Berlusconi Bunga Bunga Come Back Tour

Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera is reporting that everyone’s favourite teen-loving tan-admirer Silvio Berlusconi will run for Prime Minister again next year.

They claim that lovable lothario has been studying opinion polls over recent weeks and has come to the conclusion that he is the man Italians want to lead them through their economic woes.

This must call for a bunga bunga party!

Labour's Karl Turner is an Expert in Public Aggression

Labour’s wannabe attack-dog Karl Turner has had a good day. His eyewitness tweets of the PM apparently dressing down Jesse Norman have nudged this dreary non-entity out of total obscurity. Last night he reported that a “very angry… finger pointing and prodding” PM had “lambasted” Norman in “animated and clearly aggressive” way. He went on to lecture about how un-statesmanly the affair had been.  Those words like “angry” and “clearly aggressive” got Guido thinking though. He remembered a story from January 2011:

Turner was travelling on the train to Hull and the guard politely asked him not to steal newspapers:

“Witness reports say the usual “don’t you know who I am”… “no” routine was deployed when the train manager had to intervene and “a very unpleasant scene” prevailed which saw Turner “draw himself up to his full 5’6 ins and launched into a tirade of abuse against the man”. The wobbler apparently continued on the platform after arrival at Hull station, with Turner claiming he wanted a written apology from the train company. “A self-satisfied, obnoxious, patronising bully who can afford a quid for The Times” was one of the more delicate descriptions of his behaviour.”

Sounds “animated and clearly aggressive” to Guido. Takes one to know one, eh Karl?

Brendan O’Neil ponders:

“Consider how the term “trolling” itself has been expanded in recent years. It is now used not only to describe weirdos like Frank Zimmerman, who was given a two-year suspended prison sentence for sending vile and threatening messages to Conservative MP Louise Mensch, but also journalists and bloggers who express political views that don’t conform to mainstream thinking, which rile the Twitterati.

Everyone from the loner with violent fantasies to the hack who does some far-out political thinking is now labelled a “troll”, a scourge on the internet which must be cleansed by respectable, right-thinking journalists “above the line”. A divide is being created between the plebs below the line, who think and say the “wrong” things, and the righteous guardians of internet culture above the line, who now frequently make an ostentatious display of their right-on credentials in order to distinguish themselves from the politically uncouth, keyboard-smashing hordes.

One is forced to ask: who is really being intolerant here?”

Hain v Gove

Guido has always found that Peter Hain’s side of the story is never spun…

Milk Minister Creamed

The farmers are agitating, so it’s the perfect time for the farming minister to have blundered spectacularly by admitting that he doesn’t know the price of a pint of milk. Jim Paice was asked by Radio 4 if he knew how much milk cost, to which he replied: “No, because my wife buys most of it“. As if that wasn’t enough, Paice then put his foot in it again by mistakenly joking that the gaffe had got him on Page 3 of the Sun:

Dave might want to put him out to pasture…

Jesse's Back

It was a nice jibe from Ed that the posh boys had banished Jessie Norman from the House. He was in fact welcoming the Queen to his constituency. Whoops…

Video: Anne Marie Morris' PMQs Shouty Crackers Question

No, Guido isn’t sure what she’s saying either…

PMQs LIVE: Big Jesse Edition

Mirror Man Nicked

Two more hacks have been nicked this morning as part of the police investigation into press corruption, with one of them named as the Mirror‘s crime reporter Justin Penrose:

That’s the same Justin Penrose who told Leveson in January: “The main ethical issue is that we never pay police officers for stories“.[…]

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Light Whipping in Osborne's Office

As the 10pm vote deadline approached last night, Francis Maude was celebrating his birthday with a soirée in George Osborne’s offices in Parliament. Guido understands that Mad Frankie was slightly upstaged by his then PPS Angie “they’ll have to sack me” Bray. […]

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Vince Cable Comes Out Against Gay Marriage

Just days after Nick Clegg flew the rainbow flag and declared a “new era of pride” in Britain, Vince Cable has announced that he considers changing the law to allow gay marriage “unnecessary“. Despite committing to voting for the government’s proposals, Vince told a constituent: “on the issue of same-sex marriage, my own personal view is that the status quo is fine, with same-sex couples being able to commit in a civil partnership.[…]

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Nick Clegg spins LibDem members…

This is a huge triumph for our party, and a clear mandate to deliver much needed reforms to the House of Lords.”[…]

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The Delusion of Nick Clegg

This was sent out to LibDem members last night:

Dear Guido,

This evening we overwhelmingly won an historic vote on the Second Reading of the House of Lords Reform Bill – a Bill that will finish something our party started a century ago.

[…]

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Sky’s Faisal Islam on the mood in Parliament at the moment:

“It’s a totally febrile atmosphere here. It’s kind of like Game of Thrones meets House of Cards – and if you chuck in the Labour Party – Laurel and Hardy too.”

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