Labour’s Leaky Civil Service Mole Now a Spinner

Newly married James Forsyth has some further information about yesterday’s rubbish Guardian rehash about taxpayers’ money going to the Free Schools Network. He points out:

“Gove’s office has been acutely aware of how many people in Whitehall can read their emails since they found out that a secretary to Gove’s advisers with access to their computers was applying for jobs with Labour MPs. As soon as the senior civil servants in the department found out that this secretary was trying to get hired by the Labour party, they instantly moved him out of the job that he was doing — aware of what a conflict of interest it was.”

Forsyth doesn’t name names, but Guido isn’t so prudish. Take a bow Matt Gillespie who left the Department of Education to go spin for John Denham the Shadow Business Secretary. It seems Gillespie, who isn’t answering his mobile, was still loyal to Balls. 

As Forsyth points out, Gillespie’s, now hidden, Twitter feed was a storm of pro-Labour bile, even when Gillespie was meant to be an impartial civil servant:

And it seems he’s mates with Balls’s lackey Alex Belardinelli. He’s clearly learnt from the masters of the dark arts…

Polly: “Labour Weren’t Very Good at Blowing Their Own Trumpet”

There’s an hilarious report of Polly Toynbee’s appearance at the Edinburgh Book Show over at Total Politics. Though she pines “nostalgically for the good old days of Blair and Brown”, apparently the last government were only worthy of a six out of ten in her view. She apparently had some hard hitting criticisms of the New Labour machine. Not the debt, deficit, moral bankruptcy or rank corruption that the project racked up, rather their lack of spinning skills:

“Labour weren’t very good at blowing their own trumpet.” 

UPDATE: Polly’s declaration that “left-wing people are more intelligent, and just generally better people” has caused some splutters too…

Sir Simon’s Special Interest Silence

Sir Simon Jenkins rallies against special interest groups in his Guardian column this morning.

“The coalition government, which started in a spirit of reformist radicalism, is proving one whose inexperience and shaky majority leaves it vulnerable to lobbyists.”

Jenkins argues that the maths and the make up of the government renders it weak. He lists a range of special interest groups from green technology to the anti-abortion lobby, raging that the government is “putty”. However he saves most of his venom for one area in particular – planning. Jenkins isn’t very happy about changes to the development policy that will affect rural areas:

“This coup was achieved by a deft alliance of private housebuilders, big retailers and the “affordable rural housing” lobby. They argued that, even though they were sitting on the largest land banks ever, rural land shortage was a constraint on growth. Environment ministers reeling from defeat over the fate of the Forestry Commission caved in, but were then baffled at the fury of green organisations outraged to see the end of 50 years of countryside guardianship. The lobby could not believe its luck”

Sir Simon’s love of the countryside is well documented in his many books, but could there be another reason why he is so angry about these changes? A professional reason perhaps? He clearly has some expertise in the area, probably due to the fact he is the chairman of a prominent special interest group – the National Trust. Given the frontline role the organisation played in lobbying the government over the forest sell off, you would think a man of Sir Simon’s integrity would have declared an interest…

Climate Change Alarmism is Snow Joke

Last night on Twitter, noting that according to the Met Office this summer is one of the coolest in decades. Guido mocked Global Warming Theory, predictably this resulted in a lot of abuse by people ranting that weather is different from climate, the science was settled etcetera. Guido promised to dig out some of the hysterical predictions from a decade ago from those scientists. Here is one of Guido’s favourites:

Snowfalls Are Now Just A Thing of the Past According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”.

The Independent on 20 March 2000

The well funded CRU is at the epicentre of global warming alarmism, notorious for faking up statistical evidence to fit the theory. The Indy is the paper that warns of impending ecological disaster as often as the Express reveals the truth about Diana. So the above is a double hit. A decade later the subsequent lack of global warming and the continuing ability of children to build snowmen has propelled a shift in the green movement’s propaganda. After all, scare tactics have to scare and perhaps be a bit more credible than the Guardian science correspondent’s “Green aliens may attack“.

The scares are no longer about global warming, but climate change, since global warming theories have been falsified by reality. Any extreme weather is therefore now cited as a result of “climate disruption”, since we always have weather extremes this is less like to be perceived as contradicted by reality. Around the world polls show that the alarmists are losing credibility as a result of their shrill hysteria. Is there any wonder why?

Darling Bashes Balls and Brown

Guido has often thought that history will be a lot kinder to Alastair Darling than anyone else who survived serving in the last government. Knowing exactly how to pick his moments, we have seen glimpses of the truth from Darling, especially with his “forces of hell” comments. Well his memoirs are going to be bad news for Brown and Balls and their attempts to rewrite history. Labour Uncut have seen extracts:

“Darling details the total breakdown in trust between the prime minister and chancellor. He singles out Ed Balls and Shriti Vadhera as key Brown lieutenants running what amounted to a shadow treasury operation within government. Brown’s demeanour was increasingly “brutal and volcanic”, mistrusting Darling to the extent that he repeatedly tried to place his own aides in the treasury ministerial team to report back on what the chancellor was doing.

Darling point-blank refused to have the newly-enobled Shriti Vadhera in his team, describing her as “only happy if there was blood on the floor – preferably that of her colleagues”. He accepted Yvette Cooper as chief secretary to the treasury in January 2008, but was equally clear that the main reason Brown had placed her there was to “keep an eye” on him.”

Darling also apparently confirms for the first time that Brown tried to sack him in 2009 and replace him with Ed Balls. Something that the latter has point-blank denied in the past. There’s a pattern emerging here, and it’s going to be tricky for Balls to deny it all this time…

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Lord Sugar on Jeremy Corbyn:

“If they ever got anywhere near electing him and him being the Prime Minister then I think we should all move to China or somewhere like that and let this place just rot.”

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