Friday, December 16, 2011

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Leveson Confirms Piers Morgan Will Get Preferential Treatment

Un Demi-Tour

As the news filtered through yesterday that the former French president Jacques Chirac had been found guilty of corruption Chris Bryant took to Twitter:

But what’s this Early Day Motion from 2004?

“That this House celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Entente Cordiale; notes that, notwithstanding mutal stereotypes of haughty Brits and arrogant Frenchmen, relations between France and the UK have strengthened dramatically in the intervening century; further notes that many Britons enjoy holidays and have holiday homes in France and that three million French tourists visit the UK every year, spending £694 million; welcomes the visit of President Chirac on 18th November; and wishes him bon voyage.”

The proposer was none other than Chris Bryant…

Via @chadnoble

Clegg Should Keep an Eye on Browne

After last week, Nick Clegg might struggle to land that cosy job in Europe that everyone seems to think he will opt for before the next election. That’s not to say a post-Clegg LibDem world is not being gamed. Huhne is out, Farron is in but dim, and Ed Davey is keeping his powder dry by saying very little as a junior minister. On the day that Farron attacks Cameron, there’s a dose of realism from one LibDem voice – Jeremy Browne. In an interview with the Standard he notes, correctly, that the LibDems are being boxed in as the pro-EU and AV party:

“I think there is a danger that we are defined by a relatively small set of issues that are relevant and significant but do not give a rounded picture of what the Liberal Democrats are in government in order to achieve.”

It’s an interesting salvo against Clegg, without actually twisting the knife. Eying Browne pressing the flesh on the Christmas party scene, Guido couldn’t help but think the LibDems would be foolish to overlook him as leadership material simply because he’s an Orange Booker. One to watch…

Friday Caption Contest (In the Driving Seat Edition)

Clegg hits the nail on the head:

“Christopher Hitchens was everything a great essayist should be: infuriating, brilliant, highly provocative and yet intensely serious. I worked as an intern for him years ago. My job was to fact check his articles. Since he had a photographic memory and an encyclopaedic mind it was the easiest job I’ve ever done. He will be massively missed by everyone who values strong opinions and great writing”

Meet the MP for Siberia

There has been a lot of discussion about the flawed elections in Russia. Guido reckons their democracy can’t be that bad if they will elect a Playboy playmate has been elected as one of Vladimir Putin’s United Russia MPs in the Duma. Guido has no idea what her manifesto was but he’d vote for Maria Kozhevnikova, 27.

She was a member of the youth wing of Putin’s political party United Russia, which is currently facing allegations of vote-rigging after this month winning a narrow overall majority in parliament. There have been suggestions that she is romantically linked to Putin. C’mon he’s no Berlusconi… is he?

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Seen Elsewhere

Tory MP Tells Leftie Jon Snow to Retire | Guardian
Russell Brand’s New Book “Sub-Undergraduate Dross” | Telegraph
Tory MP Barrister Represents Monaco Billionaire | Scrapbook
MOBO Singers Slam UKIP | ITV
Could UKIP Keep Britain in the EU? | Iain Martin
Why Piketty is Wrong | ConHome
Guido Whips Politicians Into Shape | Guardian
Milburn Levelling Down | Kathy Gyngell
Crosby and Carswell Make Friends at Guido’s Dinner | Mail
Mrs Danczuk Beats Mensch to Win Guido | Telegaph
PM Congratulates Blogger Who Destroyed Minister | Mail


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Rob Colvile reviews Russell Brand’s new book:

“Oddly, the person I feel sorriest for isn’t Brand himself – although he certainly comes across as a rather pitiable figure, projecting his own brokenness on to the world around him – but Johann Hari. Drummed out of Fleet Street for plagiarism, the former Independent columnist has washed up as “my mate Johann, who’s been doing research for this book”. For a genuinely talented polemicist, it would have been a humbling experience to have to treat this sub-undergraduate dross as the scintillating wisdom of a philosopher-king.”



Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!


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