Regular readers may remember Guido’s little spat with Guardian tech hack Charles Arthur. Well he’s under fire again this afternoon:
— Milo Yiannopoulos (@Nero) July 12, 2012
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
Before he'd even seen it! RT @nicholaswatt Ed Miliband: congratulated brother last night on fantastic edition of New Statesman he edited
— Helen Lewis (@helenlewis) 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:
.@karlturnermp calls for debate on PM's 'bullying' of Jesse Norman + 'anger management issues'. Young dismisses 'gossip n tittle tattle'
— Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) July 12, 2012
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…
Why Pollsters Could Be Wrong | John McDermott
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Cameron Faces Revolt Over ‘Vow’ | Sun
It’s Time to Speak for England | John Redwood
It Was Me Who Taped Howard Flight | John Woodcock
Indy Editor: We Will Stay Afloat | Press Gazette
English Don’t Want Scotland to Stay at Any Price | Dan Hodges
England Must Have Self-Government Too | Mark Wallace
Next Year’s Election Will Be the Dirtiest Ever | Speccie
Chicken Salmond Runs Away From Sun Cabbie | Sun
Scary No Messages Don’t Add Up | Sun
Gyles Brandreth writes in his memoirs:
“Sunday, May 10, 1998
Early start: appearing on Breakfast With Frost, to be broadcast from 11 Downing Street. The Chancellor [Gordon Brown] is grouchily amiable, but so earnest — and still biting his fingernails to the quick.
After the show, he took us upstairs to his flat. He lives above No 10, while Blair and family are in the No 11 duplex, which is bigger and more like a proper house.
I was intrigued that, when he took us into his bedroom, the Chancellor rather ostentatiously opened the built-in wardrobes, as if he wanted us to see the women’s frocks that were hanging in there.
They looked quite large, but I don’t think they belong to Gordon. I assume they belong to his girlfriend [Sarah Macaulay, who he later married].
I presume he was keen for us to know that he has one — and that she’s not a ‘beard’. I don’t think he does anything without calculation.”