Monday, June 4, 2012

Wrestling Lembit Stretchered Off [Phone Camera Video Footage]

Don’t try this at home. Suspected broken ribs. Nice sympathetic chanting…

UPDATE: Lembit is a bit snarky:

Dessie Swayne Orchestrating PMQs

Dessie Swayne, the PM’s PPS, has had issues with emails leaking before. The Sunday Telegraph got hold of his email to Tory MPs an hour before the PMQs battle. He gives them their orders:

From: SWAYNE, Desmond
Sent: 23 May 2012 10:58
Subject: PMQs

Comrades,

Given the ‘shivers’ of Christine Lagarde I hope you will agree with me that it will be appropriate for Ed Milliband to be greeted when he rises for the first time (there are no tributes to-day) with vociferous demands for an apology.

Last week we rather dried up as the half hour wore on, and comrades at the end of the order paper did not enjoy as vociferous support as they deserved, nor the PM’s responses to them: Please show sufficient stamina for full half hour.

Free hits on business successes from your constituencies are welcome.

The week before it was

From: SWAYNE, Desmond
Sent: 16 May 2012 10:45
Subject: PMQs

Comrades,

There are 2 free hits, but there may be more at the end as it is a relatively short order paper to-day.

I anticipate lots of LoL gags so let’s have a protective wall of sound. If Ed even grudgingly acknowledges anything positive in to-day’s unemployment figures then instantaneously bring down the roof ‘yereyereyere…”. Notwithstanding the unemployment figures I anticipate the main attack will be ‘recession made in downing street … eurozone avoided UK double dip … etc’ so can we have lots of positive endorsements of our strategy using local examples of export success/expansion.

We know this is a game played by both sides. It is embarrassing to see it in print. Another little sign that discipline is breaking down on Tory backbenches.

QotD

Labour Uncut observes the Lobby’s tweeting groupthink…

“while twitter generates pressures that make the lobby more politically independent of their employers, paradoxically, it makes the individual journalists much more alike. The tenor and judgement of tweets reacting to events are remarkably similar across the lobby.

One thing you will never see: two lobby journalists tearing into each other on twitter. Bloggers, yes. Lobby, no.

The net impact of twitter has been to embed an even higher level of groupthink amongst the political journalists, and most important of all, to make this hive-mind view public, on a minute by minute basis.”

Rich & Mark’s Monday View


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Damian McBride writes in the epilogue to his memoir…

“At the time of writing, nine months from the election, I’ve concluded that Labour currently has no positive messages to communicate to anyone about why they should vote for the party, no policies which will persuade them, and is being run in a totally dysfunctional way.”



Rob Wilson says:

Without Predujice

Darling

What time will dinner be ready this evening?

Yours

Rob Wilson MP

In the interests of me I am placing a copy of this email in the public domain.


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