What Was Rachel’s Bonus?

Labour rent-a-fog-horn Rachel Reeves has been in the headlines again today calling for “those with the broadest shoulders and those with responsibility for creating the crisis” to be made to pay. What about those that have subsequently left the financial sector?  

Reeves worked for HBOS from 2006 to 2009. If she’s going to continue proposing historical punishments for failure, should she not declare any bonus payments she received in that time and whether she waived them? How much was her bonus?

Did she even deserve one for “exceptional work”After all HBOS ended up partially state-owned when Lloyds Banking Group was bailed out…

Romney’s Money Problem

Given that his kids have a $100m trust fund, you would have thought Mitt Romney would have taken a little more care in organising this photo op.

UPDATE:  It is a Photoshop.

Guardian’s Favourite Despot Deposed

You won’t hear much about this from the left today, but Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed is the latest leader to be forced out of office on a wave of protest. It seems he wasn’t a very nice chap and his arresting a judge was the last straw for an angry public who took to the streets. There is surprisingly muted coverage about the incident over at the Guardian. Could it be because Nasheed was until very recently the darling of the green movement?

Mohamed Nasheed once held a cabinet meeting under water in a climate change stunt and it won him hero status in that field. The paper has always sung his praises:

“After his election last year, Nasheed raised the possibility of buying a new homeland for the country’s 396,000 residents with the hundreds of millions of dollars that tourists spend. Earlier this year, he announced that the Maldives would stop using fossil fuels by 2020. The president is also committed to converting an atoll into a UN-protected biosphere to preserve the unique wildlife and fauna found on the 1,100 islands.”

At one point in 2009 the Observer claimed that Nasheed could not only save the Maldives but also the world. Who would have thought a green fanatic would have such fascistic tendencies…  

The Guardian aren’t having a great day.

Firstly Polly this morning, then this, and now it seems Moinboit has gone off on one.

Read the comprehensive take down of the Moonbat here.

Prezza breaks with Labour to tell Adam Boulton:

“I don’t like you but I don’t want to put you under statutory control.”

Dickensian Dave

The workhouse is not coming back just yet, but what larks at Cabinet this morning as Jeremy Hunt gave out copies of Dickens’ classics to each Secretary of State.

The choices were apparently based on their character:

  • David Cameron – Great Expectations & Hard Times
  • Nick Clegg – Oliver Twist
  • William Hague – The Uncommercial Traveller
  • Andrew Mitchell – Dombey and Son
  • George Osborne – A Tale of Two Cities
  • Danny Alexander – Hard Times
  • Kenneth Clarke – Little Dorrit
  • Theresa May – Little Dorrit
  • Justine Greening – Dombey and Son
  • Philip Hammond – Dombey and Son
  • Vince Cable – A Christmas Carol
  • David Willetts – The Haunted Man and Ghost’s Bargain
  • Iain Duncan Smith – Oliver Twist
  • Ed Davey – Little Dorrit
  • Andrew Lansley – Nicholas Nickleby
  • Michael Gove – A Child’s History of England
  • Eric Pickles – A House to Let
  • Caroline Spelman – Bleak House
  • Owen Paterson – Pickwick Papers
  • Michael Moore – Pickwick Papers
  • Cheryl Gillan – Pickwick Papers
  • Baroness Warsi – The Old Curiosity Shop
  • Francis Maude – The Old Curiosity Shop
  • Oliver Letwin – The Old Curiosity Shop
  • Lord Strathclyde – Bleak House
  • Sir George Young – Bleak House

Lansley left early and paused for the cameras. He was backed by the Prime Ministers spokesman too. It hardly seems like Hard Times are ahead, despite this morning’s excitement. 

What are your suggestions for what Huhne would have been given? Guido would have recommended Dickens’ 1862 short story “Somebody’s Luggage”…

Top Tipple

Guido is slow to this one, but it turns out someone does have a sense of humour after all.

After the furore over “Top Totty” resulting in it being banned as a guest ale in the Strangers Bar, a brewery have sent over “Kangaroo Court” as a replacement.

Here endeth the beer story. 

WATCH: Lembit’s Latest Turn

The career of Guido’s 2nd favourite LibDem, Lembit Opik, has taken another spectacular turn:

A great stunt by rock and roll kids The Good Suns.

Labour HQ Move Spin Unravels

When Labour announced that they were moving their HQ from 39 Victoria Street, they spun that it was in order to bring the party machine closer to the Leader of the Opposition’s operation in Parliament. Well that line has fallen apart pretty quickly with the announcement that they are moving barely a couple of hundred metres. In the opposite direction.

Given that the only result on GoogleMaps for “Brewers Green”, where the Labour NEC say the new offices are, is even further from Parliament, Guido is going to believe his Labour drinking companion the other night who claimed the only reason for the move was because the party could not afford the rent in their current location.

What’s that line about organisation and breweries? 

In reply to Piers Morgan’s “I currently air in 200 countries/territories – how you getting on?” Gary Lineker correctly points out:

“I think the 2 world cups I played in probably edged that”[…] Read the rest

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Exclusive: Office of Fair Trading to Rule on Ashcroft Bid + + OFT Fears Dominance of Political Monitoring Sector + ++ + City Takeover Panel Requires “Whitewash Resolution” + +

Guido reported last month that Lord Ashcroft was adding to his political publishing empire by buying DeHavilland Political Intelligence for £12.8 million. This will give him control of the political intelligence services sector in the UK. PoliticsHome was his first purchase, originally conceived to take on Dods’ established political monitoring business, in the end instead of out-competing the rival Dods, Ashcroft bought and merged the two loss making businesses.[…] Read the rest

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Polly Toynbee Calls in the Doctor

Last week’s Private Eye called the  blog of one Dr Eoin Clarke “obscure” and noted “many of Clarke’s musings turned out to be idiotic,” before concluding:

“Not even Eoin Clarke’s would claim his writings are essential reading, but his blog appears to be one of the few places on the interweb to give Ed Miliband a sympathetic hearing – so perhaps that’s why he reads it.”

Well it looks like the good doctor has found another reader.[…] Read the rest

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