Fa-Rage Against the Machine Hits Half a Million

Guido has seen a rather excitable internal UKIP memo that celebrates Farage’s “who do you think you are speech” hitting half a million views. It’s been translated into Greek, Spanish, German and Polish. The email decries the lack of press coverage in this country, but notes abroad, on places like Fox News “Nigel is featured more prominently and in much more heroic light than at home”. The original on English version, plus the foreign combined copies, have been seen by nearly 600,000:

Well on target for Guido’s prediction of a million views. Are they listening yet?

Dead Ed Data

Guido is currently up to his neck trying to unravel sleazy paper trails, company documents and bank account details. He’s not quite ready to lift that lid, so in the mean time he thought he’d share some bad news for Red Ed in the latest Ipos Mori data. Reality based Labour supporters are waking up to what a disaster he is going to be for them:

 

The number of Labour voters dissatisfied with his leadership has tripled in a year. Nearly forty percent are not happy…

Exclusive New Pictures of Hancock and the Sexy Spy Emerge

On the day Guido brings you the news that Mike Hancock is off to his favourite country in the whole wide world, the Indy reports that the lusty LibDem, while on the Defence Select Committee, got lobbyists to bung cash to his assistant. The same one that is facing deportation for spying. And he was sleeping with. A picture of the two having late night West End cocktails has been floating around for a couple of months and today Guido can bring you two more pics, from the same night:

Staring into each others eyes, sipping red cocktails, dreaming of the motherland…

+ + + Leveson Calls Piers Morgan + + +

Piers Morgan Knew of Hacked Scoops

Lord Justice Leveson just announced that he will be calling on Piers Morgan to give evidence and explain his comments on phonehacking. Breaking…

UPDATE: Well it seems Leveson read our letter outlining the case against Morgan.

Time for Sadiq Khan to Come Clean Once and For All

Today is the day that the case of Babar Ahmed will be debated in Westminster Hall after another e-petition hit the mark. The terror suspect is fighting extradition to the States:

“US prosecutors allege he was a global fundraiser for extremists in Afghanistan and Chechnya, through a website operated from south London but technically based in the US. He is also accused of having obtained information about US Navy ships and their movements in the Gulf.”

There are pretty good grounds for a trial here in the UK given he was based here, but before that can even be considered his links to Labour’s Shadow Justice Minister Sadiq Khan, who is expected to speak in the debate today, need to be properly explained. There have been seven years of squirming and story changing that could be rectified today. Khan has given no less than three conflicting accounts, on the record, about the relationship. Which one was the truth remains to be seen…

Ahmad came to prominence when it was revealed that his meetings with his old friend Sadiq Khan were bugged by the spooks. The first time the Shadow Justice Secretary went to visit Ahmad was as “a friend” in 2004 and he went again in 2005.  Around the same time the story about Khan’s relationship with Ahmad broke in 2008, a page mysteriously disappeared from Khan’s website. A cached version of what he wrote in June 2006 is still available though. Crucially it stated “I have known Babar Ahmad for over fifteen years. We both grew up in Tooting.” But that isn’t what he told the House…

On July 12, 2006, a month after writing on his website that he had known Ahmad for 15 years, Khan told a House of Commons debate on the UK-US extradition treaty “Babar Ahmad is of a similar age to me and, like me, he was born and raised in Tooting. I have known him on and off for the past 12 or 13 years.” How long is it exactly Sadiq?

And that’s not the only inconsistency. Khan claimed he was visiting Ahmad in jail in his capacity as a “friend” and the Sir Christopher Rose Report into why Khan was bugged on those visits concluded that he made no effort to reveal to prison security that he was an MP.  Fast forward to 2008 and the bugging story breaks. Khan is under fire and the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman is put in an awkward spot where he quite clearly does not defend him:

“Asked if the Prime Minister was happy that a Minister of the Crown had close ties, all be it professional, with people connected to the 9/11 attacks and organisations that some believed should be banned, the PMS replied that Mr Khan was a Whip, and therefore part of the Government. In this case he was acting as a constituency MP in relation to, as we understood it, somebody he had known since childhood.”

The added detail is the most interesting – it was stated he was “acting as a constituency MP”. So Gordon Brown’s spokesman and Babar Ahmad’s even own sister Sara have claimed that Khan and Babar were friends since their childhood. However Khan told constituents in 2006 that he had only known him for a fifteen years and told Parliament that it was even less time. But what did he tell the prison authorities?

When he was filling out an application to visit Babar Ahmad in 2005 Khan told the prison that he had known Ahmad “since they were 12 or 13 years old; they were locals and attended the same mosque”. That’s not what he told Parliament… 

If it was an honest mistake then today is the perfect opportunity to clear it up and have Hansard corrected, because Khan clearly mislead the House of Commons. Perhaps he could also explain the deliberate removal of details of his relationship with Ahmad from his own website.  A more pertinent Member of the House might like to ask Mr Khan during the debate today a couple of questions that could settle this once and for all:

  • Why are there three versions of the story? Given Khan did not tell the prison authorities he was an MP when visiting Ahmad in 2005, why was the PMOS briefed, presumably by Khan himself, that he was there on parliamentary business?
  • Why did Khan try to downplay the extent of his friendship with Ahmad in 2006 only to have the truth revealed by Sir Christopher Rose, Sara Ahmad and the PMOS in 2008?
  • Does he have any further connection to Ahmad, or his family, be it by blood or marriage, that has not yet been declared publicly?

Will today finally be the day we get some answers?

Allister Heath asks

“Who will bail-out the bail-outers?”

To Russia, For Love?

What would you do if you were an MP, on the Defence Select Committee, whose former aide and lover is facing deportation for spying for the Russkies, you are one of the most pro-Russian politicians in the business and you have a reputation for banging Russian women? Avoiding Russia would be pretty high on the list if you had any concern about keeping your job. But then again you’re not lusty LibDem MP Mike “Handy-cock” Hancock. Red Mike is off to Russia this weekend to “monitor their elections”. And the rest…



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