Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Open-Sourced Private Members Bill: The Results

Over 5,000 of you took part in Douglas Carswell’s open-sourced Private Members Bill poll, and the results are in:

There was a clear winner:

4. Repeal of the European Communities Bill: Britain joined the European Economic Community in 1973. It has turned out to be an economic and political disaster. This Bill will get us out.

Carswell will now write up the Bill and present it to the House. Go on Dave, you know you want to…

Caption Competition Winner

+ + + Standards Commissioner Officially Investigating Warsi + + +


Lords Commissioner for Standards Paul Kernaghan confirms that he has launched a formal investigation into Baroness Warsi’s use of expenses. What a racist! 

UPDATE: The Met have declared they are not investigating further after complaints. The form is that the parliamentary authorities investigate first and if they recommend any further investigation, then the coppers are called in. See Macshane, D.

End of Piers’ Show

When Piers Morgan began his gig at CNN he told us: “judge me after a year”. Well time is up and the viewers have spoken, with ratings for his beleaguered talk show plummeting by over 50% after twelve months. Over the last month Piers averaged just 395,000 viewers, even hitting an axe-worthy all-time low of 39,000 in the crucial 25-54 age group. His Jubilee coverage this weekend may have given him an undeserved upward ratings blip. It was so cringe-making it was the butt of jokes from Jon Stewart. 

And it isn’t just viewing figures that are cause for concern for Morgan and his bosses. With Jeremy Paxman royally landing him in it at Leveson last month it is expected that Piers will be recalled for a second chat with Brian and Mr Jay. This time he won’t get away with plugging his book via video-link.

A year ago Piers would never have thought he’d be fighting for his job on two fronts. Guido wonders whether it will be ratings or phone-hacking that forces CNN’s hand. Let’s judge it in a year’s time…

Last Chance to Vote for Carswell’s Private Members Bill

Last week Guido gave you the chance to open source a Private Members’ Bill. Over 5000 of you have taken part so far and full information about the Bills can be found here. You have until Guido gets back from lunch to cast your vote and the result will be announced this afternoon…

Hodges nails it again:

“Baroness Warsi of Dewsbury has become a cause. A week ago she was a mouthpiece for the austerity-loving, proletariat-hating, toff-toasting, banker-backing one per cent. Today she is a woman, a Muslim, and a victim of the class, gender and race prejudice that infects David Cameron’s Tory party.”

Tony Blair Spent Jubilee Weekend in Maldives’ Four Seasons

The former Prime Minister avoided the rain and fake grins by popping along to see President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik in the Indian Ocean.

The luxury Maldives resort is a thousand bucks per night for the cheapest suite.

Nothing is too good for our Tone.

UPDATE:

Guardian Begging Bowl Backfires

When you are losing nearly a million pounds a week, desperate times call for desperate measures. As the Guardian splashes on how terrible the situation in Sri Lanka is, their paid-for supplement promotes the country’s tourist operation. A bit like slamming tax evasion from a building paid for by tax evasion eh…

Pic via Helen Lewis

Sunday’s Column Now Online

If you had got your Daily Star Sunday at the weekend you would already be gossiping about the madness of the civil service safety rules, the latest on Watson’s manoeuvres and more good news for Gove. Guido’s Sunday column is now online here.


Seen Elsewhere

5 Things We Learned From Guido’s Party | GQ
Revealed: Guido Fawkes Anniversary Dinner Guestlist | Peter Oborne
More Owen Jones Errors | Michael Ezra
Why Should Men Get Equal Maternity Leave? | Laura Keynes
Dentists Have Last Laugh Over Sneering Keynes | FT
Why’s Clegg Giving Men Paternity Leave? | Conservative Women
Cam Cannot Stem EU Immigration | David Keighley
9 Mansion Tax Questions for Ed Balls | TPA
Politicians are Lying to You About Immigration | Alex Wickham
Give Journalists Public Interest Defence in Law | Guardian
Cameron is Going to Have to Deal With UKIP | Dan Hodges


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Chris Bryant talks to the Times Diary about a famous gay actor:

“I don’t think I’ve had sex with him. He says we had sex in Clapham. I’m fairly certain I’ve never had sex south of the river”



Progressive Inclusion Champion says:

Great to hear Carswell call for inclusive policies and that UKIP must stand for first and second generation immigrants as much as the English.


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