The Blairs’ former new age guru and shower sharer has won damages from the Mail.*
She kept repeating on the telly a moment ago that she was “nearly fifty”….
She could have fooled Guido…
*She never sued over her topless photos in The Sun.
Multi-millionaire public-schoolgirl Fiona Mactaggart had her claws out as comprehensive girl Chloe Smith took to the despatch box for her first outing at Treasury Questions. The lucid Labourite managed to unite the Tories around the twenty-nine year old new Minister, despite many of them being furious that she has been promoted above their heads.
Abandoning the traditional “may I welcome the Minister”, apparently Smith “was probably in primary school the last time the economy was this bad”. Catty! Labour newcomer Cathy Jamieson was forced to welcome Smith “properly” after Mactaggart’s joke crashed and burnt…
The Indy and the Standard have begun a slow merger. Despite talk of “separate identities” the Lebedev’s pet Pravda projects have merged their sports and business desks. Guido got thinking, why has no newspaperever tried to go national in the evenings? Only a few more years left to give it a go…
Guido took a stroll round the distinctly underwhelming camp at St Paul’s last night. One or two things did make him giggle though:
His face lit up by a thousand corporations…
It all go a little too tiring and emotional for one merry camper…
UPDATE: Behind the paywall The Times have some disgruntled voices:
“Zakandrew Roberts, 18, joined Occupy London on its first day, but left on Saturday after a series of incidents, including someone urinating in his tent and a friend being threatened with a penknife. He claimed that the camp had deteriorated from a group of serious campaigners intent on highlighting issues about economic equality, to “drunks and drug-takers . . . here for a laugh”. Mr Roberts, an unemployed charity worker, said: “Half the people there don’t know why they are there or what they are protesting about. I want political change, not to get high and drunk all the time.”
Watch out for that progressive punch, it’s lethal…
If Labour’s candidate for Mayor was anyone but Ken, Boris would be in some trouble, but instead their candidate for Mayor is a gift that keeps on giving. Ken has told London24 that he wants to reintroduce his bonkers oil deal with socialist dictator Hugo Chavez. In the face of raised eyebrows and stifled laughs Ken rants against the CIA for spreading misinformation about the dying Venezuelan leader. Ken was on Chavez’s books as an adviser after he lost to Boris… Does he have any interests to declare on such a deal?
Ed Miliband’s mate Professor David Held has resigned from the LSE before he was pushed. Held welcomed Saif Gaddafi to the LSE as “a representative of the Miliband Foundation” and buttered him up by citing his reforming credentials and respect for human rights:
Held mentored the murderer and oversaw his controversial doctorate, he also took a cheeky £1.5m from Gaddafi’s charitable foundation. The Miliband family have close ties to Dartmouth Park neighbouor Held, with Ed heaping praise on the disgraced professor of political science, despite his Libyan connections being widely known. The Miliband family are apparently “incredibly grateful” to him:
The LSE brought shame upon themselves in this dark period, and one head on a stick won’t restore their tarnished reputation…
Services up by 0.7%. Production up by 0.5%. Much heralded, last time round, construction down by 0.6%. 0.3% margin of error.
Not as bad as expected, but nothing to write home about.
The Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has announced that he will put the €uro bailout deal struck last week to the people. There is palpable apoplexy within the EU’s political elite at this democratic outrage. Actually consulting the people in January about what they want…
“Citizens are the source of our strength and citizens will be called on to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the agreement. It is not for others to decide but the Greek people to decide … we have faith in the people. We believe in democratic participation. We are not afraid of it. The people will be asked whether they want to adopt or reject the deal. This vote of confidence will be a foundation stone on which we will build a new structure, a new Greece.”
It seems, unlike our government, the Greek government does not have problem renegotiating the terms of its relationship with the EU in the midst of a crisis if the people will it. The second e-petition to parliament for a referendum has at pixel time 11,731 signatures…
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
Diane Abbott on the Daily Politics:
“Labour MPs will unite behind Ed Miliband, once we find out what our policies are.”