Potem-Ken Campaign Battle Bus

Basically Boris announced a battle bus tour, within hours Ken’s digital campaign team Photoshopped a battle bus from a picture on Wikipedia. Just as they copied his “Better off with Boris” logo on Wednesday. Digital campaigning at its lamest.

Faked Potemkin villages might have fooled Russian empresses in 1787 but nobody in 2012 is going to be fooled by a digitally faked Potem-Ken bus. The Ken campaign is woeful…

Andrew Gilligan has the full story.

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Harman Bashed on Bankers Tax

Ed had his own muddles at his speech today, but this from his deputy is quite something:

Guido could watch this one again and again.

Via Sky’s Jon Craig, Ed Miliband picks a question from back of audience during Q&A earlier:

“Is that a lady or a man? You’ve got a beard, so you’re clearly a man.

Friday Caption Contest (Oberon Edition)

A cracking prize for you this week in the form £50 to spend on a Mother’s Day bunch of flowers from Arena Flowers. The winner will be announced by close of play today in order to meet delivery requirements for Sunday. Good luck…

UPDATE: We have a winner – and the overall standard of entries was dire – so if Universal Hiss emails back in time he can still send his mum the flowers he won with:

“How’s your pudding Gordon?”

Don’t forget!

Labour HQ’s Cheltenham Loser

Following the car crash of a staff meeting on Monday at Labour HQ, staff were further outraged to learn the reason Iain McNicol was not in the office the following day (Tuesday) was, in true David Brent fashion, that he had gone to the races at Cheltenham.

Talking of Charles Allen, one staff member tells Guido

“it is complete disgrace that the NEC has allowed an ex-Goldman Sachs advisor to take over the party, be appointed the Chair of the Executive Board and in effect be the General Secretary in all but name, as Iain McNicol has proved to be such a numpty and not up to the job.”

Comrades, comrades, where is the love?

UPDATE: Over at the New Statesman – which in its heyday would have been all over a developing story like this about trouble in Labour HQ – Mehdi Hasan is complaining that Guido and his former colleague and bitter rival Dan Hodges are getting the scoops that people want to read whilst he is just wails on about Iran and Israel. If Ed Miliband’s biographer wasn’t such a patsy for the Labour leadership he would be reporting the story rather than exhorting Labour to sack our sources. 

An extraordinary stance for a journalist – to want to silence whistleblowers..

Better Late Than Never

Budget purdah aside, the Guardian got the leak that everyone was chasing. Patrick Wintour reports:

“The chancellor has, sources say, been intellectually persuaded of the case for a cut in the top rate, a move that will endear him to the Tory right.”

Given that this sounds like a recent conversion to basic economic principles, Guido wouldn’t be so sure about the word “endearing”. Having got in touch with Team Ed this morning, they are yet to confirm or deny that Labour would reinstate the rate, on the off chance he ever ended up in power that is.

Tricky one for him…

Rowan Goin': Praise Be To God

Red Rowan Williams, the communist who managed to infiltrate the very top of the Church of England, has announced he’s stepping down as Archbishop of Canterbury. Given that his increasingly mad ramblings of late have managed to upset everyone from the government to his own flock, this hardly comes as a surprise. Sadly he plans to kick around until December…

Breaking: Gordon Brown Resigns

Gordon Brown has resigned.

The Labour councillor quit Cannock Chase District Council this week.

Guido really enjoyed writing that headline once again. If only...[…]

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Quote of the Day

Labour’s Austin Mitchell muses on the campaign:

“What’s the problem? No use pointing at the leader. Too late to change and unnecessary for Miliband is doing well at Question Time. His problem is connecting with the real world. He doesn`t speak people and his protective team of naive kids are playing West Wing rather than letting the leader relate to real people. We could point at the party, shrunk in numbers and enthusiasm because everything, from policy formulation to candidate selection, comes top down rather than bubbling up from below so campaigning becomes the opium of members deprived of any real role, though they`re not even sure what they’re campaigning about, with or for, but its role is marginal.”

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