Friday, July 6, 2012

Coming Soon: An Awkward Miliband Reunion

David Miliband will guest edit next week’s New Statesman as the beleaguered lefty mag desperately attempts to bring about a turnaround to its drastic decline. Not only has the banana-eating former Foreign Secretary enlisted his old friend Tony Blair as a contributor, but the edition will feature an interview with none other than the defeated Labour leadership candidate’s brother, Ed. Awkward…

It isn’t all bad news over at NS towers however, as early projections suggest sales are on the up following Mehdi Hasan’s departure this week. Guido looks forward to watching HuffPo’s traffic plummet in the near future…

Cameron and Hunt in Tennis Chillaxing Session

Dave is skiving off work early this afternoon so he can watch the tennis. Rather than sort out the impending Lords reform crisis the PM will have a few extra hours chillaxing time as he cheers on Andy Murray in his Wimbledon semi-final. Maybe he can share a TV with an old friend:

Big drink tonight if Andy wins…

Kernel Gets Revenge on Guardian Hack

Friday Caption Contest (Boris Making His Moves Edition)

Vote-Loser Cameron Suffers Exodus From Tory Party

David Cameron has taken a battering on the blogs today with both ConservativeHome and LabourList revealing damaging new statistics about the PM’s waning popularity. Polling undertaken by Lord Ashcroft has found that a staggering 43% of  ConservativeHome readers see Cameron as a vote-loser, with a paltry 36% backing his electoral prowess. ConservativeHome gunning for Dave is ominous in the long-term. He has been warned…

LabourList is pushing a Commons report that shows membership of the Conservative Party has dropped by almost a third since Cameron became leader. The slump is pretty damning even considering that membership is usually cyclical, rising before a new leader is chosen and falling afterwards – hence why Labour’s membership numbers seem relatively flattering. Holding a leadership election to boost the coffers seems a tad extreme…

Lebedev Hit By Huge Indy Losses

Evgeny Lebedev has suffered a huge hit to his pocket after his company announced losses of £24 million for the Independent, i and Evening Standard newspapers over the last financial year. Things were particularly bad for the Indy, which made a pre-tax loss of £18 million. Owen Jones may not get that pay rise he is lobbying after…

Total losses for Lebedev Holdings rose by 22.5% while an unnamed Indy director took home over half a million quid in his pay package – the same amount of money being haemorrhaged by Lebedev’s rags each week.

What a way to run a business…

LibDems Fly the Flag for Homophobia

Nick Clegg today hoisted the rainbow gay pride flag above Whitehall to mark what he calls “a new era of pride” in Westminster. The message was clearly lost on the LibDems fighting a council by-election in Kingston, which they won by 23 votes. They have been accused by gay rights group Stonewall and their Tory counterparts of mounting a homophobic campaign against the Conservative candidate. LibDem leaflets featured a silhouetted picture of Adrian Amer, who is gay, with the caption: “it’s always a straight fight here in Grove Ward“. Classic Liberal attack line that Simon Hughes used against Peter Tatchell most memorably back in the 80s…

Mensch on Drugs


Seen Elsewhere

Hunt Told Off By Former Head | TES
Scrap Tax on Family Flights | ConHome
Has May Declared War on Downing Street? | James Kirkup
The Nasty Left | Dan Hodges
Men Flock to UKIP | Andrew Cadman
London-Britain Divide | Alex Wickham
Pickles Puts Prezza’s Surplus Stationary to Use | Speccie
How Capitalists Can Win the Argument | CapX
Theresa May, or Maybe Not | Spectator Life
YouGov: Working Class Prefers UKIP to Labour | Times
Sainsbury’s Disowns Left-Wing Blogger | Mail


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A ‘senior Conservative party official’ passes judgement on Theresa May:

“She is boring. A technocrat. She is Philip Hammond with a fanny. Not interesting, but rendered interesting by circumstance. And that circumstance is that she is a woman. And in an age when the Prime Minister gets it in the neck for refusing to wear a fucking T-shirt that says he is a feminist, that is a rocket boost right underneath you.”



Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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