Friday, October 7, 2011

Lying Psycho Leaves Twitter Fingerprints

This evening Chris Huhne made the embarrassing mistake of broadcasting what was intended to be a private direct message. Clearly trying to plant a story not to be traced back to him. This is the man who told the police his wife was “confused” for saying he was driving the car that got the penalty points for speeding. Will he claim someone else sent this tweet?

His wife trusted him. You can’t trust Chris Huhne. Will the DPP make the same mistake?

Cat Flap Italia

It seems to Guido that Berlusconi has essentially given up. As soon an immunity is guaranteed, the Italian Prime Minister will surely ride into the sunset. Asked how he might revive the fortunes of his party Forza Italia (Go Italy) he replied:

“Some of polls say the best choice would be Forza Gnocca” 

Translation: Go Pussy

Fact of the Day

“Not only is Vince Cable twice the age of Chuka Umunna, he has also been in the Labour Party for longer.”

Brought to you today by Rob Hutton of Bloomberg.

That Awkward Fox Business Card

Despite not being on Liam Fox’s Register of Staff Interests, this is the business card that Adam Werritty, the Defence Secretary’s former flatmate, best man and trip companion has been touting round Westminster:

Fox has said it is unacceptable for Werritty to say he is an advisor, but he needs to clear up whether his office had anything to do with the cards. Like paying for them out the stationery budget…

Watson v Whittingdale

Tom Watson has officially been bought into beef up Ed’s machine. As Deputy Party Chairman in charge of campaigning he will sit in the Shadow Cabinet. John Whittingdale the chair of the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee, where Watson has clawed back his tarnished reputation, suggests there is a conflict of interest. It’s extremely rare for a frontbencher to be allowed to sit on a Select Committee, but Watson is digging in, suggesting that Michael Fallon, who is on the Treasury Select Committee, holds a similar party role for the Tories:

Fiiight.

Friday Caption Contest (Liam Fox Edition)

+ + + The Full Shad Cab List + + +

Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party
Ed Miliband MP

Shadow Deputy PM, Party Chair and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
Harriet Harman MP

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
Ed Balls MP

Shadow Foreign Secretary
Douglas Alexander MP

Shadow Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities
Yvette Cooper MP

Shadow Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
Sadiq Khan MP

Shadow Chief Whip
Rosie Winterton MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Health
Andy Burnham MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Education
Stephen Twigg MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
Chuka Umunna MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
Jim Murphy MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Hilary Benn MP

Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
Angela Eagle MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
Caroline Flint MP

Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Rachel Reeves MP

Shadow Minister for London and the Olympics
Tessa Jowell MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
Maria Eagle MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 
Liam Byrne MP

Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
Ivan Lewis MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Mary Creagh MP

Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office
Jon Trickett MP

Labour Party Deputy Chair and Campaign Coordinator
Tom Watson MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Vernon Coaker MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
Margaret Curran MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Wales and Chair of the National Policy Forum
Peter Hain MP

Shadow Leader of the House of Lords
Baroness Royall of Blaisdon

Lords Chief Whip
Lord Bassam of Brighton

Also attending Shadow Cabinet:

Shadow Minister for Care and Older People
Liz Kendall MP

Shadow Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
Michael Dugher MP

Shadow Attorney General
Emily Thornberry MP

Shadow Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
Lord Stewart Wood

Reshuffle Feather Ruffle

So far we know that Ann McKechin, John Healey, John Denham and Shaun Woodward are out. Ivan Lewis thoroughly deserves his new job sitting in Easyjet departure lounges begging for meetings with international players having been demoted to Shadow DFID brief. Angela Eagle replaces Benn as Shadow Leader of the House. Burnham has been given his old health brief back. Chuka looks favourite to replace Denham in Business and Rachel Reeves to replace Eagle. Thirsty Stephen Twigg has also been promoted to Shadow Education and Michael Dugher is going somewhere.  There is talk of up to six 2010 intakers getting a job.

However it’s not just the uninspiring MPs that are playing musical chairs this morning, the Special Advisers are also sweating it out, waiting to see if they will weaned off of the short-money teet. John Healey’s spinner Ian Parker isn’t very happy, he took to Twitter in the wee hours to lash out at his colleagues:

Solidarity!

Allister Heath writes

“The biggest mistake is that the authorities believe they have the power to engineer perpetual growth by creating ever more money whenever activity grinds to halt. This is ridiculously hubristic. Sometimes weak growth just can’t be avoided. It is a shame we live in a society so arrogant that it cannot ever admit this.”

Fox Asks For Best Man Probe

What is it with big beasts of the Tory right and controversal trips with their advisers? The issue of Adam Werritty has been circling Liam Fox for months, after it emerged the unvetted and unemployed best-man of the Defence Secretary was swanning around Westminster with House of Commons business cards that said he was Fox’s “personal adviser”. Fox previously denied he was involved in any MOD activity, yet now it emerges his former flatmate came on an official MOD trip to Sri Lanka.

In that classic trick, Fox has triggered an inquiry himself, finally seeing how fishy this all looks. You would have thought after Hague got the taxpayer to pick up the bill for his trip to Afghanistan with Christopher Myers that the Tories would be a little more careful about this sort of thing. Where Hague spent an extra weekend in Bahrain with his adviser, Fox is only thought to have attended “private events” in Sri Lanka with Werritty. All werry odd…


Seen Elsewhere

Mysterious Case of Ruffley’s Missing Letter | Speccie
All the Single Ladies (And Lords) | Bloomberg
How Ruffley’s Resignation Became Inevitable | ConservativeHome
We Need a Recall Bill Now | Speccie
Left-Wing Anti-Semitism is Nothing New | Dan Hannan
Coe Pulls Out of BBC Trust Race | Mail
It’s Not How You Look, Ed. It’s How You Think | Hugo Rifkind
Mehdi Hasan’s Israel Spin Debunked | Breitbart
Labour’s Muddled Cam Attacks | Janan Ganesh
Ed’s Policies are a Pile of Fudge | Damian McBride
What Ruffley Standing Down Tells Us About Gove | James Forsyth


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Damian McBride writes in the epilogue to his memoir…

“At the time of writing, nine months from the election, I’ve concluded that Labour currently has no positive messages to communicate to anyone about why they should vote for the party, no policies which will persuade them, and is being run in a totally dysfunctional way.”



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