Guido hears that the author, and member consistently voted sexiest MP on that website, has had a surprise wedding in New York. Louise Bagshaw has tied the knot with rock and roll power broker Peter Mensch, two decades older than her, and manager of Metallica and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Sigh.
Guido wonders if Ed Miliband really went on that “5 day honeymoon somewhere in Europe” that papers were briefed about. On Saturday he was spotted by a Guido co-conspirator at his North London home in Dartmouth Park. This evening he has been spotted in London again by an EyeSpyer.
Ed Milliband, without new wife, crossing the concourse at Paddington, dragging his suitcases. Looking fed up. Good Honeymoon?
— Eye Spy MP (@eyespymp) June 2, 2011
Guido put it to a Labour source that the “somewhere in Europe” might mostly be London NW5. “No comment” was the reply…
In the Guy Newsroom we watch Sky News all day and we’re big fans of the newly promoted faces reporting the political news; Ruth Barnett and Sophy Ridge. We can’t help noticing that now they are fronting the news they have both recently adopted identical hair lines. Is this a Murdoch diktat as, allegedly, with the [pictured] Fox News blondes?
Guido sources confirm that the explanation is far simpler. They share the same hairdresser.
Who’d have guessed?
It’s definitely time for an Order of the OTT given some of the absurd hyperbole that lefties have been spouting this week. Revolutionary darling Owen Jones gets a special commendation for his attempt to pull up the ladder with his “Abolish Oxbridge” campaign. Guido is sure it must be a spoof.
However Red Ken’s bad case of foot-in-mouth-disease has struck again, leaving even the most loyal of Labourites wincing. Showing his characteristically spectacular poor judgement, Ken described Boris’s new Chief of Staff as the “the Mladic of local government” at a campaign event last night. Eddie Lister reformed Wandsworth Council, streamlining services and creating savings. Mladic killed 18,000 Muslims. Good day for Boris.
Before finishing his term on the Monetary Policy Committee Andrew Sentance warned that the Bank of England is in danger of losing its credibility on inflation. Guido has been warning since 2008 that inflation is not a blip and that it was baked in to the economy. Letter after letter from Mervyn King to the Chancellor has excused missing the inflation target as temporary and promised it would decline in the months ahead. Promises now shown to be demonstrably false.
Ladies and gentlemen, Guido presents the Great Inflation Swindle, we have just seen the second-biggest one-month increase on record and a record high in core CPI yet the Governor of the Bank of England has told us for 3 years inflation was a blip and that the real danger was deflation. It was a deliberate lie to excuse the most reckless monetary loosening since… well, actually monetary policy has been too loose globally since back to 1998 when Greenspan “saved the world” after Long Term Capital’s financial theory geeks had a close encounter of the reality kind. The loosening up of monetary policy to smooth the aftermath of that hedge fund collapse told financial risk takers to rack up the risk because central banks would step in if you got in to trouble. Everyone was “too big to fail”. Central bankers turned capitalism from a system of profit and loss into a system of private profits and socialised losses. Taxpayers had their chips put on the gambling table without even being asked.
From 1998 to 2008 central bankers failed in their primary task of taking the punch-bowl away when the financial party gets too swinging, drunk on cheap credit and easy profits. In 2008 the solution when the excrement hit the air-conditioning, with interest rates already at rock bottom, was Quantitative Easing (QE). The excuses given for printing money on such a massive-scale were two-fold, to ward off an imaginary “deflation” bogeyman and to provide an economic stimulus. Those of us who said this would inevitably result in inflation were shouted down. We now have inflation at almost double target and rising, the huge cost of the monetary stimulus has provided very little growth and undermined Cameron’s stated aim of “sound money“.
“Sound money” is not something that the Bank of England seems to be aiming for or even expecting. Guido has remarked on the Bank of England Pension trustees prescience before, their success is a little short of scandalous. If there was evidence of insider trading at a normal fund the investors would be in jail. Whilst Mervyn King’s Bank of England scaremongers about a deflation bogeyman his pension bets on the exact opposite – buying inflation protected securities on an amazing scale. Guido has discovered that Mervyn King’s pension is 94.7%* invested in index-linked, inflation protected securities, up from an already remarkably high 88.2% the year before.
This is the exact opposite of what you would do if you really feared deflation, in a deflationary environment fixed income securities rocket, out-performing index-linked securities. Mervyn King’s Bank of England pension pot profits from doing the exact opposite of what it should if the trustees believed the Governor’s pronouncements were credible. This is no accident, Guido believes it is the deliberate policy of the Fed and the Bank of England, with the complicity of their political masters in the US Treasury and HM Treasury, to inflate their government debts away. Inflation is a pernicious form of taxation, it punishes the old and those who save and leads to a worse reckoning in the end. We are being deliberately swindled by the political elite.
*Just 22% of UK gilts are inflation-protected, the Bank of England pension fund’s skew towards expecting inflation is that pronounced.
IPSA have released the expenses figures for the last quarter and guess who managed to rack up an £8,870 bill? In the last three months Gordon Brown has not spoken in the House, nor has he voted in the House and it seems he only shows up to see Obama. In fact Gordon asked just two written questions back in March. So why exactly are we paying him four and half grand a pop?
The excuse that his constituency is a long way away, so he needs to claim more, doesn’t wash when he’s not actually doing any work for his constituents.
Meanwhile the former Prime Mentalist earned £70,000 for just one speech in Vegas…
The most vicious piece of internal blue-on-blue briefing seen from this government, so far, came on Sunday against Andrew Lansley. A Tory minister told the Telegraph:
“I have immense personal sympathy for Andrew but if the Bill becomes something totally different from his original proposals then he will simply not have the credibility to lead the reforms.…”
Well it seems Lansley doesn’t agree and is digging in. He has come out fighting in the same paper this morning, claiming that he is ready to accept “substantial and significant” changes to his bill. We shall see…
Nick Clegg is a “W**ker” | Mail
Continuity Gove | PLMR
Sunday Mirror Should Be Applauded | Sandi Dunn
Hancock in “Labour is Full of Queers” Blunder | Scrapbook
In Farageland | London Review of Books
What About the Mums? | Kathy Gyngell
Tories Send Cameron Clear Message Re Gove | Speccie
Lets Hear it for Theresa May | Allison Pearson
Dave Takes Advantage of Economic Trust | Jonathan Freedland
Cameron’s Kitchen Sink Manifesto | Tim Montgomerie
Dave Promises £7 Billion Tax Cuts | Times
Following the revelations about Brooks Newmark’s paisley pyjamas, Hugo Rifkind wonders in this week’s Speccie what other politicians wear in bed:
“Chuka Umunna will sleep in Calvin Klein briefs, all the better to catch a glimpse of himself in the mirror on his ceiling.”