire | Guardian
Russell Brand’s New Book “Sub-Undergraduate Dross” | Telegraph
Tory MP Barrister Represents Monaco Billionaire | Scrapbook
MOBO Singers Slam UKIP | ITV
Could UKIP Keep Britain in the EU? | Iain Martin
Why Piketty is Wrong | ConHome
Guido Whips Politicians Into Shape | Guardian
Milburn Levelling Down | Kathy Gyngell
Crosby and Carswell Make Friends at Guido’s Dinner | Mail
Mrs Danczuk Beats Mensch to Win Guido | Telegaph
PM Congratulates Blogger Who Destroyed Minister | Mail


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Rob Colvile reviews Russell Brand’s new book:

“Oddly, the person I feel sorriest for isn’t Brand himself – although he certainly comes across as a rather pitiable figure, projecting his own brokenness on to the world around him – but Johann Hari. Drummed out of Fleet Street for plagiarism, the former Independent columnist has washed up as “my mate Johann, who’s been doing research for this book”. For a genuinely talented polemicist, it would have been a humbling experience to have to treat this sub-undergraduate dross as the scintillating wisdom of a philosopher-king.”



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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