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What a charmer…

Guardian Tech Hack Magpie Attack

Regular readers may remember Guido’s little spat with Guardian tech hack Charles Arthur. Well he’s under fire again this afternoon:

Guido will let the readers decide on this one…

Miliband Had Peter Oborne In His Pocket

Ed weirdly confessed this lunchtime that he had kept an article by Peter Oborne in his pocket for three months, but Rainman refused to say which one. The Labour leader was hardly spoilt for choice for favourable Oborne articles, however. Was it Oborne’s “Ed Miliband can’t score even when he has an open goal”? Or his view that “Ed Miliband is the Labour Party’s invisible man” or the claim that “in every area of our public life the left is losing the argument”? It probably wasn’t Oborne’s review of Miliband’s biography, which apparently “cast Ed in the murderous role of Cain and David as his innocent victim”.

Far more likely is Oborne’s post-riots suggestion that Miliband was right about moral decay at the top of society, in which he laid into the likes of Sir Philip Green and attacked the culture of greed amongst the rich. Oborne should send an invoice for the conference speech…

Guidogram Going Out Shortly

The Guidogram round-up of the week is going out shortly.

Thousands of Westminster insiders read the Guidogram, everyone from Downing Street insiders to Fleet Street never miss it. Lords reform set the agenda this week as Guido brought you several stories ahead of the pack, while Labour attack dog Karl Turner put his foot in it – twice – and Tory MP Anne Marie Morris’ extraordinary PMQs rant went viral.  And that’s before we get to the return of Silvio Berlusconi and George Osborne as you’ve never seen him before…

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Ed Hints at Lords Retreat

Miliband told the Lobby lunch that the Lords reform bill “coming through Commons has to be a bloody good Bill” if the Parliament Act will be used to force it through the Lords. It’s safe to say that if it even gets to that stage it will be a mess of wrecking amendments and contentious points. Who will decide on what a good bill looks like?

Guido fully expects the “it’s not a good enough Bill” to be used as an excuse for the whole thing to be ditched. Ed would be able to blame the Tories for abandoning something his own troops don’t want.

Ed Does Funny

Ed is braving a Lobby lunch:

He’s here till Thursday…

Lippy Labour MP's Anger Management Issues

Shouty train thug Karl “don’t you know who I am” Turner should quit while he’s ahead:

Anger management issues? Like his own? We covered this yesterday…

David Davis tells the Daily Politics:

“You can do almost anything in the House of Commons if you do it with passion…” 

Election Night Saved

Political anoraks can relax as election night has been saved. Before the last election the Electoral Commission were threatening to go all European and make us wait until the next day before counting votes would begin. Lazy council types, who don’t like late nights, leapt on the idea.[…]

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Ken Clarke cosies up to Brian Leveson:

“I’m glad he’s still speaking to me. He has the stamina of Andy Murray with the deftness of touch of Roger Federer”.[…]

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The Eight Tories Who Chickened Out on Lords Reform

There is one interesting side note from the Tory Lords rebellion that has yet to receive much attention in the bubble. Of the 70 Tory MPs who signed the letter opposing the government’s Lords reform proposals, eight went on to have cold feet by merely abstaining when it came to the crunch.[…]

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Shriti Gives Think Tank Award to Chums

Guido couldn’t quite work out why the zero-impact wonks over at the Social Market Foundation managed to scoop Prospect magazine’s annual “Think Tank of the Year” award. After a bit of digging the mystery has been solved. It turns out the SMF was fortunate enough to have a chum sitting on the judging panel.[…]

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Tories Leak Letter Telling Them to Stop Leaking

Dear colleagues,

Earlier this year you elected me to serve on the Executive of the 1922 Committee. One of the reasons I decided to stand was my frustration, shared by a large number of colleagues, about the frequent leaks from 1922 Committee meetings.

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Tory Rebels Keep Jobs

With Conor Burns quitting and Angie Bray being sacked for refusing to walk the line on Lords reform, eyebrows have been raised about other job-holding Tories who rebelled, but have somehow managed to stay in their party posts, nominally in the gift of the party leader.[…]

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