Thursday, September 29, 2011

Early Bird Top Tory Fringe Events

Courtesy of the FringeList.com service, based on users who have downloaded the free App or registered to receive free SMS text message reminders to attend events, we bring you the top 10 most popular fringe events:

#1 Winning Campaigns

#2 How The Conservatives Can Win The Next Election

#3 Cameron’s Candidates? Primaries, the A-list and the way forward

#4 The Official Conference Tweet-up

#5 Midnight Reception

#6 Beers of Europe

#7 The Andrew Neil Interview

#8 Class of 2010 – The Future of the Conservative Party

#9 Smarter Leaner, Better: The future of local public services

#10  Stand Up For Liberty! Drinks Reception

Go to My.Fringelist.com and register for event reminders. Handily the App works even when you are in the conference zone and can’t get a phone signal. You can even find out which fringe events Guido and Neo-Guido will be attending here and here. If you were that way inclined you could search for which events have have free booze at the click of a button, technology is a wonderful thing…

Yes Campaign Attempts to Rewrite History

John Denham, Labour’s anti-Business Secretary, told an electoral reform fringe meeting yesterday that the:

“Lib Dems were totally kippered in Yes campaign by thinking ‘We mustn’t do anything to upset the Tories…'”

N02AV veterans have barely been able to keep a straight face at this one, especially given that Chris Huhne was sitting on the very same panel. What was it about Huhne calling other members of the Cabinet Nazis that suggested he was reining in his behaviour?

Boris on Cameron the Chump

The hand of the FT’s Christopher Cook can once again be felt in story that the Tories will find rather unhelpful. The disgruntled former Tory adviser has lifted the lid on life working next to Boris’s old parliamentary office. Paul Waugh has got hold of extracts of Cook speaking to Sonia Purnell for a her new “Just Boris” biography:

“Boris and I got on because we have similar dislike of most members of the Conservative party,’ explains Chris Cook – one of David Willetts’ aides, also based in the annexe room. ‘He’s clearly not on the right wing, but actually quite Europhile in Tory terms. He liked to come into our office to gossip and bitch about the right-wingers, particularly Liam Fox, or indeed anyone else he thought had screwed up the party that week.”

Then, coincidently, there are some rather more colourful descriptions of what Boris used to moot as ideas for his Telegraph column. In 2006 he suggested opening one with:

‘One thing that has become apparent to me in my years of Parliamentary service is that David Cameron is a complete c**t’.

Vero nihil verius!

Exclusive: Murdoch Pulps Gulp Porno Times

In what is being described as an unnecessary blow 100,000 first editions of The Times were pulped this morning. An article by Janice Turner about the porn industry was accidentally illustrated with a photo of a nubile woman performing a sex act on a man. This was not a competitive response to Richard Desmond’s successful grab for the News of the World’s readers. Though it could have helped with the million-quid-a -week losses at The Times…

Inside sources say it was only in the first edition and none were sent out. Which kind of sucks…

Welcome to the Centre Ground

Having spent every hour since his speech trying to convince us that he’s not lurching to the left, Ed didn’t look too happy singing the Red Flag this year:

What happened to the Welsh totty from last year? The whole thing was horrendously off-key. Surely a metaphor there…

Video via Liar Politicians

Harman: Labour Voters Are Too Thick to Fill in a Form

Along with suggesting that removing their inbuilt 5-7% point advantage is “gerrymandering”, Labour are making a lot of noise about new changes that will mean individuals have to register to vote rather than the head of the household doing it for everyone that lives in a property. Harman is frothing at the mouth and will close conference by saying:

“The Tories are hoping if they take away the right to vote from students, young people living in rented flats in our cities, people from ethnic minority communities… if fewer of them can vote it will help the Tories win.”

It’s times like this that the darker side of Labour’s patronising statism and attitude towards the individual really shines through. Basically Harman saying that Labour voters are too thick to fill out a form. If that is the deputy leaders attitude toward to the public, then she doesn’t deserve to represent them. Given some of their strongholds, you might wonder why Labour are really so keen to keep the head of the household filling out the form…

Watch: Ed’s Scottish Gaffe

After spending his entire conference failing to convince us that he’s not a weirdo, Ed has finally had a human moment – he was unable to remember the names of the three candidates grudgingly running for leader of the Scottish Labour Party:

“Ed speaks human!” As the campaign briefing went last summer…

Blackhurst Off the Irony Scale

As ironic statements go, Indy editor Chris Blackhurst’s yesterday is surely worthy of a prize. Discussing regulation on Radio 4’s Media Show he came out in support of Ivan Lewiski’s state register of journalist.

With a straight face he said the public saw:

“journalists behaving badly and nothing happening to them… frankly, maybe we should look at striking off errant journalists.”

Applicable to anyone not called Johann…

The Star responds to Ed’s attacks on Big Brother:

“If he is really worried about a bunch of freaks being paraded on telly, he should sort his party out!”

Business Predators, Producers and Prattlers

It is the end of the month and the end of a quarter. Britain’s over-taxed small business owners will be worrying about cash-flow. Is there enough cash to make payroll at the end of the month? Will the bank extend the overdraft? Can they find the money for the quarterly VAT bill? Small businesses are the canaries of the economy, the job creators, fast to grow, fast to shrink.

Ed Miliband knows nothing about this, he has never had those worries, profiteering is not a good word for him, it is bad, despite profits bringing jobs and profits paying taxes to support the unproductive. He sits at the top of the table in a shadow cabinet that has not one member who has started or owned a for-profit business. That inexperience is why he prattles on incoherently about business predators.

UPDATE: Exception that proves the rule and it was a government supplier:

Flogs software to the public sector…


Seen Elsewhere

What We Learned From the Referendum | FT
Scottish Crisis Moves South | Nick Wood
English Democrats Accidentally Celebrate Yes Victory | Pink News
Union In Its Current Form is Dead | Janan Ganesh
Labour Could Be Split in Two | Sun
Ashcroft Poll: Why Scotland Voted No | Buzzfeed
Boris: Change Barnett Formula | Sun
Cameron is Back | Dan Hodges
What Happens Now | James Kirkup
Cairo of the North | Quentin Letts
Labour are the Biggest Losers | Phil Collins


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Diane Abbott on the Daily Politics:

“Labour MPs will unite behind Ed Miliband, once we find out what our policies are.”



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