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…
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…
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…
Join the conspiracy and become a subscriber to the Guidogram, free, to keep in the loop. You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…
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 is braving a Lobby lunch:
"I regret the Bob Holness Blackbuster Twitter error. I'm just relieved he didn't present Treasure Hunt" Another Ed Miliband joke!—
Kevin Maguire (@Kevin_Maguire) July 12, 2012
Ed Miliband: 'Like all politicians I don't bear grudges – i learned that from Gordon…'—
Sam Macrory (@sammacrory) July 12, 2012
Miliband explains there are no hard feelings between him and News Corp. "They want me to lose the election. I want them to go to jail."—
Robert Hutton (@RobDotHutton) July 12, 2012
Miliband on meeting Aung San Suu Kyi: we talked of years under brutal dictatorship, oppressed day + night, then she said enough about Gordon—
James Chapman (Mail) (@jameschappers) July 12, 2012
He’s here till Thursday…
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…”
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. Sadly for them though the EC have seen the error of their ways:
“Candidates and political parties, having campaigned hard, want results as soon as possible, and returning officers and their staff work hard to deliver accurate and timely results.”
Maybe they should buy some of those expensive counting machines that were made so popular by the AV referendum…
Guardian April Fools Apology | Press Gazette
Jenni Russell and Her Child’s Godfather, Ed Miliband | Breitbart
Labour’s Left and Right are Growing Restive | Staggers
Corrupt, Incompetent UN Has No Right to Lecture Us | Dan Hannan
Mirror’s Lazy Lie | Guardian
Hungary’s Heir to Thatcher | Conservative Woman
Farage and Salmond Both Want Outopia | David Aaronovitch
More Missing UKIP Money | Times
Church Should Fight Evil of Welfare Dependency | Stephen Glover
1 in 16 Pick Up Infections in Filthy NHS Hospitals | Mail
Let’s Get Evangelical | David Cameron
Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:
“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.
Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).
Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.
I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”