Friday, November 11, 2011

Jonah’s Fraternal Curse

EDF Energy has been fined €1.5m for hiring someone to hack into a computer belonging to Greenpeace and spy on the swampies. Cheeky. It’s also probably also worth remembering that EDF Energy’s head of corporate communications is Andrew Brown, Gordon’s better looking and more cheerful brother. Guido is looking forward to another boisterous parliamentary performance by the former Prime Mentalist on this invasion of privacy…

Is Being a Dickhead No Longer Cool?

The East London Tech City is the pet project of some of the trendier inhabitants of No 10. Yesterday Dave announced 600 new businesses have started up in the area Old Street.

He also appointed a “Tech City Ambassador” – Ben Hammersley of Wired. A King of the Dickheads, if you will…

Friday Caption Contest (Not Making It Up Edition)

Abbott’s Poll Priorities

This year’s rigid poppy enforcement is pretty unedifying, but:


What better time to retweet Labour’s latest poll results than in the middle of the two minute silence…

Jonah Curses France

The king of helpful interjections has piped up this morning. If France wasn’t already in enough trouble, the Honourable Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath has thrown his cursed spanner in the works:

“France is in danger of being picked off by the markets in the coming weeks and months.”

La fin is nigh!

A Very European Coup Part II

The only attempt at a solution to Europe’s doom seems to be the EU forcing out democratically elected leaders and replacing them with trusted stooges who are loyal to the project. In Greece the incoming Prime Minister Lucas Papandemos was Vice President of the European Central Bank from 2002-10. Mario Monti, who is favourite to take over in Italy, was a European Commissioner in the nineties. Not a referendum or election in sight…

Luckily for the UK our cost of borrowing has dropped to a record low. Ten-year gilt yields fell to 2.106% yesterday. If however the UK was in the €urozone and things took a turn for the worse about now the European establishment elite would be forcing Peter Mandelson on us as PM. Or Clegg…

Tom Bradby on hacking

“The idea that this activity was the preserve of one newspaper or media empire is absolutely laughable. Nobody who knows anything about Fleet Street believes this.”


Seen Elsewhere

Small State Keynesians, Anti-Corporate Hayekians? | Chris Dillow
Ruffley Shows Why We Need a Proper Recall Bill Now | Alex Wickham
How is Miliband’s ‘New Politics’ Working Out? | Speccie
State Should Send More Poor Children Private | Sam Bowman
£1 Million Cost of Ed Balls’ Ego | Laura Perrins
William Hague’s Sausage Fest | Rochdale Online
Public Doesn’t Prioritise Housing | Mark Pack
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


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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.”



Rob Wilson says:

Without Predujice

Darling

What time will dinner be ready this evening?

Yours

Rob Wilson MP

In the interests of me I am placing a copy of this email in the public domain.


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