January 24th, 2012

The Other Sayeeda of the Story

Today’s Mail has picked up on Guido’s scoops regarding the ongoing battle between CCHQ and Roger Helmer MEPs. Tory MPs are now bombarding the chairman’s office with letters demanding that Rupert Matthews is allowed to take over when Helmer resigns, in line with convention. One bit of shameless spin made Guido chuckle:

“However, if Mr Helmer stands down, the returning officer would ask Mr Matthews to become an MEP as the next in line Tory on the list. Party chiefs would have to approve his candidacy, however, and sources say they cannot do so because he has dropped off the list of candidates. A senior source denied Baroness Warsi was trying to manipulate the East Midlands list.”

A bit of dodgy briefing there. The only reason Matthews “has dropped off the list”, is because Warsi threw him off…

UPDATE: Guido understands Crick is doing a bit of a hatchet job on Rupert Matthews for Channel 4 News tonight.


  1. 1
    Peter Hain D.U.E.M.A Champion says:

    That was a strong and assured performance by Ed Miliband at Pmqs.


  2. 3
    Mustapha shi'ite says:

    Oh, what a tiny world this blog inhabits.


    • 12
      Only in the Graun says:

      Yes this is a bit of a thin ‘scoop’ isn’t it.

      I mean does anyone outside of CCHQ actually give a shit?

      I certainly don’t and I have a feeling I’m not alone.

      Yes, I will collect my full refund on the way out yada yada…


  3. 4
    graham smith says:



  4. 5
    Tuscan Tony says:

    (1) Rupe comes across as a seriously damp legume. Is that the right sort of person to act as an MEP and defend Britain’s interests?

    (2) Why is the Tory high command hating would-probably-be-UKIP-by-now-if-he-could Roger Helmer so keen to have his wing man/taught-him-all-I-know protege’ installed as a Tory MEP? For the Tories to suck up his opinions on the matter would be as sensible as Labour believing in the altruistic take-it-at-face-value intent of DUEMA.

    (3) Warsi should rehash the list and insert local East Midlands talent ASAP.

    (4) Where’s Billy?

    O/T but has anyone compared the tax paid by Our Tone on his 8 figure gross income with the amount it’s costing the taxpayer annually to stop someone double tapping him? I think the latter is outweighed by the former by about 2 to 1.


  5. 7
    Must get a pseudonym one day says:

    ‘Token’ Warsi does as much damage to the Tories singlehanded as the two Eds are doing to Labour and Huhne & Hughes do to the LimpDums.


  6. 8
    Thomas Fairfax says:

    Matthews is in no way a suitable candidate. I am astonished he was even selected in the first place.


    • 10
      Gordon Brown says:

      I was selected – and look where I got


      • 16
        Put Housing Benefit Claimants into Caravans says:

        Yeah, thanks Gordon, £1 trillion of debt is amassive achievement and now all your benefit sponging friends will have to pay for it.


  7. 11
    Fuck the here and now because I can't wait to become a pished stained old socialist bag with brain rot! says:

    Am I missing something here? In the interest of fairness surely the MEP should be voted in? If he resigns then surely an MEP styled bi election should be announced to ensure that a new MEP is voted in fairly and democratically by the electorate. To hand the mantle of power onto someone who was not elected into that position of power is undemocratic.


    • 14
      Observer says:

      Under the party list system for the assembly in Brussels and Strasbourg, none of them are elected as individuals.


    • 15
      Bayonetting is too good for 'em says:

      “should” being the operative word here.

      In the world of proper representative democracy that would be the case. But of course Tone, in order to “fit in” with the way things are done on the continent introduced closed lists, so that one votes for the party at European elections and the top X candidates on the list are elected. When one of X dops out/dies/gets banged up the next one on the list is automatically given that seat.
      Trebles all round as you board the gravy train !


  8. 20
    Anonymous says:

    Another crick in the neck!


  9. 21
    Anonymous says:

    This will elevate Matthews to star status.Crick really is a silly old tart.His ex must be a good judge of character.


    • 23
      Displaced Brummie. says:

      Sorry! Misread that as a prick is doing a hatchet job on Rupert Matthews!

      Oh. On second thoughts, perhaps I was right.


  10. 22
    Gooey Blob says:

    Warsi is out of order, we don’t want some candidate imposed on us the way Labour imposed that horrendous “Geoff Hoon in a skirt” Gloria woman upon next door Ashfield.

    I’ll be looking for Matthews’ name at the top of the list when I come to make a choice at the euro elections. If he isn’t there I’ll lend my vote to UKIP instead.


  11. 24
    Anonymous says:

    The davsi combo need to sort this fast.Perhaps if she left quickly it would save her friend dave further grief.


  12. 25
    BBC Complaints Dept says:

    I met him once; he’s a headcase.


  13. 28
    George Lees says:

    Crick is so predicatable – no doubt lots of inuendo, and more talented people put off politics .


    • 31
      BBC enforcement and diversity facilitating officer says:

      It is not important that potential tory candidates are put off politics.

      have you paid your telly tax?


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