Pilgrim’s Progress to Parliament

Regular readers will remember the fun that Guido had with Nurse Pilgrim, the Unison rep posing as a nurse to smear Lansley, who was making money on the side with her sly consultancy firm and lives in a hippy commune. Yeah, that one.

Well to cut a long story short, Jane Pilgrim’s poison has come to the attention of Parliament, and an EDM has been tabled to fight against the thousands of union officials, just like Jane Pilgrim, depriving the public sector of a front line salary:

Trades Union Officials Funded from the Public Purse. EDM 1799

That this house notes the existence of full time Trades Union officials whose salaries are paid by the taxpayer; further notes that these have been nicknamed “Pilgrims” by the media as a reference to Jane Pilgrim from UNISON who attacked the government whilst claiming to be a nurse, it was subsequently shown that she didn’t practise but instead claimed an NHS salary to work for the union; believes that this practise is deplorable; further believes that we do not know how many Pilgrims there are in Britain but each one deprives the taxpayer of valuable frontline services; resolves to continue to work towards a ban on Trades Union Pilgrims.

Guido knows there are MPs reading this, and he might put you on the nice, rather than the naughty list if you sign it.

Gordon Goes To Vegas
Plus: The Mad v RAD

Without a hint of irony Gordon is speaking today in Las Vagas to a convention of hedge fund investors. The Salt Conference is one of the largest gatherings in the world of investors, speculators and wealth creators. No doubt he will regale them with tales of how he saved the world from their evil destruction, lecture them about how they are all to blame for the financial crisis, and were it not for him, it would have been armageddon. Or will he just take the nice fat appearance fee, drone on about his book, and run the profit through his limited company to avoid paying the chokingly high income taxes his government forced on the country.

Meanwhile the people of Kirkcaldy still go unrepresented in Parliament. What good is Gordon doing for them in Vegas?  Guido pities anyone in the casinos, it’s going to be big wins for the house tonight with Jonah in town. 

However, there is something you can do to show Gordon, Labour and the rest of the deficit denying, head-in-the-sand, carry on spending brigade that enough is enough. That is to give the Rally Against the Debt an hour of your time on Saturday morning  in Westminster. Guido will be taking to the soapbox and wants to see as many co-conspirators there as possible…

For Huhne the Bell Tolls

“Energy secretary Chris Huhne is launching the first new grid connection to Europe for 25 years today” which must be exciting. A government source just confirmed to Guido that they are keeping Huhne on a very low profile for the next couple of days. That would explain why today he was sent to that known bastion of political action, Rochester. Why? 

Guido now has it triple sourced that two Sunday papers are going to put the bullet provided for them by Mrs Huhne straight through the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change’s head. Speeding points and the rest…

Guido has been digging on this one all week and the it’s a total mess. One Downing Street source gave him a 10% survival rate past Sunday…

UPDATE:

There’s a thin line between sorrow and rage.

The Weight of the Law

Laws is to make an apology to the House at 1pm. He just reacted to a savaging from John Lyon by saying “my motivation, as the Commissioner has accepted, was to protect my privacy not to benefit financially”. Not good enough.

Lyon hits the nail on the head – Laws is “guilty of a series of serious breaches of the rules over a considerable time”. He can’t come back to Cabinet anytime soon, which must be frustrating for Clegg given the potential opening shortly. So what next for Laws?

Rumour has it, his house in his Yeovil constituency is up for sale…

Labour Still Struggling With “Human”

There is still very little evidence of Ed “speaking human” as promised in the leadership election, and it seems his deputies are struggling to grasp this strange new language too. Though it’s not quite Balls’ “post-neoclassical endogenous growth theory”, surely there is a better way of describing a royal wedding street party than an “excuse to coalesce, relate, mingle”. Not according to Ed’s teaboy Chuku Umunna. No wonder the venerable bede for Generation Ed, Anthony Painter, has come to the conclusion“everybody is ignoring us, because we are weird”.

Quote of the Day

Denis McShane on LBC last night regarding his Hungarian jailing…

“That was the first time I’ve been in court…. as some of you may know.. it won’t be the last.”

Mrs E Adams Worked for Gordon

Gerald Kaufmann has made a big hoo-ha about getting a reply from Downing Street signed by “Mrs E Adams”, a made up pen name used by Downing Street correspondents. As you can see she was employed by Gordon Brown. Gordon Brown liked to use imaginary staff. He put Miss Money Fairy in charge of the deficit.



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Quote of the Day

Labour’s Austin Mitchell muses on the campaign:

“What’s the problem? No use pointing at the leader. Too late to change and unnecessary for Miliband is doing well at Question Time. His problem is connecting with the real world. He doesn`t speak people and his protective team of naive kids are playing West Wing rather than letting the leader relate to real people. We could point at the party, shrunk in numbers and enthusiasm because everything, from policy formulation to candidate selection, comes top down rather than bubbling up from below so campaigning becomes the opium of members deprived of any real role, though they`re not even sure what they’re campaigning about, with or for, but its role is marginal.”

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