Friday, June 10, 2011

Boy George Off to the Bilderberg

Osborne must be getting used to his regular jaunts to Switzerland, but something tells Guido, despite the juicy details, that this weekend’s trip won’t be splashed across the papers. Once again George is heading off for a mini-break with his old friend Mandy, to the über-secretive Bilderberg Group annual get together.

Rubbing shoulders with the great and good from the financial and political worlds, Guido was a little surprised to see one of the new intake making the list. What could possibly have secured the enigmatic Rory “not a spook” Stewart an invite?

Hurrah For The Book Deal!

In progressive circles the Mail is a dirty word. The likes of Mehdi Hasan describe the work of what he calls “the right-wing, Tory press” as “bilious and poisonous”. His NewStatesman advises progressive readers Don’t click on the Daily Mail! warning there is None deadlier than the Mail, going so far as supporting a protest against the Daily Mail to ‘stop the lies’. His former Staggers colleague James Macintyre decried “Mail smears”.

Macintyre was sacked from the Staggers but has been re-united with Mehdi to work together on producing their biography of Ed Miliband, cunningly titledEd. (Spoiler alert: born to intellectual socialists, sits at Wedgie Benn’s feet as a boy in North London, goes to Oxford, SpAds for Brown, goes to Harvard, becomes MP, has two kids, stabs brother in back to become Labour leader, gets married, fails and is ousted.) Guido had heard rumours that the manuscript was sent back by the publishers for being too much of a puff-piece, now he is hearing rumours of anxiety in the Miliband camp that the usually reliable pair have revealed a few warts. Anxieties heightened when Miliband learnt that the progressive pair sold the serialisation rights to the biography to be seen this Sunday. Sold to the Mail, for a sum not unadjacent to 30,000 pieces of silver…

UPDATE:

Volvo Boss Wades in Against Labour Party

Peter Rask, Volvo’s UK boss, says..

“If only the Labour Party had been like today’s Volvos – dynamic, agile and innovative – perhaps the UK economy would have been in a better place than it finds itself today!”

Comparing sleek, fuel efficient, low emission cars to clunky old Gordon Brown seems wrong, he was more of a steam train. The “Lying Scotsman”…

Friday Caption Contest (Be Alarmed Edition)

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Balls Throws Up Smokescreen

At the urging of Ed Balls, David Bell, the Permanent Secretary in the Department for Education has ordered a leak inquiry which has sent his department into semi-paralysis. First thing to realise is that the desks and personal effects of ministers are cleared before a new administration comes in. So the source can not be political if we accept at face value Balls is telling the truth that the last he saw of the documents was in his old office. We know better than to accept anything Balls says at face value.

Could it be a civil servant? Why would Ed Balls, a secretive plotter by nature, leave such incendiary evidence lying around for civil servants to pinch. It shows that a PM had plotted against the former PM. Guido’s instinct is that this comes from within the Labour Party…

UPDATE: A source close to Gove tells Guido: “Like with Sharon Shoesmith, Ed Balls is pathetically trying to blame officials. He should ask his best friend Damian McBride how these things get leaked.” Ouch…

“Credible” Chance Huhne Will Be Prosecuted

Essex Police have handed over preliminary papers concerning Chris Huhne to the CPS. There was a bit of confusion, and they deny the initial reports that it was the full file, but say they are “considering it”.  Presumably they are waiting for the document Vicky Pryce signed saying she would back up the accusations in court. Intriguingly BBC sources suggest there is “a credible chance” he will be prosecuted. Broom broom!

CCHQ Prepares for Bridgen By-Election

Balls: Memos, Lies and Videotape

The Telegraph has published a cache of documents illuminating the internecine plotting of the Blair-Brown era. They literally have Ed Balls’ fingerprints all over them, hard evidence of what all of Westminster believes, that he was at the heart of the malign “forces of hell” which blighted New Labour. The Wednesday meetings of the Brownites were chaired by Balls in Downing Street to plot the downfall of both their internal and external enemies and ultimately Tony Blair. Balls has always denied the allegations, explicitly here to Andrew Neil who held his feet to the fire for five minutes during which Balls lies and lies:

Some will say this is a matter of only historical interest, they are wrong, the relevance to today is what it reveals about the character of Ed Balls, who still harbours the ambition to lead the Labour Party.

It is with some satisfaction that Guido notes references to the Smith Institute and its then boss Wilf Stevenson’s role in the plotting at the Wednesday meetings. All of which was denied at the time and resulted in Guido getting his own taste of the forces of hell unleashed from 11 Downing Street. Unfortunately for them Guido fought back and ultimately the Smith Institute was struck off by the Charity Commission and Damian McBride was fired. Browse the documents to see on paper Balls and the Brownites in all their cynical, malign, politically cancerous glory.


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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