Friday, December 2, 2011

Giles Dilnot’s Week in Politics, in a Minute

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Hancock’s Lover Speaks Out

Guido was wondering which Sunday would get this, but it seems Russia Today have somehow scooped them:

“Are you a spy?”

“No”

“Did you have any contact with Russian security?”

“Well I explained my contact was Boris…”

Glad we cleared that one up then…

McBride Back to His Old Tricks

Having recently joined Twitter, it was only a matter of time before Damian McBride would be back to doing what he does best: slagging off Labour MPs. Last night during Andrew Neil’s “This Week” he sent this tweet:

Is that really fair?

Hic.

Friday Caption Contest (Browsing the Web Edition)

Labour-Centrists Laying Down Reality-Based Policy Ideas

Talking to Labour insiders, ambitious young PAds, think-tankers and old hands alike, the candid admission is that they are stuck with Ed Miliband because as with Gordon Brown, there is no-one else. Ed gets a regular mauling at PMQs despite a terrible economy, still looks and sounds like the kid who does the photocopying, has failed to impress the British public and is unable at this stage of the electoral cycle to push further ahead in the polls. His shadow chancellor can never win the argument, because the argument he makes is that the British public is wrong and because it is Ed Balls who is making the argument. Dislodging Ed Balls would risk fraticidal conflict and not getting him off the television screens will guarantee Labour won’t be given a hearing on the economy.

The Labour Party’s centrists and the realist operators who just want power have written off the 2015 electoral prospects of the Labour party under the two Eds. So it is against this backdrop that we should look at two new publications that have just come out. Labour’s Business written by Luke Bozier and Alex Smith argues that the party should be pro-business, it even has one brilliantly simple business-friendly idea that the government should steal immediately – small businesses should have one person as their point of contact at the HMRC. One person who is responsible for dealing with issues arising from the complexity of the myriad of taxes – VAT, NI, capital gains, corporation taxes and the like – burdening small businesses.

“In the Black Labour: Why fiscal conservatism and social justice go hand-in-hand” is a new Policy Network discussion paper in which the authors; Graeme Cooke, Adam Lent, Anthony Painter and Hopi Sen, call for Labour to embrace fiscal conservatism. Policy Network is backed by Peter Mandelson, so is not exactly a fringe ginger group. The paper can be seen as a direct rebuttal of the kamikaze economics of Ed Balls endorsed by Ed Miliband, which poll after poll shows is not seen as credible by the public. Despite the state the economy is in George Osborne is believed and supported by the British public.

The policy details in the two papers won’t worry their Coalition opponents, they will however be seen as part of a slow move back towards the electorally potent reality-based politics of New Labour, rather than the one-more-heave-to-the-left politics of Ed Miliband. Ed Miliband and those around him believe the electorate is moving towards the positions of the Occupy and UK Uncut activist groups, a strategic error that will guarantee them electoral defeat in 2015. If Labour’s reality-based wonks want to be in government before they are old men, they have got to either get rid of the Eds or convince them to tack to the centre. These are the opening salvos…

Genius Clarkson Laughing All the Way to the Bank


Seen Elsewhere

Thornberry a Snob | Sun
Thornberry Has Turned Fire on Labour | Guardian
Thornberry’s Contempt for Working Class | Telegraph
Thornberry Shows Why Labour are Losing to UKIP | Alex Wickham
Thornberry Accused of Outrageous Snobbery | Mail
What Did Thornberry Mean By This Tweet? | Telegraph
Thornberry Finishes Labour in Rochester | City AM
Endless Hypocrisy of Russell Brand | Speccie
Few Tory to Labour Switches Since 2010 | Red Box
Did Venezuelan Spooks Break Into London Blogger’s Flat? | Infodio
Labour More Hostile to Any Coalition | Staggers


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Dominic Cummings blasts Sir Jeremy:

“Heywood is more important than anyone in the cabinet, apart from Cameron and Osborne, and arguably more important than Osborne. He sits right next to the prime minister. He has him completely by the balls and Cameron does not do anything without Heywood’s permission.”



Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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